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Root Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 528 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted March 4, 2014

I love this school and bought a house nearby just for Root! The facilities may be older and the building may not be the newest but the that is minor considered to the amazing staff, top notch PTO, high parental involvement and great administration. Out of all the schools in Fayetteville, I have chosen Root over private (or any other school) because of their wonderful learning atmosphere. Check it out - you'll be impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

We moved here a few months ago from Maryland and have been really pleased with Root. The principal and staff welcomed both my children with open arms. Both my son's second grade teacher and my daughter's 4th grade teacher have worked tirelessly to help my kids feel at ease and comfortable. We are also really impressed with the quality of the other services at the school compared to what we experienced in Maryland. The speech pathologist we have met with on several occasions is outstanding and my kids are always excited about art classes. For us, it has been a very welcoming, warm environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Something has happened at Root and it isn't the school it once was. The teaching is very uneven. Many first year teachers, many substitutes. Not a lot of teachers have been there very long at all. The communication with parents doesn't make sense--you will get a lot of unimportant paperwork, but if your child is behind or not understanding something you won't hear a peep. The school is falling down too--water damage, ceiling tiles crashing on the desks. The principal seems to be getting harsher and less tolerant and is certainly not as approachable. The website isn't kept updated, it's hard to find things on it and the children don't get to use any of the neat equipment that they do in other schools. I hope it gets better by the time our next child gets there or we will be looking elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

We moved to our neighborhood specifically for this school. Best decision we made. Our child has thrived and been very happy here. The principal is approachable, caring, and involved with the well being of every student. The PTO activity has enabled the school to maintain quality programs and events for every child. Yes, the school is older which also means it is small but it is one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

We were relocated to Fayetteville last Fall after the school year had already started. My first grader was stressed, as was I-the school was welcoming and helpful and professional and made our transition easy. From the front office to the principal-to his classroom teacher-each person seemed to go above and beyond. We rented in the neighborhood because I saw the school (some say old) and thought THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL-lots of windows-lots of art work-room to run and play-just as an elementary should be. I love that they have PE, art and music each week. End of the year my sons test scores were great, he has made good friends and our family has done the same. I could not ask for a better experience and we are looking forward to second grade and buying a home-only in this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

Overrated. Very uneven teaching--some excellent teachers, some truly terrible. The principal is very sensitive to community politics. The parent/teacher organization is powerful and very active. Classroom overcrowding is typical for the district, but this school is bursting at the seams even with a mobile classroom or two (very clean, tho). If you want your children to attend this school, buy a house close by. Even then, your child might get bumped out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

I have children in first and third grade at Root Elementary and our experience at this school has been fantastic. The school principal is very approachable, and a true champion of ALL students at Root. The parents are very involved, although sometimes it seems a smaller number of parents ending up doing LOTS of hard work ... so I'm sure additional involvement would be welcome. The building could certainly use a makeover, but the quality of the teachers inside is what makes the difference. The most special thing about Root to me has been the friendliness and kindness of the families that attend this school. I have spoken with parents at other elementary schools in the area, and even they agree that Root is one of the friendliest places to be. This is a great school that you will be proud to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Run from this school! It is outdated and in poor condition. The new principal is very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Root is a happy school, and also serious about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

Root is the best school in fayetteville,AR because of how they teach. Their test scores are wonderful every year and their principal is awesome. Though they do have a overcrowded problem because its such a great school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

Even if you live in the Root district your child may not be attending Root School. They have a serious overcrowding problem. It is not unusual for parents to learn a day or two before or even after the start of school that there is no room for their child who is now considered 'overflow' and placed on a waiting list. Overflow children are transferred to another school, yet can be 'called back' to Root at any time, even months into the school year. Last year, we had one child left in Root and drove the other to a different school. This year, both must be bussed to a school across town. It is a bad situation made worse by a subjective policy and lack of administrative directive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

Parent committees work on virtually every aspect of the school. There is a parent's advisory council that serves as a liason to the teachers and staff. Parent volunteers are there every day doing things for teachers so that teachers can focus on teaching kids. Parents organize the kids' parties, help with extracurricular activities, and have representatives helping design the new gym. It's hard to imagine parents getting more involved in the school on a day-to-day basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

Excellent neighborhood school. Outstanding PTO provides innovative arts programs for students. We purposefully chose to live in the Root district because of its small size and the high standards set by the principal balanced with her love of the students. We were never disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

My daughter is in 4th grade and has been attending Root Elementary for one year. She absolutely loves this school. Root has a lot of caring teachers and lots of parent involvement. I was amazed by all the parents that volunteer at this school. Root offers a lot of extra curricular activities for the kids. They put the fun back in learning. Keep up the great job! Karen Randall
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

We had problems with this school. In my opinion the third grade teacher my son had did not care or take an interest in her students. The Principal was no help at all. This school, in my opinion, lacks academic structure. The parents are not as involved with the school, except with their watch dog Dad program. I was so disappointed with this school, I pulled my child out to home-school him until we moved from this area.
—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.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 79% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

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

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 84% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
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 85% 65%
Asian 5% 1%
Black 4% 21%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A60%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Fayetteville, AR 72701
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