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Poplar Bridge Elementary School

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

Things have changed for the worse at this school. Many of the teachers feel entitle and really aren't interested in teaching. There still are some very good teachers there that struggle to keep a positive attitude. With the retirement of the Principal Swor and the installation of an inexperienced individual, the school has changed. No questions have been directly answered. There's a need to distract, there's a lack of accountability by teachers, administrators (including the superintendents) and principal. They are very eager to put kids on pharmaceuticals. It's a negative environment, with bitter teachers and a serious lack of accountability. Granted, academically there are still some merits to this school. Hence the 2 stars. Also to be fair, this is probably an epidemic that is rolling through all public schools, not just this one. I have ran into many teachers and just general employees from Poplar Bridge in the community. They are seriously unhappy since the installation of this principal. I also would comment there there's a bit of reverse racism going on. I don't make these statements lightly. I won't send my child to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

My three children have gone to this school for several years now and we love it! The teachers are caring, the level of education is of very good quality and the children are nice and well behaved! We have found the new administration to be excellent. The test scores have gone higher and they are implementing more technology this year that will be a step above other schools! Our children love this school. We were in the Edina school district prior to this, and we like Poplar Bridge much better! It is a more balanced school overall, yet still providing a high level of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

I believe the student experience and learning begins and primarily stays between the teachers and the students. Poplar Bridge has amazing teachers. We have 3 kids so for in Poplar Bridge Kinder through 3rd grade. Our children have had a positive experience. They are learning, excelling and making great friends. If there ever is a concern, by open communication, email, phone calls to teachers or principal, head office - it's a team effort - and in the best interest of the child - we all work it out. We really like the new Principal too - He is awesome! Love the passion of the Art Teacher, Media, Music for Specials too. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus of the curriculum starts in Kindergarten as a science/health professional love that. Thanks Poplar Bridge :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

My child has attended Poplar Bridge since 2009. We have always been pleased with the school and the communication that we received. This year we have received very little information. We have to request information or press for information about many subjects. We we ask questions, we don't get clear answers. There is a lack of information about what's happening at the school, what's happening with our girl, and what is happening in the classroom. We don't get notifications like we used to either. The school has also become dirty and lacks things such as toilet paper in the bathrooms. The school has gone downhill this year. The atmosphere seems to be more negative. My daughter went from loving school to wanting to stay at home. Her assignments aren't clear, she doesn't know what to expect and she seems to be fearful of how the staff with treat her. My husband and I don't know what's going on, because no one seems to be able to answer simple questions. In our opinion the school went from wonderful to marginal in less than 10 months. The other parents and her friends seem to still be a positive factor in her attendance. We don't know if we are going to move her for her 5th grad year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

My son attended Poplar Bridge K-2. He had an increasingly difficult time with one child in particular who was very disruptive to the learning process. He was also placed in math levels that weren't suitable to his learning ability. When each of these issues were addressed with the administration at the time (2009 & 2010), I felt the adminstration lacked a real grasp of being able to attend to my concerns. I ended up moving my son to Ridgeview in 3rd grade where he is finishing 5th grade this year (2010-2013). Ironically, two other of his classmates left Poplar Bridge to attend Ridgeview for the same reasons in 2010 (all three of these kids are "high performing" students). I understand the administration has recently changed at Poplar Bridge, so I hope things will improve for the students of this school. There really is a "top-down" effect to administration that directly impacts the quality of children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

We have been nothing but happy with this school. It is the only elementary school in Bloomington that has locked front doors and you have to be buzzed in to even get in the school. The teachers have zero tolerance for bullies and are fantastic at dealing with concerns of parents. The principal knows all the kids and parents when they walk in the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

Fantastic school! My two children, that are teenagers now, went to Poplar Bridge. The principal is great and all the teachers were attentive to the children's needs and very creative. They did an excellent job of getting the parents involved too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Poplar Bridge has great kids, parents, administration, and teachers that work together to create a positive, fun, and innovative learning community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 7, 2009

Poplar Bridge is an outstanding school that emphasizes academics as well as the social development of each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Poplar Bridge is an amazing school! The school boasts an amazing family of staff and students that work together to strive for success. The environment is one that nurtures the mind and the character of all students, teachers, staff and families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Poplar Bridge is an excellent elementary school that provides an engaging environment for all students to learn and grow as individuals. I'm proud to be a teacher at this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2004

This is an excellent school. I would recommend it to anyone. The teachers are amazing and the princaple is wonderful. I'm just so sad that this is my child's last year at Poplar Bridge.


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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 83% in 2010.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

65 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

59 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black67%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male80%
Black58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female69%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners46%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students63%
Female63%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant75%

Reading

All Students57%
Female65%
Male49%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Economically non-disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female55%
Male64%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant75%

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male74%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Economically non-disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 73%
Black 13% 9%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 8% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
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 30%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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