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Horizon Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 7, 2014

This school wants to be great. There are great teachers and staff here that really get to know the kids and are trying against insurmountable odds to make it a great place. Unfortunately, with severe overcrowding, this is, indeed, an impossible task. There are many great ideas that the school is trying hard to put into practice, but they seem to be struggling with. The new PBIS is a great idea on paper and if it was implemented consistently throughout the building, it would probably be effective at improving behaviors. Unfortunately, there are so many strict rules and procedures per district policy that contradict the very language of PBIS that I don't think it is applicable in this school. I don't necessarily blame the staff here. I blame the ridiculous amount of people crammed into this one building. I imagine they feel there is no other way to keep control over that many kids. As far as academics, yes, they are competitive. Test scores reflect the high academic standards. Until they deal with the overcrowding in a meaningful way -- that does not involve the district shuffling a handful of kids or teachers here or there -- I do not know how they can really improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

We absolutely love Horizon Elementary School and the staff have been wonderful to my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

Horizon Elementary is a perfect picture of everything that is wrong in public schooling today. Greatschools.org gives it a 10 based solely on the ITBS scores of the students at the school. The reason that the ITBS scores are so high is because the tests are the sole focus of everything that goes on at Horizon. Student needs are secondary to high scores. There is no time for hands on learning, interesting projects or in depth study. If you have any kind of concern, the teachers and administration will just tell you what you want to hear so that you will stop bothering them. Classes are huge and the teaching is uninspired to say the least. The main focus at Horizon is keeping everyone quiet and "on task" at all times, not actually learning. Students are consistently bribed with worthless treats and tokens so they can sit through to tedious test-based lessons. If you are interested in raising a robot that cannot think for themselves then Horizon is the place for you. If you want your kids to do real learning, look elsewhere. After three years here we won't be coming back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

This school rocks. The teachers are awesome, they understand the needs of the students, are vigilant about recognizing kids be additionally enriched and that can be enrolled in extended learning. The ELP program is excellent throughout the school district with ample support from the Friends of Johnston ELP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Award winning National Blue Ribbon School. It is one of the best schools in iowa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

This school is seriously overcrowded. The classes have 26-30 students. There is no time for individualized learning. The inexperienced teachers are pushed to teach to the test and shun any form of out of the box creativity. Fancy buildings and all the latest bells and whistles have become a focus for the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

Great school! I have three children at with different educational needs and Horizon does an excellent job identifying students with unmet educational needs in order to provide programming that fills that gap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

My daughter attened Horizon and the teacgers are awesome. Every time I had a question about something, they never made you feel they were too busy to talk with you. the people in the office are extremely nice and helpful.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
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 Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students97%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged67%
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 Students95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 81%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 2%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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 13%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5905 North West 100th St
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 986-1121

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