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Bethlehem Elementary School

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Posted February 26, 2012

Take your child and run!!!! My daughter and I had horrific experiences here! I would give no stars if available!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

We moved to Bethlehem for the schools only to be extremely disappointed by BES during my first child's attendance. Happy at the prospect our other two children would attend under a new principal and hopefully a new outlook on education, we have had little to rejoice in. Our children are above grade level in almost every subject and though they are praised on the surface, they are given little motivation to continue developing their skills. Often they are held back in order to allow the other children to "catch up" which is simply not fair. BES should consider implementing more advanced programs for these children who are stagnating in their seats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

Bethlehem Elementary School has made positive improvements since welcoming the new principal. I am happy to see the good things remained and some things that were not so good have improved. I look forward to a great rest of the year and one more year for my little one. He's currently in 4th grade in Ms. Maddox's classroom...Did someone say TEACHER OF THE MILLENIUM????? My husband and I are SO happy that our son got this teacher...you should be so lucky!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

I currently have two children that attend BES, We think this is a great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

I am a very involved parent in the school, and yes like any school BES does have things they need to improve. But anytime I have had problems with my children, a teacher, another student or anything else I have been able to communicate with the principle, or the teacher openly. They do seem to take what I say into consideration and try to do what they can with the information I give them. I have three children at the school now and are pleased with their teachers. They do have a wide range of learners from slow to advanced in each classroom. I think this is done not to slow the advanced, but to help the slower ones. They are kept busy and on a schedule which cuts down on the time to be disruptive. They adjust well on having a routine and knowing what is expected of them. Communicate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

BES .......apperance of the school seems adequate. Everything else from the principle to the teachers needs much improvement. They focus so much on sending home a 'Punch' or as some of might refer to it as a 'conduct cut'. Every Friday they are to busy sending home 1's 2's or 3's .My child does not need to be labled as a number but as the induviual that she is. I think some of the things they make a big deal about are very petty. Lets start teaching these kids like in the good ole; days and stop trying to cram this CRCT mess on them and traing them to robots. They are human. these kids can not even talk. What happen to 45 to an hour lunch??? these kids have to eat that slop in 30 minutes and by gosh can not talk. Are they in prison or at school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

BES .......apperance of the school seems adequate. Everything else from the principle to the teachers needs much improvement. They focus so much on sending home a 'Punch' or as some of might refer to it as a 'conduct cut'. Every Friday they are to busy sending home 1's 2's or 3's .My child does not need to be labled as a number but as the induviual that she is. I think some of the things they make a big deal about are very petty. Lets start teaching these kids like in the good ole; days and stop trying to cram this CRCT mess on them and traing them to robots. They are human. these kids can not even talk. What happen to 45 to an hour lunch??? these kids have to eat that slop in 30 minutes and by gosh can not talk. Are they in prison or at school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

I agree with some of the other parents this school ignores students who are smarter and i am moving and taking my children to another school. What ever happened to a quality education. Take your children and run away from here as fast as you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

All staff seemed frustrated & overwhelmed this year. Some teachers are great but are not supported. I agree about the waste of educational time cramming for the CRCT, they retain very little. Because my daughter is quiet & mannerly, her educational & emotional needs were ignored. The principal was defensive and not interested in helping. We reached out to many staff members but the 'friendly environment' changed and we were pegged as trouble makers. After numerous communication attempts, we pulled her out because she was falling so far behind. My family was placed in a category that couldn't be further from reality. Negative comments were consistently made towards my husband and I in front of other staff. The backlash from the principal effected my other children and we felt forced to withdraw them as well. My children miss their friends & don't understand why they were treated differently. Horrible experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

My sons attend BES. Overall the apperance of the school seems adequate. There is much to say for the lack of acceptance towards diversity. I agree with the other parents on this forum that the curriculum leaves much to be desired as well as the level of challenging those students who are ready to be challenged. The school's main focus is the Level 1 and 2 on the CRCT vs. those students who are on the higher academic level. The principal is not friendly at all and she will respond to communication, but always on the defensive. The buidling is beautiful and SOME of the teachers seem great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

Higher academic achieving students are not challenged, they become stagnant. No academic growth...time for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

The school is great and the teachers are supported by the superrintendent of schools. The superintendent runs the schools by over reaction first and lack of student support over criticism of personnel. It is an all or nothing rule which could destroy a student's ambitions and self-esteem for life.


Posted January 22, 2008

Bethlehem is a nice school and the Sage program has some nice things to offer advanced children. The regular teachers do seem to hold back the top achievers in class in an attempt to let the slower learners stay within reach of the rest of the class. It would be more beneficial to all to create a slower class for the bottom achievers and let the middle and top achievers move forward with their educations. Might be time for private school for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

We are parents of a 1st grader at BES. The teacher assesses the learning level of each child and provides appropriate academics based on each child's needs. The teacher is always available through multiple means of communication - and the administrative staff are no different - communication is high, parent involvement is very much a part of this school and encouraged. The school sees the importance of broad learning and includes art, music, computer labs, library, gym, etc. into the curriculum for the children to explore and learn. We have been very pleased with BES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

We have two children at B.E.S. and dearly love it here! It is a happy and friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door. The staff is wonderful and we know our children are taken good care of everyday. The teachers are outstanding and we look forward to our children growing up at Bethlehem Elementary! Sincerely, Mom of 2 students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2007

This school is excellent and challenges my child academically. Very friendly atmoshphere. Staff and administrators are terrific. I would highly recommend that anyone send their child here!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 19, 2006

It is early in the school year. But so far I am very well pleased with Bethlehem elementary. Teachers are great school is kept top Koch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

BES is a great school however Barrow County should review the cirruilum that they put into place at all schools. My daughter was in Kindergarden last year and will be attending First grade this year. When she was in Pre-K she attended a Gwinnett county school and was taught the same thing that was taught the First 9 weeks of Kindergarden. I felt that this was a problem but as the year went on she was taught new things such as reading,writting, and math. I felt like her achievement in these areas was due to her teacher in large part accessing early her skills and grouping the child into proper learning groups. Not all children were ready for these new skills at the same time but each child in my daughters class was ready for First grade by the end.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

The quality of academic programs is no where near what the other surrouding counties are. Our children that attend this school are behind other kids of the same age because of the very poor curriculam. I would not reccomend this school to anyone who cares about what their child is learning. My child, in Kindergarden, did the exact same thing every day. Today it is lets study the color green, color the sheet green. The next day, they are still on green, coloring the same sheet green again. Very boring. I took my child to a Gwinnett County School, she was already behind she could not read, write, or do math at the same level as the other students. She attended BES for only 3 months.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2005

I have worked for BES for the past 4 years and I have had the most wonderful experience. I have had nothing but the best students and excellent support from the principal. I have been able to continue my education since working for this school, since we are a learning community. I am proud to be a part of this school and if you are considering moving to Barrow County- look into living in the BES district- you will find wonderful caring educators, strict curriculum, and super children!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

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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.
English Language Arts

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

153 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

153 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

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

English Language Arts

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
80%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 66% 44%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Black 9% 37%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Marisa Grant
Fax number
  • (770) 307-0529

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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47 McElhannon Rd SW
Bethlehem, GA 30620
Phone: (770) 867-2238

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