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Timothy Ball Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 472 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2013

Huge disappointment! I would seriously not recommend sending your child to this school for so many reasons. My child told me that they punish children for losing their place during reading- which is totally ignorant on the part of the teachers, assistants, and administrator. Really? It's time to hire some qualified and trained staff instead of telling everyone how wonderful your Title 1 staff is. NOT! It just doesn't work to rehash what the teacher presented earlier. Anyone can follow the cookbook method, but real training and education is how to acheive results with your most challenging learners. And it's pretty obvious that the 'no bullying' garbage is just lip service to please the administration and public. The school's disciplinary procedures are very poor and serve only the child who commits the offense. My child also told me that one teacher refuses to let students go to the bathroom after lunch, and because of this another child purposely spilled milk on his pants so that it would cover up the fact that he peed his pants. This way, he could relieve himself and go change his clothes without the embarrassment. Pretty sad! The list goes on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

My son will be starting school at Timothy Ball this fall and I would like to received email updates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

My kids have been at T-ball for 3 years now, and they both love it! Mr. Equihua is an awesome principal who understands kids well. Most of the teachers are just as good, although there are the few older ones nearing retirement who probably need to do so IMO, but no place is perfect. Overall, I am thrilled with the school, the kids, the teachers and staff. I plan to stay put in this school system till both kids graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

I have 2 kids that have attended Timothy Ball for 4 years now and so far we haven't had any major issues. The teachers are excellent and the principal is good. More needs to be done about teasing and bullying though. I am happy with T-Ball and the community that surrounds it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

Even though Eisenhower School is rated higher it falls short to our school Timothy Ball. Our leadership and teachers are the best! Eisenhower' s principal feels she is *above* having to speak to a parent when it comes to a childs well being. As far as I am concerned T-Ball ranks #1. Thank you Mr. Equihua for being a leader who has an open door and for your compassion to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

I see alot of positive changes in the school since the change in school leadership. I see Timothy Ball upholding very high educational standards. As a parent, this is what is most Important. I agree with the parent who says, I feel very fortunate my daughters attend Timothy Ball.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

As a parent I am concerned about the student/teacher ratio. I feel that the class sizes are too big, there has been a lot of growth in this area. Also, the majority of parents do not want to help out on any of the fund raisers, etc. There was a principal change in January. Perhaps, the new principal will positive change for the school. All the teachers are nice and seem quite capable, although perhaps a little overworked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

Good school. Everyone who works there seems helpful and friendly. I agree that parents are not involved enough in extra-curricular activites. I have liked all the teachers so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

I am a parent of a 4th grader currently attending Timothy ball. The principle, teachers and staff are wonderful. The only problems I see are the ongoing problems with the heat and air-condition in my child s classroom. I always make her take a sweater, as I am not sure how hot or cold her room may be on any certain day. Something really needs to be done. I have heard that in the dead of winter some teachers have to have their windows opened, as their rooms are way to hot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

This school is run well and the teachers know what they are doing. The principle is fun but knows how to teach good manners. I'm proud to have a school like Timothy Ball.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2005

T-Ball is a great school. The principal, Mr. Williams is excellent,as are the teachers. There are Art, Music and Gym classses in additional to regular academics. The PTO board works hard to find extra-curricular activities for the students. My child started with Kindgarten and is now almost done with first grade and I have liked both her teachers. I feel the parents could be more involved with their childrens education. Highly recommended school.
—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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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81%
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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".

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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

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55%
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25%
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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 83% 72%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Black 2% 12%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 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 37%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Arthur Equihua
Fax number
  • (219) 662-4320

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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