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Berkeley Lake Elementary School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

I couldn't even think of any other place i would want my children to go to, this is the most amazing school/community i have ever been to. My children have the best teachers every year, they are challenged but having fun at the same time. If i could give this school 10 starts i would, i couldn't be any happier, this school is perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

My son transitioned to BLES from a top rated Orange County, SoCal school, and let me tell you, I don't think I could be happier with the move. He was in 4th grade for 2012-2013 school year and his teachers were AMAZING. My son has special needs (Autism), and the co-teaching system of the Special Ed teacher/General Ed teacher integration was flawless. I was very impressed with the teaching methodology and delivery format of Mrs. Lehman & Mrs. Ashadele's class. They were very engaging and I believe that their impeccable teamwork left an indelible imprint on all of their students. I volunteered twice a week and outside of the horrific copy machines, I immensely enjoyed my time at BLES. The principal is gracious and available. The attendance desk staff are exceptionally efficient, even on the days where there are a ton of people in and out for various activities. The only drawback I see is their "Specials" rotation. Physically Education every 8 days or so is not enough. I think a revamp of the Specials inclusion is in order. Otherwise, BLES is a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

My daughter is in Kindergarten this year at BLES. Her teacher is amazing, and my daughter has made leaps and bounds both academically and socially. The new principal demonstrates outstanding leadership, and the faculty and staff exude positive energy throughout. Over the weekend, my daughter had an accident that has left her in a cast making it difficult to get around. This morning when I took her to school, I was met by her teacher, the principal, the assistant principal, and the school nurse . They had a plan already in place for my daughter to assure her safety in the classroom and throughout the school. They demonstrated such love and support, that I could see my daughter would be well cared for and still have minimal interruption with her learning environment. While I was not surprised by their willingness to go above and beyond for a student in their school, I continue to be thankful each day that my daughter is a student at BLES. It is an AMAZING school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

My son just went to middle school. He was at BLES foe 6 yrs. Great school Only problem is that there have been 3 different principles in the past 4 years. Other than that really good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

I Have 3 kids , 2 of which are still at BLES. It is a great school. My oldest son is now at Duluth High. I have one child that will be going into 5th grade at BLES next year.. My little girl will be in 3rd grade next year. I voulnteer my time , by helping in Media center, lunchroom, room mom for both of my kids classes.. I Love BLES. It is the best school I think in Gwinnett County. I love being at BLES will be sad when my kids are noit there anymore..ya wanna come to a great school come to BLES ! Heidi ( Kylee and Connor's Mom)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

My daughter started Kindergarten at Berkeley Lake Elementary School (BLES). My job is located in Alpharetta, and I wish that she could continue to go to BLES next year, because she thoroughly enjoyed the entire school year. Her teacher came up with unique ways to make learning fun. I have been amazed and impressed by the fantastic faculty and teachers at this school and the amount of community information that they supply to the parents to keep them involved. The after school events and games allows the parent to have a better understanding of how much your child is learning and give your child time to shine in their own learning environment. These events help the children feel proud of their recent accomplishments and show the parent their progress. Life is so much easier when your child enjoys school and cannot wait to go back. I would most definitely recommend Berkeley Lake Elementary School to any parent searching for the best environment for their child(ren)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

Just got the CRCT results from last year -- and BLES ranked FIRST in the STATE in language arts for the 4th grade! AMAZING!!! They increased their scores in all subgroups and in all subjects! AND they were 1st in the Duluth Cluster in 2 categories and 2nd in the Duluth cluster in the 3rd! There is a WHOLE LOT of LEARNING going on there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

This is our 4th year at BLES - I have a son in 3rd grade and another son in 1st grade. The teachers we have had in the past have been fantastic...and I can already tell this is going to be another great year! Both of my kids are receiving an excellent education, enjoy and embrace the diversity of the school and thrive in the positive environment our principal has promoted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

I cannot say enough great things about Berkeley Lake ES. My son is in the 2nd grade and LOVES going to school every day. The teachers, staff and principal are fantastic. They work hard to serve the great diversity in BLES. I am appalled at the review on 8/8/11 and think this parent would have been better prepared if questions had been asked before the first day of school. Teachers recommended water bottles at Open House, class schedules were given out and staff and volunteers were present to answer questions. Thank you BLES for creating a warm and inviting learning environment for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

I am amazed to read the August 8 posting. Open House was August 4, when all the reviewer's questions would have been answered, and tours of the school have been available LONG before the first day of school. This school had 30 new students registering the morning of the first day of school, so the staff was very busy (hey parents, don't you know you have a child who needs to attend school before the first day?). BLES is not small, is not dirty (the school's janitor has won county awards), and is very organized - please visit again, but not at 8 am on the first day when there is a registration crush) - I am there often and am very impressed at the control, organization, and teamwork in the classrooms and halls. Last spring, BLES 4th graders scored #1 in the state in language arts - and this is a school with a great deal of diversity! I think the reviewer's "this diversity thing" comment says alot about her views, and I hope her child learns more tolerance at school than he is learning at home- my kids have been extremely happy and successful at BLES and I am proud to say their friends come from a wide variety of backgrounds - just like the world for which we are preparing them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

We have had two of our children attend Berkeley Lake Elementary. One child is starting her second year at Duluth Middle. She attended BLES for 4th and 5th. My son started in second grade at BLES and is a 5th grader now. Prior to BLES we attended a well known private school. We wish we would have made the switch earlier! BLES is an amazing school!! We have been thrilled with the principal and staff!!! They are top notch!!! I am proud my children go to such a diverse, caring and academically strong school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

My son has been at this school since kindergarten and is about to enter 5th grade. I could not have asked for more caring, involved, motivating teachers for him. Many parents don't care for the diversity at our school, but I think it makes all of the students more culturally aware, which will prepare them for the ever-changing face of our nation. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

This is a big school that feels like a small community. The teachers are fabulous and the principal goes out of her way to make all the parents and students feel welcome! My daughter loves this school! The education and programming are A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

We have loved BLES. Our expierence has been wonderful. My daughter has loved everyday of school. It is a great place to get involved in your child's learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

I love this school. I have 2 daughters who attend there, and they are as different as night and day in what they need from staff. I feel that they are both getting what they need both academically and socially. They are in rooms with teachers who care about them, and who I consider my friends. The principal is AMAZING!!!! She loves the students and fights for them to have as many programs as she can get. I also feel that she is very approachable about any issues that may come up. I was amazed a couple of weeks ago to find out that she knew my oldest child (more than a face in the crowd of 1100 students), and she just told me "She is just a great kid." She works hard to speak positives into faculty, staff, parents, and children. The school is amazing, and I am so glad to be associated with it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

I have two children who have attended Berkeley Lake. One is now in middle school and I feel she was very well prepared for the challenges there. The other child is still at Berkeley Lake and is receiving an excellent eduction. The staff is like a family and genuinely cares about the students and the school. The principal is a great, motivating leader and is very enthusiastic about student achievement. I'm so glad that we live in this community and have this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

The staff and teachers here strive to help each child reach their potential and always try to motivate the kids. The atmoshpere is always positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

It's one big family that counts on everyone to lend a hand in which we all do! It maintains school values to a high level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

When reading these reviews, please note that the new principal came in for the school year 2008-2009 - there is a big change in the tone of the reviews since then! I am thrilled with Berkeley Lake Elem - my kids are in FOCUS and are consistently challanged - they love it. The level of participation with the PTA and parent volunteers is very strong and there is seldom a night event that isn't packed with students (some even sell out!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

The new principal has really made a difference in the atmosphere of the school. Learning and celebrating our diversity are number one priorities. The school feels positive and the kids feel it and are thriving from it!
—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.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

182 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

185 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

182 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

171 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

174 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

171 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 37% 12%
White 24% 44%
Black 23% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4300 S Berkeley Lake Rd NW
Berkeley Lake, GA 30096
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