March 11, 2015

Beulah Elementary earns top honors

By Chris Erickson

Beulah Elementary has been named one of the best elementary schools in the state.
The school was ranked 15th in North Dakota by the website K12 Niche, which compiles statistics on schools throughout the nation and offers comparative rankings based on certain metrics such as academics, district overall experience, teachers, and student culture and diversity.
Academics made up 50 percent of the weighted metric, with teachers and overall district experience each holding 20 percent and 10 percent being assigned to student culture and diversity.
Topping the list was North Border Walhalla Elementary. Schools in Grand Forks and Fargo largely made up the rest of the Top 15, with Beulah, Kindred, Thompson, Oakes and Carrington finding rankings there.
Beulah’s score showed a B plus for academics, B for district overall experience, B plus for teachers, and C minus for student culture and diversity.
Beulah Elementary Principal Amber Skalsky heard the news while attending to some grad school work. She said that after initially seeing the ranking she checked to see how the data was put together.
“I was really excited when I saw it,” Skalsky said. “I wanted to go in and see what we were being ranked on to see what we were doing well. I think we’re in a constant reflective state to see what’s going right and what can be improved.”


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