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James Wilson Grimes School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted August 5, 2013

James Wilson Grimes is a fantastic school! We strive to help every student reach their highest potential, not only academically, but also emotionally and physically. Do not be surprised to see silly characters in the hallways or music pumping through the intercom. We lover to learn, and we have a good time doing it! Kelly Norris 4th Grade Reading Teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 15, 2013

Hello.... My name is Joe Rector. I am principal at Grimes Elementary School in Burlington, Iowa. We opened the doors to our beautiful new facility in 2005. The students and staff still refer to Grimes as our new building. More impressive than what you see from the outside is what is happening on the inside . We are extremely proud of the students and staff here at Grimes. It is our mission to maintain the highest level of expectations both academically and behaviorally. We have a zero tolerance policy concerning bullying and we utilize the pillars of character to promote and recognize positive behavior. We work very hard to recognize the individual needs of each and every child. I would like to welcome you to stop by for a visit. I think you will quickly see that Grimes School is truly an amazing place.
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Posted January 19, 2009

The staff at Grimes is excellent! The learning curiculum is excellent as well. The environment is great; and the classrooms are not over limit with children so your child will get his/her fair share of attention. They encourage responsibility, learning, friendships and do not tolerate bullys of any kind. I open enrolled my son to this school because of it's wonderful program compared to other elementary schools available in town. I can honestly say that if your child is not a bully, he/she will find Grimes the best environment for learning and gaining life skills. A+++!
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Posted August 14, 2008

This school has a great and caring principal and staff. You couldn't ask for better teachers, support staff and parent involvement. Grimes has been fortunate enough to receive many grants, funds and programs that many other schools are not entitled to because of it's focus on bettering children's lives, not just their education. I am proud to send my son there.
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Posted March 16, 2004

Hey my dad works at this school and he comes home and says a lot of good stuff about his students and what he does when they get in trouble and says good things about the principal. When I went to this school I had a great principal but I guess he's retiring this year.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 81%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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800 South St
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: (319) 753-0420

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