School Reviews

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Amidon-Bowen has been a wonderful experience for my 3 year old son and me. I am delighted by his dedicated, loving, thoughtful, and inspiring PK-3 teachers. His word comprehension and reasoning skills have improved immensely through the literacy focus and the play-based learning methodology. I love the staff, who go out of their way to be available for parents, even at off hours. I'm looking forward to being more involved myself and watching my son grow at ABES.

My daughter is thriving at Amidon-Bowen. Her progress in terms of her social and emotional skills, letter/number recognition and writing/graphic skills have improved drastically. But my favorite thing about the school is how much she loves going every day and how much her teachers truly care about her.

We are thrilled with Amidon-Bowen. We decided not to enter the lottery, and put Amidon at the top the list. We don't regret it, and we plan to stay invested in the school beyond PK. We love his teachers, the growing diversity, and all the active effort from so many at the school and in the community to make the school better for all of the SW community children.

My kids really enjoy going to school here! The teachers, coaches and staff really care about them. My son is 10 years old and runs track, and my daughter is 4 and she loves pre-k!

This is my son's first year at Amidon and we love it. Coming from a typical chain-daycare in DC, the difference has been night and day. The teachers are caring, communicative, and consistent. The facilities are great. My son has had lots of field trips to various Smithsonian museums, gets to learn science from a dedicated science teacher, always talks about coach and gym class, and so much more. My son is really blossoming at Amidon and we're all very proud to be a part of the local community.

This is my daughter's first year at this school and the experience has exceeded all of my expectations. Her teachers are loving, committed, fun, energetic, and open to new ideas/constructive criticism/comments/questions, etc. My daughter loves her teachers and has so much fun at school that, oftentimes, she does not want to leave. I love knowing that she's having such a fun time while also learning so much more than I expected for preschool. I also love all of the extra curricular activities she does every day, including STEM, Spanish, Phys Ed, Music, Art, and Library. Another huge benefit of attending a neighborhood school has been getting to know so many other families in the area that care about our school and its' improvement. I'm so happy I made the choice (that I originally grappled with) to send my daughter to Amidon-Bowen.

I wanted to share an updated review of this school. This is my son's first year at Amidon-Bowen and he absolutely loves it. His teacher is amazing! She is so warm, smart, funny and kind. He has learned an incredible amount this year - counting up to 40, counting by 10s, can identify nearly all letters of the alphabet and their sounds. MORE importantly, he is learning social and emotional skills in an incredibly diverse classroom (in terms of race, socio-economics, religion, etc.). Being a part of the school community has been great for us as parents too - we have made so many friends and have weekend play dates, parties, etc. I love the other parents at Amidon-Bowen. Everyone is working together to help make the school even better. No one is snotty or stuck-up. The new principal is really great! Test scores, school culture surveys and PTA funds/donations are all up in the last year. ABES is truly a school on the rise!

I am suspecting that the 1 - star givers are trolls. I find the comment of Jan '15 very, very hard to believe. This is a good, well-managed, well-resourced school. There is room for improvement, of course, but the energy is great, and it's nice for a child to be in a positive and uplifting environment. The school is on the upswing, and if you want to raise an optimistic child (while grounded in the real world, and not in a rarefied-air bubble), this school is awesome.

Amidon has already matured into a first-rate school. Students are very well behaved and respectul. Classrooms are well-managed. Your child will matriculate with excellence. Reading and writing beyond a grade level is not uncommon. Well-adjusted children is the norm. New library. A modern computer lab. Wonderful playground with lots of green space to run and play. Well-loved and dedicated coach AND soccer training supplied by DC United! Best school music teacher and stocked music room. If you child has a penchant for music, he or she could not be in a better place! Logistics your child s friends will also be living in the neighborhood. It'll make play dates, sleep overs, outings a lot easier! Also, you child will have a sense of community vs attending a remote school where they will be seen as outsiders and friendships are hard to maintain. Effective PTA. Free, safe after care. You can engage with your child more and you can afford to send your kids to private lessons (piano anyone?) or extra activities to enrich them even further! Schedule a visit today. You will be happy that you did!