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Bethlehem Elementary School

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3 stars

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Posted June 7, 2012

As a parent, I don't think this school is very good.I have called teachers a number of times, about my child and it took days for the school to get back to me.The school does not have a very good education when it comes to different states. West virginia schooling is ranked 50 for schooling and they have the least amount of schools compare to the rest of the states.The school does not help the kids out there.I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

Bethlehem has gone way downhill since it won any national awards years ago. I am not sure what tutors & volunteers the previous poster is referring to because when I talked to the principal about getting some sort of extra help for my child, I was told there was nothing they could do, and that was in 2011. My child is in 5th grade now, the 1st - 3rd grade teachers were both rude and condescending when I tried to talk to them about various issues that we were having. The second grade teacher went so far as to say she had taught her entire career without using a computer and she wasn't about to start now. (thankfully all three have since been retired) The 4th grade teacher that the previous poster mentions was slightly better, but most of my emails went unanswered for days and often her answers were chickenscratched on post it notes that had to be deciphered. I, as well as several of the parents of my child's classmates have had to go so far as to have group meetings with the school board to discuss problems (such as bullying, lack of communication, and excessive homework) that the principal refuses to acknowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I do agree with with the last post on Feb 6, 2009. It is hard to communicate with some of the teachers, however I love the school. The smaller classes gives the students more one on one, not to mention the tutors for those students who struggle, they have some wonderful volunteers that tutor kids in reading and spelling. As for the communication problem. I think it should be mandatory that all teachers have an e-mail and web page for daily assignments! I have 3 children in Bethlehem and I must say that Mrs. M.E. - the 4th grade teacher has a web page and does an excellent job of responding to emails (within the same day) and posting all of the daily homework. All the kids love her too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

I am very disappointed in this school. It's very hard to comunicate with the teachers.


Posted May 12, 2004

My child loves his school! While only in kindergarten, he has exceeded expectations in reading, writing, and math. His social skills have developed significantly, and he is becoming an excellent independant thinker. His teachers love him and the other children and want to see them succeed academically and socially. I've watched him grow so much this year, and am elated with the strengths he has developed here!
—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 49% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Title I88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%

Reading

All Students88%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Title I88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%

Science

All Students80%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Title I80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%

Reading

All Students48%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%

Science

All Students52%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%

Social Studies

All Students52%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%

Reading

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%

Science

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%

Social Studies

All Students56%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 92%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 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 39%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Wheeling, WV 26003
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