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Big Ridge Elementary School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted February 21, 2014

BRE is a great school. Unfortunately there are some teachers that are full of themselves, that it interferes with the teaching/learning process. I know that flaws are everywhere, but when you reach out to them and have conferences, nothing changes. The last parent teacher conference I attended, one of the teachers came in half way through the conference, was in defensive mode, her facial expression made it apparent that she had something more important to do. It was pretty ridiculous compared to the other teachers that were personable and inviting, had a sense of humor and could actually carry on a conversation. I had even reached out to her for advice, and when I got nothing, I scheduled the conference. From her demeanor the entire time, it made her extremely unhappy to have had to be apart of it. I can't wait until my child moves on to the next grade, just to get away from the 'teacher' that acts like she would rather be somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

The education at Big Ridge is excellent. My child is very sensitive, so I have asked for help from the teachers, who have always gone beyond what was necessary to make it a positive experience for him. I addressed one issue with the Principal. During a meeting in her office, she was friendly and understanding. She took notes, asked thoughtful questions and addressed the problem. Numerous times she has spoken passionately about the programs for funding literacy & technology, robotics & strings programs, & school safety. She speaks passionately about the school programs if you attend the general PTA meetings and open houses. There are only 2 employees in the front office who are responsible for payroll, kids transportation, maintenance & personnel issues and more. When you walk in the office, you aren t greeted with big friendly smiles, but they have a huge workload. They are just trying to take care of you and your child s issue and get all their work done. Overall, I think my child is getting a great education. I have friends with kids in the private schools, and I know that Big Ridge does a better job than some of them, and I suspect as good a job as any of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I have been at Big Ridge for four years and very happy with how the teachers and staff go above and beyond! My child is very emotional when it comes to certain things and his teachers have been very sensitive to his needs. Everytime I needed to call a meeting with the teacher or principal they wasted no time in meeting with me. His first and third grade teacher actually took the time to call me when he was having some difficulty. That is above and beyond in my book. Since our new principal has come to Big Ridge, she has made so many positive changes. The main change is the safety of our children! I have a child going into kindergarten this year and I can say that I have NO worries! The school welcomes and LOVES all of the volunteers and parent involvement! There are always negatives and positives to every school and teachers we like and don't like. We the parents are the only people that will stick up for our children so if you have a problem and feel like you aren't getting any help then you fight until you do!!!!! Don't complain FIGHT!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Last year we were very disappointed with Big Ridge school. Three out of the four teachers our child had last year were out of touch, unattainable, and just plain rude. We could never get a face to face conference with the teachers after multiple attempts. Mrs. Parker is oblivious and will just pacify everyone until it "goes away". Along with the rude front office staff, we would say Big Ridge has been a negative experience overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

Big Ridge Elementary has been an excellent choice for my children. The teachers are caring and the atmosphere is pleasant. Is every teacher the best in Hamilton County? No. Are all of the students perfectly behaved? No. It is a school! It is full of 5-12 year olds! The current principal, Mrs. Parker, has been very proactive in her involvement at this school and has met any concerns that I have personally had head on. The parent participation is excellent and enhanced by a very active PTA group. I hope that anyone considering this school for their child's elementary education chooses to take the plunge and give it a try. Remember that every school will have it's pros and cons and you will surely not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

At Big Ridge Elementary, we work hard to put children first. Any concern that is brought to our attention will be addressed. Sometimes folks don't always like the outcome and if that is the case here, we apologize. As you can see, we show a 9 out of 10 Great Schools Rating.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2013

There is a hostile environment at BRE from the front office to the classrooms, some of the teachers are high-strung , agitated and with negative animosity towards the children. these teachers need to be identified and removed. It is impossible to see the Principal to address concerns, and when you get a phone call "everything" has been decided. Presently Teachers play a "gotcha" game with the discipline on both parents & kids. I've offer to volunteer and organize programs to help students, I was ignored repeatedly for 7 yrs. I know there are good teachers in BRE, specially in the early grades, to them Thank you. The board of Education needs to look closer at BRE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Parent involvement makes this a good school. Atmosphere has changed and it seems different than when we first started there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

I am a parent who spends a lot of time in the school. The last two reviews could not be farther from the truth about what actually happens. When a class is walking through the hallways, if the are talking it is absolutely disruptive to students who are in classes. At lunch they most certainly are allowed to talk, provided the decibel levels are appropriate. I apologize if this seems personal, it is not, I do not not know you. But, be assured that your children are being taught a vast range of descriptive words that are more than 4 letters. And, as recently as yesterday, every child in the school had a hilarious good time playing 'minute to win it" games with the principal and their teachers. The administration can not please everyone all the time - myself included - but I know that putting the best interest of the child first, is their priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I love Big Ridge!! All 3 of my children and 2 of my brothers have attended this school. This school is great at making sure that the kids are prepared for middle school and beyond. There is good and bad everywhere that you go. All of my experiences with the teachers there have not been positive. However, part of the responsibility for that lies at my child's feet. Most of my experience there has been excellent. Part of this school's success is because of the parental involvement. 99% of the time, I have found the staff to be extremely welcoming. I have and have had great relationships with the majority of my children's teachers. This is because of my involvement in the school and building a strong relationship with the teachers there. My daughter is now a Senior in high school; she is constantly telling me how much she misses the school. Thanks to their dedication for academic excellence, she was more than prepared for middle school. This comes from a child that has ADHD and learning disabilities. I gladly stand by this school and am constantly raving about it. If I have my way, all of my nieces and nephews would attend there also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Big Ridge is a great school but the teachers head are in the air they just care to teach and don't bother on the emotionally development of the child, they don't care , they expect everything to be perfect the child has to know everything or they make the child feel dumb.It is not a fun place to be , its true discipline is a must but going overboard with everything is bad.The New Principal is great but reaching parent voice to her is difficult.I totally agree with her comment below "The school is punitive to the students and uninviting to the parents.Choosing to punish all children when only a few being 'noisy' is fundamentally wrong and shows a total lack of leadership among teachers and administrators. Hate coming in to work? Quit or retire! Don't take it out on the children! Teach and make it fun! "
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Bg Rdge does have high expectations but if they didnt then they would not survive in the world.I went there last getting prepared for middle school. I learned that some people don't know stuff we learned last year.They made it easy for us for the next year.I enjoyed getting up every day and going to school.There wasno bullying problems ever when I was there.The reason we had silent lunches was because we were out of control.They gave us a enough warnings and we disobeyed.The teachers were great I loved all of them.We did active stuff every day like experiments.I believe this is the best school to send a kid to.So everyone back off I love this school and actually went there


Posted June 9, 2009

It seems this school is all about TCaps and not about creating a fun learning environment. 2nd grade was nothing but worksheets and did not stimulate the children. Instead it made learning boring and taught them very little. The school is punitive to the students and uninviting to the parents. There were beautiful days when students were not allowed to go outside for recess and not allowed to talk during lunch! Children can only be quiet for so long! If you deny them the opportunity to play and socialize a little during lunch, then you are doing a great injustice to the education of our children. Choosing to punish all children when only a few being 'noisy' is fundamentally wrong and shows a total lack of leadership among teachers and administrators. Hate coming in to work? Quit or retire! Don't take it out on the children! Teach and make it fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

This used to be a great school but unfortunately it has been on the decline recently. Great Teachers have left and continue to leave and you can see a great void. Some new teachers are great others leave a lot to desire. This school is not for everyone and parents will continue to pull their kids out due to the high expectations it has carried and maintained over the years. Do not know what is happening now ?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

In response to your negative comments about 2nd grade, you do not need to make comments about all the teachers unless your child has been taught by each teacher. My mom taught 1st grade last year, so thank-you for the rave reviews of 1st grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

This is the forum to express your thoughts so other parents can make informed descions. We have found the teachers to be unreponsive to requests for meetings and uncommunicative when asked questions. Perhaps if the teacher student ration was indeed 16 instead of 21/22 per class the teachers would have time to teach and not give out worksheets. It doen't help that many people are not zoned for the area and are allowed to attend the school anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

I choose to send my children to Big Ridge because it was one of the best schools in Chattanooga. My children have been going there for three years now. The school is challenging, engaging, and meets high expectations for students. I have read some of the negative comments about this school..and I say shame on you as parents. You should stand behind your school and your child's teacher. I am a firm believer in working with teachers. They play a part in your child's future, why put a strain on that. Big Ridge teachers are young and old, but everyone of them seem dedicated to teaching our young babies. They should be praised for what they do..not talked about! Go to Big Ridge yourself and see all the parental involvement that goes on, parents are welcome and you see them ALL the time at school. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

1st and K were indeed wonderful! 2nd leaves much to be desired. The joy of learning is gone. Classroom instruction is not engaging. The students are expected to sit and be quiet all day. Punishment is taking away recess; which many days they don't even get! They're allowed to watch way too many non-educational movies. Test scores reflect months of drilling the students, not truly teaching them. Kids this age deserve a fun learning environment. Technology is great, but more important are teachers that can get the kids excited about learning. Administrators really need to make some changes, and get some teachers that enjoy teaching the kids. Otherwise, more and more families are going to be sending their children elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

I couldn't agree more with the most recent post. Second garde has been a huge disappointment. The kids do nothing but worksheets all day and are completely unmotivated. There is absolutely no creativty added to the curriculum. It is all about drilling the kids for TCAPS and not at all about learning. Big Ridge is definitely on the decline. Additionally, it is no longer a welcoming place for parents or students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Due to continued concerns from parents who have removed their children from this school once they reached 3rd grade -- parents I respect their opinions -- I too am removing my children from this school. K and 1st are wonderful. great teachers continue to retire and not replaced with the same quality. I moved to this school district for this school. Due to numerous complaints from 3rd grade families, I will not subject my 2nd grader to those same issues next year. So sad. I love this school and want to support public education, but not at the cost of my child's education and overrall experience. But the focus seems to be on managing and not leading, defending teachers, not students, using worksheets to teach, not creative techniques. Administration needs to address the numerous complaints or the involved families will continue to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading/Language Arts

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

95 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 49% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading/Language Arts

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading/Language Arts

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

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n/a

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n/a
Writing

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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 Students80%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students76%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities60%
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 Students76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities75%
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 Students83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 84% 67%
Black 7% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 28%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5210 Cassandra Smith Rd
Hixson, TN 37343
Phone: (423) 843-4793

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