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Southside Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 952 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 8, 2012

Southside elementary school has some great programs, if your child can get into them. The problems I have with this school are, first, during my daughter's 3rd grade, two teachers combined classes for both math and writing out of sheer laziness, meaning that in each subject there were 60 kids! My daughter was intimidated due to the size, and fell behind. As a result, this year I pulled her out of Southside and have been homeschooling her to get her caught up. My son, who is a first grader has had a much better experience. He had Mrs. Gross for Kindergarten and Mrs. Mann for 1st grade, both of whom are exceptional teachers. My second bone to pick with Southside is the advanced programs they offer (Team and Academic Challenge). My daughter wanted desperately to get into the AC program, but didn't test quite high enough. She was devastated. The AC kids and Team kids are given far more opportunities, and are paraded around the school. I've talked to the administration about why they don't expand the program so the kids who want to be challenged have that opportunity, and they chalk it up to funding. Why is it so difficult to train other teachers they already have on staff??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

Southside Elementary is a great school. Coming from Georgia schools this school exceeds all expectations I had. Teacher/parent communication is great. Principals are involved. Many extracurricular activites for children to participate in. I've found that the staff is really concerned with the overall academic success of my children. I'd recommend this school to anyone. My 2nd and 5th graders would also agree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2004

The AC program at Southside was outstanding. The non-AC program was not. Small town politics matter here. A small group of parents run the school. Too many teachers have their own children in the school. Many teachers are just waiting on retirement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

I have five children and four have gone to Southside. They have all received an excellent education and are all high achieving. I credit this mostly to the caring teachers and awesome learning environment from the team class and AC gifted program. A big thanks to you all from a pleased parent!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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77%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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97%

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80%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 72%
Asian 14% 2%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black 2% 12%
American Indian 1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A46%
Special education 8%N/A14%
English learners 14%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Columbus, IN 47201
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