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Bfa Elementary/Middle School

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Posted August 15, 2014

We are alumni and Fairfax residents who took advantage of the limited pre-k activities with our child. What we found was a public school that alienates students with peanut allergies; there is no policy regarding allergens such as peanuts. Those with allergies have one table in the corner of the lunch room where they can sit away from the group like lepers. Our most dedicated and experienced faculty, (not just teachers) have been under constant pressure to cut budgets; The music program is a ghost of what it was, and it would be unthinkably ignorant to blame this on fewer interested students. The bus program is under constant fire to defend its affordability and worth, despite the fact that our fleet mechanic has been the most unselfish underpaid public servant in Fairfax for more than thirty years. If you love your kids, homeschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

While It is true some things that have changed in this school since we have had children here the school has been good for both my children. Yes, music has been less of a focus, but it isn't all in the school. Kids are less interested now and more are involved in sports. Fairfax has a great community of coaches,parents and volunteers all helping see kids succeed. The school is in a rural area and of course it does not have the same programs as schools do in more populated areas. We have children in both elementary and HS. Satisfied with both.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

Having had children in this school system for twenty years, I would say that the school program has gone downhill over the years. The instruction is mediocre, unimaginative, and bland. A once impressive music program has been gutted several times and is now virtually nonexistant. Good teachers have left out of frustration or have been forced out by the administration. Definately think twice about sending your children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Not impressed. Not at all. We wont be allowing our children to attend BFA much longer. Wished we had researched the school more when moving here......test scores are poor, resources limited, teachers unsupported and classes are overcrowded. Think twice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

5 stars, Excellent school and community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2009

my school is cool it is everything you could have ever dreamed of it has great activities and a great gymnasium with a rock climbing wall it is also full of character with some of the origanal walls that belonged to the first building that burned down hundrends of years ogo
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2006

There are multiple computer labs, and one of the best music programs in the state, sending many more students to New England Music Festival than most of the schools in Vermont, or even across the Northeast. There are numerous after school programs, ranging from gaming clubs and jazz band to competitive sports and World of Difference. This school has a lot to offer, including the technical center.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2006

Here's another side of the story. While we do agree with some of the previous negative comments about the elementary school (music, computer lab, foreign language)there are far more positives than negatives. Did the writer know she was moving to Franklin County in northern Vermont where resources and funds for education can be limited? Despite that,BFA has enrichment programs, state champs in various varsity sports, incredible parent involvement, awesome teacher quality, school-wide safety program, book discussions, concerts (community and school), art shows, drama, sports, all school morning meetings, family dances, story time, play groups, etc., I could go on and on. My 3 kids are all straight A students (elementary grades are standards based and given letters) and are absolutely instilled with a sense of achievement. There are many programs if you look for them and if something doesn't work, try to fix it. Our recommendation: send your kids to BFA!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2005

We have moved around quite a bit and BFA is by far the worst place we ever encountered. We took our children out of this school after one year to help restore the positive self-esteem, strong desire to learn, and positive behavior which our children had always displayed. The school is lacking in resources, no computer labs, no after school programs, no in-school programs, no spelling bees, embarassing music program, no foreign language at the elementary level, no positive reinforcement, and no desire to achieve instilled in any child. No GIFTED services, no letter grades. I found it more to be a daycare center with the focus centered on behavior NOT LEARNING. My recommendation: keep your children far from BFA.
—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

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 32% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
30%
Writing

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female60%
Male78%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Reading

All Students71%
Female69%
Male74%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female65%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Reading

All Students66%
Female65%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female71%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male76%
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Writing

All Students57%
Female67%
Male45%
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female70%
Male72%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students70%
Female82%
Male60%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
American Indiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Reading

All Students72%
Female80%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
American Indiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female66%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Reading

All Students79%
Female99%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Writing

All Students59%
Female81%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Vermont Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
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 18%N/A36%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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75 Hunt St
Fairfax, VT 05454
Phone: (802) 849-6711

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