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Bethune Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 759 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2013

I am the parent of a second and fourth grade student at Bethune. I just want to say that overall I think Bethune Elementary is good school. The school has a leadership change, but it is all for the better. Before the new administration, teachers were allowed to scream and yell at the students, even abuse them physically. I know the teachers very well, and I know the cruel things that they say about students, especially those students who perform at a low level, and I know the ugly things that are said about school leaders that are not true. I can only speak for my personal experience, the school staff is friendly and I feel welcome when I go in to the building at Bethune. The school could be even better if parents were more supportive and focused on the right thing, which is student achievement, rather than wanting to have relationsips with school teachers and principals. They are not there to be our friends, they are there to educate kids. We need to support academic education, and not the other things serve no good purpose for our school or our community. Why send bad comments about our school when you are only talking about yourself and downing your own property value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

my student is going to the 2nd grade this coming school year, he has been in this school since pre k, when Dr Miller was the principle there was a lot of parent participation, however when Mrs Zina Rhodes took the position, she is selective in who she speaks to, you cant get an interview with counseling, school uniform not enforced, teacher moral is down, parent participation is down, and this in my opinion has to do with the leadership of the school. This school is in my neighborhood, the assistance principle is invisible. I rated the school a three only because, the teachers who are left really want to teach and they are there for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

I am a parent and I am very pleased with the Bethune Elementary. The vision that the new principal has for the school is phenomenol and I hope that the parents and teachers can get with her program. There is such a dramatic change in the attitude of the teachers over the past year with the new principal. She has high expectations for the staff and students and this is evident in the way the teachers have begun to behave and teach. Teachers do not yell at the students anymore and they are required to contact parents in a timely manner. Administrators and teachers can not do the job alone. The one thing that is lacking at Bethune is parent involvement. Parents must get on board and be there. My child is excelling academically and their teachers push them and provide me with information so that I can assist them at home. Great school - proud panther parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

My son attended this school for Pre-K and is now in Kindergarten. He reads, writes sentences, completes addition and subtraction. He does some science and social studies work. I am very pleased with his academic achievements and development. I am in partnership with the teachers and school to insure that he is on track to first grade. So much so that he has already been identified as a gifted student. I volunteered in the class room yesterday and must say that parents should be required to spend some time helping out in the classroom because it makes a difference. I think teachers should be paid top CEO pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

My son is in Pre-K at Bethune and I must admit I am very pleased with the school and their efforts. I can tell the school staff are all committed to the kids and their learning. It is refreshing and as my first point of reference for a public school I look forward to my son attending Kindergarten. I think he is well prepared by the curriculum given to in in Pre-K and the work we did at home. Yes parents, I also had to contribute to my son's learning and will continue to do so! Respectfully, Mom "Each one teach one..."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

The staff really cares about the students and their families. The principal knows me and my children by name and that is not an easy task in a school with more than 700 students. Bethune really cares about my children learning and they support parents in teaching their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

Bethune Elementary was a good for my son. He had wonderful 3rd grade teachers, who were especially helpful. I talked with them regularly. The principal is very dedicated. My son will attend again!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

I was completely unsatisfied with Bethune overall. The teachers were not well spoken nor did they have the passion I believe is needed for our students to truely excel. My daughter was not taught adequately. I have seen on numerous occasions teachers and other faculty members act less than becoming in front of children at the school. We as blacks are already lacking curriculum challenges on top of that the teachers there seem to be more focused on a paycheck than actually making a difference in our community. If the teachers dont use proper etiquette how can we expect the children to? Ms. Gwendolyn Miller (principal) should have a sit down with the teachers and evaluate if they are fit for this demanding job. Elementary is one if not the most crucial stage in a childs life what they learn her sticks. My child won't be attending again! Good principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

My son is going to the 2nd grade this yr and he has had a very positive school experience during both prior yrs. He has had great teachers that really push him to excel. He has been on the principal honor roll since he started, he was the only 1st grader at Bethune to be a finalist at the Mathfest for 2007 and he has been student of the month both yrs at Bethune. In 1st grade, he was doing 2nd and 3rd grade math and he loves to learn. If your child goes to the school with a discipline to learn, they can benefit greatly fronm the school. The teachers that he's had always makes me feel that they have his interest at heart and meets with me whenever I need for them to. They also have scheduled visits for parents to review the children's progress. I'm very pleased!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2004

My daughter started this school in the second grade. She just recently graduated from the fifth grade at this school. While my daughter was attending this school I had several eye operations. Dr. Miller was very sympathic towards my daughter's feelings. When my daughter had surgery during her fourth grade year, Dr. Miller brought flowers to our house and a card from my daughter fourth grade class. This made my daughter feel special and appreciated. This school was the best school for my daughter and her self-esteem level went up when she started going to this school. I am so thankful for the considerate teachers my daughter had because they helped form a positive structure in her that I could not have formed on my own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

I agree with 2nd post. Apathetic attitudes. Not parent freindly at all. See some teachers scatter when parents walk down the hall. Daughter barely brings home math homework inpite of upcoming CRCT. I had to buy materials myself and prepare her. Never get an email response even when you inform them of a problem. Student came home with my daughter one day, and the principal was very indifferent when she came to pick the student up. I didn't lose the student. Rude when you call and speak to some of the teachers. Terrible website. In ofice one day and could hear a teacher all the way down the hall scolding a student. When talking to teacher, she is rushing to get me out of the room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2003

My little boy and I recently relocated to this area from Philadelphia. My son is in the third grade. The principal of this school is extremely dedicated and shows a strong commitment to the success of the children. My son's teacher is one of the best teachers (if not the best) that I have encountered since he started school which includes pre-K. She goes beyond a parent's expectations to ensure that the children learn. The principal and the teachers are doing more than what is necessary so that the students will pass the CRCT test in the Spring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2003

I am the uncle of a student that recently started at Bethune and I must admit that I am not impressed. The school currently does not show a great interest in making the parents/guardians feel comfortable about their school. Recently, we attended the sneak-a-peak program that seems to be held each new school year. There were no signs about the program, no information given to the parents, no signs on the classrooms, no introduction from the principal, etc. After reading the test scores from the 2001 school year, it appears that they are behind academically as well. I hope that this same attitude does not continue throughout the school year or we will have to address these issues with the Board of Education.


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
83%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 37%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Zina Rhodes
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