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Northcrest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 430 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2012

I take back my earlier review. This school is uncaring, the teachers are indifferent, and the curriculum is weak. My kids were bullied and the teachers did not listen to them when they were informed of it. The principal snowballed us about it when confronted and my son, who ASKED for the hardest teacher because he wanted to be challenged ended up getting only average grades because the teacher did not care. We are taking them to a school two miles away in city traffic, even though we only live nine houses away from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

My daughter has been a student at Northcrest since kindergarten. She is on her way to fourth grade this year. Northcrest does have many negative elements, such as bullies, unconcerned staff, and many uninvolved parents. However, this school is a beacon of multi-cultural diversity. The new principal(Mr. Jones) is a wondeful change from the last principal. I believe that if given the proper tools,parent involvement, and a few more teachers who actually care, Northcrest has a shot at being an amazing school. My child earns A's every marking period, she is not alone, there are many brillant young minds at Northcrest. Any parent who feels that their children learn nothing at this(or any) school should look at themselves as a major part of the problem. Parents lay the foundation for learning, teachers simply add blocks to the groundwork that should have already been laid. Get involved!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2007

Unfortunately, this entire year has been a waste. Children are rude and very disrespectful both to teachers and other students. Bullying is a huge problem here and very little is done to stop it. Good students are not recognized or rewarded and are looked down on by other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

There has been a great improvement this year at Northcrest. The principal is doing a wonderful job in keeping a positive learning environment. There has also been a noticeable change on the playground and the bus. Students are actually being held accountable for their actions. If more parents would become involved in their child's education and the school only positive things would happen! Overall, this school still has a long way to go, but progress is being made academically and behaviorally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

my daughter is in 1st grade this year and it has been a hassle just to get her to go she didnt learn much last year and i admitt this year is looking better as far as learning but there are still issues i am concerned about she get homework every night almost which we are happy about that but this school focuses on english as a second language not on math reading science i see why this school is below state level on tests something needs to be done i say we all take it to the school board but it takes more than one parent to do so state wont give money to schools that are below state level all in favor of going to school board email me at muppetbaby@verizon.net
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2006

This school is awful. My daughter attended Northcrest for kindergarten and learned nothing except low self esteem. She started school eager to learn and came out afraid to try. The teacher that my daughter had has since quit but she was awful! It seemed that she was there for the paycheck. The kids were constantly left alone in the classroom during the mornings and I can't tell you the number of times I walked in on kids rolling around fighting in the floor before school. I agree the principal does not seem very concerned with issues that the parents have. I also think that before/after school pick up and drop off was a joke. There were kids running all over with no adult supervision...at least not when we were there. Of everyone I knew who had children at this school, they have all put their children in other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

Teachers seem to try very hard but this school is very, very bad. There is no disipline and there seem to be a disproportionate number of special ed / ESL kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

This is a truly dreadful school. My second grader was constantly bullied and learned nothing. He has essentially forfeited a year of education by attending Northcrest. Discipline is non existent and instruction is ineffective. Chaos rules the hallways and thugs rule the playground. The only thing that Northcrest seems to accomplish is an obsession with multiculturalism .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2004

The school would be wonderful with a different principal. The teachers and other staff are caring and listen to parents concerns. Too bad the principal can not do the same. She is often unavailable or too busy to listen to parents concerns when it comes to the school. I am trying to get my child in another school, one where the principal makes time for the students and their parents. If more people would complain, maybe they would investigate just what this principal does not do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

Am trying to move just to get out of this school system. Principal is very unconcerned with what happens, doesn't return phone calls and I feel my children would have been more educated taking a year off from school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

Pricipal very dis-organized, does not show concern for the students. Very distasteful in handling student matters and seems self absorbed. Does not return calls in a timely manner concerning parents concerns. Teachers and other staff seem to be well educated and concerned for students. They would do much better with new leadership in that 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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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67%

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73%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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48%

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2010

 
 
47%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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75%

2011

 
 
68%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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44%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
45%
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 "D".
  • 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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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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 31% 72%
Black 24% 12%
Hispanic 18% 10%
Asian 13% 2%
Multiracial 13% 4%
American Indian 2% 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 87%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 23%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Ms Dawn Starks
Fax number
  • (260) 467-5486

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5301 Archwood Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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