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Bierbaum Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 603 students

Working to meet all students' needs, quality Character Education

 
 
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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 17, 2014

This school is great so far... I have a kid that is starting first grade this year and another one will be in kindergarten next year. My sons teacher in kindergarten was Mrs. Wanko. She was great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

Ok, You may be thinking that they have too much kids but not enough teachers. But the teacher still figure out a way to work with each and every student. the teachers and student at Bierbaum Elementary always figure out a way to handle situations and get each other excited. For example: -The school Carnavil - Bullseye, he is a buffalo (the school mascot) They Find out ways to work together and make this world a better place. They earned money by having a hat day and donated the money to charity's. two years ago they made cards for veterans and the computer teacher mailed them out. She was in the air force, I believe now she is serving with them again.PLEASE LOOK AT THIS PAGE ABOUT BIERBAUM http://bierbaum.mehlvilleschooldistrict.com/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/2367646/File/MSOC%20Application%202012-2013.pdf?sessionid=6fa5aa8b6371876dbe268d7ecabf1db8


Posted October 27, 2013

Thank you for everyone's reviews. I currently live in California and trying to find a good school for my kids when we relocate in a few months. I clicked on the link because I noticed it was scored a "3" and wanted to know why. My mind was blown away when I saw such great reviews and then others negative because of the class size. The district where we are at have WAY more student/Teacher ratios. Most every class have at least 30 in every grade level with no help. In 5th grade, some have even 36 students. I am still going to research other schools. I do want to say that it is good to know that there is a good support of parents (being on PTA, I do understand that most work is done with only 5 or 6 parents that really jump in). Thank you all for your reviews! (btw, I gave this school a 3 star because I wanted to give a neutral score)


Posted May 10, 2013

1) To the parent who said that the PTO needs to get a clue, you are dead wrong. The PTO does a great job at supporting the school without being overly pushy about the fundraisers. With a school of 600+ kids (and probably less than 5% of parents get involved in PTO), you can only do so much. 2) For the people complaining about class size - the MO state requirement is 25, and my daughter has never come close (20 - 22 for K-2). The state requirement changes for 4-5, which is why those classes are larger. 3) The teachers and staff really care about the students, both their book learning and their character learning. When we run into them outside of school, they always stop and talk to my daughter and any principal who can remember the names of 600+ kids is cool. They've won over my husband, who attended private schools growing up. 4) Full day kindergarten will be free starting in 2013-14, and even if it cost, it's worth the money (especially if you are a two-parent working family). The kids who were in half day kindergarten had a hard time adapting to the amount of classroom time in 1st grade. We love Bierbaum and are proud to say that our daughter attends school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

In response to the post about paying for kindergarten, you are dead wrong about it not being worth it. I do in-home child care and have some kiddos that go half day, so I opted to pay for my daughter to go full day. If you put what she learned up against what the half day kids learned you would see a day and night difference. The full day children have more time to work on the skills they will need to be successful. How much can these half day kids learn in 3 hrs? They alternate between recess, art, gym, and music each day so they only get roughly two hours of instruction. However I do feel $250 a month is excessive for a district that had a rather large surplus last year. Especially when they milk parents for ever possible penny they can. The PTO desperately needs a clue. Other then that it is a wonderful school and it is in your child's best interest to attend the full day kindergarten. I felt my daughters education was worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

We are new there this year and they have imbraced us making my daughter feel so good about herself and school. This is a GreatSchool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

I know some of the other reviews have stated that there were 'too many children' and that the class sizes were too large, but my experience has been quite the opposite. My daughter (in first grade) has only 19 children total in her class. That's perfect, if you ask me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

There are too many students. Needs more teacher assistance because one teacher can not help each student especially with kindergarters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

Socially this school is good, but educationally it is lacking. To many students, and not enough teachers. I know that this page says 20 students per teacher, but both my boy s classes have 26 students with one teacher. The school has a half day kindergarten; with the option to pay for full day (full day includes one extra recess, lunch, and music, not worth the amount they charge, if you ask me).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

I have one child in third grade, and three others who have gone on to high school and college. Bierbaum prepared them well. The teachers are excellent, the discipline is fair, and there are plenty of kids so that everyone can find a friend. Yes, it is a huge school, although the class sizes are no larger than the Catholic schools in the area. We feel that Bierbaum has greatly enriched our children's lives, and is an asset to our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I have one child that has left Bierbaum and three others that remain there. My experience with this school has been great. I think it's a great school and all of my children are excelling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2004

Entirely too many children and class sizes are ridiculous. 26 children with one teacher, no aid, in a Kindergarten class is just not conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

Not enough teachers per students... especially in the lower grades...when kids learn basics of reading, writing and math.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 42% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 46% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 51% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 48% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students30%
Black23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White30%
Free or reduced-price lunch22%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient students19%

Math

All Students32%
Black23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White29%
Free or reduced-price lunch24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient students43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students42%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White42%
Free or reduced-price lunch31%
Students with disabilities16%
Limited English proficient students33%

Math

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White38%
Free or reduced-price lunch28%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient students22%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students44%
Black25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White48%
Free or reduced-price lunch32%
Students with disabilities18%
Limited English proficient students27%

Math

All Students46%
Black42%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White40%
Free or reduced-price lunch36%
Students with disabilities24%
Limited English proficient students38%

Science

All Students40%
Black25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White42%
Free or reduced-price lunch28%
Students with disabilities12%
Limited English proficient students27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 74%
Black 8% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 47%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Honorable Mention MO School of Character Award (2011)
  • Promising Practice Awards for Character Education (2011)
  • Feinstein Award of Excellence (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Yes

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Kristy Roberts
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (314) 467-5599

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Balanced Literacy
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Yes
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Buerkle Middle School
Mehlville High School
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2050 Union Rd
St. Louis, MO 63125
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Phone: (314) 467-5500

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