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Birchwood ABC Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 333 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted June 27, 2013

Birchwood ABC is hands down one of the best schools that my children have attended! We are very sad to have to leave, but I am for certain that my children will excel at any other school in the US thanks to the excellent instruction from the teachers at Birchwood ABC! We wish we could take the school with us to the Lower 48! Every school should strive to be just like Birchwood ABC! Thank you for a wonderful 3 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

I can not say enough about Birchwood ABC. My son has been there from first grade through fifth, and my daughter from kindergarten through third. This school teaches children how to be good citizens, emphasizing manners, character, citizenship, and patriotism. They demand high academic performance from the children and they rise to the challenge. There is an advisory committee made up of parent volunteers to steer the curriculum. Both of my children have special needs and the entire staff, from principal Mr. Tim Godfrey through to the noon-duty workers, goes out of their way to accomodate and support my children. This school cares about children and families! I recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

On the Overview of this school, it states Birchwood excels in academic contests, badminton and band...I disagree these are the highlights of Birchwood. The staff at Birchwood take my children's education seriously. They use multiple different ways to recognize academic achievements, whether publically through parent-attended assemblies or through bulletin boards. The PTO enhances the kids experience by offering Family Fun Nights, Trunk or Treat fundraisers, running club at recess. However most of the school's focus is on the basics: reading, writing, arithmatic. The local military community is engaged and recognized through the school's emphasis on patriotism. Lots of military families attend this school and the teachers recognize the affect deployments have on the children. Parents are expected to work with their children through homework, reading log, teaching your kids the phonograms, etc. We've had a very positive experience so far and look forward to more years ahead at this wonderful elementary school. Mr. Armstrong is an amazing PE teacher. My son's kindergarten teacher, Ms Banner, is amazing too. She understands the kindergartener's sense of humor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

This school has a strong curriculum and a safe environment. They provide a collaborative learning environment as well, which we have appreciated. The PTO is clique-ish and those parents who are able to participate frequently pick the teachers they want for their kids. Those parents who do work may not have that option. There are some teachers who expect elementary age children to behave like adults and seem to have lost the joy that young children bring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

Birchwood ABC is a great school with good structure and disipline. My daughter has learned so much and excelled much farther than her last school. The phonograms teach them how the sounds are made with certains parts of words. I would recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

Birchwood ABC is a wonderful magnet type school. This school teaches Kindergarten students phonograms and how to read in the first half of the year and spelling rules and how to write during the second half. My child has already read 40 16-page phonis readers. They are using the Riggs-Spalding methods for reading and Scott Foresman for math. The students will be doing timed addition and subtraction test by the end of the year. I cannot say enough about this school. The teachers are really great and the parents are very involved. The students have gym class and music class twice a week, art class and library time once a week, and recess every day. The school also stresses academics, citizenship, patriotism, responsibility, respect, and courtesy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

I have been involved in this school for 7 years and every moment of it has been pure blyss! The staff members are a joy and the children are wonderful also! The school offers amazing physical and mental chalenges. It hosts a class for gifted children and for even more gifted children. Over all the school deserves 20/10 stars!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 12, 2005

I put my son in this school for the last two years and love this program. It is high quality education and the staff is awesome.
—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 75% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
90%

2008

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
90%

2008

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
90%

2008

 
 
>95%
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.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%

2008

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
91%

2008

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
70%

2008

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%

2008

 
 
91%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
89%

2008

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
93%
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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
>=75%

2008

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
>=90%

2009

 
 
>=75%

2008

 
 
>90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
>=75%

2008

 
 
>90%
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 Students90%
Female>=90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female>=90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities>=90%
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 Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=60%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female>=90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities>=60%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=60%
Students without disabilities>=95%
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 Students90%
Female>=90%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=75%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female>=90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American57%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities>=90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female>=90%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American57%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students77%
Female>=60%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities>=75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female>=60%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities>=75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female>=60%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities>=75%
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 7% 23%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Two or more races 5% 7%
Black 2% 4%
Asian 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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17010 Birchtree St
Eagle River, AK 99567
Phone: (907) 742-3450

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