• DEMOGRAPHICS
    YEAR SCHOOL OPENED
    1952
    ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
    92.4
    student Enrollment
    287
    Race/Ethnicity (%)
    African American....................... 21.3
    Hawaii/Pac. Islander.......................... -
    White.............................. 42.4
    Multiracial...................... 10.7
    Hispanic......................... 21.3
    American Indian/AK....................... -
    Asian.............................. 3.7
    GENDER (%)
    Male................................ 48.6 
    Female........................... 51.3
    Special Services** (%)
    FARMS........................... 84.3
    504.................................. -
    Special Ed..................... 12.0
    LEP................................. 8.9
    Title 1............................. Yes

     **Special Services Terms Glossary

    School Renovation Details - 2011- All finishes, equipment, and building systems were replaced. Two additions expanded the school, providing additional program space and creating a more prominent entry accessible from a new entrance road that better circulates traffic through the surrounding neighborhood and school site.

Clubs/Co-Curriculars

Key Challenges to Student Success

  • The students who attend Belle Grove Elementary are influenced daily by events, situations, and circumstances that occur at home and in their neighborhood.  While there are numerous factors that contribute to student achievement at Belle Grove Elementary, the school leadership team has narrowed its focus to the following challenges to student success, with the acknowledgement that this is not an all-inclusive list and that some students may be affected by other opportunities or issues in their young lives. 

    This school's key challenges to student success are also noted in the boxes shown below.

  • Traditional MSDE and/or school-based student challenges

    • Increase the percentage of students who read on or above grade level by the end of second grade (#5)
    • PARCC Scores - ELA & Mathematics (Elementary grades 3, 4, 5) (#6)
    • Increase the use of restorative practices in schools and offices (#3)

    Key Challenge #2: Increase the percentage of students who read on or above grade level by the end of second grade.

    The data from the Spring 2018 Fountas & Pinnell assessment influenced our decision to focus on indicator number 5, increasing the percentage of students who read on or above grade level by the end of second grade. 52% of current first graders, 49% of current second grade, 49% of current fourth graders, and 56% of current fifth graders are reading below grade level. Due to the large number of students not reading on grade level, we have put several reading interventions in place to make up this gap.  We are also working on creating a school of literacy by implementing reading libraries in every room and office within the building. We understand the need to show the importance of literary and how it can make a difference in a child's life. (Indicator 5)

    Key Challenge #3: PARCC Scores - ELA & Mathematics (Elementary grades 3, 4, 5) 

    Data from the 2018 PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment influenced our decision to focus on indicator number 6, increasing the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who meet or exceed expectations on standardized reading, language arts, and mathematics assessments. PARCC scores show that Belle Grove is below both the cluster and county averages. The percentage of students scoring 4s and 5s fluctuates from year to year with no consistency other than being below state, county, and cluster averages.

    Based on data from previous PARCC scores, we noticed significant trends in grades 3-5 related to lack of proficiency in ELA.

    Average PARCC proficiency level 2015-2018

    Grade 3

    27.5%

    Grade 4

    27.3%

    Grade 5

    24.4%

    Overall

    26.5%


    Based on our PARCC scores, we have highlighted the need to focus on males and their achievement within our Title I plan.  PARCC scores show that males are below the school’s average scores. (Indicator 6)

    Average PARCC proficiency level 2015-2018

    Grade 3 males

    21.8%

    Grade 4 males

    21.3%

    Grade 5 males

    19.9%

  • Non-Traditional Socio-Economic Challenges

    • Socio-Economic Issues (employment, income levels, housing costs)
    • Student Mobility
    • Families in Crisis (mental, physical emotional, financial)
    • Substance Abuse

    Key Challenge #1: Families in Crisis (mental, physical, emotional, financial)

    Belle Grove is a Title One school located in the community of Brooklyn Park. Over 70% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch, which speaks to the socio-economic

    issues many of our families face. As a result of these issues, student mobility, homelessness, and families in crisis are a concern. In addition, the Brooklyn Park area has seen a rise in the rate of substance abuse and crime. All of these issues have a direct impact on the readiness of our students for learning. Even though many of our students struggle with adversity, we hope our focus on reading proficiency will help our students continue to grow in English Language Arts.  

    After reviewing the MDS3 survey data and noting that 44% of our students felt that harrassment is a small problem at our school and only 39% of students follow and obey school rules, we decided to focus on increasing restorative practices in our schools and offices.  Included in every teacher’s schedule is a designated time for morning meetings with teachers and their students. This time allows for students and staff to make connections with one another and build positive relationships. A new position, Behavior Intervention Specialist, was added to the staff roster that focuses on working with students and their social and emotional needs.  This staff member works with students on coping strategies and how to collaborate with peers in order to accomplish tasks in and out of the classroom. (Indicator 1, 3, 5, 6, 10)

  • HISTORICAL SCHOOL & COMMUNITY CHALLENGES THAT HAVE INFLUENCED THE WRITING OF THIS SCHOOL'S STORY

    • Socio-economic community issues (employment, income levels, housing costs)
    • Access (or lack of access) to community social programs
    • Access (or lack of access) to community health-related programs
    • Access (or lack of access) to community academic support programs

  • View the Strategic Indicators and Vision for Belle Grove Elementary