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Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School

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Posted September 11, 2014

I was fortunate that my daughter was accepted from the suburban lottery to attend this school. Yes, you read right. I chose to send her to a city school - and I am so glad I did! At BRAMS, she changed from a shy, struggling student to a confident honors student with a passion for education. With very little exception, the experience was beyond positive. The teachers - from dance to English to science - are passionate about their subjects and it shows. They each seem to have the gift of finding that "spark" in your child and developing it to help your child shine. My only "negative" about this school is that it ends in 8th grade. The 4 years my daughter spent here before graduating in 2014 were an incredible experience we were sad to see end.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2014

My school is one of the most best schools in new Haven (my opinion) I love the arts I get good grade high honors and I love the dance the block classes are ok but I would rather have classes to where that I could switch from class to class. I LOVE my pricipal he is very good at his job and if he needs us to improve he makes sure it happens if we need to behave better and have a positive attitude then he will check us and he might not trust me but I still go to his school and I now obey his rules so that I can make my academic success. I have noticeed many things here than at my old school. At my old school we had to stay in one class and one teacher for the whole year I got good grades but not as good as the one shaper eat Betsy Ross I like how at Murphy school I have more focus and freedom than at my old school which is Celentano when I was stuck in a class filled with all girls.


Posted November 8, 2013

This is a really great school! So glad my kids go here. I like the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Sean True is the definition of what a great guiding Principal should be. He understands his students and helps them challenge themselves to achieve. The Staff is knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. The teachers dealing with my child have been well prepared, personable, committed and talented in their field. My child came here from a well-considered private school and stated, "I learn more here in a day than I did there in a week."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2012

My daughter came from a catholic school to BRAMS. She has been there since 7th grade. I have no complaints. My daughter loves the school. The teachers are good. I have great relationships with two of my daughter's previous teachers. There is a wonderful art show at the end of the year to showcase the visual arts students. I have not had any problems and the administration will address any concerns in an efficient manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

My daughter was accepted through the lottery program. I was so thrilled. I went to the Open House and we were filling out entry application before we even left the school that evening. It has exceeded my expectations! Arts Coordinator and Principal are awesome! Did I mention how much my daughter loves going to school?? She does!! What a great feeling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

We love the school. It has a very challenging, demanding curriculumn combined with the love of the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Betsy Ross is extremely well run by professional people who car about their students. It offers students a fabulous alternative to traditional schools. I also love ECA, but they are not listed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

As a student at Besty Ross I feel compelled to comment on the oldest review which states that Besty Ross has an awful student body. There are not fights in the hallway everyday, in fact, there was only one that I knew of this year! Our principal has zero tolerence for violence and bullying etc. as does our vice principal and artistical coordinator. I hate to break it to you, but I think your son was lying to you. Betsy Ross is a wonderful school, and if I had to attend it for the rest of my school life (not that I would have to, I'm a straight A TAG honor student), I most definitely would.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2009

The Principal, Mrs. Moore, is the best a school could have! Ms. Nikki, the dance instructor, is also the best dance teacher a child could have; not to mention all of the other teachers! Each one takes an interest in each & every child! I am sooo glad that I took my daughter out of the Milford School System and put her in BRAMS when entering the 5th grade. Too bad she's high school-bound in June!! Where she will also be in the New Haven Magnet system- THE BEST!!! J.C. Milford, CT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

My daughter is in 7th grade at BRAMS and she loves it. She struggled in the West Haven public school and disliked school because of the daily struggle. Now she loves and it looks forward to school. Smaller classroom was what she needed. Her grades are the best they ever been. Not sure what the parent that wrote about fights and violence at this school and did not sign name, was talking about. Children are kept busy and monitered closely. School has camera to monitor. Mrs Moore does not allow any bullying or violence. The Artedemics at BRAMS are the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

This is my son's 2nd year at BRAMS and I have had really no complaints. He is very happy there and he really enjoys his arts classes. What a wonderful way to keep a child interested in school and help them grow their minds through creative thinking. They call it artedemics at BRAMS. The principal has a very good handle on things there and the director of the arts programs has really looked out for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

Not a very good school. There is Fighting and vilolence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

I love BRAMS. What a perfect fit for my daughter. She has always been top of her class but easily distacted because the work gets to easy or she finishes quickly, now she is occupied constantly. Her teacher & principal are terrific. Mrs. Moore the principal is a great leader with the interest of the children in mind at all times. I am so glad that I choose BRAMS as her school. We can't see her growing like this any where else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

As a student who attended Betsy Ross all four years, it deffinitly is a school that brings kids who are usually shy and takes them out of their shell. The extracurricular activites are fanatastic and the thing about Betsy Ross is that we don't stay to our 'majors'. Sure, we are very commited to our music, dance, and such, but Betsy Ross allows us to do other classes, three times a week. Betsy Ross's fundrasiers are done by parents of st
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 4, 2006

As a teacher at BRAMS I have to agree with the students. Every school has its problems but by no means is Betsy Ross a violent school. Every child is treated with respect and every parent's concerns are dealt with in an extremely professional manner. Betsy Ross provides countless opportunites for artistic children to flourish. Academically BRAMS strives to always be Better than Best!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 5, 2006

Im a student at betsy ross and it is an great school! the teachers are wonderful and our principal is 1 of a kind! she is soo nice and caring. There are fights in betsy ross but only once in a while! the arnt that many fights! so who ever says betsy ross is a bad school i disagree with those parents! So all i say is brams is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2006

As A student of Betsy Ross I disagree about what these parnets are saying about us. There are no fights in the hallways as this parent is trying to say. But am going to be honest there are fights but it happens once in the blue moon.There are probably 2 or 3 fights once a year. And our Principal and our vice principal do what they can to stop the fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2006

This school is a great school for children wanted for music, art, dance, and some sports! my child just graduated from this school and is an honor student. She loved betsy ross because of the arts and what she learned from the teachers. Make sure you make the right decision and also i recommend this school to all parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

I think betsy roos is a great school. it has many races and it has many activities for students who love to preform dance sing draw and or paint. photo is an option. has a very good library for students who love to read.lunch is ok. the children in the school do have conflicts some times but it is not to the piont where students have to leave the school because they feel treatend by other students and there problems. the staff does their best to keep the school safe and looking good. i highly recomend this school for all students. even for students who do not live in new haven they still can attend.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 84% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

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

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students63%
Female62%
Male67%
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Reading

All Students52%
Female55%
Male46%
Black44%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic46%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%

Science

All Students62%
Female56%
Male74%
Black55%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Writing

All Students85%
Female87%
Male79%
Black86%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students74%
Female78%
Male63%
Black61%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male60%
Black63%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Writing

All Students81%
Female88%
Male62%
Black74%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students81%
Female86%
Male71%
Black73%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male78%
Black78%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male61%
Black66%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
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%
Female91%
Male87%
Black89%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
Black89%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students70%
Female74%
Male64%
Black58%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Writing

All Students88%
Female92%
Male81%
Black84%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
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
Black 43% 13%
White 30% 61%
Hispanic 25% 20%
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 64%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
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