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Gibbs Magnet Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 311 students

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

Gibbs is an amazing school! Dr Hobbs and all of her staff are a breath of fresh air. They are always there for you and your child and strive for a continued excellence. . My son loves his teachers and is always smiling when he gets picked up. A+++++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

Gibbs is the school that all other schools need to be compared to! That is the position I am in right now because of the impending agreement for the desegregation case between the school districts. My middle daughter goes to Gibbs and is receiving the type of education that one would expect from a magnet school. She's challenged, she's taught at high levels, and she's able to learn through different experiences rather than reading something out of a book. Now, because of the agreement, my youngest child will probably not be able to attend this school and will have to attend school in our school district. None of the schools in PCSSD even begin to measure up to the amazing education and experience my child receives from Gibbs. The security officer knows mine and my childs name and greets us every morning at drop off, walking through the halls we are greeted by all staff members we come in contact with. The German language program has allowed my daughter to continue her German language skills that she acquired overseas on a daily basis. In the public sector, there is no other school that compares, and I will be very sad if I have to send my other child to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

This school is definitely A 10!!! Your child is taught a foreign language and the teachers are amazing. The principal is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

It's been much too long since someone posted a review about Gibbs! We have a daughter starting 3rd grade and a daughter starting 1st grade in less than 3 weeks. In a few short words - we love Gibbs. Gibbs embodies what school should be - what it was like when I was growing up. Small student body, who are engaged, challenged and nurtured. A staff from the principal through the teachers, aides and the security officer even down to the custodians who are attentive, responsive and care about their work, they know our children - by name. Having been at other school's in the LRSD I can tell you it is a joy from the drop off/pick up procedure to dealing with the "lunch line lady" and anything and everything in between. There is no huge drama there is no major hassle - people are there to help, all the time. We love the foreign language every day, we love the music program, I just can't say enough about how awesome it is. We were truly blessed to get our girls in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

Gibbs is a school that is on the cutting edge of education. The teachers and faculty are dedicated to reaching children where they are academically. Most of the staff knows every child by name and some can even name younger brothers and sisters of students. I would dare to say that Gibbs Elementary School is the best school in Arkansas nad one of the best is the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

Gibbs is a gem. It's an International Studies/ Foreign Languages Magnet. It offers Spanish, French and German every day. Each classroom has it's own country and the children have special lessons weekly to learn about 'their' country - the language, culture, and history. This school is small, diverse, and incredibly well-rounded in its curriculum and culture. The principal is thorough, caring, demanding (of herself and her staff) and always present. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My son is currently in the fourth grade at Gibbs. He came from Cato Elementary and started at Gibbs in the first grade. We have enjoyed all the wonderful teaching staff at the school. They have shown geniune concern for him and his education. This school is like an extended family. He enjoys all of his classes and his afternoon Voyager program. He loves all the teachers and is popular known for his unique name. We love this school and if could would give it 10 stars. We recommend this school to all our friends with children. Submitted by Ronald and Sheryl Messer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

My son graduated from Gibbs 3 years ago and my daughter, who is in 3rd grade, has attended Gibbs since Kindergarten. Every single staff member is dedicated and professional. Gibbs offers so many excellent programs, such as Foreign Language, full-time Art, Music,Global studies, and PE instructors, as well as top-notch extra-curricular activities such as Chess, Garden, and Book Clubs. It is a very diverse, happy, synergistic learning environment. You will be amazed by how much more Gibbs offers than a regular elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

I have a 5th grader and a prek child at Gibbs and we love it. The Principal and staff have high expectations of all students. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved. Teachers communicate often with parents; they are easily accessible with emails and an open door policy. There are lots of opportunities for students to be highlighted and to demonstrate their talents, not only in the specialty areas of foreign language and global studies, but in their speaking abiities, talents and arts. Gibbs by far has the best Art education teacher in the state (see her/their numerous awards at the AR Arts Center), and the most creative and enthusiastic Music instructor. The children at Gibbs are excelling academically, and the staff is fully able to meet the academic needs of all students. There have been so many wonderful opportunities for our children at Gibbs. Senator & Mrs. Steele
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

My daughter is in the second grade at Gibbs and we really could not be more pleased with this school. The administration is top notch, we have loved all of her teachers and she is excelling in all areas. Unfortunately my son didn't make the 'lotto' for placement in Gibbs last year and we had to send him to Oakbrooke Elementary in Sherwood (do not recommend), instead, and the difference between the two schools is night and day. I have my fingers and toes crossed that all three of my children get into Gibbs this year and then my only problem will be when they have to leave for middle school! When asked if she would like to comment, my daughter cheered, 'Five stars, two thumbs up and a hip hip horrah, we really love Gibbs!' :o)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2006

Gibbs is an absolutely wonderful school! I have very high expectations and this school has met every one of them. The faculty is very supportive in every way imaginable. They are very caring and concerned. My children have many opportunities that I never imagined possible in an Arkansas school. They are involved in the community and aware of worldwide events. The level of parental involvement is very high, and is encouraged by all staff. This is a grade A school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2004

I love that this is such a small school with such carrying facility. My kids love it and I have been very pleased with the high level of education that they are receiving. My family could live any place due to my husband's job. We are from out of state. However, we have chosen to stay in the area and one of the main reasons is this school. I have lived in Germany and know how important that second language can be for their futures. My boys take spanish and have learned so much. This is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2004

Gibbs is a superb school. They really focus on international and local issues that are important now and will be in the future and are guiding the children to be-like their motto states-'good citizens of the world'. They have a wonderful art and music department and lots of 'extras' that other public schools don't seem to have. Five stars!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2003

A sensational international school that teaches foreign language to K-5 graders. Students learn the positive aspects of other countries and cultures to make them better citizens. The teachers are wonderful who work with the students to help them achieve their full potential.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%
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
Black 54% 21%
White 35% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1115 West 16th St
Little Rock, AR 72202
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