A Montgomery County Circuit judge dismissed a Bethesda couple’s lawsuit against Bullis School, which they accused of not doing enough to help their son academically.
“It was like they let him fail,” Robert Bramson said.
Judge David A. Boynton entered a judgement in favor of the school on April 17.
Michael S. Hollander, the family’s attorney, said they expect to file an appeal.
Robert and Valerie Bramsons enrolled their son, Erol Maximilian Bramson, at Bullis because of the “extraordinary educational experience” the school advertised, according to the couple’s complaint. Bullis School is a private college preparatory school in Potomac that serves students in grades 2 through 12. According to the school’s website, tuition and fees for 12th-grade students is $35,340.
The Bramsons spent between $24,000 and $30,000 a year on his tuition, according to details outlined in Circuit Court filings.
The problems emerged during their son’s junior year, when he struggled with honors functions and honors biology, earning final grades of 70 and 69, according to details in the court filings.
Robert Bramson said he and his wife didn’t know their son was having trouble in school until after his grades came in. They argued that the school breached its enrollment contract by failing to take the necessary steps to help their son raise his GPA, thus jeopardizing his future. They claimed that the resulting bad grades were the reason their son received numerous rejection letters from colleges in 2013, the year he graduated from Bullis.
“It was never about the grades,” his father said.
But attorneys for the school argued that the couple failed to provide any facts to support the breach of contract claim.
“For the most part, Max failed to avail himself of the resources and supports offered,” the school’s attorneys wrote in court filings.
In the lawsuit, the Bramsons claimed that the school should have suggested summer school and tutoring, and given advice beyond suggesting that he speak with his teachers.