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Ballenger Creek Elementary School

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Posted October 22, 2013

There are multiple issues at this school - the administration is only concerned with Title 1 "status" and bragging about the free stale cinnamon rolls they pass off as a healthy breakfast. The curriculum has really dummied down in the past few years too. There have been multiple administrative staff changes including multiple principals in the past few years. Several front office employees quit due to the current principal. My kids are actually saying the teachers are acting way too goofy and silly. I'm incredibly saddened by the disintegration of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter just started first grade here and we were pretty nervous about a new school. So far she loves it, her teacher is great and we expect only good things to happened. I don't know much about the school but everybody seems to care about children and I like the fact that they are very carefully about their safety and their development. I heard only positive things from other parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

Ballenger Creek is such a great school, I have a daughter with a long IEP and the staff that cares for her is so wonderful. Not to mention the focus they have on STEM. I love love love this school and am sorry to be leaving it next year when we move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS ALSO THE BEST! I NEVER WENT HERE BUT I LOVE AND LIKE IT


Posted January 26, 2012

Love this school!! Teachers are wonderful, the administration is terrific as well. They really seem to care about the kids. I would highly recommend moving to this area if you have elementary aged kids. You will not be disappointed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

I have had 3 children that have gone to BCES and I think it's a pretty good school. The new administration isn't the nicest but they seem to get the job done. Many of the teachers are really amazing teachers though. They really know how to show a child that they care about them and their academic future. I was very sad to see my son graduate 5th grade and head to middle school because I knew he would no longer get to see the teachers who really turned his school life around for him. Funny enough, his former teachers still check up on him 2 years later in middle school. Some of the teachers can be very strict, but I think it's good for the kids to know their boundaries. Also the guidance counselor is very nice and has a lot of various groups to help any of the kids who might be struggling with something in their home or school life. There is very little bullying and the staff really instills it in the kids that bullying is bad and you will be punished for it. I do wish there was more PTA participation among the parents because when there isn't the students really feel the pinch on fun things like the fall festival or spring carnival.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

Perhaps the pre 2008 reviews should be overlooked as the principal and AP have changed since then. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. Teachers want the kids to excel and are willing to put the time into making that happen. Supplemental instruction is available for both struggling students and those who need to be challenged above the average curriculum. Administration is accessable and responsive to request for clarifications, meetings and evaluations. Many parents are part of the PTA and strive to make events fun and family friendly. I am happy to call BCES our school and my kids are thriving there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

Let me preface what I am about to say with this...I do not give out 5 stars - ever. With that said I have had no issues with BCES. I have found my child's time at this school to be an overall positive experience. With the exception of a few duds in teacher assignment, academically I feel my child is thriving. There has been individual attention when necessary and I have always felt that they care about my child as an individual not just as part of the crowd. We will both miss this school when our time is at an end here but feel that other children will most definitely benefit from the quality education we have experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I have no idea why several posters are stating that there is a lack of communication as I have children who have been attending BCES for the past 10 years total...I LOVE the school, the community involvement, several EXTEMELY dedicated and wonderful teachers and pretty much everything about the school. Since we are porhibited from posting names here, I will just say that there are NUMEROUS teachers who have been there in excess of 10 years (so much for the "high turnover" allegation) and they are simply wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2009

There is a lack of leadership and teamwork amongst the teachers.Teachers are not giving support to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

There is a lack of leadership and teamwork amongst the teachers. Individually they are all strong educators, but there lacks a cohesiveness that holds BCES from being great. There seems to be a lack of organization, clear expectations, and accountability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

Communication is lacking severely at BCES! Unfortunately the teachers and administrators who do care are overpowered by those who can't seem to manage their way out of a paper bag. Frederick county has a problem at this school and the mere fact that this school as had to change administration in two years again and the rampant turnover in teaching staff should tell parents there is a problem. We are leaving Frederick County this summer, we cannot afford private school and we simply feel that even staying in Frederick County isn't enough to correct the issue for our child. If you can avoid BCES, do so. The only positive, the PTA is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

The teachers and quality of instruction have been great! Teachers seem to be really in tune with the needs of the child. My issue has been with communication - as a new parent to the school I felt very in the dark about certain things - and there is some support staff that aren't as sensitive to the needs of the young child as they should be. I also feel administration will try to placate you if you have an issue instead of listening. But the education has been very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

My son (now 12) went to BCES from K thru 3rd grade. Most aspects of the school are great, and most families in my neighborhood are very pleased. I was concerned about the lack of personal interest in my child and his issues. Since he was not a troublemaker, it was not important to the teachers that he wasn't meeting his full potential. He now goes to a smaller Christian school (FCA) and is thriving with more personal attention and a much stronger and demanding curriculum. My younger son joined him 3 years ago. It's a sacrifice, but worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

My son has only completed Kindergarten at BCES but what I've seen thus far from the school has impressed me greatly. I am enthusiastic about him continuing his education at BCES and confident that he will continue to exceed expectations! :)
—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 82% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 42%
Black 22% 35%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Two or more races 11% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
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 42%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Frederick, MD 21703
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