Bloomington School Spotlight: Ridgeview Elementary

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 2:14pm.

Bloomington Public Schools ISD 271 serves more than 10,000 students with 15 traditional schools, three alternative learning centers and two early childhood centers.

May’s Bloomington School of the Month ― Ridgeview Elementary ― serves 380 students in grades K through 5. The student-teacher ratio here has been steadily declining from a high of 21.2:1 in 2006 to 14.1:1 today. The school employs 26 full-time teachers.

Special Programs

Ridgeview offers the following special programs:

  • Elements program for highly gifted students in grades 2 and 3.
  • Dimensions Academy for gifted students in grades 4 and 5.
  • Computer labs with iPods and wireless laptops.
  • A media center.
  • Your choice of either half-day or full-day Kindergarten.
  • Kids’ SAFARI ― before and after-school childcare.

In addition to the special programs and the core curriculum, Ridgeview offers an English language specialist, reading intervention team and adheres to the tenets of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

Ridgeview Elementary Test Scores

School ratings site GreatSchools.org gives Ridgeview eight stars out of a possible 10, while SchoolDigger.com awards it with four stars out of a possible five.

Last year, Ridgeview ranked second out of all of Bloomington’s elementary schools and better than 79 percent statewide.

Although the students’ performance on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) exams has declined, they still perform better than both the district’s and the state’s average.

In 2014, for instance, 69.3 percent of Ridgeview fifth graders met or exceeded the MCA III math standards while only 60.1 of the district’s students met the standard and the state’s average was 61.8. These same fifth graders excelled on the science portion of the exams, with 70.8 percent meeting the standard. They far outperformed the district’s 55.9 percent and the state’s 61.2 percent.

 Reading is challenging to both the middle and elementary school students. Only 26.9 percent of 8th graders met the standard (as opposed to the state average of 55.7 percent), and 29.1 percent of 5th graders met the standard. The state average for the 5th grade is 67.7 percent.

Demographics

Ridgeview’s student body has become more diverse over the past decade. Currently, the student body comprises 72.3 percent white students, 9.2 percent African American, 7.9 percent Asian and 3.7 percent of the students are of Hispanic heritage.

Ridgeview Elementary School is located in Bloomington, at 9400 Nesbitt Rd. You can reach the school by phone at (952) 806-7100.

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