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Bluegrass Middle School

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Posted May 15, 2014

I pulled my 6th grader out halfway thru the year and homeschooled the remainder of the year. He'll go to private school next year as I tried to enroll him into the other middle schools to no avail (citing that we are "out of district"). This school was on academic probation until a few yrs ago. I've had 2 children there and disliked it both times. Chaotic, too many students, they can't carry book bags, can't go to lockers after each bell, teachers unprofessional, NO ACADEMIC REDIRECTION. My child learned more in homeschool in 3 mo than the whole first half of their school year there. I started him over to day one 6th grade math and we'll be finishing up with math in the summer. A whole WEIGHT was lifted off of me and my child when we left this terrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

I have visited the school during and after hours for school events, only to be amazed at the unprofessionalism and lack of guidance from the staff. Children wildly run the halls, cursing, and inapropriately touching each other. There are scheduled weekly fights in the bathrooms, to which the staff has yet to place a hall monitor to prevent such issues. The kids are packed in small classes, with some teachers that do not interact with the students, give out worksheet packets, and ask that the students remain silent while they check their facebook accounts. The students are not allowed to bring some subject textbooks home and share lockers with other students, for funding issues unknown. Don't expect to be able to review much of your child's classwork, due to no homework being sent home. However you will get an email notification of classwork, that you will never see. This has led to a very stressful enviroment and the teachers have been known to speak in very harsh tones to students. Yes, even a guidance counselor. If you can afford or have the opportunity to apply for private school, please do. If possible, commuting to other local schools would be a good option.


Posted November 21, 2013

They have no tutors and they clump all the children together, regardless of whether they have a learning disability or not. The students with IEP's don't get the special attention that they should get and they don't have any special implements to aid in reading (i.e., neon colored transparencies)


Posted October 11, 2013

The behavior is very bad. And the discipline is VERY unprofessional. Last year a teacher was hired who had NO control what so ever over her classes. She then forgot to give the placement test for Social Studies. A falculty member was recently fired for no reason and replaced. The vice principal last year has a reputation around the school for harassing students mentally. There have been stories of students going home crying or breaking down in class because of something he said to them. An 8th grade teacher I must say is great and prepares students for high school she is tremendous and should be somewhere better than this place known as a "School". Although she can be quite rude and closed minded. I also need to add that if you want your child to stay innocent, don't come to BGMS where the PDA is as high as the kids caught smoking weed in the bathroom last year.


Posted May 24, 2012

This school's classes aren't very diverse. The the school is way overcrowded and some teachers even have to share rooms with others. There is hardly any parent involvement and the behavior is pretty bad. Academically, the school is pretty average and students in the gifted program are hardly recognized at all with a meeting only once about every month and a half. It's an okay school overall but I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever been to.


Posted May 21, 2012

I love working at Bluegrass. I have traveled the country and worked in several different school districts, but the Bluegrass faculty cannot be beaten in terms of their committment to student success. Teachers here know what a precious commodity they are entrusted with and treat that responsibility seriously and are honored to spend the hours at school with your children. They have high expectations, and do everything they can to get students to meet those expectations, including countless professional development hours beyond what is required. At Bluegrass, it really is all about what is best for students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2012

Bluegrass middle school is a great school to send your child to. the teachers are some of the hardest working I have ever seen, and it has a great parent teacher organization. There is a real sense of community, which is hard to accomplish with the amount of diversity this school has to offer. The teachers, administration, and even the support staff do whatever it takes to make sure that all students succeed. I am proud to send my son to Bluegrass. The only thing that could make this school better is more great parents that want to be actively involved their kid's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I attend bluegrass as a formal 8th grader. Overall it's a great school, the food could be improved, other then that i find bluegrass a great school. Comming from a military base into a public school, bluegrass and the teachers there made me feel as if i was apart of something. Bluegrass has build up my confidence and i think it'll help me throughout my high school years when i attend john hardin high school... Class of '13.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2007

i love going to this school but the food needs work and i think we need more diverse classes in the musical department
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2005

For a school this size it is about average overall. The school is approaching capacity quickly and is already running out of classroom space with teachers sharing rooms. The principal has done an outstanding job keeping the kids positive about education and providing a school environment where everyone feels safe. There are many programs in place that children can get involved in but for a school this size there could be more participation. As with most schools there are a handfull of parents that seem to be at every function and visible all year. If your child is an overachiever, there could be more for them somewhere else. BGMS is on par or above the local district and for most, your child will do quite well here.
—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.
Language Mechanics

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

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
41%
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 39% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%
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 45% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
32%
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 Students44%
Female48%
Male41%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female35%
Male36%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female46%
Male52%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students32%
Female35%
Male30%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities8%
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

Math

All Students37%
Female36%
Male38%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female64%
Male65%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities27%
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

Math

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
African American23%
Asian55%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female53%
Male49%
African American31%
Asian73%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students49%
Female42%
Male56%
African American39%
Asian55%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students25%
Female31%
Male19%
African American14%
Asian46%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/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 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
23%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
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 65% 81%
Black 23% 11%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 44%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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170 West A Jenkins Rd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 765-2658

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