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Big Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 403 students

 

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Posted December 4, 2013

I absolutely love this school. I was able to get my son into a class with an amazing teacher. I love her technique and teaching style. My son had no no motivation to read but with her help were only half way through the year and he can read and write with no problem I'm totally impressed. To all whom wrote poor reveiews about the school you should probably get more involved with your children's learning kids want theit parents to be. school is not where the problem is its usually in your home . I love that my son has learned so much from me and his teachers I'm proud to be apart of this community. They also are in the process of remodeling the kindergarten classrooms total upgrade. Very nice playground. Everyday my kid comes home telling me about how he loves it their.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

I attended big lake elementary from k-6th grade. I loved school and the staff was wonderful people of which some are still there! Wow! Now my children attend although not as 'beavers' in blue and gold, but as 'grizzlies'. My twins love kindergarten and ms.bergen. Thanks to big lake elementary and it's faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

I will never let my children attend this school. I have gone in to visit my nephews for their birthdays and the front desk has no idea when lunch is, where they are, or if I can even bring cupcakes in. Every teacher but 1 has been rude and put off by my coming in to visit for lunch only. I have called ahead and no one informs the teachers. During lunch the teachers have put on movies which I will not let my children watch. I have also picked up the boys from this school and no one has ever asked to see my id or even asked who I was they just call the boys down and they let them leave with me. This is very concernig to me as there has been restraining orders against parents in the past. They just don't seam to care about the kids or whats going on. I will not be sending my own children here. A concerned Aunt


Posted August 8, 2012

I switched my boys from a charter school to Big Lake Elem. when we moved out here and was not impressed. I have never had a problem with my oldest child's behavior before but he was always in trouble for something. Then one day I found out through other staff that my child got sent to the office and was forced to sit upright from around noon to the time school let out at 345p. I was livid! So I made this a big issue and the principal first said he was going to find out what happened, when he did call me he said that my son was misbehaving and wanted to tell me something. My son get on the phone in tears saying that he got in trouble that day which is why he was sent to the office. By the time the pricipal got back on the phone I had to do everything I could to not tell him I was considering legal action for doing that to my child. The fact that he was in trouble was not in question, the fact that my son had been pulled out of school without my knowledge and forced to sit for over 3 hours waiting to be seen by the principal who had "more important" things to do was the reason for my concern. I found out through the receptionist that this happens fairly often. Never again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

Both of my boys went to Big Lake and hated it. When I was young I hated it. The teachers are stuck in there ways and are not willing to learn, grow and change with there students each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I have had my two children in this school from k-6. I have seen many changes in this school. The principal & staff went out of the norm by grouping homogenously and using the district curriculum and an alternate direct instruction model; each meet different learning styles. The low students have blossomed and the higher students are challenged. The staff is hard working and try very hard to help every child succeed. If they had more aides and parental involvement, I know they would soar! They try regardless to what they don't have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

This school is unbelivable. Our family chooses this school. We live By Goose Bay and yet we drive by them every day to go to Big Lake. THe Teachers ability to cumunicate with the principal and the principals ability to make things happpen for the kids is great. THe staff will find a way to meet your childs needs. When every I have a cuncern with the school the staff has be quick to search and find the problem with a answer. I am very impressed with what my children get from BigLake Marylee
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I do not like this school . All we have had is problems for 3 years now .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

As a parent I am very pleased with the staff and give the school high grades. I am impressed and pleased by the level of teaching and the education my children are recieving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

Great school, awesome staff,


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 75% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
78%

2008

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
67%

2008

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
76%

2008

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

61 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
37%

2008

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
70%

2008

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
68%

2008

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
77%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American58%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female74%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American42%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities<=25%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female82%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American50%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female78%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female44%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American50%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female87%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American69%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female>=90%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American77%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female87%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American62%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 18% 23%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 0% 6%
Black 0% 4%
Two or more races 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Mile 4.5 South Big Lake Rd
Big Lake, AK 99652
Phone: (907) 892-6019

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