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Rena Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 461 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2013

My children have gone to Rena for the past 7 years and we have loved it every year. Ms. Sanders is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

This is by far the best school out of the entire area-that includes three cities. I wish they would copy this school at all the schools. Let me list the positives: Great Gifted and Talented Program, field trips about once or twice a year, can't count how many school programs/parties/fun times at school that create memories for a lifetime for parent and child, great communication between teacher/administration and parent, treat the children as the individuals they are, regular parent/teacher conferences, parents can visit children for lunch/assemblies/class parties/school performances/etc, papers/art/newsletters sent home every day, safe pickup and drop off before and after school, several recycling programs, pull out classes every day for music/P.E./technology/art/and library time, breakfast provided before school for those that need it and kids can get something even if they're late to school, staff that really cares about the children's safety and success. Next year 2012-13 the school will have up to fifth grade. My child has been here from K-2 so far and I think they are doing an excellent job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Rena is an excellent elementary school. The teachers really do care and want the children to succeed. My two oldest children attended Rena until we moved. Now they attend Greenwood and let me be honest. Greenwood is NOTHING like Van Buren. The school's are disconnected from the parents, information is not passed on, events are not announced, children are simply a number, teachers are really not interested in the well being and advancement of your child...it has been quite a wake up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

Top of the line Principal and teachers. As a grandparent, there is no doubt why the leadership at Rena has the highest achievements in all areas. The principal and staff are the absolute best. The standards are of the highest degree and we in the community appreciate the leadership at Rena and the committment to the students and interaction with parents and family. Great going Rena!


Posted January 18, 2009

With Mrs. Sanders as the principal, it doesn't surprise me that this school does so well. She was a 1st grade teacher for both my sons who are now teenagers when she worked at Parkview and she was also the assistant principal when my youngest son went to Northridge. She is the best! Great principal-Great school!
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Posted October 1, 2004

My daughter is in 2nd grade this year and I am most happy with Rena. Ms Landi Brown was her first teacher and what a great way to start a childs school days out. Now in Ms Sadlers class we are still happy and very satisfied. Rena is a GREAT SCHOOL and I will have my last child going there for the 2005-2006 school year. Lets keep up the good work so I can have just as much satisfaction for him. Thank you for the wonderful teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Rena is a great school! The teachers have a lot of enthusiasm. It is structured more like a private school and we love all the pull out classes!
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
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 73% 64%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Hispanic 8% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Black 2% 21%
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 46%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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720 Rena Rd
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: (479) 471-3190

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