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Bethesda Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 563 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 18, 2013

I enjoyed our child's time there but it was very difficult to fit in as a new parent and student. There would be events where the new children, who are having a hard enough time transitioning were seperated from the kids that have "always" gone there. For example, the Reindeer Games. "The Elves" could only be children who had been at Bethesda since kindergarten. Talk about feeling left out. I understand that it is special to have an experience of being at an elementray school from beginning to end but it showed no consideration for a child coming in or not having been there since Kindergarten. Surely there could be some other way to acknowledge the kids that have been there. Some sensitivity towards new families coming in would be a great benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Our children attended this school last year. Our experience was not stellar. Although the staff was nice enough and we all really liked the principal, our youngest child was frequently bullied. His self-esteem plummeted while here, and the bully problem never really improved, which was very disheartening. We withdrew our children, and our youngest is now happy and confident again. Also, this school allows and encourages children to bring and use electronic devices in school, which we felt should NOT be the case. It ends up creating a "keep up with the Joneses" scenario for the kids (which is not a problem for most of the children at this school, since it's a very "well-to-do" area). My children were exposed to music and videos on other kid's personal devices that I was NOT okay with, and they felt "underprivileged" since they did not have personal laptops or ipads to bring to school to complete their projects and assignments on, like the vast majority of the other students. It creates quite the unnecessary scenario of economic inequality awareness, which was never an issue at their previous school who did not even allow the presence of electronic devices on campus grounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Bethesda teachers and faculty really care about their students and parents and their community, and the parents and faculty work as a team for the good of the children. This is true all year long, and carries over from one year to the next.


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter was only at Bethesda for 5th grade and she was not excited about the move there. It turned out to be her best year of school ever. The only area that was not up to the standards we were used to was the choir department. The teachers and principal were all great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Bethesda Elementary is a great school. The teachers are so goal oriented, striving to make their students the best of the best. The teachers spend numerous days attending seminars during the summer months. The principal, Mr. Fisher, requires each grade level to have meetings frequently. I have never seen such strong leadership at a school, including a prviate school. Great principal! Great staff/very organized! Great Teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

The teachers are so sweet here they have great teaching skills my children love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

I have two kids at this school. The principle is very old school. He is nice ,but doesn't listen to the parents when there are problems. The office staff has been there for 50 years and they are extremely rude to the parents. We've had a couple of good teachers and some very bad teachers. Not alot of warm fuzzys at this school. Very strict with noise levels etc., even at lunch. The PE program is the best I have ever seen in any school. They are awesome and the kids love the PE teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

We have had kids at BES for 4 yrs now and have loved every one! It is a great school with wonderful teachers and exceptional parental involvement. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

My son just finished kindergarten at Bethesda and had a terrific year. We could not have asked for a better kindergarten experience. All day kindergarten is the way to go. Fantastic principal and teachers - we can't wait for 1st grade to start!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading/Language Arts

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% 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 49% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading/Language Arts

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading/Language Arts

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities93%
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 Students56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
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

Math

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 93% 67%
Black 3% 23%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4907 Bethesda Rd
Thompson Station, TN 37179
Phone: (615) 472-4200

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