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Briarwood Elementary School

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Posted February 20, 2014

My child attended 3 years and was BORED. Never given additional material to attempt or keep her interested. They teach to the minimum state requirement and stop. Not a school for anyone who is above the curve in several subjects. Friends and teachers were nice enough, but resources are stretched so thin now due to having 1/2 the younger student base being ESL immigrants. I am in favor of diversity, but not at the expense of educating a child to his or her full potential. Oh, and that brainwashing of 7 Habits thing is absurd. Not a brick in the school isn't covered with this propaganda. Please stop already.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

not a good school for any child with any type of diagnosis or learning disability all they offer are resource classes, not special education classes my daughter went from 2.8 grade average coming from a special ed classes to briarwoods rti program and is now a 1 year later at a 1.3 grade level and all the recordings I have of the rti classes the kids are playing computer games like mind craft. I hear the teachers talking about personal stuff and paper work they have to get turned in but I hear only about 5 minutes of actual teaching. this is both with reading and math rti.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

We have been richly blessed by our experience at Briarwood, with 2 children attending. As mother, one of the most important things for me was to have teachers who compliment my beliefs as a Christian, by their example in word and action. (What good is a 4.0 if their attitude is disrespectful, rude or arrogant?) That being said, they are completely respectful of all beliefs, as it is a very diverse school. So far, we have had teachers who have FAR SURPASSED my expectations. God has answered our prayers to match each child with the perfect teacher for them. Not only do they meet the educational needs, but our children are encouraged emotionally, as well. They have left lasting fingerprints on our children's lives, that I know looking back, they will each hold a special place in all of our lives. Children will not remember the things you said (for the most part), but they will remember how you made them feel, and our children will have very fond memories of Briarwood. I have also seen a positive change in their behavior at home, as well, even overhearing a conversation from one child to the other to correct behavior by "Being Pro-active" (a theme being taught there).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

What a wonderful school! The student body is so diverse and it is obvious the staff loves their job! I have substituted at several schools in this county and Briarwood is one of my favorites.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2012

In my opinion, the good reputation of schools in Bowling Green are generally based on whichever has the most rich white kids. Briarwood is the perfect example. Not a bad school by any means, but definitely not as great as people make it sound.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

think this school has a great parent/teacher organization, lots of great teachers, and has improved since Ms Richey retired, simply because she was so self-absorbed. I wrote a review a few years ago on this particular school and its administration, but it was removed....maybe because it was worded too negatively...however, as long as a review is still polite I dont think it is fair to remove it when it is a true reflection of a parent's views regarding the school. My original evaluation was very low but i am pleased to see some more positive administrative support now for the teachers that are there..makes a big difference, and i certainly feel that the school has earned its current rating in the past year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

I moved here from Alabama two years ago and my daughter is now 3rd grade. She loves the school and her teachers as well as Ms Richey. As long as she is happy, I LOVE IT!!! Keep up the GREAT WORK BRIARWOOD!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

My children started Briarwood a year ago after moving here from Louisville. It has been nothing but a excellent school for us. Way better than the one in Louisville. Both of children love the school, the teachers , great friends and a awesome principal....though it seems that some don't like her . The some that don't like Mrs. Richey should go checkout the principals in Louisville then you would greatly appreciate her. I feel that my kids are in safe and great hands at Briarwood. I am very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

Briarwood is one of the better schools in town, but Debbie Richie really needs to retire. The school succeeds largely in spite of her lack of leadership ability. Still...as a parent you'd be well served to move to this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I am not impressed with Briarwood this year as I was last year. My child is in 1st grade & I feel his class is too advanced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

I am involved in extracurricular activities with Briarwood children. Briarwood really isn't concerned with helping us out as far as scheduling and a place to practice. I was shown the door twice when I saw other coaches (at other schools) having no problems. We are with Warren Parks and Recreation so you'd think Ms. Richey would let us! I agree with a previous poster that she is way too caught up in herself!! On a more positive note, the parents seem very involved and safety/discipline is paramount!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

All I have heard since I have moved to Bowling Green is how Briarwood Elementary is this great school. Well, I have to say my child's experience in kindergarten was great!!! He had a wonderful teacher. But from day one I haven't been too impressed with the principal. I think she focuses too much on herself, rather than the kids. That is just my opinion. As for this school year, I don't have much of an opinion of his teacher or class yet. Hopefully it will go as well as last year. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2006

Briarwood Elementary is by far the leader-of-the-pack when it comes to top-notch education in a family atmosphere! The musical put on under Adrea Brown's guidance every year is a spetacular production that compares to Nashville's children's musicals. The number of parents helping out at the school always surprises me. Every educator is driven to see their students succeed and truly care about each child and their family. After being in an accident that limited my mobility for several weeks, my sons' teachers, from past and current school years, sent home dinner for my family as well as many well wishes. As a past secondary educator, the caring and involvement at Briarwood unsurpasses any I've ever encountered. You're child will thrive at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

I would not want my child anywhere else. I have 4 children and 3 out of the four have attended Briarwood. My third child will be in her last year there and I am already feeling like I am losing part of my family. Thankfully my fourth child will be at Briarwood in two years. He already wants to go to Briarwood with his siblings. The teachers, academics, Ms. Richey down to Mr. James are the absolute best. If you want a caring family atmosphere for your child Briarwood is the way to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Great academic competator with local private schools. High parent involvement. many activities available to students. Great environment for students. Even the cafeteria food isn't too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

From day one Briarwood has risen above and beyond my wildest dreams. The fall festival was almost the size of a county fair and the PTA involvment was more than I imagined. I have to admit that seeing the children run up to Mrs.Richey(the principal) yelling her name like she was a Hollywood superstar was a first. My daughter loves school and I wouldn't think of having her attend anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

I could not ask for more carring teachers. My child is so comfortable in school i couldnt imagion transfering him to another. I realized at the 2004 pre k graduation that the teachers and the principal love the childeren attending that school as if they were there own kids. Its like having family with your child all day long! We Love it!
—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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 54% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian29%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learners6%

Reading

All Students63%
Female66%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian41%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learners13%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asian47%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners44%

Math

All Students60%
Female63%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian40%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners31%

Reading

All Students49%
Female61%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian27%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners13%

Science

All Students72%
Female79%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian53%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners44%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female57%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female78%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners40%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female73%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian36%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

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Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 1%
Black 8% 11%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bowling Green, KY 42103
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