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Black Rock School

Public | K-6 | 306 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

Black Rock School, while being one of the highest performing schools in Bridgeport, is still a failing school. The reason the school outperforms the other schools in our troubled district is due to the exceptional leadership of our principal, Karen Helyer, and the extremely dedicated staff of teachers. My youngest son is entering 8th grade this year, and while the improvements made in the district over the past 18 months have been encouraging, we still need tons of help just to get the students there to read at grade level. Many of our students come from households where parents and/or caregivers don't speak English, so it is challenging to engage them to participate in their children's learning process. A combination of all of these factors is the only reason why I give the school less than 5 stars,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

Black Rock School is a wonderful, true neighborhood school. It is a close knit community with a diverse population. There is a resurgence of excitement and commitment for the school. The teachers are caring and rigorous and our son is getting a wonderful education - both acedemically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

Black Rock School is an excellent school. Its a school that prides itself on positive reinforcement. All children are recognized for their good behavior. Its a neighborhood school. Everyone knows everyone and everyone feels welcome. Parents are involved, teachers care and its just a well rounded place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

Black Rock School not only is in a wonderful neighborhood but is supported by a wonderful neighborhood. If our child had not been assigned to a magnet school, we would have been more than happy to have her attend this amazing neighborhood school. We have had many interactions with parents, teachers and administrators who truly care about the quality of education/achievement this school is can to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Caring neighborhood, good teachers. Close knit community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

With over 20 countries of origin represented, our school is a diverse group of students and teachers, dedicated to tolerance, peace, and academic excellence. We are a top performing school in the city and have parent and volunteer involvement in all grades. We also boast a Peace Pals program: 6 of our Peace Pal students won prizes for their peace poems last year in Fairfield University's 1st Annual Peace Poetry contest. Nature walks, tending the peace garden, field trips to nearby historical attractions, knitting afghans for the local shelter, helping students in other classes, Black Rock Elementary School is an anchor, refuge, and model for tolerance and academic achievement.


Posted October 4, 2009

Black Rock School is one of the best performing community schools in CT with a diverse population, enthusiastic dedicated teachers, and actively involved parents. It provides a dynamic community hub that helps to 'stitch our community together by providing a place where many different cultures can interact in a safe, nurturing environment dedicated to educational excellence, tolerance, and promoting peace among all people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Black Rock Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers strive to give the students quality education. It has good environment with small classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

This is a wonderful school. Test scores do not reflect the quality of education provided. Score reflects a high quantity new non-English speaking immigrants, expected to take these tests in English. It also reflects a high special education population who are expected to take these tests, despite limitations. This school strives to teach all students of all needs. Atmosphere is one of mutual respect, high expectations, and creativity. Students at Black Rock School thrive and strive to excel to the best of their abilities, and to reach beyond.
—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 83% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students37%
Femalen/a
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%

Reading

All Students48%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%

Writing

All Students69%
Femalen/a
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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

Math

All Students56%
Female59%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Reading

All Students52%
Female64%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%

Writing

All Students76%
Female91%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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

Math

All Students68%
Femalen/a
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%

Reading

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic47%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students79%
Femalen/a
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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

Math

All Students70%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Reading

All Students52%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Writing

All Students61%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

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
Hispanic 45% 20%
White 33% 61%
Black 21% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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545 Brewster St
Bridgeport, CT 06605
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