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Lowell Elementary School

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Posted May 11, 2014

My child goes to the full day Kindergarten, Mrs. Kyzer's class, and it's been wonderful. Nothing but positive in all aspects. She is so loving, and patient, and has great techniques to keep the kids well behaved without being abrasive . The principal is new this is new this year, and he seems great. The school is very organized and we are proud to say that our child goes to Lowell Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

Lowell is an amazing school that I feel lucky to have my special needs child in. From the paragon of a principal (I seriously love her & wish she were my family), to the teachers and the fantastic special needs staff they have been incredibly open, supportive, helpful and compassionate working as a team with me; I can't even imagine moving schools. My child is a handful to put it mildly. They have always done the best for everyone involved and been fair, non-judgmental and non-reactive when issues have come up. I am amazed at how strong the leadership is and things that I have a hard time with are handled with dignity and taken in stride with calm confidence. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because the music program was seriously dull (their working on it) and availability or access to more qualified staff for special needs kids would definitely be helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

I would LOVE to give this school a '5' rating but cannot do so because of the leadership. The teachers are wonderful and the paraprofessionals outstanding! However, the administration is lacking in anything close to ethical behavior or practices. Unbelievable. The saving grace is that the children have such terrific teachers, it's not worth thinking about all the negatives. My son loves his teachers and is doing very well academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

We came to Lowell from a school in Los Angeles and the difference is night and day. In LA the school was just worried about getting their money from the government. My daughter has intermittent behavior issues and the principal, school pshyc., counselor and esp. her teacher are all committed to seeing her succeed. I cannot express our family's gratitude for having stumbled upon this school. It's near my work not near we live and we are so thankful that they allow her to attend. Ms. Salerno the 2nd grade teacher is amazing. She is calm and cool with the kids and you can tell she genuinely loves her job. LOVE THE SCHOOL and ALL THE PEOPLE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE this school!!! It's so impressive from the start. And seeing how my children both really enjoy going there is rewarding. They love their school too, which means the teachers are doing something right. My daughter has really started to excel in math, and my son's reading has gone well beyond the kindergarten level which is where he is supposed to be. The score that this website has for Lowell does not accurately display their current test scores, but maybe that's okay... so those of us parents who have children there have a little known secret of the best elementary school in Boise!!!! teehee!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2011

We had a wonderful experience at Lowell. When I would walk down the hall with my son or daughter, every staff member we passed said hello to them by name. The school is able to offer a lot of differentiated instruction to help kids who are high, on-grade-level, or struggling. The multi-cultural aspect of Lowell is rare in Boise and is the best thing about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

Having a struggling reader enter first grade from a private kindergarten I was quite nervous about how things would go. I have never seen such caring dedicated professionals. The two firstgrade teachers, who both worked with my child, the reading specialists and even the principal were committed to helping MY child. My first grader ended first grade a reader and on grade level. She had the same experience in second and third grade. I know these teachers went above and beyond and I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

I am very concerned that the test data is from 2008 when Lowell had a large influx of children who were new to the country and who spoke no English or had limited English. Without disaggregation of the data to show the growth of the majority of students, it is impossible to form an opinion of the school during that time period. I am not sure how you can be a reputable site without updating the data. If it was updated, the community would see that Lowell is competitive with other schools in the Boise School District. I would like to be contacted by the site creators to discuss this problem.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2010

HORRIBLE school!! Our childs teacher didn't let their class out for 15 minutes after school. Worried parents and unethical standards. Fowl mouth children everywhere. Little proper supervision on playground...Intimidating and BULLY type children there. Worst mistake to bring our kids to this school, that's why their rated only a '1' out of 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

Lowell is an amazing school! It offers a real picture of the world we live in and brings more to my kids than I ever thought an elementary school could. It's a neighborhood school and many kids walk to school. It's so great to have neighbor kids in the same school! Principal Paula Bell is superb and was recently name administrator of the year! Go Lowell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Lowell Elementary has been a blue ribbon school and was instrumental in giving all four of my children a great start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Lowell is a Title Nine school with a strong ELL program and often an entry school for internationals. There have been up to 11 different languages represented there and the cultural diversity is celebrated and embraced. The staff is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 83% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 90% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 80% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students76%
Female85%
Male58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female96%
Male75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indiann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Special education73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female67%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Special education64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female78%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female50%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Special education55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students56%
Female60%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female87%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 78%
Black 7% 1%
Hispanic 7% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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 54%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1507 North 28th St
Boise, ID 83703
Phone: (208) 854-5480

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