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Bellows Free Academy Uhsd #48

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Posted October 8, 2013

Well ... the new administration is certainly into enforcing the rules. The teachers remain good, some, especially in AP and accelerated classes are excellent. Hopefully the school board won't yield to pressures to abolish these classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

I've heard so many complaints about BFA that I often wonder if it's truly the school or the student. My son thrives at BFA. He's "gifted" and his former school never challenged him. He flew through middle school pulling straight A's without ever studying. BFA challenged him for the first time in his life. This has good and bad points. Because he was used to flying through and not having to study, studying skills have been an issue. He's used to doing work last minute and rushing through it, only now he's learning that doesn't always work if you want to maintain A's, There are a few duds when it comes to teachers. They seem to have no interest in relating to their students. Most, however, are outstanding and kids generally get along with them. My son and his friends rave over many teachers they've had and go out of their way to stop and chat if they have any free time. For BFA to work for a child, it has to be a two-way street. If a student chooses to be disruptive or never do the work, they're not going to get much from their education there. For the rest, BFA does an amazing job of treating students like equals and not students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

There are many issues to deal with at the high school level and BFA has the tools but is lacking the ability to get the students on boardl. Having seen many students go through this school, I can say the most pertinant issue to manage is student/teacher relationships. The students are allowed to wak in (or not), text, talk, disrupt calss and many teachers are so overwhelmed by these constant bad behaviors that they do not stop the class to correct, they just teach over the disruptions. Some students are unable to concentrate, though they want to, others just give up. Very few are gifted and have groups of like minded students in their classes who all strive to succeed. I will say that the guidance office and the administration are willing to work with parents, but the classroom support in many classes is just not there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
24%
Writing

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
36%

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

All Students44%
Female44%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
American Indiann/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
American Indiann/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Writing

All Students74%
Female84%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
American Indiann/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
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 92% 92%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 1%
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 30%N/A36%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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St. Albans, VT 05478
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