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Bigfork Elementary School

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Posted November 19, 2013

I have found that many parents of children in this school are looking for other options. A much smaller nearby school fills up with out of district children because of issues with both the Bigfork Elementary School staff and the students. Having had a few children in this school over the past 20 years, my opinion is that there just doesn't seem to be a lot of care or concern for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

I have 3 children who attend Bigfork Elementary. Amazing teachers and staff! I find myself visiting the school often with having young children. If it's taking a forgotten backpack or helping in a classroom I have always been greeted with a smile by staff and teachers. I find them to be very personable and approachable. I find it to be a very friendly safe school for my children. I feel they offer a excellent education and extra-curricular activities of all ages. All three of my children have been very successful in their relationships with friends and teachers. The teachers have been always very attentive to my children's needs. I can tell they really know them very well just by having conversations with them. This is very important to me because they do spend more day hours with them than I do. To add to my thoughts I just asked my oldest what he/she thought was their favorite thing about Bigfork Elementary and the respond was: Great friends, teachers and a really cool principal. Thank you Bigfork Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

Poor leadership in the school at least some teachers are putting their personal political beliefs into their curriculum. The gifted program was cut while they spent tons of money on new Apple computers. I do not recommend this school.
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Posted March 22, 2011

I have two children who have both attended Bigfork Schools since kindergarten. I feel the small community has offered them a fabulous education, and know that both kids are known by name by the majority of the staff of both the elementary, middle and high school. My daughter is a senior and graduating this year, and has been accepted to a top private school with an excellent scholarship, and my son is a sophomore. The schools offer both excellent educational opportunities, as well as numerous extra-curricular activities. My children have both participated in soccer and basketball, and very much enjoyed doing so. The school is also a leader in offering online educational programs that greatly broaden the course offerings for such a small school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Having had 4 children graduate from Bigfork HS, we appreciated the fact they were personally known by the teachers and staff.


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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 69% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students82%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic82%
Participates in free/reduced lunch70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic98%
Participates in free/reduced lunch96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic85%
Participates in free/reduced lunch76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic87%
Participates in free/reduced lunch79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students87%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic85%
Participates in free/reduced lunch79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students83%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic82%
Participates in free/reduced lunch71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic98%
Participates in free/reduced lunch96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students62%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic68%
Participates in free/reduced lunch42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic90%
Participates in free/reduced lunch77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 81%
Hispanic 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 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 43%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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600 Commerce St
Bigfork, MT 59911
Phone: (406) 837-7412

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