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Lou Henry Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 551 students

 

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Posted June 1, 2013

The 3 star rating is conusing but after you read this review you will understand. If I were to rate the school now (before next years changes) it would be a perfect 5 star rating. I have had four children at this school. Two have moved to higher grades and two are still there. This has been amazing year for Lou Henry. BUT....we are losing our principal , head teacher and many great teachers who have decided on early retirement or moving to other schools. The new principal coming in is, at least to this parent, coming in with a very poor history of leading her previous school to academic excellence and she is bringing in her own lead teacher and all but one of the new teachers are from her old school too. I have been told this is all part of the no child left behind. If this is true , there are MAJOR flaws in the law.. I will have to read up more on the NCLB law. Lou Hery has come a long way and has excelled a little more each year under the outgoing leadership. I hope that my 2 remaining children at Lou Henry will not see declining academic excellence. I worry for them next year and I have never ever before worried about that at Lou Henry. Sad times ahead I'm afraid.
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Posted May 31, 2013

My daughter goes here and has had a great experience with teachers and she has made many good friends as well. She is a good student. My main concern is how we have been treated by one of the secrataries there. On the last day of school she came out yelling at us and threatening to call the cops on us because she said we were double parking. She was WAY OVER the top!! We were simply waiting for our daughter and a woman ahead of us was trying to pull out, so we waited and pulled in her spot. My husband said that didn't surprise him, and that she has yelled like this at him before, then my daughter went on to say that in the morning this secratary opens all the kids car doors for them, but skips over her and never does this for her. My husband confirmed tis! Had I known this sooner, I would have complained. I really hope this does not happen next year. We are happy with the teachers, but I will complain if this problem continues next year.
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Posted January 16, 2013

My daughter studied here from Kindergarten and I really liked it.The teachers and the Principal are great - very caring and understanding.I had to move and so my daughter missed completing her 5th grade at Lou Henry.She still misses her old school.
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Posted August 9, 2010

I think this is the best elementary school in the Cedar Valley...great leadership by the Principal and excellent teachers. I have had 4 kids go to this school since it opened.
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Posted January 31, 2010

My son goes to this school and I love it! The principal is a very nice understanding man. He will take the time to listen to any complaints you have and try to fix any problem going on. The thing I dislike the most about the whole school is the parking lot! Nothing to do about that though, they have a parking person who makes sure everything goes smooth. If that is the worst thing about the school I want my son to stay here!! I LOVE LOU HENRY!!!
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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
69%
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 Students63%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners64%

Reading

All Students61%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners50%
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 American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learners71%

Reading

All Students75%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners59%
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 Students81%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learners58%

Reading

All Students85%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learners67%
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 61% 81%
Black 23% 5%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 56%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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312 Rachael St
Waterloo, IA 50701
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