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Birmingham Falls Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 24, 2014

We love this school!!!! I now have three children attending Birmingham Falls. I have one child in fifth, in second and in kindergarten. We couldn't be happier. There is amazing communication between the staff and parents and everyone is always willing to help. They have a wonderful and friendly front office staff, as well as a principle that goes above and beyond to make the school have a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2014

My daughter was enrolled in first grade at BFES this past fall. Soon before her first day, we were informed that BFES had more 1st grade registrants than expected and that my daughter would be placed in the overflow class with a temporary teacher. We were told that there was "nothing the BFES administrative staff could do" to rectify this until after the 10th day of classes at which point funding would be released (based upon the actual registered headcount). A month went by and still no permanent teacher. When the permanent teacher was assigned, we learned that this was to be her first solo teaching assignment. We were introduced to this new teacher and were immediately underwhelmed. Not only was she inarticulate, but she also only had about 10 teeth in her mouth. We thought, "Seriously? This is the best they could find?" Anyway, she lasted a little over two months; in early December, she just went AWOL; she just left one day and didn't come back. Meanwhile, the discipline and learning environment in the class were both in shambles. Having had no success eliciting any relief from the hapless bureaucrat of a principal, we finally pulled our daughter out of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

I have a second grader and a kindergartner at BFES and we couldn't be more pleased with the curriculum, Teachers, and staff. Its a newer school so the facility is beautiful. It also has a great mix of experience with seasoned teachers and staff as well as newer graduates to the education field. We love our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

My daughter, and I, are very happy at Birmingham Falls Elementary. For the most part the teachers are excellent. I am very pleased with the parent evolvement, and the support of that from the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2014

My wife and our two kids were fortunate to move into the Birmingham Falls Elementary School district three years ago. Since that time, we have found the school, administration, teachers and staff to be profesional and caring about the welfare, educational and personal success of our children. This school has set a new standard in finding the balance of student success, in an era where success is driven by "numbers," by offering an exceptional learning environment for both parents and teachers. As a relatively new school, I expect the administation, including, the highly-respected principal and assistant principal, to continue on a path that will emphasis more opportunities for development of its students, including STEM initiatives. Parents are always welcome at BFES, and encouraged to actively participate in classroom and school activities. Yet, more can be done, and community leaders, local businesses and academic partners should also get involved, realizing the "gem" the Milton and Alpharetta communities have in this wonderful school. My take-away is optimism - seeing these kind, intelligent and creative minds flourishing makes me proud to be a Bobcat parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

BFES has hit its stride as a newer school - we have an excellent principal who shows tremendous leadership and is well-respected by teachers and parents. Our teachers and admin are second to none - any issues I have ever voiced concern over as a parent have been addressed competently and fairly; teachers have been wonderful about working with us as parents to find solutions anytime our children struggle in areas related to curriculum and academics. We came from a private school before moving to this area and were reluctant to enroll in public school - we have found BFES to be everything we look for in a quality educational experience and will be so sad to leave elementary school when the time comes! It has truly been a home for our children and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

This school has had some instability in administration over the past few years, but we finally have a wonderful principal who is doing a fantastic job bringing the community together! I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

This school year has been wonderful so far. The new principal is amazing with the children and has made a big difference. The teachers we have met are inspiring to our kids and have listened to us when we have had concerns and questions. Overall, we feel that this is the best year this school has had and are looking forward to another year ahead. We are happy to have found such a wonderful community school after re-locating to Atlanta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

School was ill-equipped to handle increase in 1st grade enrollment in 2013; their solution was to create one extra large overflow class and assign a temporary teacher to preside over that class. As a result, there have been huge discipline problems in that class and they are a month behind all of the other classes The administration has been completely unresponsive to addressing the issues I guess i shouldn't be surprised. As a government school, there is no accountability and no consequences for this type of behavior. It's shameful, but not unusual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

We transferred to Birminham Falls. The teachers and staff were very helpful with the transfer. The teachers are very understanding and helpful towards both us as parents and the children with making them feel at ease. The boys love the school and couldn't be happier. In the short time they have attended the school, they have greatly improved academically. Thanks to the teachers! (and staff!)
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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94%

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95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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97%

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95%

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Social Studies

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

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96%

2010

 
 
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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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
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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
White 83% 44%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 37%
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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14865 Birmingham Hwy
Milton, GA 30004
Phone: (770) 667-2820

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