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John Wood Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 309 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 22, 2012

I am a mom of two John Wood students, both of the kids entered as kindergartners. Every teacher has been wonderful to work with. Any concern I have ever had has been handled in a professional and prompt manner. I really feel like all of the support staff knows my kids. We have had fun participating in school events. In a year our youngest starts at John Wood and he is excited to go to the big kid school. And I am excited for him to go too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

My daughter has attended John Wood since kindergarten and she is entering into fourth grade this year. We have had a very positive experience during her time at the school. Each of our daughter's teachers have been caring, compassionate, and engaging. The faculty and staff of John Wood go to great lengths to provide the highest quality of instruction. The class sizes are small and my daughter has always received support when needed. We are always kept informed her grades and progress through the online grade book system. Any correspondence with the teachers and principal have been promptly returned. I have another child entering kindergarten this year and another to follow. I am happy and proud that my children attend John Wood Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

I'm the parent of one Wood graduate and a current student. I was leery of enrolling my children in a Merrillville school, but Wood has been awesome! Merrillville School Corp. does not offer parent-teacher conferences until late January, which is unacceptable, as parents need to know before the second semester how their children are doing; however, the teachers are always willing to meet after school, via telephone or email when students are experiencing difficulties. I think the only downfall to Wood is the fact that their parent and teacher participation in school events is rather low. You see the same teachers at the events, and it would be nice to see additional teachers and staff participate. Children and parents like seeing the teachers active in their school events. If I had to recommend any elementary school in MVSC, I'd certainly recommend Wood to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I now have my third child in John Wood and it is as good now as it was than! I appreciate all the effort every facility and staff give that school and their students, all my children have developed great learning and study skills that will carry with them through out college. Mrs. Hoffman makes John Wood what it is. Thank you everyone. Mrs. Bass
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

My son entered kindergarten this year and it's been an absolute blessing to have him at john wood elementary school. His teacher Mrs. Steele is very in tune and when my son exhibited signs that could turn into an intolerable problem she caught it early and called me with questions and ideas on how to reinforce good behavior and how to block out bad ones.my son has quickly picked up on what is expected of him. the staff is awesome, and they're always very polite and helpful. The principal made sure we met her on the day we went for kindergarten testing she let us know that she is very reachable in case we needed to contact her for any reason that shows me that she is committed to her job.I also love the letter people series they use to introduce the alphabet and the analogical approach to math it's wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

great school, academics are stressed, with compassion and understanding for difficult learners. great staff who are concerned for the welfare of all its students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2004

John Wood Elementary has taught me to the extreme. I have accomplished so much. I am now in eighth grade and ever since i left John Woood I have been getting staight a's. John Wood has prepared me for my life in education. Thank you and every child should attend John Wood!
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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79%
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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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87%

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86%

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80%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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89%

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75%

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74%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".

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%
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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 39% 72%
Hispanic 29% 10%
Black 25% 12%
Multiracial 5% 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 46%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 7%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Merrillville, IN 46410
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