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Beaver Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 846 students

 
 

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Posted January 27, 2012

After growing up in the WDM School District in its heyday, it took a lot to admit to myself that Johnston was not the better place to send my daughter. And I loved the choice. New buildings, motivated teachers! Then we had the greatest shock of our lives... We had to move out of state. Treasure what you have here, neighbors. Feel blessed that parents come in and teach about their heritage, that the teachers take the time to know which students should work at what pace, and they allow them to work accordingly. Be THANKFUL that they have parents allowed to come in and help with kids who need a little more help with subjects they find tough. I miss being able to go in and help the 2nd grade kids work on their reading... I miss darn near everything about that school... We pay $12,000 a year now for our child to get a private school education. This week's spelling words in 4th grade, were words I know she had back in 1st grade. She studied clouds in Social Studies last week, but she already studied that in 2nd grade... There is no TAG in Private school. And now I'm going in to fight like heck to get her moved up a grade, because she is so bored in class, she falls asleep.*sigh*
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

We switched to Beaver Creek because it looked like it had so much to offer our gifted children. Instead, I had to pull my son out in 4 months to be homeschooled due to bullying. The administration talks a good talk, but does not enforce their no-tolerance policy. The kids have NO respect for anyone and are allowed to be this way (I watched them ridicule a visiting author to his face -- and right in front of a teacher and the superintendent -- and no one stopped them). We are not the only family who has pulled children from this school because of bullying and lack of administrative support. Also, their diversity measures need updating; we had to push for changes for our Asian daughter. They want to spread out the minority kids through the classes so more Caucasian children could experience "diversity"; we wanted her with another Asian child so she would not be the only non-white face in class. (Actually, the diversity problem is district-wide; I had to speak to the superintendent about several instances I saw in their schools.) It's a lovely facade. Be careful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Beaver Creek has an amazing, caring staff. They also have wonderful programs to help the children in their school. My son was having such a hard time learning to read and was frustrated and ready to give up. They put him in a reading recovery program and in just a couple of weeks I watched my son's confidence boom and he is doing amazing at reading the books that are sent home. He actually wants to try. The principal is a wonderful man who greets the kids at the front door when they come in and also takes the time to read to the classrooms. He also lets the students from the reading recovery program come in to read to him! We are so grateful to have our sons in such an amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

Our students consistently perform above the national and state averages on the ITBS tests. Parent involvement is very high, with excellent conference attendance and a vibrant PTO!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8701 Lyndhurst
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 278-6228

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