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S Ellen Jones Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 296 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2013

We have been a part of this school since fall of 2012 and so far, I have heard nothing but good things. The teachers seem very concerned with the child's progress throughout the school year, and communication between parent and teacher is adequate. The only thing I am not thrilled with, is it seems the work is too easy for my daughter! She is now in 2nd grade, and she's doing work that I did in kindergarten. I would like to have her advanced, or at least put in specialized classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

Very interesting how outdated all of the comments are on this school. Nobody has really posted anything in years on here since 'the incident' which happened over four years ago now. Just sayin.... it's still a great school with really great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

I have spent 9 years teaching my daughter how important attendance is. Her class has a sub at least 2 to 3 times a week. She complains that the classroom is so loud at times that she cannot focus, especially when there is a substitute and the kids are not made to follow even the most basic rules. She just started in mid October and I now realize I will have to move into a district that I cannot afford. If the school expects good attendance from it's students then they need to set a better example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2006

I've been involved with this school for 4 years and I must say it has the most caring staff. Not only the teachers are top rate but so is the support staff. Everyone I have come in contact with has been caring and helpful. Anytime a child is in need or the family is faced with a difficult time. The entire staff chips in, from food baskets, clothes to back packs and supplies. That kind of love and caring is reflected in the teaching and running of the school. Truly every child is equal and treated as so. When a child has food on the table and has a new coat or jeans like the other children their academics improve. Not only does the school take care of the children they help the families with many family programs encouraging reading, writing and math skills that can be taught at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

To me, they do try to get the parents involved. My son is only in Kindergarten, so I don't really know about the extracurricular activities. They aren't as strict as most other schools. The teachers are good also. Knowledgable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

My name is Misbah Chaudhry, and my son is a sy=tudent in S. Ellen jones for the last 3 years. I think so that the teachers are very nice and pay special attention to the students. This school has a wonderful reading plan for students and my son only 7 years old is able to read all the books now. Thanks S.Ellen Jones
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2006

This is one of the lowest rated schools in the New Albany Floyd County School District. Parent Involvement is strained due to poor Parent-Faculty relations. Some of the Teachers are top notch, but are often out for training due to the schools overall low ranking; subjecting the children to inconsistency in the classroom.
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Posted April 30, 2005

S.Ellen Jones has wonderful teachers. My children have attended SEJ daughter k-6th. Son Pre-school to 5th. I believe the teachers are very caring. They would like to have more communication with the parents. The school was remodeled after many years of trying, also they finaly received 2 buses for students that were having to walk at minimum of 3 blocks and at maximum of 14 blocks. S. Elllen Jones had always been concidered a walking school. The only down side is the school principal is not the most reliable communicator. But, other than that the school is a Wonderful Place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

SEJ was the best school ever! My name is Samantha Cooper and I was a student at SEJ from kindergarden through 4th grade and I'd like to comment alittle on this school. SEJ had a big impact on my life. The teachers and staff were the most awsome people I had ever met. Mrs. Mickey Hicks was the greatest teacher of all. She spent her time and love for anything that would be of help to the students. A special thanks to her. Now Mrs. Gloria Nunier was the most wonderful counselor I ever had! I felt she really cared about the students. Great thanks to her. Next Mrs. Susie Riese the most caring person and principal I know. I bielve she wants whats best for everyone else, so thanks a bunch. In conclusion SEJ would be a great school for anyones child, because it was for me!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
53%
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 "B".
  • 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

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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:

20%
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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

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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 66% 72%
Black 16% 12%
Multiracial 9% 4%
Hispanic 8% 10%
American Indian 1% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
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 92%N/A46%
Special education 19%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs Tammy Swarens
Fax number
  • (812) 949-6954

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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600 East 11th Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: (812) 949-4306

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