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Frank A. Berry School

Public | PK-3 | 461 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted March 19, 2014

Berry School is not very good. The school seems very chaotic and in the 2 years my child has been there, I have been disappointed in her education. the teaching methods seem very old fashioned..no hands-on learning but work sheet after works sheet. My in-laws from Ohio were visiting for the holidays, and their son, who is the same grade as my daughter, was so far ahead of my child in math and reading. I am so disappointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

We decided to move to Bethel to take advantage of a great school system and raise our family in a beautiful small town. We have been at Berry for two years(2011 to 2013) and we love the quality of the faculty, both the main teacher and other teachers (Art, PE, Music) have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

This is our second years at Berry's, I have to say we are disappointed of the school. We came very close to pull our kid out. My daughter's first grade teacher was good but the reading teacher weren't. The summer reading program was a joke, my daughter really hated it and didn't learn much from them. During the school year, first grade kids had the latest lunch break.(Third and second grader eat their lunch before first grader) I really don't understand it. Maybe when the Principal's kids are in first grade, have to eat their lunch at 1:30pm then she will understand how I feel for my daughter. I feel like our daughter's second grade teacher only does minimum. The newsletter looks almost the same every week, no pictures of the kids from the teacher either. Reading teacher for the second grade was much better than the first grade though. This year they just had 4 out of 6 first grade teachers retired, I am glad my kid is not going to first grade here in the fall. Rockwell will be a better choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Both my children have attended this school. It has exceeded our expectations. They have been fortunate enough to have teachers of the highest calliber and the the leadership in the building is top notch. The building is warm and friendly and an excellent beginning to our childrens' educational career. They have taught both of our children from their level. My son greatly benefited from the accelerated math program and the music classes offered. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

The teachers are great!! They are very involved when it comes to their students. They honestly care about the kids and their progress. I am very satisfied with this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Great teachers, great programs, My girls love going to school because the teachers are fun, and they make subjects fun to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

I do agree the front office staff could be a lot friendlier. There have been several times where I would barely get a glance as I waited to be helped & have felt like a bother. The principal & teachers we have had, however, are wonderful. Very professional, friendly, etc. We have never questioned their capability. True that the principal actually knows students by name!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

Principle knows the students first names. She will call you to tell you how well your child is doing at school. They really care for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

My twins are in the Circle of friends Pre-School Program.One of my twins is in speicals needs. The teachers are wonderful. The staff in the office are friendly and very helpful. A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2006

We are the parents of a 1st grader and we cannot say enough about Berry School. The School has exceeded our expectations and our daughter loves getting up to go to this School. The staff and the teachers are excellent. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2004

I think this school has some of the most unprofessional people working in the front office and are clearly not in the best interest of the child but for themselves.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Reading

All Students72%
Female81%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Writing

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 62%
Hispanic 9% 19%
Asian 7% 4%
Black 3% 13%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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200 Whittlesey Dr
Bethel, CT 06801
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