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Macarthur Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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Posted December 2, 2013

I absolutely love MacArthur Elementary! I'd heard great things about this school before coming to Ft. Leavenworth, and it definitely has met and exceeded my expectations. The teachers show genuine care and compassion for my children, and I love that I know exactly where my children are academically at all times. My children's teachers (Ms. Silvers and Ms. Irminger) are well organized and they go above and beyond to make sure that I am fully aware of the subject matter being taught in class and various events happening at the school. The principal is A-MAZ-ING! I had one tiny issue last year, and she handled it immediately. As well, she followed up with me several days later to make sure that everything was alright. I love that Ms. Bertram is always present. She truly leads by example and makes it a point to get to know the students and their families personally. The best aspect of MacArthur is hearing all of the exciting stories my children tell me about their fun and exciting lessons they've done in class. I could go on and on about how wonderful MacArthur is but the proof is in the pudding...my kids have flourished at this school and are soaring academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

My 2nd grader has attended this school for three years. We continue to love the school culture and staff. I find it very hard to believe that any parent would rate this school with only one star. I'm trying to find a way to stay here forever! As with any school, there will always be some "issues" or ways to improve. Sometimes parents are so overwhelmed with their one singular issue that they don't see the big picture. I have worked and volunteered in schools around the world and have a lot to compare to MacArthur ES. The children do get a lot of early release Fridays, but that is only to allow teachers time to meet and reassess student progress (because they do flex for reading and math), that is almost unheard of in most school districts. Drop-off and pick-up in the parking lot has always been a problem but is better than it has been in years due to the Principal and staffs efforts. Parents are actively encouraged to attend SITE Council meetings to discuss school-wide academic and safety issues. I have seen a lot of positive impact from parents getting involved. Bottom line - great school, excellent Principal and one I am proud to send my child to every day!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Our kids went here for one year and we were pleased with Our experience. The academics is pretty much what I expected. The school has a good music, art, and PE program. These were called "special" classes and the kids went to a different one each day in addition to the library (which is also excellent). The school has access to an amazing amount of technology and kids used them on a daily basis. I agree with the previous review about the principal. She handled a behavioral issue with my kid in a kind and constructive way and included us in decision-making. I've also seen her handle behavioral issues with other kids, especially those with special needs in a firm but kind way. The teachers communicated at least weekly to let us know what the kids were covering the upcoming week. As for recess, there is a short pre-lunch recess and one or two later in the day depending on the schedule. I agree the recesses could be a bit longer. Much of the time is spent lining up in hallways and waiting for other classes to line up, but I guess that's the way in most schools now. Aides and teachers hand out "Excellent Eagle Tickets" as a behavior tool. Earning 25 gives them extra recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

I am happy with several aspects of MacArthur. I have three children who attend the school and myself NDyQae spouse are more than informed of their academic progress through email with their teachers as well as the ability to see scores on tests, homework and in class assignments through the online grading system. All three teachers are more than willing to a have one on one impromptu meetings as well as the quarterly parent teacher conferences. The principal is a tough individual who holds students to standards but also is kind to the students. The only drawback to the school is that teachers are not allowed to give a student a grade less than a B on their report card. If a student scores below an 80 they must resit the test after being retaught the subject. This continues until the student achieves an 80. Students also can turn assignments in late and still receive passing grades. Although I understand the importance of students grasping the topics of instruction, this grading process does not give me as a parent an accurate gauge of where my children stand at and also gives them a false sense of accomplishment when all three come home with straight A's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

No, actually that review about limited recess is correct. There is a 15 minute recess after lunch and about a five minute one before lunch. Sadly I think it is you who needs to their facts strait! However, I am giving this school one star because of the lack of principal leadership. In my experience, she and the teachers fail to take action until it is to late. Two teachers left after last year. Coincidentlly, that was the same year that the new principal took office. I know why one teacher left and it does not reflect well on the administration.


Posted October 28, 2012

Whoever wrote that last review complaining about recess needs to get their facts straight or at least ask the teacher/principal to clarify before posting inaccurate information on this site. Students are given at least 2 recesses a day...one around lunch time and another one during the day depending on the schedule. That's a lot more than 15 minutes. And if that is the only reason you would give a school 1 star, then you may need to re-evaluate your priorities.


Posted September 8, 2012

Kids are not allowe to be kids at this school. My daughter tells me that they only get 15 minutes of recess a day! Just because we are in the military doesn't mean that our kids should be treated in such a military style.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

We have been very pleased with MacArthur this year. We have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, and both have flourished this year. The teachers are VERY good at communicating with parents. I always know what is going on with my children, and if I have any questions, all I have to do is send a quick email and my question answered promptly. One thing we really like at MacArthur is the fact that they do "flex groups" for the kids in math and reading. The kids are consistently being evaluated in their skills in these areas and are then placed in appropriate groups for their strengths or areas where they need extra help. This has been awesome for my kids. We have not had any problems with lack of discipline in either of my kids' classrooms, so I cannot speak to that. Regarding the parking lot, I have yet to have my kids in a school where the parking lot was NOT chaotic in the mornings and afternoons. A crossing guard would probably be helpful, but as long as the people who are driving are going slowly and are aware of their surroundings, then the kids should be safe. My kids cross the parking lot every morning. We have been very happy with MacArthur.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

I would need to agree with the post from yesterday. The school has become very disruptive. There are no consequences from the administration when a child is disruptive. I do not feel my children are safe at this school because of this lack of discipline throughout the school. Also this administration has not kept the parents informed about what is going on in the school. The parents in this district have always been very involved with their student's learning. There are no newletters from the principal about what STUCCO, Guard, band, choir or any other positive presentations are going on or any support for these programs from the administration. I am extremely disappointed and wished I had known how this year was going to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

Okay, this school used to be fabulous, but it has taken a nose-dive. The teachers obviously care about all students and teach well. The problem is when students in the classroom aren't disciplined for disruptive behavior. I blame school administration for not enforcing consequences for frequent classroom disruptions, destruction of school property, and physically hurting other students. When this is allowed to happen, it affects the learning of my own kids! How can they progress academically in an environment that is not safe and conducive to learning. Be wise, take your kids elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

HEAD MY WARNING!!! Send your child elsewhere. So, I've reviewed all of the comments. All legitimate. Parking (yes, an issue); but to the defense of the school~this is an on post school where over 1000 students descend with rolling enrollment annually. Our personal experience requires parents to HEAD MY WARNING!!! Our oldest son's kindergarten experience (while he may believe was awesome) is requiring my family to supplement him this summer. He had THREE teachers in one year (which is hard enough for any kid to get adjusted to one), and due to some administrative oversight because of an influx of kindergarten enrollees and neglect of district policy, he was put in the "ESL" class. He had over 8 Foreign Exchange Students in his class. We addressed the issue with the principal, who complete disregarded our concern. We then discussed it with the School District who was unaware that all Kindergarten Foreign Exchange Students (non-English speaking) were in one class. As a result of this oversight, my son tests below the average McArthur Elementary student, and a couple of students parents were informed (at the end of the year), that their child may have to repeat the grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

This school was academically good and like any school, it has some issues. If your child attends this school, you will need to watch the parking lot. If you drive you will have to be vigilant of students, teachers, and parents just randomly crossing in front of your car . There are also no crossing guards anywhere if your child would walk to school. It is also a bit challenging for the kids to retain what they learned with the extended breaks, and almost every Friday will be an early release day which seems to bring home additional homework just so the kids can keep up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

This school is AWESOME! My daughter is in 1st and has Mrs. Zimmerman who is wonderful! The first grade does flex reading and math so they students are taught according to their ability level. My daughter has really grown a lot this year. We will miss it when gone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

Wonderful school! I have three kids in MacArthur- a 2nd grader, 4th grader, and 6th grader. I am thrilled with all three of my kids' teachers and the overall environment of the school. It's a very welcoming place and the staff and teachers are so friendly. My girls love the science lab and the trips to the planetarium. Can't say enough good things about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

Wow! What a wonderful turn-around in this school in just a few months. You can really feel the positive change in the environment at MacArthur Elementary. New principal is friendly and visible, and very positive. He mentors and leads teachers to excel and the changes he instituted have been warmly received and are making a difference. The winners in all of this are the kids at the school. Changes by the new principal and District Superintendent have made all the difference in turning around a negative environment that existed for years. The school has become a place where all feel welcome again, and teachers tell me that they enjoy coming to work again. Educationally, it remains one of the best schools in the State; however, like all large organizations, good, positive leadership makes all the difference. School lunch has greatly improved due to the involvement of the BoE in fixing the contract. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

Great school, great district, great staff, great involved parents. Principal will be greatly missed. Don't believe everything you read here. USD 207 is a great place to have your kids. Sometimes ego maniac parents spoil it for all the other parents. I have seen parents yelling at staff, teachers, and admin in front of other parents and their children. Remember, school is not the military. Teachers & staff are not your inferiors. Treat them with the respect they have earned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

We were to be stationed here as an Air Force family for 1 year...wish it was more JUST for this school. FANTASTIC! IINVOLVED! The planetarium and 21st century science lab are amazing. The way the education is all tied together among the variety of classrooms (art, science, music) while still engaging the students in fun is wonderful. We are very happy and our 1st grader has flourished as a result of this school and our fantastic teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

We have been at MacArthur for over 3 years now and my children have been in every grade level between the 2 of them. The teachers are amazing and Dr. Berg is going to be greatly missed when she retires this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

I would like to thank the staff at MacArthur for keeping my child safe. They having taken her peanut/nut allergy very serious. The nurse, principal, and teachers work together very well. They always put the children first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

This is the third year my children have been to Macarthur, and I can say nothing but good things about the teachers. I feel I must mention that the counselor and principal have been difficult to approach. There are two other elementary school options on post. If I had it to do over, I would choose on of those solely based on school leadership. Thanks GreatSchools for giving us military folks an opportunity to give honest opinions. elementary school options on post andfor
—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 87% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

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90%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

51 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students85%
African Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 67%
Hispanic 14% 17%
Black 10% 7%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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