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Williams Magnet Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 416 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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24 reviews of this school


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Posted today

I see the comments on this site as accurate not hateful as the last commenter states. The classroom teachers overall are very good but several excellent teachers have left with the turnover in administration. The support staff and administrative staff are mediocre. Great Schools had this school rated as a 10/10 before the current administration and now has dropped it to an 8/10. That speaks for itself. It's a good school going in the wrong direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

Do not be swayed by the hateful comments listed about our school and administration. Williams is still a wonderful school where the children are put first. My son has been at this school since first grade. Our school may not be perfect but what school is. Our scores remain in the top levels of the school district and the children are happy and excelling. Williams continues to be a great learning institution. We look forward to another wonderful year. We hope those leaving find what they are looking for and wish them well. Those of us who choose to remain will continue in the tradition of excellence the school has been known for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

We have loved Williams Magnet for years. LRSD made a principal change two years ago which has totally changed the atmosphere at the school. What was once a school that strived for the best has become a place where mediocrity reigns. Most of the teachers are great, but the administration and support staff is terrible. It saddens me to say that we are pulling our kids from what was once the best school in the LRSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Williams Magnet School is Awesome! I would recommend this school to any parent or student!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

I give it a five for everything except the principal. When the district decided to help the ill-performing schools in 2012 by changing the principals around, sending the poor performers to better schools and the bad performers to excellent schools, they punished Williams Magnet. I was excited about the high amounts of parental involvement at WMS. It seems to me that that is not a priority to the new principal... Maybe even to say that she frowns upon it to an extent. I think parental involvement makes a HUGE difference in a child's educational journey. We are considering changing schools for this reason. Sadly, shooting ourselves in the foot to an extent because we can currently walk my child to school in mere minutes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

Williams has many wonderful teachers. However, the district replaced the high performing principal in August 2012 with one from a poorly performing school. There has been a lot of staff turnover since then and the school is not the same. My two kids will be transferring to another school in the fall unless the district makes a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

I have three children at Williams. We are extremely happy. For a school that is diverse, both economically and racially, to continue to perform at the top academically speaks volumes. Williams continues to rank among the top alongside schools from wealthier neighborhoods that are not racially balanced. This is due to having outstanding teachers, a community that promotes parental involvement and an environment that celebrates both diversity and excellence. Proud to call Williams home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

Fabulous school that focuses on truly teaching children how to be respected, confident, intelligent people. Teachers and staff are all very open, welcoming and willing to work with a parent to make sure school is a great experience for the child and parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

We love Williams and feel very fortunate to be able to provide such a quality education for our children at a public school. We live in the Pulaski County School District but work downtown and love having our children nearby so we can have lunch with them and attend school events during the day. Williams has always been great for academics, and this year there are more fun, innovative programs that make it even better. Parents are very involved, and we have a whole new Williams family of kids and parents. New leadership has made a big difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

Every school has their problems, but I was always able to discuss any problems openly with the teachers and administration. My moved my son in the 4th grade, but we came back in the 5th. Williams school is a great school and Mrs. Register is making it better. We love you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

This is our 4th year at Williams. It is a school environment that reminds me some of my grade school. Our teachers have been very proactive, helpful, and supportive in identifying learning challenges for my student. The staff is energized by a new principal (and some new staff members), great use of technology, and a positive learning environment. My child looks forward to going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

We are in our sixth and final year as part of the Williams family. This year, we welcomed a new Principal with a fresh vision for the school. I believe she will continue our schools vision of academic excellence for all students but in a more positive atmosphere. If you read older reviews or see a lower score on Principal Leadership on older Parent Reviews, please take this into consideration. All of the teachers we have had at Williams have been outstanding. My children's scores on the national benchmark have been extremely high and I feel like they have received a top-notch education at Williams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

We are just thrilled about William's Magnet! My child is in Kindergarten and is thriving and learning so much! She has also developed so much socially in this short time of being there. The teaching staff seems to be surperb and we are just blessed to be there. I understand that no school is perfect, but, Williams is one of the best in the city!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I think it is the best school in the world! All the students are very well behaved and have challenging activities which will build their self confidence for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

its disciplined and the teachers are doing a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I am very disappointed on choosing to send my child to Williams. Like someone said in another review, I feel that if your child is in anyway, somewhat active or doesn't sit completed quiet and still at all times unless they are on the playground this is certainly not the school for you. I decided on Williams based on academics, but I feel that children are not given a chance to make the transition . I have a child in kindergarten there. The leadership is also lacking in this school. Children are not always perfect, but at Williams they need to realize that sometime leadership isn't either ( and that's on all levels at this school). Williams need to learn how to help a child where they are. I have failed my child in given him a start here and look forward to a brand new beginning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

My child went to Williams from kindergarden to fifth grade. We love Williams. As with any school, be it private or public. You being involved in your childs education plays a big part. No, not all of the teachers my daughter had were good, but when they saw that I was a concerned parent, it was different. The environment was great. The only bad thing about the school is they don't have 6th grade. I LOVE WILLIAMS MAGNET.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Awesome school! Involved parents, wonderful, caring teachers and para-professionals. Even the cafeteria ladies and the custodial team know, and are known to the students. If you are not involved in your child's homework, classwork, clubs, and your child's teachers and friends -- this school is not for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

This school is the nicest school I've been to. Their behavior requirements have made me a better person. The afterschool activites have given me higher self esteem and my friends there have excelling behavior and great personalites. I do agree the aids do need to be more strict walking us down the hallway. Teachers say they can hear the kids with their doors closed. But, I used to be homeschooled and dependant on the teacher for help, but they teach you independance and prepare you for college, allthough some teachers (not all) need to be nicer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2008

I decided to send my child to this school based on academics only. However, I soon realized that a child will not do their best if a child is not happy and excited about the school. This school needs to allow children to be children. I fear for some of those kids self esteem. What good is being smart when your child is emotionally depressed with low esteem.


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%
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 52% 21%
White 30% 65%
Asian 12% 1%
Hispanic 3% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 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 44%N/A60%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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7301 Evergreen St
Little Rock, AR 72207
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