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Union Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 580 students

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Posted November 18, 2013

There are several positive things with this school, but there are definitely some areas for improvement. With the funding issues, class sizes have increased and continue to do so. Parent volunteers are writing the curriculum for gym class and teaching class because the budget doesn't allow for a gym teacher. Parents are active in the school, but sometimes there is a core group that seems to control more things then they should. The school needs to work on respecting differences in students, rather than forcing kids to all conform to one norm. They need to step up their bullying awareness efforts. And finally, the biggest disappointment is that the school "teaches to the test." It's great to have good test scores, but I'd rather my children learn how to be creative thinkers and problem solvers, rather than becoming good test takers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

As other reviewers have stated, it is a state of the art new building, but underneath all that gloss lurks some serious issues. Due largely to the District s funds mismanagement the school is in serious danger of losing its Arts program, but rest assured the sports program is thriving, with a new football stadium in 2010 and new baseball fields set to open in 2011. Class sizes at Union have gradually increased over the four years that the building has been open and many classes are at a critical size. Trained reading aides that use to be plentiful in all early elementary classes have been terminated and parents have been asked to fill in this critical role. Zionsville is a very secular area which reflects in the controlling nature of the PTO. A group of singular mined individuals that push their own agenda dominate this sorority. Parental involvement is not wide spread! It consists of a handful of people that make it uncomfortable for other parent s views to be entertained. If you have a choice between attending Carmel/Clay and Zionsville, the choice should not be the later.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

Our family feels so incredibly blessed to have ended up at Union Elementary. We moved here two years ago when my son was starting 1st grade. He had previously been in kindergarten in a class of 30 kids and got so lost and was far behind when we got here. Every single person in that building is so dedicated to the kids from the teachers, to the special education teachers, to the cafeteria staff and the best principle on the Earth! My son got caught up to where he needs to be and had some incredible reading intervention from the Reading Specialist who not only works with the kids in the school but also goes to the town library to keep up with the special "leveled reading" section so kids know where they can go to find the books that are appropriate to them. Union Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

I couldn't be more happy with Union Elementary. Being a former elementary teacher, I am aware of what it takes to make a classroom and school run to its best potential. The principal and teachers put their "all" into making our school the best that it can be. It is a warm, welcoming, innovative school. The technology that is available to the teachers is impressive. There are plenty resources for the children. The class sizes are small. The atmosphere at Union is wonderful. At Union, everyone is a star!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2010

Our family loves Union Elementary. The staff and teachers are professional and nurturing and the new school building is state of the art. Parent involvement at Union is a huge part of the school experience with a very active PTO and Dad's Club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is a a wonderful school with dedicated teachers who care about the kids, and parents who are fully involved. Children thrive here. They also have a great Dads Club that organises lots of fun events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Union Elementary is a great school with a lot of parental involvement. The teachers are excellent for the most part. There is a lot of additional resource help for learning disabled kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

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of schools in the state are Below average
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 88% 72%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Black 1% 12%
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 7%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Gifted specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Art teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Indiana 4 Star School (2013)
  • Indiana 4 Star School (2012)
  • Indiana 4 Star School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Before School Programs Only
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Rebecca Coffman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (317) 733-4008

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Before School Programs Only
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Marsh
  • Target
  • Cummins Behavioral Health Systems
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Dads Club
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Green, White
School leaders can update this information here.

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11750 East 300 South
Zionsville, IN 46077
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