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Big Woods Elementary School

Public | 1-4 | 616 students

 
 

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Posted April 19, 2011

This school is awesome! The principal is friendly and very visible; her strong leadership is evidenced by the overall positive school climate. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The teachers are caring and professional. The building is immaculate, well designed, and technologically advanced with a smart board in every classroom. The curriculum is challenging. The math and reading programs in particular are phenomenal. My kids are learning so much more than I expected at this early age. I could not ask for a better place for my kids to go to school. I volunteer there every week and feel appreciated and welcomed. I love my kids' teachers and have not heard a bad thing about any teacher there. I could go on and on. Big Woods is a phenomenal school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

Big Woods provides a wonderful opportunity for students to grow in a caring and educationally sound atmosphere. The teachers are wonderful and nurturing and the administration is very willing to work with me as a parent. The reading and math curriculum are challenging, yet accomodations are made for each individual. I always feel welcomed by the staff and am encouraged to take part in my child's education. Hats off to Big Woods!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

Sorry, can't recommend. Too many problems. Some decent teachers, but not enough. I think there is more concern for the adults in the school than for the kids. Poor coordination in math and english between schools. Kindergarten should be in the school. Too many transitions. Parents are not heard. Really too bad, the voters gave them a nice facility and they have wasted the opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

There is a decent principal here, but not high quality teachers all around. Some are great, but others are just not worthy. Transition from the 'primary school' is difficult. They should have kindergarten right in the school. There is a culture of teacher bullying. A few teachers control most all of the deccisions while the good teachers and many parents just sit back and take it. The district administration does nothing. Test scores look o.k., but coordination with the middle school is pretty bad. We've had to re-do material that our kids were already taught once we got to the middle school because it wasn't coordinated. I would say this is a pretty average school. It won't get any better until some of the bullying and insider teachers are removed and replaced with competent and visionary instructors. There is no second language option in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This is our first year at Big Woods elementary. So far I have been impressed with the way they let the children move freely in the room to learn. Sometimes they are on the carpet reading, sitting in their desks, and even at a group table. I love the fact they try and get the parents involved as much as possible. They teach respect, responsibility, and trust. I love the fact that they allow them freedoms throughout the day. My 1st grader feels so big and a little more grown up. As far as the math goes here at Big Woods, I think that it is going to be a great program. Everyday math is very visual and I think most students need that visual aspect with any subject. I know that I am a visual learner and I wish they were teaching this when I was a student. Good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

This school has a sound group of individuals working toward the same goal. My children are included, accepted and taught in a comfortable yet encouraging atmosphere. The staff, I and my kids are all responsible for the education they receive. They are learning leadership here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

I was very disappointed with the 4th grade teachers at Big Woods. The curriculum for Social and Math are Very slanted. Social inserts lots of potically liberal ideology and concerns, and the math (Everyday Math) is inadequate for most students, esp. those who struggle, and does not allow advanced students to move ahead. The personalities of the teachers and staff are very positive, unless a parent comes from a conservative or Christian worldview. There is no room to accomodate, they only offer to send your child to the 'planning room' if there is a topic or activity to which a parent objects. I had hoped to see politics (such as indoctrination regarding rainforests, global warming...) to be removed from the content but it was not, and wasn't taught as rightly 'one side of the issue'. It's not just 4th, but 4th seems to be a real problem.
—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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
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

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not 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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
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 Students81%
Female82%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%
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 Students84%
Female77%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not 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 92% 73%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 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 10%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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13470 Frankfort Parkway NE
St Michael, MN 55376
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