Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts NC Report Card
Dear Benton Heights Community,
Public school accountability is a standard practice for North Carolina. Transparency with school performance began in the early 1990’s. The North Carolina School Report Card of each school provides parents with information about student performance, teacher experience, and school safety. Data are provided at the school, district, and state levels to enable parents to compare the performance of their student’s school with other schools across the district and state.
Legislation (G.S. §115C-83.15) passed during the 2013 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly provides an additional measure of school performance in the form of School Performance Grades. Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, the annual North Carolina School Report Cards display a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F for each school in the state.
The School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on our school’s achievement score (student proficiency) and 20 percent on students’ academic growth. At Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, our achievement score for the 2016–17 school year is based on how well our students’ performed on Grades 3–5 Mathematics, Grades 3–5 English Language Arts/Reading, and Grade 5 Science.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts received an overall School Performance Grade of “D” for the 2016–17 school year. However, in the area of math we are proud to announce that the performance grade was a “C”. We are committed to improvement and it is our goal to be a “C” or better.
It is important to remember that just as no one single score or grade tells the whole story of a student, neither does it tell you everything about the performance of a school or the opportunities that our school provides. At Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, we not only provide a Year Round Calendar to our students with a week of intercession intervention in the fall and spring, but, we also offer clubs after school and during the day to increase talent and interest. We also recognized as an A+ Arts School and a Leader in Me School.
Some of the initiatives for the upcoming year to improve our School Performance Grade are:
- Small class sizes
- Changes in the master schedule so that all teachers focus on literacy daily
- LEGO Engineering Lab to support S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
- Extended learning opportunities (Intercession remediation and enrichment for 3-5)
- Fourth grade math tutors every day for every student
- Emotional/Mental Health support
- Personalized reading, phonics and word study instruction
- Intervention teachers and tutors for each grade level
We hope you will closely follow your student’s academic progress and work with his or her teacher(s) to help ensure academic success. Working together as a team, we can improve not only how well our students are performing individually, but how our school is performing as a whole. There is nothing more important to administrators and teachers at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts than ensuring that students are ready for the next step in their academic career. I look forward to partnering with you. Thank you for sharing your child with us. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our School Performance Grade and how we plan to improve, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 704-296-3100.
Dr. Candice Boatright
Principal, Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts
To view the UCPS district report card click the "NC School Report Cards" link below then "District Report Card" link and choose the category you wish to view. Once the category page loads you will need to choose Union County Public Schools using the "Select District(s)" dropdown menu. Alamance-Burlington will be selected by default so you may wish to deselect that district to hide their data.
To find your school's report card click the "NC School Report Cards" link below then "School Report Card" Link and choose the category you wish to view. Once the category page loads you will need to choose Union County Public Schools using the "Select District(s)" dropdown menu and then the school using the "Select School(s)" dropdown. Antioch Elementary will be selected by default so you may wish to deselect that school to hide their data if that is not the school you wish to view.