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W A Bess Elementary School

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Posted February 16, 2014

The phrase " Together in Education" applies to every child. It's a known fact that any child who has a parent or someone that is involved in their education, ( not constantly blaming everyone else) will have a much greater success rate. If your perfect little angel is having trouble, work together as a parent and not as a prosecutor! Kids are very different when mommy and daddy aren't there. The principal and assistant principal run a tight ship. Maybe if your child was getting the right discipline and support at home, there wouldn't be so many problems at school. I wouldn't trade jobs with anyone there! It's a tough job and I'd much rather stand behind them and support them as criticize them for their work. Many teachers work 10 hours a day and tutor children who need help all without any pay and I'm sure very little appreciation. Thank you W.A. Bess staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Vindictive, and very unprofessional is the principal. Lackadaisical, and extremely inattentive has been the teachers in our experience. They refuse to give my grandson the little bit of extra help or attention he needs to reach his full potential. They are happy with him only giving half hearted effort and if you try to get them to do there job they will retaliate any way they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This school must only care about some kids i have seen it also. The teachers i have dealt with were lazy and unresponsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

They keep erasing the truthful comments. This is my third one and i will keep posting. They have not help my child when he has needed it and have been fighting me tooth and nail so they dont have to. From the Principal to the teacher i have never seen a school that cares so little. Stay away at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

W.A. Bess is a wonderful school. It is the reason we chose to move and buy a home in this area of Gaston County. The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a successful environment for the students as well as meeting their needs beyond the classroom and the walls of the school. The generous support from parents and the community, allow the PTO to provide the tools W.A. Bess needs that the county is unable to provide. I look forward to being apart of the WA Bess family for many years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

WA Bess is my child's home away from home! He is a second grader and has been there since kindergarten. All his teachers have been extremely nurturing and in tune with all his needs. There is no better place in Gaston County for me to send him!! The staff is very professional and always quick to respond to the needs of the students and parents. Being part of the PTO has been a very rewarding role. Our PTO helps our families in need during the holidays and all through the year. PTO also helps our school offer our students things the county can't afford. I love our school and all the staff and faculty that make it such a great place to send my son!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

I have read the reviews of this school and I am quiet surprised that so many of the comments directly reference expected involvement and money. Let me state I had 4 children go through Bess over a 10 year period. All of them came out of the experience loving their teachers, their administrators and their classmates. The problem today is too many parents want to simply drop off their kids at a school and just expect them to learn by osmosis, not holding them accountable for their shortcomings or their lack of self preservation, then want to blame the "school" or the "teacher" for their own inabilities as a parent to be able to get their child to the next level. School in general is a team sport, unfortunately in today's environment if you want your child to get ahead you have to be willing to put in the time. If you don't then someone else will. It is a basic life lesson, to get ahead you can't just sit on the sidelines and expect to be the number one draft pick. I, nor are my children perfect, however, the education they received from WA Bess elementary was exceptional. The school has won numerous awards for it's academic success and continued commitment to our future. Be a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

when is the open house for this school or the sign up day,so i can put my kids in school here?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

This school is okay as long as you can run up there and make you face known at every event. Every child is not treated equal. Money is a HUGE deal at this school. $5 this week, $2 next adds up in a hurry when you have more then one child. As a parent you must make sure that you are fully aware of your rights because this school will not help you if not. You must fight for your child and make it known that you will, after a while they realize and will give your child what they need. If you are not going to stand up for your child this is not the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2012

I am more disappointed this year than ever, My child is fifth grade and you would think the parents would be wanted & needed to help as much as you can, not limit the help only by the grade parent, The teachers are the most rudest no personality , I acyually have a issue with one teacher that I should had taken to the principle , Parents want to be involved , Teachers has there own little click...And another thing all this school ever wants is money, money, MONEY, What are they doing with the money? They justify what they do , but no actuall proof......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

I would not recomend this school to anyone. The teachers and principle continued to harass my children and make them feel very unimportant. This school Is not family friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

I am forced to give this school 1 star. It deserves zero stars. We are working parents and attend as many events as possible. The teachers seem nice but teach our kids nothing, and do not treat all children equal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

Excellent School! The teachers and principal are fantastic. There is also a great after school program close by in Carolina Galaxy. I would say this is the best school in Gaston County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I am sad to say after 8 years of sending my girls to this school this is the last year I will get to have my children attend this school I still remember my oldest daughters first day she was scared to death but her teachers were so nice but straight to the point of what she was there for just put our minds to rest about any concerns we had a great start I think even though we have had some issues with some teachers all of the teachers that my oldest daughter had helped us to raise an A honor roll,AIG, beta club,bible club,battle of the books club child out of a very shy little girl and for that I am very grateful to tim and his entire staff but mostly my daughter that I am very proud of she loves this school and so do I God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

I was appalled to read such stellar reviews of W.A.Bess. I had heard this was a great school, and had my son attend kindergarten there. It was the worst mistake of my life, thus far. I am a former teacher, and have lived in many different parts of the U.S. My son's self-esteem plummeted; his individuality and creativity were stifled; he began to have behavior problems. All of the childrens' work looks exactly the same. The teacher, although nice, did not teach my son anything he didn't already know when he started the year. If you want to give a school here the title, 'School of Excellence'...go to Gaston Day School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

Definitely an above average school. My son has been there since Kindergarten and will be attending 2nd grade this fall. The teachers are excellent and the school gets good marks for achievement from the State and Federal govt. My only complaint is security could be better and safety during drop off and pick up of your child. The parking lot is a free for all and getting into the parking lot is a accident waiting to happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Wonderful school! I had children there for 9 years; the youngest finished 5th grade there last spring. We miss Bess terribly. My children recieved a top notch education there, and were always loved and encouraged by wonderful teachers and adminstration. The programs there challenge gifted students and also help those who struggle work to their ability. There is a lot of parent involvement and they do a great job raising money to purchase extra computers, books, sports equipment, and other things to provide the teachers and students with the extras that make a big difference in the quality of education offered. The principal and his staff are always available to address any concerns. Communication from the school to the parents is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2005

I am very pleased with this school. We moved here in June, so my child started 5th grade at Bess. New school, new challenges, new friends, and her teachers have helped her transition beautifully. She is encouraged in her strengths, like reading, and supported in subjects that present more challenges, such as math. The school deserves the awards and recognition they have been accorded. I'd rate this school at the top of the class!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

Excellent school of the highest degree. Teachers and staff are courteous and helpful when dealing with children who need extra help or more incentive to do their best. School consistently meets and exceeds all of my expectations for my children.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students47%
Female52%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students52%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Academically gifted94%

Reading

All Students52%
Female53%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted-95%
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 Students52%
Female49%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students51%
Female47%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities25%
Non-disabled students55%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically gifted-95%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities57%
Non-disabled students74%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students52%
Female60%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students59%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted90%

Science

All Students48%
Female45%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students53%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted87%
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
White 84% 52%
Black 7% 26%
Hispanic 3% 14%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 2% 3%
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 34%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Laura Dixon
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (704) 866-6102

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • 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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