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Barkley Bridge Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 330 students

Barkley Bridge is best known for its students' academic performance.

 
 
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4 stars

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Based on 3 ratings
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Posted today

The school is by far the best in the city. The principal has made this school one of the best in the United States. I have had two children come through this school and I was very pleased..Keep up the great work..Happy Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

I've never heard of such a thing as a medication conference. Also, how are the teachers able to bring your child home to get something that was left at home? Wouldn't they just call you instead? Personally you should make sure an elementary child has everything that they need, pack it the night before. I'm not a big fan of this school, mostly because they don't strive for the children to go above what's grade level. Not to mention the staff is snotty. My kindergartener can read on a 3rd grade level but didn't qualify for gifted services because she's only in kindergarten. Gimme a break. Her teacher on the other hand was great and did everything extra for my child. I would love to see her challenged, but maybe I'll have to move out of state for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

We moved to Hartselle for what is supposed to be some of the best schools in the state. What a mistake! The teachers tried to bring my child to our house during school hours when we weren't home on 2 different occasions because she left something. If your child does the slightest thing such as blurt out an answer without raising their hand the school will call you in for a conference. Once you get to the conference they try to talk you into medicating your child. They expect every student to be perfect and not say a word without being called upon. I have spokne with numerous other parents and everyone that I have spoken with have also had to attend a "medication conference". Those that chose to medicate their children afterwards have said it has been a nightmare. The first thing the teacher's ask the medicated children each day in front of the rest of the students is "Did you take your medicine this morning"? Those that say "no" have to have their parents called to bring it to them. In turn, the entire school knows who takes medicine and who doesn't. As a result, the children that do take it get teased by all of the non-medicated students. This is a HIPAA violation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

I have had three children go though Barkley Bridge and have been pleased with the quality of the education and the experiences they have had. This schoo received tremendous parental support and constantly strives to improve upon past achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

Barkley Bridge is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

I think the teachers are doing a wonderful job with my son this year. However, I do wish parents were informed on an every two week basis about the performance of our children. Letting the parents know of any types of concerns they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2005

I have two children enrolled at Barkley Bridge Elementary (1st and 4th grades). I love the school and so do my children. The Principal and teachers are wonderful. They push the children to learn all they can. Academically the school is challenging, which I appreciate, but help is available to those who need it. I am a teacher at another school and I appreciate all that the teachers and other staff at Barkley Bridge do for my children. Parental involvement is very very high at Barkley Bridge. Teachers ask for support and parents give it. PTO is very active and useful at BBE. BBE has a wonderful curriculum, but I would love to see art added to the curriculum. I highly recommend BBE to any future student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2004

My son loves Barkley Bridge! I have also been very happy over the last three years. The environment at the school is very positive, and the teachers and staff are caring and encouraging to the students. The teachers we have had did a wonderful job challenging my son to strive to do his best. My family highly reccommends Barkley Bridge for your child's elementary school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

So far Ive been very pleased with barkley bridge. My daughter will be in first grade this year but she learned to read & do some math last yr in kindergarden. I know some kids in other schools who are not even doing that yet. bridge has been great
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Female80%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty88%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty95%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 99% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Glee Club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Susan Slate Hayes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Follow us on Twitter at sushay82
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (256) 773-4338

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Parent Math Helpers
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Sonoco
  • Dr. Brad Drake
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • PE
Girls sports
  • PE

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Glee Club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hartselle Intermediate School
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2333 Barkley Bridge Rd
Hartselle, AL 35640
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Phone: (256) 773-1931

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