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Bon Air Elementary School

Bon Air, VA
  • Public
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  • Grades PK-5
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  • Enrollment: 642


Bon Air Elementary School
8701 Polk Street
Bon Air, VA 23235
(804) 560-2700
Bon Air Elementary School is located in Bon Air, VA and serves grades PK-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 6 out of 10
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Student Diversity



Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Native American
Two or more races

Reviews10 Reviews

My son just finished 5th grade and we had an excellent experience with BAE and are sad to leave. The school community is fantastic, everyone knew my son by name, he loved his teachers, and the Leader in Me program is really great. Coming from the city, we were especially thankful to not have to worry and stress about where our child would go for middle school.
My student has been here for 3 years and is now going to middle school and I'm excited that my youngest will start here in the fall. My husband and I purchased a home here specifically for this school. I'm happy that my son has had such a great experience here. Luckily we have been blessed with the best teachers and my child has been challenged and engaged. The PTA is amazing and gets the teachers whatever they want within reason. I've never seen a request denied by the PTA when the principal asks for something. I do believe that there is room for improvement, some of the older teachers need to move on because I do believe that they can get stuck in their ways and their routines and that's not fair to all of their constantly changing student demographic. I'm excited to meet the new assistant principal! No school is perfect, but I believe that when parents and teachers work together anything is possible. Also BAE is now a lighthouse school!!
My husband and I did everything we could to purchase a home within the Bon Air El attendance zone. We were set on having our daughter go to Bon Air. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I feel disappointed in our experiences thus far. Here's the good: The front office staff, (specifically Kay) is really wonderful and helpful. She's great. The clinic staff is also exceptional; they are great communicators. The school is very diverse, and I'm ecstatic that my daughter is exposed to so many different cultures just by going to school everyday. The assistant principle is kind. I've only had occasion to speak with him once, but he was very genuine and kind. The parents at Bon Air are great and are very involved with the school. Now the not so good: In my experiences, it has been awful trying to communicate with the teachers. You can call, send emails, leave voicemails, and still not get responses. You basically have to take time out of your day to bombard them with phone calls and emails several times a day in order to get responses. This can be frustrating and mentally draining when you already have a full time job and are forced to spend your free time constantly trying to communicate with teachers and staff who seem not to care. When you eventually do hear back (which is often several days later) the responses are not in the least bit helpful or insightful. They do not know your kids. It's very impersonal. I imagine the things I've been told about my child in parent teacher conferences are the exact same things every other parent was told. Nothing specific to her, only generalizations about behaviors displayed by all kids within the same age group. It's probably not fair to place the blame squarely on the teachers as there are way too many kids for one teacher to handle. My child's class has over 20 children and some of them have behavioral issues and the teachers have zero help. There is a serious lack of money and resource available and constant budget cuts. This automatically puts the teachers and the children at a disadvantage. That being said, there is never an acceptable reason not to communicate with the parents. If I'm asking a question about grades, or behaviors that I'm concerned with or anything else; I expect communication and I don't think I should have to spend hours calling and emailing everyday in order to get that communication back.
I think Bon Air Elementary school is a good school considering the constraints all public schools are forced to operate within, i.e. student-teacher ratio too big, not enough resources, etc. What makes it better than some other schools is the level of parent involvement, which allows the teachers and admin to have a teensy bit more flexibility with what they can do. What would be a truly wonderful thing would be for CCPS to increase the number of para- professionals to adequately support all the teachers with groups, testing, etc. As it is, because of the class size and lack of resources, my daughter's teacher spends a lot of instructional time disciplining and repeating instructions over and over again. It's frustrating.
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