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Bear Exploration Center

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Posted April 30, 2010

The Staff dedication, parent involvement, and family atmosphere are why we love Bear and feel so blessed to have our child there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The teachers are awesome. My child has learned so much this year. The school is amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My son has been at Bear since he was in Kindergarten and he is know in 4th grade. I can tell you I wouldn't want him going anywhere else in Montgomery. The school, teachers, and the staff are simply amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My step son has been at Bear since he was in Kindergarten and he is in the 4th grade now. The teachers and staff are amazing in the work that they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Not only do the teachers love their job but they love our children. We could not ask for a better learning enviroment for our children. We are so thankful to be a part of the Bear family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Its great for the kids they are always ten steps ahead of the private and the public shcools. The teachers love the work they do and they love the students. Great teacher parent comunications. Bear rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

This is absolutely the best elementary school in the country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The instruction is very challenging yet the teachers make it a fun learning environment. The entire staff gets involved in motivating the kids and the parents to excel. You get a sense that the teachers care about their students success. It's also a safe and creative atmosphere. It's the best elementary school a parent could ask for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

We have a grandchild in this school and we attend student programs during the year and we have a family member who is an amazing teacher and through her we hear about the incredible parent participation and the fact that they do not have so many of the disciplanary issues that are such a problem in other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The teachers and administrators work hard and work with parents and students so everyone can be successful. Everyone cares about eachother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

I love Bear Exploration Center because the teachers and staff care enough about our children to challenge them every day and hold them to high standards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

I love Bear because the teachers and the staff are excellent. Our children are challenged without ever feeling overwhelmed. So many fantastic parents are involved, and I love the diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Bear Exploration Center is the best place to work. The teachers are like family, always ready to share ideas and lend a helping hand. The students work hard to live up to the high standards we set for them, and the parents/PTA are an amazing source of support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Bear teachers and staff really care about their students and hold them to high standards. Each class lesson is designed to challenge and inspire the children. Teaches and staff are so good to work through problems with the children and their parents.


Posted April 23, 2010

Bear is the the type of school that everyone should experience. With an excellent science lab, technology lab, library, and music program, it creates an atmosphere that is more of a hands-on approach. Children are required to maintain a B in conduct, so teachers have more time to teach rather than focussing on behaviorial issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The teachers honestly care about their students. And it's a green school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

I love Bear because the parents are 100% involved with their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

The teachers at Bear are fabulous! They really care about the students and do their best every day to teach the students all they need to know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I have 3 children ranging in age from 5 - 16. Over the years we have attended several different schools in the Montgomery area. In our experience Bear is BY FAR the BEST! Bear has a principal that cares and is very involved in everything that happens there. Her staff follows her lead. I have never seen a group of teachers with such a sense of community. It's like a big family. My children feel welcomed by everyone there. Bear makes learning fun! I am so proud that we are part of Bear, and will be sad when we are done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

It is overall a great school with the best teachers, staff, students and the parents in town!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
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 91% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty99%
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 Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty99%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
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 population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty99%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

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

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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 68% 58%
Black 29% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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 17%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2525 Churchill Dr
Montgomery, AL 36111
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