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Barkers Mill Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1112 students

 

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Posted July 25, 2014

We have been at Barker's Mill for almost 5 years. We moved in when my son was in Kindergarten and he is getting ready to start fifth grade. Someone below addressed the major turnover among teachers, and a large part of that is unfortunately thanks to the military. A lot of the teachers there are military spouses and leave often. The school has high standards placed on the teachers so a few of those teachers leave because it is a rigorous teaching environment. I have multiple friends who work at this school or have worked there. As far as testing, unfortunately this is a reality of Tennessee. Tennessee has more testing and more rules than any other state I have seen. The teachers that have stayed behind seem to care a lot, and whenever we do our Back to school nights we see so many familiar faces and they all remember many students. We see a lot of the children coming back to see old teachers, talking about how they miss them etc. The teachers are very caring. The school has a family friendly feel, always has. You can go and eat lunch with your child and volunteer in the classrooms. Very warm and inviting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

I don't know how the people below had such great experiences. I had the oposite. My child's fourth grade teacher sent multiple notes home thoughout the year. They had numerous grammatical and spelling errors. The curriculum was terrible and there seems to be a huge focus on testing. TESTING DOES NOT SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS. When will the schools figure this out? They spend more time testing than learning. This school also doesn't seem to retain teachers very well. There's always an influx of new teachers that leave withing a year or two. I don't know if they are being forced out, or just finding new schools. Either way, it's not a good sign. Stay away if you value your children's education. They might test well, but they won't actualy be able to apply the knowledge later on in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

I have had nothing but great experience's at Barkers Mill! My children love the teachers principles and other staff. II have nothing negative to say about this school. My son is a 2nd grader and has achieved reading well over expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

we just moved here from the stl region of mo. my son attends this school and came in the school in the second grade. let me put it this way this school was great. the kids love the weather here they get a great education. The food is good but i send him with lunch most days anyway. my child came from a private school and fit right in. many families are military so that made it easier for my child to addampt and make friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

The school is amazing. From the front desk to the janitors and everyone in between. We have been here for 3 years. They are awesome at communicating with the parents. They are very involved in the community, and really care about the students and parents. I volunteered in this school all the time. So I really knew what was actually going on. We are moving and I am so sad to leave here. Thank you Barkersmill for all you did for us!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

Where do I start? This school is terrible. The students are only learning the test material. The administration only cares about test scores. Wake up!!! Test scores aren't everything. Your child will not get a well rounded education at this school. In addition, many of the teachers are cold and don't act like they really want to be there. I think they are only in it for the paycheck. I've never seen so many rude people at one school. Oh and don't bother voicing this concern. I tried to and was basically told by the principal that she can do whatever she wants. She thinks she is better than everyone but clearly doesn't know what is going on in the school, nor does she know the first thing about teaching. I know Clarksville has bad schools, but this is one of the worst. Stay away if at all possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

I wouldn't rate this school even one star. My child went to this school from kindergarten to part of 4th grade. My child had an IEP starting in 3rd grade due to Autism and was treated very badly by this school. .I felt my child was not safe in this school because I had to go to this school several times to complain of behaviors that were not appropriate by staff and bullying by other children. They treated my child horribly. They even locked my child in a room surrounded by adults hovering over them and the child is cowering under the desk. I know, I had to picked them up and saw that with my own eyes. .Everything was always my child's fault in their eyes I moved to a new school across town before the year was up and within a month of being in this new school, my child had an amazing 360 degree Tranformation, They had no behavioral problems, no crying everyday as you pick them up after school. No hiding in the bathrooms from kids bullying them. BarkersMill did nothing to stop the bullying. My child was in special education and That school treated my kid very badly. Beware parents! This is NOT a good school to send your children especially if the are in special education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Barkers Mill teaches to the test rather than ensuring that the students actually know the material. Don't bring this up as a concern though. They don't care. All they care about is high test scores. What good do high test scores do is the students don't actually understand the material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Do not send your kids here. I don't want to get into details, but this is a bad school. I am glad the new school is opening up next year. I am ready for a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

What a terrible school. After moving from Lexington, I had high hopes for this school but those hopes were quickly dashed. While my daughter's fourth grade teacher seems fined, my son's third grade teacher wasn't as good. I took several trips to this school and noticed many problems. It seems that only young white women are employed at this school. I brought several issues to the principal this year and was ignored. In Lexington, the staff was more than happy to help me. This isn't the case here. The principal just likes to shift blame. She is extremely rude and doesn't always tell the truth. I don't know if she's intentionally lying or just so disorganized that she doesn't know what is going on. I talked to several parents about the school and was told that the school was in much better shape before the new principal took over. That's probably why some of the older reviews are good. I'm glad I rented a house in the Barker's Mill area instead of buying one. I'm moving out in July and sending my kids to a different school. The school is just too disorganized to give kids a well rounded education. Don't do your kids a diservice, send them to a different school. They aren't all bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

I had high hopes for this school. The reviews were good, and the parents seemed to love it. Unfortunately, it has not lived up to he hype. I have been extremely disappointed in Barkers Mill. We came from an excellent school system, so I know what "good" schools are supposed to look like, and this is not it. This is the second year my children have attended this school, and it will be the last. The teachers have been a draw. Both years it has been one good and one bad. The administration is lacking, to say the least. They put on a good show, and I could see how parents would be satisfied if they didn't know any better. As long as you aren't one of "those" parents, you'll be fine. Question them or demand answers, however, and you'll see things from an entirely different perspective. Two years at Barkers Mill has been two years too long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

I have had my two children hear since last year we came in the middle of the year do to military lifestyle the teachers were amazing knowing the transition and how behind my children were they got them right up to speed. This is by far the best school in this town of Clarksville we attend another one and I removed my children back in 2009. My son and daughter are both 3rd and 1st grade moving up to 4th and 2nd grade and I wouldn't change schools if you paid me. By far amazing PTO and volunteer school activities. As for someone saying change of Principals Rhonda Kennedy has been hear for awhile and the assistant left last year however we have two new assistant principals that are amazing. As far as all teachers there are some I would be nervous about as I am too. Fifth grade teachers worry me because I am shocked at how they are able to yell at these students and not get in trouble. I'm impressed with many teachers so far though my children love BMES and I WOULD SO RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL OVER ANY IN TOWN! Tcap is crazy and all the benchmarks forced on the kids would be my only complaint to many tests before the TCAP prep them for one only is all then less stress on these children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

This school has really gone down hill in the last year. My child started Kindergarten here last year, despite the curriculum, the administration was great, and they were willing to work with the children and go an extra mile to get them interested and capable. The principle changed the beginning of this year and it has been one horrible cluster after the other. The lack of organization and communication is reflected in everything from the announcements to the operation of getting the children on the proper buses and proper times. Resulting in many children being left behind and buses being 3 hours late. One would think that three principles could manage to work of the one from last year, but they have not. in order for my child to be properly protected and educated I will have no other choice but to move, but I am grateful I have that option. If I had a choice of school, I would not pick this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

This school has gone far and beyond to help our children out. The kids love it here. The teacher communictes with the parent and work with my them if they have any problems. I like their weekly letter to let us know what is going on during that week. Too bad where going to have to move again since were military.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

The only reason why I rated BMES a 4-star is because no school is perfect. My 2 children have been attending this school since 2009. I have yet to have any major issues arise from the teachers and the leadership. I feel that as long as things are communicated to me in a timely manner (and they usually are) that is enough for me. My kids tell me new things everyday. I know they're learning something new daily. My kids aren't failing, as a matter of fact, they're succeeding, but I don't expect my children to have straight A's all through elementary school. They are still growing and learning. Honestly, just because a child doesn't get straight A's throughout their elementary, middle, & high school, it doesn't mean they can't graduate from college w/ Honors! We are all part of these children's successes. Afterall, these schools do have curriculums to follow to meet each grade's requirements which means it is and should be the same across the board for each teacher & class in order to pass each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

We're a military family & have been at Barkers Mill for the past 2 years. We've done K-2nd grades between 2 boys. Our family LOVES this school! We've been very impressed with the faculty & administration. One of our boys is autisic & the school has been wonderful in helping to accomodate his needs. Normally, when meeting with staff to work on an IEP for a child...it's very painful. I can't say enough about how grateful we as parents were with the results! The staff TRULY cares about each & every student! If I could hand pick a schoo for my boys...I would pick this school. It's a very friendly, very safe environment for the kiddos. Class size is on the higher end but they work hard to higher new teachers to keep a good student to teacher ratio. The past 3 teachers we've had have been wonderful and amazing woman who truly care for thes kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

My daughter has been at Barkers Mill for two years now, and I could not be happier. Both of the teachers that she has had have been exceptional and all of the staff that I have encountered has been extremelly friendly and outgoing. My only regret is that it looks as if we will move to a new installation by the time my son is old enough to go to kindergartin. This school is very proud of their students, as you can tell by the artwork and pictures of the students all over the school. Parents are very involved in every aspect as well. Absolutely LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

my son transfered into this school mid school year 2007. Because we now live in a military town, the school is used to kids popping in and out and they were helpful and patient with my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We moved to this school a few months into the school year. We have a K and 4th grader (now 1st and 5th grader). On multiple occasions I was able to go into the school and volunteer, or help the teachers out. The school encourages the parents to be involved, and it shows. The vice principal and principal obviously care a lot about the students, as they are out and about and involved. I actually thought the vice principal was a teacher or an aide originally, as he is that involved. It was not until I finally met him in person that I realized otherwise. While the curriculum is not always perfect, and not all of the teachers are perfect I am sure, the ones that we had the chance to interact with were wonderful. So far I am very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

My daughter did much better at her old school than this school. She says they make easy things soound hard.Shes in 5 th grade.
—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 59% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students59%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students88%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students45%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
African American66%
Asian90%
Hispanic66%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American61%
Asian90%
Hispanic71%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students91%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 67%
Black 27% 23%
Hispanic 20% 7%
Two or more races 8% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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Programs

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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1230 Little Bobcat La
Clarksville, TN 37042
Phone: (931) 906-7235

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