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Blue Grass Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 782 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 3, 2014

I keep hearing about how the school isn't "big enough" or its not "modern enough." Let me just say this: I'm glad it's not. The teachers and staff are engaged and welcoming. The school does well academically, and I appreciate the old charm about the school. Sure, you could go modern, but why? It's not about the look of the school, as much as it is about the character of the school. By the way, my child loves going to BG.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

Try A.L. Lotts or Northshore Elementary (both within a few miles of Blue Grass). You'll discover a more modern administration and PTA that are both open to new ways of thinking and performing for the best interest of your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Teachers are very engaged. PTA is active in the school and provides additional funding for STEM lab, computers, and playground equipment. Students seem well-behaved. Small school lends itself to agreat learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

Blue Grass is a wonderful school. I have been impressed with how much the staff cares about students. The PTA is also outstanding. Parents are always welcome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I'm proud of the consistently high standards Blue Grass holds for its staff and students. The small(er) size offers a warm, friendly environment that fosters learning and collaboration. I understand Blue Grass is the only school in the system to have a full-time STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teacher and STEM lab is now in full rotation with other Encore classes such as gym, art, computers and music. We love our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

Blue Grass Elementary is a wonderful school. The staff and administration go above and beyond expectations. Each child is helped to excel individually by being challenged every day. When you enter the school you feel right at home. They are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

I am generally discusted with this school. My son was struggling terribly at BlueGrass and the teachers and administraition were completely indiferent. I was told that my son did not have the ability to do his work. We have thankfully been transfered to another school in Knox county and I am really amazed at the difference in my son. He also underwent educational testing at his new school (my request was refused by Blue Grass) and my son has scored gifted. He would have not passed second grade if we had stayed at Blue Grass. Now he loves going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

Our opinion of this school is poor. We have been at Bluegrass for multiple years, and have experienced far too many teachers that should have been out the door long ago. Oftentimes, we've been the recipient of teachers that are stuck in vey old teaching methodologies, and that fall far below what most would expect regarding parent and student interation (minimal communication, rudeness toward students, and downright laziness). Additionally, it appears that multiple teachers are only primarily focused on teaching the children to test well, but leave out the opportunites for students to truely embrace (or enjoy) what they're learning. These unfortunate examples of teachers have been tenured, but appear to dislike their jobs currently, and seem to have quit on their work long ago. - It's unfortunate that our children have to have them within their schooling experience. The new principal is unsupportive of student or parent needs, and turns a blind eye toward obviously inappropriate teacher behaviors. I will be happy to have my children out of this school. If another school were an option, we would definitely do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

My family and I relocated here from out of state. We have not had a good experience with this school. I understand that the faculty sticks together as a united front, and that can be a good thing, but not at the expense of the students and their education. I have had negative experiences with my child every year we have been here. The new principal pretends to be kind and involved, but the minute you have a concern, she quickly shows her true colors. The teachers don't communicate, but they will be quick to if it concerns them. They are not concerned with the children's education, unless the child has been picked out as a favorite. I begged for suggestions to help my child, and was given none. I will be glad when my child is out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

I went to tour the school before enrolling my children and discovered such excellent teaching unsolicited. Even the no academic classes were excellent. All I can say is wow!


Posted October 14, 2011

I just read a couple other reviews about this school and now know that I am not alone. Even though you see a 5 star overall rating here be careful. I am sure there are some good teachers at this school. In fact, during our 4 years here I have met some very nice ones. However, there are some really nasty ones that will ruin it for everyone. It seems like no one is willing to speak up either. My personal thought is - if you are not there to teach and it isn't something you like doing, please quit - don't take it out on the kids. Believe me when I say I am not the only parent with this issue, and I wish it was just one teacher. I never believed in home school before this school. Several of us moms have spoke of pulling out our kids from the school. Please do your homework. I am sure others have had great experiences... and I hope that the majority of the time the experiences are not like mine and a few others. I just wanted to post this so other parents could be informed, prepared. It is not as 'peachy' as it seems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

We started out at Bluegrass a few years ago with high hopes (given all the good reviews). We have been at the school for a few years now and have been more than disappointed to say the least. If you have a child that has any sort of special needs this school is not for you. The teachers are not flexible are are disrespectful to, not only the parents, but to both principals when asked to make allowances for students. Needless to say I am at a loss as to what to do - other than pull my son out of school all together. I am sure if you have a kid who doesn't have any challenges this would be a great school for you. It really is sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2011

Mr. Mosely, you ARE a gem....an all-star among educators. People like you aim way beyond "meets expectations" and shoot straight for "exceeds expectations." It's people like you that open others' eyes' to the idea that their bar isn't as high as it can go when it's resting at the lowest it could possibly be without being let go. You're an inspiration to your community and an amazing principal at Bluegrass Elementary!. -EJC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

as a grandparent of a 1st grader, I think we are so lucky to be in Blue Grass school zone. Principal is outstanding and the majority of teachers are excellent. Even with the focus on testing instead of what should be focused on, Blue Grass rocks!


Posted April 30, 2010

Mr. Mosely, the administration staff, and the group of teachers there do a wonderful job of caring about the students and teaching them to be responsible. They use creative ways in teaching concepts which makes learning fun. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time to help out at school and to be involved with their student's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

I am very happy with the caring teachers and staff at Blue Grass! My son is in the 4th grade and the staff has been very helpful to work with me to find the right class and the right programs to help him excel and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2009

Teachers are genuinely involved and care about the children's education with emphasis on respect and responsibility while encouraging self esteem in a fun environment. A great emphasis on reading and writing with many educational extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

We have a 5th grader and a Kindergartener at Blue Grass and have been thrilled with the level of life experience both are receiving. Ideal childhood development is a cross between learning and experiencing and this school strives to achieve this balance. My husband and I have discussed moving a dozen times, but really want our youngest to enjoy the same benefits as our eldest. Out of seven teachers, six have been exceptional and one mediocre. We love Blue Grass!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

School is a 'reading' school with high value on literacy and math. Has new leadership/administration that provides balance and is highly competent. Superior teaching staff, creative and dynamic librarian.Wonderful new computer lab! Plenty of outdoor play area/s. Parent involvement encumbers the educational process at times. New leadership has resulted in providing more appropriate balance in the parent involvement area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

This school is the best one in Knoxville! The teachers all really care about the students and the school has an extraordinary TAG program. The TAG teacher is AWESOME and really goes above and beyond to challenge bright and able students!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading/Language Arts

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading/Language Arts

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading/Language Arts

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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 Students72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities64%
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 Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities72%
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
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities88%
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 87% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Black 3% 23%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 7%
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 16%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8901blue Grass Rd
Knoxville, TN 37922
Phone: (865) 539-7864

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