Bright Beginnings Elementary
Dayton, OH 45434
About This School
In 2010, Bright Beginnings Elementary had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Ohio average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Bright Beginnings Elementary Reviews
Works fine for my pre-schooler, who we will keep enrolled through the rest of the school year. However, their school-age program has been a big failure for my 1st-grader. When I pick him up, the classroom appears to be chaos... Loud, children running everywhere. The lead teacher is young, quiet, and she and the young teachers seem to spend a lot of time socializing. My boy has only one time ever done any homework during their homework time... These young teachers do not seem to have control of this classroom. And bullying has been a repeated problem in the room, as has disrespectful behavior to teachers, vulgar language... Really, obviously these teachers do not have control of the classroom and it is a very poor environment for the kids.
We had a very bad experience at this daycare center, and as a result, we had to take the drastic step of changing our child's preschool in middle of the school year.
The incident that brought this about happened on January 4, 2012, when I pointed out that the preschool’s homepage listed some information that was incorrect. Rather than apologizing for the mistake, the director of the preschool treated me an incredibly disrespectful way. The way I was treated and the director’s attitude were unacceptable, so my husband and I requested a meeting with the owners of the school. The meeting was shocking. The owners did not see the situation objectively. They sat there, not taking a single note about what we said. It became clear that the director had not told the truth about the situation to the owners. When we disputed what the director had said, the owners even yelled at us. Rather than seeking to hear my version of what happened, the owners had simply decided to believe what the preschool director said – even though it was obvious that I had no reason to make up a story to cause trouble at my child’s school.
The owners strongly encouraged us to leave the preschool. The arrogance of the owners surprised us. We concluded that they just did not want "annoying parents" at their daycare center. We decided that the preschool was no longer a safe place for our child.
Our expectations of our children's preschool and teachers are not too high. In fact, we had been happy about each of the four preschools our children experienced before Bright Beginnings. We expect our children's teachers and school administrators to be "good people". They should be honest and know to respect others regardless of their background. Unfortunately, the teachers, administrators, and owners of this school do not even meet such minimal expectations.
Overall, the teachers at this preschool are ok, not fantastic. One of the preschool teachers does not even have a college degree. We would say this school is overpriced and, with the director and owners that we experienced, we would never recommend this daycare center to anyone.