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Black Rock School

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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


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.

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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 67% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
53%
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

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
81%
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

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
73%
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

The state average for Math was 70% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
76%
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 Students47%
Female58%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic39%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%

Reading

All Students33%
Female42%
Male24%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic27%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%

Writing

All Students45%
Female63%
Male24%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic42%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
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

Math

All Students29%
Female44%
Male19%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic26%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%

Reading

All Students40%
Female48%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic32%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%

Writing

All Students33%
Female43%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic26%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English35%
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

Math

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%

Reading

All Students38%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%

Science

All Students31%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%

Writing

All Students53%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
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

Math

All Students61%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%

Reading

All Students35%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%

Writing

All Students32%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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
Hispanic 48% 19%
White 28% 62%
Black 22% 13%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Bridgeport, CT 06605
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