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Magness Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 432 students

 
 

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Posted March 28, 2013

It really is amazing how much my son has learned since he has been in the Magness Creek Pre-K program! His teachers are caring yet still firm on having the students follow instructions. We also moved here from out of state and our Realtor recommended the Cabot school district- we are so glad he did! If we had it to do all over again we would choose Magness Creek in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2011

We actually moved to Cabot (Magness Creek area) just for the schools. We previously resided at LRAFB, I have 3 kids, my oldest being in the CJHN and my 2 youngest being in MCE. This is my daughters last year at MC and all in all, it has been a very pleasant experience for both my children and myself. I do agree that they seem to push the Benchmark a bit too far for the ranking but have to disagree with special treatment towards gender. My daughter has a tendency to be spirited as well and you better believe they put her in check just as they have with my youngest son. I also will agree with the statements about the principle being unapproachable, she does seem cold towards parents and students alike but again, this does NOT seem to affect the school itself. The teachers are GREAT and make sure to keep parents in the loop. They are willing to work one on one with a student and parent alike. I have enjoyed my children attending Magness Creek Elementary and will be so sad when the time comes that my youngest will be moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

My daughter is starting her second year (1st grade) at MCE and the quality of education she has received has justified the decision to live in Magness Creek. My wife taught in Searcy a few years ago and even then it was well known that the best public schools in central Arkansas are in Cabot. I think it is wonderful that there are still places where your child can attend a great neighborhood public school. I am under no illusions that MCE is perfect, but is has complimented our work as parents and instilled in our daughter a love of learning that will carry her through the rest of her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

We are moving so that we will not need to attend this or any other Cabot school. We don't know how the other schools in Cabot are, but after the last two years, We are not going to attempt. Boys are treated sublevel to the girls who are favorited in all grades. If you are having any behavior issues or if your son is a REAL boy, don't bring him here. The teachers at most can handle "normal", "submissive", "shy", "quiet" behavior, but do not send a spirited or imaginative boy who thinks outside the box. His spirit will be broken and he may even end up on medication to curb his behavior and make it easier for the teachers to deal with normal every day children. BEWARE!!! Or, get into the click! If you don't work, you will be "in" only if you volunteer. Heaven forbid you are a working mom. This is sad since MCE is supposed to be the best elementary in Cabot. Children are taught like robots to pass the Benchmark so that the school can maintain its record, not so that the children will really learn anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

We have had 3 kids attend here, most recently our daughter in K this past year. VERY disappointed with K teacher! Plays favorites and she should be reminded classroom time is for TEACHING not TEXTING. My daughter said she was always playing with her phone during class. Like a previous posted stated, heaven forbid your kid get in any trouble because the entire community will know about it and it will not get better it will only get worse. If you are not part of the "in crowd" or teacher's pet there will be trouble!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We moved here last year from another state (IL), and after reviewing all the schools in the area, we knew MCE was where we wanted our kids to be. This school has exceeded my expectations. I have a kindergartener who has been going through a rough time after his Daddy deployed, and his teacher has been amazing. She seems to really understand what he needs, and she has gone above & beyond to accommodate him. My fourth grader was having a rough time in math, because the standards here are higher than the standards where we came from. Her teacher has gone out of her way to give her the help she needed to get caught up to the rest of the kids, and she is finally there! I can see why MCE is at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

Magness Creek is an excellent school! It's true that it is at it's max capacity but Cabot already has another school in the works to help out with the overflow. The principal and her staff are all very attentive and warm to the students. I am in the school volunteering a couple of times a week and have never seen any problems with administration acting anything but kind to the children. The test scores for this school are in the very top in the state! Teachers are attentive, nuturing and stern when needed. My children truly enjoy going to school at Magness Creek and I enjoy volunteering. When we relocated to the Little Rock area, my husband and I toured many elementary schools in and around the area. We were most impressed with Magness Creek's administration. They were genuinely interested in our kids and our kids' needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

There are issues with administration at this school. Several authorities at the school act as if they don't even like kids. I dread sending my daughter back for her fourth year and I am looking at other options. I have been in the lunchroom one too many times hearing the children being yelled at constantly to be quiet. I have never heard the students being too loud, but the one yelling can be heard at the entrance of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

Sounds wonderful!!! The truth is the classes are at the max. The student teacher ratio is at the states max. The students and teachers are in a no win situation. The school district has set them up for failure. Don't look for any sympathy, they are following state guide lines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

This school is excellent. The education is outstanding. The children are challenged and it shows up in the test scores. I have no complaints and my child has been attending this school for 3 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My son is a special needs student. I am not happy about this school in regards to special ed. I spent a whole year fighting with them in regards to his education. I should have asked other parents first about special ed in these schools before moving to this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

We had a very good experience with this school. There are some excellent teachers here and the parental involvement is wonderful. I would have to disagree with the last reviewer about one thing- the new principal. I have not heard one parent this year who is pleased. I don't think it affects the school, but she is unapproachable. I am in the school 3 days a week and she has never spoken to me or thanked me for volunteering. I have a friend who desperately tried to talk to her and have her child moved out of a class. She wouldn't listen and this child spent a pivital year with an absent teacher (literally and figuratively). This is an exception though- for the most part the teachers are excellent .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

Magness Creek is an excellent Elementary school. They strive to educate children beyond what is expected and care for your child like he/she is their own. The new principal this year is fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2005

A good school relative to Arkansas standards on curriculum. Not for gifted, or special needs students. My son is both, we were supposed to get according to his IEP, speech services which never happened. Countless hours arguing with the school for simple accomodations, ie. front row seating, a note home. Special education as a whole was hostile with any parental involvement ie. 30 min. arguing just so I could have my son's school records because I was moving. Gifted accomodations are poor at best. Academically I thought the school was very slow compared to other states. Probably still one of the best public schools in Arkansas though (sad, but true). The reading programs were sketchy, and non researched pieces of this and that. My son did have a nice teacher though and the Principal was nice and very active with the kids which is a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

My daughter loves this school. The teachers and staff are great. They have lots of areas for parents to be involved. Family nights are a real hit...there is always something different and science night was the best. Mrs. Wright is the best kindergarten teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 79% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 85% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Black 2% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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16150 Ark Hwy 5
Cabot, AR 72023
Phone: (501) 743-3565

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