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Bear Path School

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4 stars

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Posted April 25, 2014

Like most schools, Bear Path provides the resources for any child willing to put forth the effort and for parents who support and a strong learning environment. My daughter is in her 4th year at Bear Path (after having spent two years in two different Catholic schools) and I have nothing but praise for the rich learning opportunities that have been provided to her. The solid leadership of new Principal Scott Trauner is seen both in the enthusiasm of the children and teachers alike. Principal Trauner has addressed any and all concerns that I have brought to his attention. I recognize that schools are "living bodies" that require give and take and I am willing to accpet that there will be many trying experiences throughout the process of educating my child; however, I also recognize quality teaching, professional dedication, and unwavering determination when I see it. As my younger child approaches his first year of kindergarten, I can only hope that he follows in his sister's academic path and has Miss Varcas, Mrs Dimeo and Miss Savraese during his years at Bear Path.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Disorganized, poorly run. Teachers are over worked, and the principal is out of his element and inexperienced. Honestly, I had high hopes but now I am extremely disappointed that my child attended this school. Best advise I could give a parent who is sending their child there is BE ON TOP OF THEM! Their faults range from not sending notes home, a lack of communication, and either excessive or lack of discipline. They will try to make it look likes it is not their fault and they are "trying" but after what I experienced they are doing the minimal required. The staff should be better trained to deal with all types of children. The staff is ALWAYS either "sick" or being replaced for one reason or another with a substitute. The school should be more consistent. Some of the office workers are rude to parent, at least in my experience. And this is very much unappreciated by the parent when dealing with stress. Overall I understand every situation is different, and I have heard many great reviews about this school...but I did not experience this. While it was not a horror story, it was NO walk in the park. Sad my child went through this, but happy that they do not any longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

Bear Path is a jewel of a public school. Our school has vary high standards for student conduct and constantly aims to better student academic achievement. We have a strong and active PTA board, with very good family participation. There is no need to pay for private elementary education if you are lucky enough to live in the Bear Path district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

Bear Path School is one of the best schools in Hamden. The teachers are friendly and resourceful. All the students are hard working. My kids attend Bear Path and they love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Bear Path is a culturally diverse school with the most motivated kids around.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 4, 2008

I would like to congratulate Sally Kammerbeek and the entire staff at Bear Path. My daughter went to Alice Peck which is a small community elementary school. It was closed for lack of enrollment and the children were sent to Bear Path, an older school that had just been remodeled from inside out. I was apprehensive sending a child who had 12 fellow students per classroom to a classroom size of 22. Who would spend one-on-one time with my daughter? Well, we are in our 3rd year at Bear Path and we couldn't be happier. The after (and during) school curriculum, activities and tutoring offered are top of the line. The teachers are devoted, and willing to donate their time for the students. I work full time and am not able to attend many of the meetings and functions but through communications I feel well informed and confident my child gets the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

$16 mm renovation completed 2004. Spanking New, state-of-the art flagship school. High-Profile PTA. Principal Sally Kammerbeek receives strong parental support. Spacious, bright new expansion includes townwide Talented and Gifted (TAG) Elementary program, Pre-K, other special programs w/full support staff. Traditional structure - NOT open Classroom. Strong CT Mastery test scores. Excellent instrumental music program(s), frequent concerts in brand new facility, which doubles as Sports Center. Ethnically diverse, both student and faculty. Strong community values and high community support. Adjacent 10+ acre Bear Path Nature Center pending necessary approvals. Reasonably priced real estate in neighborhood/district.
—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 83% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

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

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Writing

All Students69%
Female81%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
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 Students89%
Female94%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Reading

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students75%
Female91%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Science

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Writing

All Students89%
Female96%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 Students93%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Reading

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Writing

All Students94%
Female97%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
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
White 65% 61%
Black 11% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10 Kirk Rd
Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 407-2015

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