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Blue Ridge Elementary School

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Posted November 21, 2013

My son was not learning or interacting at this school. I was asked numerous times to remove him from regular education class to special education because he required to much "attention". My son has sensory processing disorder and had a detailed IEP. The school was given many resources but failed to use them properly. After a 4 month struggle and my son not participating in class, we were granted a waiver to have him moved to a school that can meet his needs in a regular education classroom. Administration at this school was not very professional. Thankfully the special services team at the local board of education have went out of there way to help my son be sucessful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

I absolutley love this school. We moved to the area about 6 months ago and my child has done great. They are very accepting and work great with my child. My child at times can be a handful but I have had NOOO problems with them treating him unfairly...the post below mine was shocking b/c I have never had problems with Blue Ridge. My child has had some setbacks and the teachers and admin have been very encouraging and accepting. I would recommend this school to ANYONE! If you want a place your child can go and learn and grow in confidence with out you having to worry THIS IS THE PLACE!!! and believe me I am not a very trusting mother but never would second guess Blue Ridge at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

if your child is the least bit distracted, talkative, or active they literally do not want to deal with the child. They would rather they be on medication for ADD/ADHD so as not to deal with it. Also not alot of respect for parents who work full time - seems like alot of moms in this area don't have to work so they are more free to be at the school all the time so if you cannot, that is not understood or accepted here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

BRE is an excellent school! When we decided to purchase a house in the area while my husband was stationed at Fort Gordon, I did extensive research into elementary schools because my daughter was entering Kindergarten. She has a speech delay, so I made sure to investigate the IEPs and speech language pathologist as well. When I found Blue Ridge Elementary, I knew this was the school for us, so we had slim pickings with homes (due to so many people wanting to live in this area). All the staff and teachers are beyond caring and supportive of the students. They do lots of fun activities, take fun field trips, and are wonderful with the students. My daughter's speech has improved more over the past 10 months with Dr. Skenes (Speech Language Pathologist) then the past 3 years of private speech therapy. My daughter is writing, reading, doing addition, and many other things with ease. I cannot express how much we enjoy this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

We moved from Greenbrier Elementary to Blue Ridge...I could NOT be happier! Communication with parents is outstanding! The teachers are not only accomplished but friendly! My child went from hating school(Green brier) and being sick everyday to loving school at Blue Ridge and she was upset when we had a holiday! Can't say enough good things about this school...I am thrilled!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

i am very grateful to the staff especially ms. manning and ms. finleyand also the lady who works in the office.i am so lucky to have my son in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

We are new to the school so my review is based on new experiences. I have two children in the school. The teachers and support staff could not be any better. One of the things that is note-worthy is that the teachers are seasoned teachers with some of them having 15 yrs+ experience in the same grade and it really is very beneficial to the students. Parents are very involved and my overall experience in this short time has been positive. My children are making wonderful progress and are happy learners. I give this school and its staff an excellent rating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Great school! Our youngest child is in first grade this year, our middle child in 4th and our oldest has moved on to LMS in 7th grade. I have been very happy with my children's teachers, paraprofessional staff, and support staff. I have not had the pleasure of meeting the new assistant principal, but I am happy with our new principal. I know my kids miss the old one, he was fabulous, but we have a few more years to hopefully get to love the new one as well. The front office staff is always friendly to me every time that I have to go up there. After 7 years, they all at least recognize my face and know who my childen are. I have been a stay at home mom and now work, so I give time when I can and I always feel appreciated. My concerns, when I have them are addressed quickly and with the utmost respect. The educational level is fantastic. They teach over and above the standards set by the county and state. My 7th grader is sitting for the ACT this December and I give a lot of credit to the teachers that he had at Blue Ridge for pushing him to meet and exceed his own goals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2011

I cannot say enough good things about this school!! Every teacher is wonderful! My daughter is in 5th grade and we have NEVER had a teacher we do not like. My son is a child with learning issues and struggles. I have no idea why anyone reviewing this school would say that they do not offer help to those students. My son has gotten extensive help from them, he does not score low enough to be in EIP but every year I go to the school, meet with the teachers and make the plan from the beginning of the year on how to help him. He has gone from failing everything to all Bs. The staff has bent over backwards to do everything possible to help him. They are easy to talk to and very understanding. I would not have my child in any other school in the county!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

Excellent school with great teachers and staff. All are very thoughtful and caring. They put the children of BRE first. So happy we made the move to Columbia County on the advisement of friends for the schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

I have a child in Kindergarten one in 4th grade. The teachers have been excellent. The principal is terrific. Love the plays and chorus activities as well. Great school overall! We have been very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

t has been a heaven place where the children are taught by wonderful teachers and to be loved by the thoughtful and loving principal. The school counselor is also very professional, responsive and caring. But I would imagine every thing would change for the worse when the in-training lady principal takes over in 2011. The good news is, we can make our choice!.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I like BRE for the most part but the main office personnel are so unfriendly. Especially the lady that is usually to the right as you walk in. I despise every time I have to go in there because when I do, she just stares at me with a blank face and usually do not even greet or speak to me until I initiate the greeting. It is like it is such a bother to her when a parent comes in. And when she does speak it is always in a rude tone. If she does not like her job she should find another one. Very bad choice of individuals to have up front to represent the school to parents. The teachers and principal are great though. They show true concern for the children and you can tell they love what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

All the teacher are caring and thoughtful. The principal is so caring that he even drives kids home when they miss the bus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

I m rating this school low on parent involvement because as a father that loves to be involved in school activities I have met unreasonable resistance. Plus if you look around I imagine other fathers have faced the same experience because there is very little father involvement. They should encourage male involvement not discourage it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I have 2 children at Blue Ridge; it has been an excellent experience for us. I have found the staff and faculty to be attentive to all of our concerns. Teachers are engaging and supportive. School leadership in my opinion is excellent. We looked at several options before deciding on Blue Ridge. Now we know we made the right decision. Blue Ridge Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I agree the office staff could be much friendlier....and until this year we have not had the best experience with teachers. Our youngest child will be moving to a new elementary next year and I am looking forward to the change. This school is really hit or miss....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

This school is horrible. I agree they do not help children who need the assistance. The teachers are not friendly and the front office staff are extremely rude!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

This school has not been good for us. The do not help the children who need help! the staff is the most unfriendliest staff ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Been a great experience for my two grandchildren. Exceptional
—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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

119 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

119 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

94 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

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 90% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Social Studies

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
90%
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 68% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Black 11% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
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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