I left public education after 20 years and one of the reasons I left was because the emphasis was on passing students through regardless of learning, especially with regards to reading. As a math teacher, one of the biggest obstacles I encountered was that many students were reading far below grade level making it very difficult to read the math problems. Little, if anything, was done to actually address the poor reading skills, rather they just had the test read to them, and they were passed along, reading skill/level unchanged. This was true for other subjects as well.
After I left, I worked part time as a classroom teacher at Brookwood and for the first time in my career, I wasn't micromanaged and was allowed to actually TEACH the students rather than "check boxes". Students were also intensely immersed in the appropriate reading class for their level and for success, which not only improved their reading skills, it alleviated much of the stress they had previously, when they knew they were struggling and it wasn’t getting better.
Currently, I serve on the board and am also the Director of Development. Having to familiarize myself with the literacy statistics, it’s concerning that the low literacy rates for this region are estimated between 11% and 20%, which means roughly 147,000 to 267,000 adults are lacking Basic Prose Literacy Skills.
Students who are not proficient readers are 4x more likely to dropout of school than those who are, setting them up for a lifetime of struggles and potential poverty. If we can get each child to his/her maximum reading potential, we can greatly reduce the likelihood of these struggles.
This year our students averaged an increase in reading comprehension of 2.2 years, with 60% of our students seeing at least a 1 year gain, which is a considerable gain given that many have seen no improvement in many years.
I am honored to work with such a dedicated staff and volunteers in a wonderful environment with the best interests of the students at heart.
Our daughter, Ava, came to Brookwood this year and she's been thriving since day one. This past Spring she did a "shadow day" and she was completely in love with the school, the teachers and the entire layout of the day. Every day she is excited for school and in such good spirits when I pick her up. Reading has become a new hobby for her and she has the confidence to talk about what she is learning.
It's truly been amazing to see so much change in just a couple of months! Brookwood is blessing to this community! Parents of children that learn differently finally have an option!
My son is starting his fourth year at Brookwood Christian. The small class size and grouping by academic level have allowed him to make significant progress. Despite have learning disabilities, his confidence is high and he loves to learn.
Not a member of school, but they offered tutoring and insight. We appreciate it so much. Very kind, receptive and responsive to questions or concerns. Tutoring was very helpful! If we did not move this was going to be our sons school.
Brookwood continues help my daughter reach both her academic goals in a loving and judgment free environment. The way they structure the learning style to meet the student where they are with such low teacher to student ratio makes all the difference in the world. We are blessed to have found them.
Brookwood Christian has been a life changer for my twins. With diagnosis of dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder and both on the autism spectrum we were lost in public school. Brookwood not only addresses learning issues, but goes the extra mile to address coping mechanisms for our children. The depth of service from this amazing academy to the special needs community is top notch and a rarity in the acedemic community.
Brookwood Christian was the answer to many tears and prayers. Both of my girls have Learning Disabilities and the public school system was failing them. Within a short period after arriving at Brookwood, we began to see changes not only in success with learning, but in their behaviors as well. The tears and tantrums at homework time no longer exist. Each staff member at Brookwood is invested personally in the children. They provide a caring and compassionate atmosphere that allows children to learn on their level, without the added pressure of "performing" for standardized tests. I can't imagine a better atmosphere for children to learn.
Caring and responsive staff. Great facilities. Remarkable teachers. We made the right choice to enroll our son!
Brookwood has alleviated a lot of the stress, apprehension and uncertainty surrounding my daughter's education and ability to contribute positively to society. She is thriving here and I am confident that her future is secure because her education is solid.
Love the teachers, administration and the educational process here. They meet her where she is and instruct her in a way that elevates her confidence and self esteem. We couldn't be happier with her progress.
Great staff and curriculum best fit for my add daughter with dyslexia
Brookwood Christian school is absolutely amazing. This is my daughters 2nd year. She came from Public school last year as a 6th grader when she was 12. Even with her IEP, she was still really struggling in public school. Not that there was anything wrong with the school she attended before but they just simply didn’t know how to teach her. She was diagnosed with a language barrier when she was in 3rd grade. School made her anxious and she was spending hours at night on homework. She had trouble concentrating, she was drowning in the work overload and getting discouraged with poor grades. We were recommended Brookwood by someone when I was looking into homeschooling and I’m so thankful to have found them. She still gets to go to school and have her friends. I’m not sure where we would be without this school. The teachers are great and they really make learning fun. She has learned and retained more since being at Brookwood than all the years she was in public school. They offer a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. It feels more like a big family. My daughter loves the small classroom sizes and hands on learning. She always looks forward to the farmers market in downtown Acworth or walking to the lake. For the first time she really enjoys going to school and to me that is priceless. My whole family is so very grateful that a school like Brookwood exists for those that learn and process information in different ways. This school is such a blessing!!
Brookwood has been nothing short of a blessing for our family! Our daughter has been thriving and comes home every day excited and happy to go to school!
Brookwood Christian School is considered a language learning disability school. It has been my family's experience that Brookwood is a language learning ABILITY school. Our son Blake was 8 when he started at Brookwood in September of last year. After attending public school for 4 years plus August of this past school year he still could barely recognize his own name and could read nothing. We were told by the school system he was mentally retarded and that he would never learn to read. They were going to place him in special education only classes where he would be allowed to pass from grade to grade until he aged out of the school and then would graduate with a special education diploma. He would be sent into adulthood unable to read or write. We found Brookwood and immediately contacted them. We knew immediately upon meeting with the Kim, that God had placed this school and its staff in our lives. In the 8 months that Blake was there last year he learned to begin reading. His test scores showed extreme progress. This school loves its children and has a true and genuine desire to see that each child is given the opportunity to grow to their full potential. As the parents of a child with with auditory processing disorder and several other special needs we were determined to give our son every opportunity we could for him to succeed. We are confident that Brookwood was the key that opened the door for our son to have everything he needs for success. Don't let your child struggle another day, call Brookwood and let them help you. - Shan, Julie, and Blake Burnette
My daughter will be graduating from Brookwood this coming year. Seven years ago, we were shopping for a school for her.
Every school we interviewed was eager to walk us past their awards case and boast of their achievements.
When we came to Brookwood, the first words out of the principal's mouth were, "Tell me about your daughter.". After a lengthy discussion about my little girl's strengths and weaknesses, her ambitions and dreams, and plans to make them happen. Only then did she tell us about Brookwood.
We've been there ever since.
I taught public school for 30 years, but I stopped because the emphasis was no longer on educating the child but testing and having to teach a scripted lesson. At BCLS, we teach individual students based on their needs and interests. I absolutely love it!
Brookwood Christian School does not get my endorsement because they discriminate against children with life threatening peanut allergies and refuse to make any reasonable accommodations and deny admissions based on this allergy. When informed about her peanut allergy the principal of this school told us my daughter would have to "handle this on her own" and that she would be responsible for wiping down tables after other children that ate peanut butter. Every reasonable accommodation I suggested was not considered and the principal stated she didn't want the liability. I was so shocked and disappointed that this school had no reasonable allergy plan in place and had such little empathy toward my daughter's allergy. Needless to say my daughter ( and me) left in tears because of the attitude and lack of understanding toward this life threatening allergy that affects so many kids.
Brookwood Christian School has been the greatest thing that has happened to my son. My son has Auditory Processing Disorder and was unable to learn to read in public schools. He has been at Brookwood Christian School for a month and a half and is already reading!! I could not be happier! It's nice to see my son so proud of himself!!