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Braden River Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 628 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 4, 2013

My child is finishing 3rd grade and this school was great when she started in kindergarten but each year gets more and more disappointing. Uniform policy was put in place; it is not strict enough to deal with the socioeconomic issues yet does not allow for the children to be themselves. Voted on the policy every year until it was put in place and now we do not get to vote to have it removed. The classrooms are not grouped by "like learners" as some other schools are, so the poor teachers have to deal with children that learn at all different rates. The children are separated by class at recess, so they do not get to play with any friends that are not in their recess group. It is VERY disappointing and my child has gone from asking to go to school to not wanting to go at all. Many of the reasons we choiced into this school have been changed and it is saddening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

I love this school so much! My daughter has only being there for one year but they have made her feel part of the family and she made new friends during the first week. They promote good behavior by randomly giving kids BRE bucks that they could save and exchange for cool stuff. This keeps them motivated. The PTO is great creating a sense of community by having activities for the families. I love my daughter's teacher and the staff is wonderful. My second child will be attending VPK in this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2012

Great school!! Mrs.rio is a great leader in our school. When making decisions she has the best interest of the children. We have a kindergartner and a 2nd grader and are very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

We are changing and for the better! Great school, and now we have a new before and after school program that will be run by the school itself. Since a lot more moms have to work these days that is certainly wonderful that our kids would get the same care before and after as they do during the day. Good things are happening!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

There has been a marked improvement in every aspect of this school with the new principal. I have seen much improved morale amongst the staff and Ms. Rio is more open, yet more professional than the former principal. The only issue I still see, that I guess is unavoidable, is favoritism of certain teachers by the administration. The same teachers who have always been favored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

I have had kids at Braden River since 2004 and will be there for another 5 years. We have had our ups and downs with the economy. Many moms (volunteers) had to go back to work, money isn t thrown around anymore and times have changed. The one thing that hasn t changed at BRE is the AWESOME teachers!!! I have had a wide variety of different styles of teaching and they all turned out to be great for each one of my kids. I love our school and the neighborhood it s in. Our new principle is a breath of fresh air and has some great ideas to make our school #1!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I'm not happy with the way this school has changed over the past few years. Most of my child's teachers were wonderful, but I'm sensing a divide among the staff now. The principal seems to have his own agenda, with little regard for the teachers or parents. Several of my neighbors have pulled their children out and if things don't change, I will probably do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

I am very disappointed in the direction the school has taken. The principal has not demonstrated himself to be a leader, academically, ethically or morally. Teacher morale is at an all time low as is parent involvement. The attitude the principal demonstrates is 'my way or no way.' Unfortunately families are not transferring into our school they are transferring out. The attitude and character of the principal has left many asking for a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I cannot speak highly enough of the school and the principal. They have offered both my children an excellent education. They have dealt with issues quickly and professionally. The principal always makes himself available and does not show favoritism to pupils, parents or money they have paid into the PTO. My son really struggled when he first arrived in BRE. During the first 3 years he received an enormous amount of help and not once did I have to ask!! Thank you Braden River, for helping my son go from a F grade to a B grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

I have been very disappointed in the leadership at the school since Dr. Fradley left. Many parents have choiced to attend the new charter school or other public sites. Academically the school has still maintained but with the loss of parents, assistant principal and staff due to the decreased enrollment, construction and lack of professionalism/ethics/communication from the principal leads to me question the future for our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Education and academics are top notch at this school. Teachers are great! Don't know what the chatter is about the principal. Seems fine to me. They must have not gotten what they wanted. BRE is a great neighborhood school. The ranking speak to that. A school is not ranked on how may parents transfer out. Do know how many parents try to transfer their child in...? Alot! Because it's a great school. Because the academics/teachers are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

The teachers are all excellent, especially in Pre-K. However, I have nothing good to say about the principal. He is rude, unprofessional, and disrespectful (particulary to women).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2009

Academic excellence at the school has decreased annually since the current principal has arrived. He has his own agenda and is constantly on the telephone. There does not seem to be a clear direction for staff- each teacher creates their own grading rubric which is not based on the SSS. Poor leadership has lead many parents to transfer their child which is sad because BRE used to be a great neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

This is our first year at BRE. I have a preschooler and a kindergartener. We have been to several of the school activities already, and they've been wonderful. Everyone I've come in contact with, whether administration, other parents, teachers, has been very pleasant and eager to help. The parents are very involved and I love that. I've been to the SAC & PTO meeting and am looking forward to the next one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

The administration and teachers at this school have done a wonderful job nurturing my child. We have had a great experience and are looking forward to next year. Our entire family was invited to participate at various events. My son is academically challenged. The administration has gone out of their way to enhance the elementary experience. They have a wholistic approach. The principal and staff have done a fantastic job. There are many parent involvement activities. The school is safe and welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

My child has had some good teachers at this school. The parents volunteer quite a bit. During my child's last 2 years, however, I feel that some of the teachers have had their own agendas. I do feel that there has been to much of a turnover of principals, since my child has been here. I believe we have had 3 principals and 5 assistant principals in 6 years. It seems to me that some teachers at this school focus to much on the FCAT, that it seems like they want to teach what is on the FCAT, and not teach other things. And, not all the teachers teach the same things in that grade level, so you may have one teacher covering all subjects, and then another teacher at the same grade level teaching what they want. So some classes are learning more than others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

Many of the teachers in the school are of the highest quality and focused on helping thier students excel. There is much parental involvement but I agree that this is on a much self involved basis. This school would benefit from stronger leadership where principal and parents are concerned. Many extracurricular activities to choose from in broad ranges and safety is a great concern here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

The staff and administration are gold. They really are interested in your child. Field trips are educational and fun. The principal, Mr. Mungillo, is outstanding. He tries to wear the shoes of the parents of 'his kids'. He utilizes his funding to the max! Their after school activities can appeal to all kids and the teachers and the parents really work overtime to make it all happen. Give them extra stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

The administration at the school has been fantastic. They are available to listen and are truly child focused. They have provided me with resources to help my child at home. The staff is welcoming and supportive. I love the amount of family activities that are provided. This has been a wonderful experience for son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

I feel this is an outstanding public school. There are many activities available during school hours as well as culturally diverse afterschool clubs and activities. What really makes this school great is the highly educated and dedicated teachers and staff. In addition, Braden River has a phenomenal amount of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 58% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 61%
Hispanic 26%
Black 6%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%54%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 7%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Bradenton, FL 34202
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