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Bethesda Elementary

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Posted January 16, 2014

My kid has been there for 1st/2nd grade & her 1st teacher was remarkable.She still loves to see her in the halls & teacher still cares about my child.she kept me informed all year. Her 2nd grade teacher is another thing, I have no clue to the class schedule, what they been working on, any notes I send I never get a response so I don't know if she even got it. The security at the school is horrible. I have had someone pick up my child who is not on the list & they let him with no id check or anything. anyone can walk into that office or walk around the school & no one questions them. when they buzz you in they tell you to go to the office but they don't make sure you do. field trips are sub par and they could do better & more.she has been to the same museum three times in 2 years there. the are unorganized & unprofessional in the front office.in the mornings they have limited drop off time to 10 minutes before the first bell which is ridiculous. most schools have a 30 minute window so make sure parents get through carpool and students get to class on time. when your child is late you don't have to sign them in, just let them out & they will buzz them through with a pass to class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

School ends 3:30 & usually my child would arrive home betwn 4-4:15. Well on this particular SUNNY day I arrived around 4:40 & the sitter informed me that my child's bus had not yet come & that she had sent someone 2 the school 2 inquire where my child might b. The staff was rude 2 this person, greeting her with "The school is closed". When I called to inquire it was only THEN that they informed me that the bus was 30min late when it departed. When I asked why they had not called to inform meprior the receptionist's 1st response was "I dont have a list of every child that rides that bus to call all the parents "(T_T) her 2nd response was "There is no law requiring us to contact U". The thing that gets me is that on 1 occasion last yr during really bad weather, DPS sent a mass automated phone message 2 all that there myb delays w/ buses due to weather & every Sunday I would receive what BES calls the weekly principal spotlight (updates) via same route. Idk y they didnt think to do something as important as notify parents of a late bus. its 1 thing due 2weather, but when the sky is clear and sunny u really worry. Ive got a part 2 of 3 review coming. As 1200 Characters is not enough
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

BOO to the front office staff They can be VERY unprofessional in terms of overall conduct and how they speak toward parents and each other On many occasions I've been to the office and waited while the women discuss amongst themselves how crazy their weekend was or how they cant wait to go out later on In terms of education, the teacher my daughter had in particular was OUTSTANDING! It was her first year teaching at the school and my child not only adored her but learned so much from her as well From day1, the principal seemed to be a bit unorganized when events are planned, everything last minute and parents were given very little notice of things like their "Kindergarten Kick-off". If your child is a car rider essentially anyone can pick up your child so long as they know the child's name, as they dont ask for ID and all parents are doing is driving through the round about to pick up. The security issue is obvious in this regard. Also they have dissolved the PTA for lack of participation by both parents AND teachers- there was no support from the principal either. So if you are a parent who looks forward to participating in things like the PTA in particular, good luck with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

My son attended Bethesda Elementary School for the 1st grade last year. This was the worst! The structure of the school is nothing I want for my son and I hate it for the kids who are still there. The office staff are not welcoming, the teachers seem to lack motivation. Its obvious that this school is looked over by the Durham Public School Systems in funding. I would not recommend this school to anyone! Thankfully we were able to get my child placed in another school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

On June 6th 2013, Bethesda Elementary let a man come into the school with a lady and claim to be my child's father and grandmother. The front office staff didnt check ID, nor did they make this man sign in. This man was able to walk into the office and given my son's classroom info and allow to walk to the class and get my child and walk out of the building. When the school was asked who checked the my son out, they had no idea, nor did they know when he left.When the school was asked how did this happen, Mr Glenn stated that they were so busy with 5th grade graduation. Parents please help me, do not allow this school to get away with allowing strangers in the school without following proper policies and precedures. I have not seen or heard from my son since I dropped him off at school Thursday June 6th. Parents please let other parents know about this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

As a parent of two gifted children, I must say that I am quite pleased with the level of differentiated AIG services that my fourth grader and fifth grader are receiving. My children are assigned work that is both challenging and engaging. My children are thrilled by rewards like 'caught being good' ice cream parties and a trip to a Durham Bulls baseball game last year! My only concerns are a lack of parental support and a lack of opportunities for a band/orchestra. (Apparently, this is a DPS thing...) However, I find the teachers both knowledgable and compassionate. I am happy to have my children in such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

I cannot say that I am disappointed the school, but I am disappointed with my child's teacher. My son is in the first grade, and I feel that the homework that he gets is busy work. He came from another elementary school where he attended kindergarten, and the work was much more challenging than it is now. Also, his teacher is out a lot. I am a former school teacher, and compared to other 1st graders at other schools, I feel that his teacher is not following the curriculum. The only feedback I get about my son's classwork is from him. I am very disappointed with this 1st grade teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2005

We are the parents of a special needs child, and we could not be more pleased with a school and it's staff than we are with Bethesda Elementary School. Every step of the way the staff and Ms. Walker, the Principal, have helped us to nurture a child who loves school and learning. He is entering Second Grade and is very excited. The teachers and other staff have been more than willing to help when needed and even gone above and beyond their jobs at times. The staff and teachers at Bethesda are doing a great job not just teaching our son, but making school a place he is excited about. The Teaching Assistant in his class won 'Teaching Assistant of the Year by the Arc of Durham'. That's just how good the staff and leadership is. We would recommend Bethesda to any parent, especially a special needs kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

We are very please with Bethesda. Our grandson will be going into 1st grade and is reading well above grade level as well as writing paragraphs with 4-6 sentence. He is a very fast paced child and requires a certain type of teacher to keep him focused,which he had at Bethesda last year. The principle and staff worked closely with me, keeping me informed of his progress. We are very pleased with Bethesda and look forward to the next 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

This school needs a lot of work. Specifically the need for quality teachers. My child has been there since kindergarten, (is now in the 4th grade)and with the exception of that year I have been extremely disappointed. I continue to try and work with them, but continue to be disappointed and wish I had moved my child!
—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 47% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students24%
Female28%
Male17%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students26%
Limited English proficiency11%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Female26%
Male26%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students28%
Limited English proficiency11%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students23%
Female16%
Male32%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students24%
Limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students27%
Female25%
Male30%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students28%
Limited English proficiency23%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Academically gifted75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students32%
Female31%
Male33%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students36%
Limited English proficiency41%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Academically gifted81%

Reading

All Students26%
Female24%
Male29%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students30%
Limited English proficiency12%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%
Academically gifted63%

Science

All Students33%
Female26%
Male40%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiency24%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Academically gifted88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 57% 26%
Hispanic 34% 14%
White 6% 52%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Shaneeka Moore-Lawrence
Fax number
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