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Belle Plaine High School

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Posted April 21, 2014

I attended Belle Plaine schools from Elementary to High school. The academics were above average, teachers were great, and they had many programs and clubs to choose from. I played 3 different sports and our teams were average, the main problem was small town politics. There were several teacher's children who received special treatment. I have been out for several years and now my siblings are in High School and things have become WAY worse! BAD: They have had to cut many classes and clubs to save money including field trips. Their vocal program is non-existent and there are barely any electives to choose from. The worst change has been their sports teams. Instead of hiring qualified coaches, they give the job to any teacher who wants it. This year our football team won 0 games and our boys varsity b-ball won 2 games. If your parents are well known in this town, then you will play. Conclusion: If you only care about your child's grades and test scores, then BP will be fine. I believe they need to stop paying their administrators so much and spend more time and money helping their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2010

I too have attended Belle Plaine Schools since preschool. All throughout my schooling, the teachers have been fantastic. In elementary, middle, and high school I've had dedicated teachers. Of course, there's been a few teachers that I didn't think to highly of, but that's inevitable regardless of where you go. Contrary to a previous review, I believe that the leadership show by the high school staff is superb. I know no other district in the area with the quality of education that these teachers provide. While the facilities aren't top-notch, I don't expect them to be, considering the fact that this is a public school; public schools have little money. School luches aren't great either, but you can always bring your lunch. However, even this fault is being corrected. Overall, I would definitely recommend this district to anyone considering moving to this area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2007

My children have attended Belle Plaine school's since pre-school. While both the elementary and middle school have quality leadership I have saw the leadership level at the high school deteriorate severely in the past few year's. Belle Plaine continues to have an open school district which allows disciplinary challenged students to attend school alongside our children. Whether this is a factor or not the principal and vice principal have adopted almost police like actions in dealing with all the students, making no exceptions. While the teachers are superb the style of leadership is poor at the top.
—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 84% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

55 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Science

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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities80%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities80%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities70%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 67%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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822 North Merchant
Belle Plaine, KS 67013
Phone: (620) 488-2421

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