Allow the teachers more independence
We have wonderful teachers at Brentwood. They are the real strength of the school, but it sometimes seems they are being held back by the administration. I understand that some of this comes at a district level, however, school leadership needs to trust the teachers enough to let them do their jobs.
Having foreign language studies in younger grades
Study after study suggests that learning a second language, while young, has numerable positive returns for the brain, the child's awareness, and for society. Even a small amount of exposure could go a long way. Let's begin in kindergarten!
Common Core math is a very hot-topic issue. Parents and children are struggling. I suggest that the school hire a Math Specialist or have math homework tutoring after school. This would help alleviate so many tears and so much frustration at home.
Reduce formal assessments
Most teachers will tell you that they can informally assess their students without the added stress of direct testing. We suggest having fewer formal assessments. If you must test, those tests should then impact instruction. We haven't seen results applied to instruction.
Better communication with parents about their children
It would be good to hear about academic and behavior issues when they are first beginning, instead of after they have been going on for weeks and have become a more serious problem.