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Birchview Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 651 students

 

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Posted May 21, 2014

caring teachers, great sense of "community, character, and compassion" with the new principal leading engaging whole-school lessons at monthly assemblies, wonderful nature area with students planting and caring for trees...excellent music teacher who is a master educator and motivator - getting 1st graders to understand, apply, and enjoy learning notation and intervals (through fun clapping activities and movement-based musical activities with relevant and artistic props) - and she then runs a great choir for the upper grades; this jives well with the annual upper-grade musical planned in coordination with a local theater company; Mrs. Zufall and Miss Wilkens are excellent in particular - loved our experience at Birchview!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Birchview Elementary School is a great school. The techers do not pretent to their students. The students are taught the right lessons. They are a very good role model for our children and the next generation in our school disrtict. we want to keep teachers like them in all of our school system in the entire U.S school system. many thanks to all of you at Birchview. Esther Kamara (Loshiaka's mother)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

I have been nothing but pleased with our Birchview expereince. My son has thoroughly enjoyed his first grade and now second grade teachers. The staff is very welcoming and involved. I highly reccomend Birchview. The pod classrooms are not ideal, but our a reality of the financial state of MN. They do an excellent job with the space they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

Since this is greatschools.org, it's important to point out that Birchview isn't exactly a great school, but rather merely "good" school in a great district. Not every school is equal across the school district, that's why it is really important be involved in your child s academic experience. Albeit, Birchview is blessed with a strong principal (who is credited for making much headway), who is retiring. In addition, they have some very nice teachers. Be warned though, as they teach in pods. That s a nice way of thinking of an open room with four separate classrooms in one room, divided by book shelves. Not only is it loud, but it is very cluttered due to space limitations. Things were hanging from the ceiling and there wasn t an inch of wall space noticeable. The classroom and building is also dark. Not really an environment conducive to learning. There were only two slivers for windows in the classrooms. It s really not where we, let alone our children, would like to be 8 hours a day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

Birchview has excellent teachers and an outstanding principle - in turn they have wonderful students achieving academic excellence. I wish more schools in our nation could do all the great things that Birchview is doing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

My son attended this school only to have the kindergarten teacher constantly questioning my son of my parenting then getting other parties involved especially outside sources. I understand the concerns the teacher may have had, but my son was traumatized by their actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

When relocating to MN, I personally interviewed 13 different schools, 7 principals, and narrowed it down to 2 - then instructing my realtor to find a house by one of them, ending with a purchase a few blocks from Birchview. I am so happy with the staff, the curriculum, the pod setting, the WPS resources, and the location. This is a community that values education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My grandson attends this school. I have visited his classroom and think they have wonderful teachers.


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 83% in 2010.

102 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

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 69% in 2010.

103 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

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 Students90%
Female86%
Male94%
Black50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant90%
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%
Female91%
Male83%
Black50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not 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

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
Black71%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Black50%
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant79%
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 Students82%
Female72%
Male94%
Black33%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Reading

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black25%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant75%
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 Students79%
Female80%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Science

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
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 67% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Black 12% 9%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 22%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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