School Details

Birch Lake Elementary School

1616 Birch Lake Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 653-2776
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 220 students 15 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

79%
76%
72%
79%
60%
57%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
77%
71%
44%
59%
54%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
67%
60%
76%
68%
64%
79%
69%
60%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • White Bear Lake School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Birch Lake Elementary School is a public elementary school in White Bear Lake. The principal of Birch Lake Elementary School is Daniel Schmidt, who can be contacted at dqschm@wbl.whitebear.k12.mn.us. 220 students attend Birch Lake Elementary School and are mostly Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 45% of the 220 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Birch Lake Elementary School is 15:1. Lincoln Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 72% 81%
Multiracial 5% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Birch Lake Elementary continues to be a fantastic school for my kids to attend. Each of the four years so far has impressed me a great deal. Here s just a few reasons why The teachers are excellent and consistently demonstrate how they truly care about our kids The kids are not numbers here and they are always encouraged to reach their full potential School test scores keep rising The Title I program here has incredible teachers the Core Values that are stressed are the kinds of things that make for a positive school and family environment The PTA goes above and beyond to help the kids and the school overall The great partnerships the school has between the YMCA the guest Artists the McPhail Music Center (giant kudos here) multi-cultural guests etc etc are so appreciated as well. I love this school and am so grateful that my kids have the opportunity to attend such a great public school. Truly it has exceeded my expectations.

  • (3 years ago)

    It was our dream to come home to the school district that offers our son (who has an intellectual disability) opportunities to be successful and become a valued citizen in our community. We wanted him to be given every opportunity to learn and grow and to build friendships like any other child. When we came back to the WBL school district he was offered that opportunity through special education and community- based programs. We knew we made the right decision to move back to my hometown. Our son has been blessed with great teachers and educational tools to excel. He is given the opportunity each year to learn beside his peers building those life-long relationships that we all need to be happy and engaged in our society. This is such a valuable learning opportunity for him and for his peers and teaches understanding compassion caring and respect. Because of the services being offered and the mainstream opportunities given to children with intellectual disabilities at Birch Lake these children are being accepted and included by their classmates. Great School/Great Teachers/Great Students!

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to Birch Lake Elementary so I know what really goes on in it. The education isn't great at all not even average. The teachers are teaching lessons straight from their lesson book. Most students from Birch are in many specializes classes for getting their skills to a level expected by their age when they go into middle school. That is just sad. It's an extremely cheap school. The teachers don't know how to handle situations in an anonymous way either. They aren't fair. I can't tell you how many students were accused and punished for something they didn't do. Those good reviews you see? Those are made by the teachers from Birch. There's something you might hear. People might say "They have such a large dedicated special education system!" but it's terrible. Students constantly make fun of the special needs children and the teachers pay very little attention to them. Please send your student to ANY other school. I can't say ANYTHING positive about this school. I'd give it no stars if I could.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has a dedicated caring staff who work to guarantee each student is successful. The teachers help all students reach their potential.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Birch Lake Elementary School. The staff truly care about the kids and the students are well-rounded individuals being prepared for their future.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has not reached my expectations. Though the education is good the teachers handle situations thoughtlessly and don't care about the student. They are rude to the parents and then try to cover up their mistake. The students gossip and have many cliques. I was disappointed with this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Birch Lake Elementary is a school that truly cares about it's students. Between the staff and the PTA educational needs are met. All three of my children have been through this school and we have had a positive experience with each of them. The PTA at Birch Lake Elementary is outstanding. They provide so much in time support and funds that the school is able to provide many experiences for the students that they might otherwise not be able to provide.

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

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