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47 McElhannon Rd SW
Bethlehem, GA 30620

(770) 867-2238
(770) 307-0529
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December 04, 2014
We spent 6 years at this school (one child k-5 and the other k-4). We had a great 6 years, they worked with my children to help the grow and blossom into young adults. WE all LOVED the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
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
January 03, 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
no rating 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
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2009
I currently have two children that attend BES, We think this is a great school!!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 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
October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
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
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
no rating June 07, 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
June 07, 2008
Higher academic achieving students are not challenged, they become stagnant. No academic growth...time for private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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 a administrator
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
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
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
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
June 29, 2004
Both of my children have attended Bethlehem Elementary. One is now in middle school and the other will be in the 5th grade. Mrs. McDivit the Principal has made great strides to improve the school and I would recomend this school. Both of my children are Honor Roll students and my oldest is taking advance classes in the middle school. He would not be doing this if he was not given the proper education at the lower levels. They use the phonics program and offer free tutoring. My children are truly blessed to be apart of such a warm and nuturing enviorment. Thank you,

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2003
BES is a great school. The principal is very caring, the teachers are understanding, and the parapros are wonderful. I am very lucky to be in the BES district.

- submitted by a parent
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Bethlehem Elementary School
47 McElhannon Rd SW, Bethlehem, GA  30620
(770) 867-2238
Last modified Bethlehem Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bethlehem Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top