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Lovejoy Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 333 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2013

The current principal, Bill Szakacs, is one of the most incompetent administrators you'll ever meet. When I first emailed him regarding a bullying issue with my son, he did not respond. Only when I threatened to take the issue to the school board did he finally follow the DMPS anti-bullying policy by investigating the incident. In the end, yes, the bullying was founded. Another time, when middle schoolers were pushing kids down in the After School program, he refused to come outside to address the issue because he said it was "not his job." He left it to the Metro Kids workers to deal with the issue on their own. The Dean of Students, Nicole Banegas, on the other hand, is incredibly helpful, hard-working, and effective. Students love her. Additionally, there are many other kind, dedicated educators in that building, who try their hardest, despite a student population with numerous behavior and social problems and despite an appalling lack of leadership. The building was recently remodeled, which greatly improved the appearance and atmosphere of the school. It has the potential to be something better, but DMPS needs to invest in stronger leadership and better resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

i hate this school , even the teachers take part in tearing down the kids.....my child has become really depressed after attending this school ,if your child is black lovejoy is not the place for child,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

This is a wonderful school. Great teachers, a great building layout, great staff ... and great students! I have never seen a group of children who care more about each other than these students.
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Posted August 6, 2007

I have found that all the Teachers, Principal and all the supporting staff to be very helpful and Polite.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%
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 Students51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged48%
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 Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged42%
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 Students53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners42%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 81%
Hispanic 36% 9%
Black 14% 5%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 88%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 East Kenyon Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 242-8419

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