Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

New Beginnings Family Academy

Charter | K-8 | 400 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 

Living in Bridgeport

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $74,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,320.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

4 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 5, 2013

If you're white, don't bother trying to work here. You're going to be treated poorly, undermined in front of students, and nobody will care. Apparently it's impossible for white people, specifically white women, to be discriminated against. None of the people appointed to deal with these claims takes them serious if you're white.


Posted February 5, 2009

My five year old son is currently attending NBFA. This school went beyond my expectations. His teacher is excellent. The staff are great but my concern is the control the school does not have when the children are not in class. The curriculum is excellent but my son can't go on the bus because the kids are out of control. The bus schedules are terrible. There are not enough buses to accomodate the children. My son would have to take the bus at 6:45 in order to be picked up. I think where the lack in organization they make up in curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

My Grand-daughter goes to this school and i can tell you that its one of the best school in Bridgeport. She started reading from kindergarten and she is doing excellent. The Principal and Teachers are great. The discipline is excellent and i have never got any complains about her classmates being a problem to her that means the children are well behaved in class and thats why learning is excellent. She use to go to other schools in bridgeport and the Teacher would complain about her not being attentive. At New beginning there is a difference and i would recommend any parent to this school. Its a home away from home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

NBFA is a true learning environment that helps urban learners reach their full potential


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 67% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
21%

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 68% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
92%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%

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 67% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
62%
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 Students34%
Female29%
Malen/a
Black35%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%

Reading

All Students23%
Female21%
Malen/a
Black31%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%

Writing

All Students41%
Female50%
Malen/a
Black48%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
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 Students47%
Female43%
Malen/a
Black39%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Reading

All Students24%
Female29%
Malen/a
Black15%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English24%

Writing

All Students46%
Female57%
Male35%
Black43%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
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 Students51%
Female55%
Male48%
Black46%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%

Reading

All Students42%
Female40%
Male43%
Black47%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%

Science

All Students36%
Female29%
Male43%
Black35%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%

Writing

All Students60%
Female57%
Male62%
Black66%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
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 Students49%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black52%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%

Writing

All Students60%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
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 Students46%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black42%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%

Reading

All Students72%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black67%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Writing

All Students80%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black81%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
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

Math

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black48%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Reading

All Students82%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black81%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black52%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%

Writing

All Students57%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black57%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 70% 13%
Hispanic 24% 19%
Two or more races 4% 1%
White 2% 62%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
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 82%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • #1 in Year to Year Performance gains (2007)
  • # in Achievement among African- American Students (2007)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45am
School end time
  • 4:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school: ends at 6:15 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Paul A. Whyte
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (203) 384-2898

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

510 Barnum Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Website: Click here
Phone: (203) 336-9852

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Waltersville School
Bridgeport, CT



Barnum School
Bridgeport, CT



Love Christian Academy
Bridgeport, CT


St. Ambrose School
Bridgeport, CT


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT