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Bamber Valley Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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Posted May 18, 2011

The absolute BEST! BEST principal, best staff. I can't say enough good things about Bamber. They strive for and obtain excellence. The positive leadership starts at the top and permeates the whole school. They will never give up on any student, are firm yet fair. Everyone is given an environment in which to to take their talent and abilities as far as they can. A large school means more options and more opportunities. Parents are very involved and encouraged to do so. Expectations are clear. Principal is caring and ALWAYS positive. Circumstance had us in three private schools before Bamber; Bamber tops them all in my opinion. It is a rare find, a treasure! It retains some of the "best of the best" staff in the area. Going out of their way to make your child succeed is the rule rather than the exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Bamber Valley has a fantastic staff and wonderful students. Despite many recent changes, the staff continues to provide a great education for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Bamber Valley has a wonderfully dedicated PTA and many active parent volunteers. It boasts being the ESOL school and has a great hearing impaired program. The students take an active role in their community as well and do many service projects throughout the year, some partnering with other community organizations and some independently. It's a large school for the area (population-wise) yet it feels close-knit and very friendly and inviting. Great staff, great kids. Just an all around great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

I have a special needs child and the school has helped my son come out of his shell and prosper. I cannot say enough about the special education staff. Where there was doubt and concern, now there is only hope and a bright future for him. I am so greatful we moved here. He hated school and now he loves it. We could not ask for anything better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

I have three children at Bamber. It is overall a good school. The only disadvantage is that it is a huge school with about 1000 students. Most of the teachers are pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

This school has a wide mix of the educational, racial and socio-economic levels representative of what is present in Rochester. I have one child who has been there K thru 4 and another K thru 1. As a child I graduated from a private college preparatory school and have two graduate degrees, but some of the teachers at this school are the best that I have ever seen. I haven't heard of or experienced a bad or one yet. The staff actively involves parents in the school and really cares about the children. They have art, music and PE classes. And they have a good counseling staff if your child has any problems. This is a wonderful school. If only all elementary schools were this good.
—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 83% in 2010.

132 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

166 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black60%
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant76%
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 Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant75%
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 Students84%
Female88%
Male81%
Black67%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant84%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
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

All Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black47%
Asian93%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students55%
Female58%
Male51%
Black31%
Asian60%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant55%
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 Students65%
Female61%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian71%
Hispanic13%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant56%
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 Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant69%

Reading

All Students64%
Female68%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant64%

Science

All Students57%
Female50%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic5%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English67%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 73%
Hispanic 18% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Black 8% 9%
Two or more races 2% 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 39%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2001 Bamber Valley Rd SW
Rochester, MN 55902
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