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Byars Dowdy Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 670 students

 

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Posted August 31, 2014

I have three children currently ages 22, 16, 8. Over the years, they have gone to every school in this district. Coles Ferry was terrific as well as Sam Houston. I've recently transferred my youngest from Castle Heights to Byars Dowdy. The entire staff has treated my child like a VIP since the day she walked in the door. They treat us like family and are concerned with every aspect of her academics, recreation and emotions. They communicate with me readily via email. We have a 504 and the principal recently told me "regardless of this 504, we don't need a piece of paper to tell us to give your child our very best" That speaks volumes about the kind of people they are. If you are considering a change or are being re-zoned, you will be LUCKY to be a part of this organization. The class size is quite small with lots of individual attention. You will experience the same at Winfree Bryant MIddle School, next door. The principal runs a tight ship and the kids thrive on positive authority and she is always supportive to students as well as parents, 100%. To sum up: Go for a tour, meet the staff, get a feel for the atmosphere at Byars, you won't regret it. I can't give them enough stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

We moved from Coles Ferry 2 yrs ago due to not being in district anymore and I have not been pleased with the school. We miss Coles Ferry. I have been fairly pleased with the teachers. My son has had issues from the principle that I feel were unfair at times. He is very hyper at times and I understand that can be hard to handle at times, but the principle has proven to me twice that she is not there for my child. I have witnessed more than one occasion of her not being able to handle herself in a professional manner. I have not cared for her since, so hard to trust in this school. I cannot wait to move to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

My Daughter started Kindergarten at Byars Dowdy this year. I have to say I was very apprehensive about her going to School as we had some safety issues at a Christian Mother's Day Out program the summer before. My husband and I have been extremely pleased with her progress. We absolutely love her teacher as she has went above and beyond to ensure the students are learning and getting the attention they deserve and need. I love that the children are not just 'shuffled' through the system. The school offers a well rounded curriculum in which my daughter enjoys the arts, p.e., Ksmart, as well as learning in the classroom EVERY DAY! I love this school and so does our little girl. Thanks Byars Dowdy for making our daughter's first year of school so wonderful and setting my mind at ease!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

This is the first year my children have attended Byars Dowdy. We had been at another elementary school in Lebanon that was suppose to be 'top notch'. I was a little nervous about moving my children to a new school after we moved. However, the staff and teachers have made my whole family feel welcome. They always have smiling faces and kind words. I have also found that my children are learning more and challenged more than at the previous 'top notch' school. We love Byars!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

I had 2 children go through this school. Most of the teachers are okay to pretty good, however with everyone being soooo concerned about 'No Child Left Behind', it seems that the intelligent ones do get 'left behind' in that they are not challenged and become bored very easily. If one of these children slacks due to boredom, they are pointed out in front of peers. What good does that do? None, it just causes more loss of interest and feeling bad because they are already teased for being smart. Why not put children who score in the same range on TCAPs in the same class? The slower ones wouldn't feel bad or dumb and the smarter kids would challenge each other to learn, not get bored and give up on school at such an early age......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

My granddaughter attends Byars Dowdy. She is now in the 3rd grade and I have been very pleased with her teachers and the staff at Byars Dowdy. They get the education they need in today's world, but the school still offers the warm and coze atmosphere of a small town school. Thanks to everyone, and a Very Merry Christmas!


Posted December 4, 2007

I am so pleased with the principal and staff of this school. These people geniunely care for the students and their well being and above all their education. They are truely following the no student left behind program and are remarkable in making every student feel special and important. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

I have 3 children. My oldest child attend a different school his first 2 years of school in the LSSD. It was a good school, but does not compare to Byars Dowdy. It is an awesome school! The teachers are focused on academics and it shows on their test scores. When you visit you will feel welcome. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. We love Byars Dowdy!!!
—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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading/Language Arts

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

112 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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading/Language Arts

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading/Language Arts

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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 Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners50%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners50%

Social Studies

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learners86%
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 Students20%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
White22%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students37%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners11%

Science

All Students53%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners21%

Social Studies

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities73%
English language learners90%
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 Students56%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners25%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students47%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners6%

Science

All Students62%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners31%

Social Studies

All Students89%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learners88%
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 64% 67%
Hispanic 24% 7%
Black 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
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 69%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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904 Hickory Ridge Rd
Lebanon, TN 37087
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