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James C Bush Elementary School

6 reviews
2118 West Church Street
Johnsburg, IL 60051
(815) 385-3731

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James C Bush Elementary School
Based on data from the 2018 school year

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This school is now Johnsburg Elementary School. If you want a teacher that will always give your child an "A" no matter what then 5th grade teacher Brett Smith is the one you want. He gives A's for missing work, incomplete assignments as well as worksheets and tests that clearly have the wrong answers on them. Parents watch your child's graded tests and worksheets!!! You'll find that nothing is ever graded at all, or if it is graded, it is graded incorrectly! You will never get a clear indication of how your child is really doing academically. This teacher either never pays attention or is just plain lazy and gives all good grades because he really doesn't want to take the time to grade things properly. It seems as if he always gives an A for effort and now all of these students will be completely unprepared for middle school. He was rumored to be a favorite by students because he is "easy" and is now known by parents as being "lazy." Every Friday is also known to be a "free Friday" because students of his say they usually just play games all day. I've double checked tests by finding answer keys and grading keys online for math tests which were marked as A's on Skyward, but were really supposed to be D's. Report cards always look awesome because it makes him look awesome as a teacher. I'm not quite sure how a teacher can get away with falsely recording grades all the time like this. The school principal/administration/staff really needs to take a closer look at this guy. He's messing with our children futures.
Posted by a parent on 4/30/2018
Want a school with a caring leader who listens to your concerns as a parent? Then Bush School and their new leader, Dr. Belcasto, will certainly disappoint. She doesn't answer emails or calls, has a "higher than thou" attitude, and not only is rude to parents but also the students. She barks orders into a megaphone in the halls and is texting on her phone rather than trying to build a rapport with the pupils. It is truly a shame that the previous principal had to go. The only thing that saves this school is the decent teaching staff. I am worried, however, how that staff will suffer under Belcastro's reign.
Posted by a parent on 10/15/2015
This school has been excellent. The teachers are wonderful and children flourish in this building.
Posted by a parent on 7/9/2013
The teachers in this school are excellent, compassionate, and help the students that are needing extra help without making them feel awkward. I would highly recommend this school for your little ones!
Posted by a parent on 5/22/2012
The school was great when Derek Straight was the principal. Since he has been promoted and they have a new principal Melanie Junge the kids and staff are not as enthused about the educational experience anymore. She has greatly affected the overall atmosphere of the whole school. My daughter has nothing but problems and the teachers dont help. They are behind in math and to get them up to speed they are jumping teaching 4th and 5th grade math in one year so they can use a new book with little regards towards the childrens academic performance. The bullying is out of control and they also call your child to the pricipals office and give them warnings without ever notifying you and when you call because your child comes home crying they never return your phone call! You have to stalk the school principal to get answers! I grew up here when it was great now its just so so and mediocre! I will be looking for a new school!
Posted by a parent on 3/29/2011

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Johnsburg schools - James C Bush Elementary School is located at 2118 West Church Street, Johnsburg IL 60051. James C Bush Elementary School is in the Johnsburg Community Unit School District 12. James C Bush Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels 3-5.

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