Bell Central School Center (BCSC) had a celebration on Friday after principal Greg Wilson announced the school ranked top in the county in recent K-Prep test scores. After the scores were combined, BCSC ranked first out of everyone in the county including Pineville and Middlesboro.
The school ranked first at the elementary level and second at the middle school level, a half a point behind Right Fork School Center, in the county.
“I’m blessed to be a part of Bell Central,” said Wilson. “We have wonderful kids and wonderful staff.”
According to Wilson, Bell Central is the only school in the county to score proficient at both levels and the only one that scored proficient at the elementary level. The school ranked in the 84th percentile at the elementary level and scored better than 83 percent of the 740 schools, according to Wilson.
The middle school scored in the 87th percentile out of 331 middle schools. Wilson said BCSC scored in the top-10 in southeastern Kentucky at both levels.
“The vast majority of those schools that are above us have 30 percent free and reduced lunch,” said Wilson. “That doesn’t mean if you make more money your kids score well, but it does affect scores.”
Wilson said Bell Central has 80 percent free and reduced lunch.
Wilson also said the school has to work twice as hard to get their students prepared for the test because they have to focus their efforts on both the elementary and middle school students.
During the celebration, which was held in the gym, students received cupcakes for their efforts. Wilson also announced that sometime in the future they would have a big party.
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