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Prairie Star Middle School

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Posted February 24, 2012

Absolutely, positively the best elementery school in Leawood/OP. Fantastic teachers and staff, and amazing academic results. We are just thrilled with the job this school does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

Prairie Star is like, The best school ever! We have the nicest staff, Friendly and helpful, and it's a great school. The teachers find ways to make the curriculum exciting for you and really want to give you the least homework possible. They offer 5 types of music classes; Jazz band, Regular band, Prairie Star Singers, Choir, and Orchestra. PSMS also offers two different foreign languges at both begining and continuing levels, Spanish and French. They also offer Food and Consumer Science (You cook and sew in this class) and Technology Education (Working with wood, technology, ect.) and Art Class, and Speech and Drama (Acting and Speech class) and lastly Computer Technology (a computer and typing class.) Also at Prairie Star, You get one study hall class for 45 minutes every other day. On select Tuesday's (usually 1 or 2 each month) all students get out of school at 1:10 PM. Dr. Lynn Rantz is a very good principal and has a great balance of strict and niceness to her. If you live 2.5 miles (or farther) away from PSMS, You can get AM and PM bussing for free. PSMS is a very good school for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

I agree with the principal reviews. When she hears one side of the story, she immediately agrees and are not open-minded with the other side. This is why I do not go to this school


Posted May 29, 2009

The school's staff and teachers are very kind and compassionate. They make learning fun and exciting. The teachers really care about you and really want you to learn so you can be at your best. They don't just teach you because they're getting payed for it. If you don't understand something the teachers will take time after school to help you. There are plenty of after-school activities like basketball, football, volleyball, broadcast, the PSMS newspaper and more. The students are welcoming and happy. Everyone fits in and no one is ever left out. The learning environment is comfortable. We did the best on the state tests this year too. The whole time I've been at PSMS, I haven't seen anyone get made fun of or talked down to. I love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2009

It's a terrific school with a great staff and a good administration. The administration isn't overly warm and fuzzy like an elementary school. I personally like that because it prepares the kids for high school, but that tends not to go over well with some of the parents whose kids need constant coddling. And the teachers and administration generally don't tolerate nonsense from the kids. Again, this doesn't go over well with some of the parents whose kids are 'misunderstood' and/or 'independent.' I am delighted that my kids are at Prairie Star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

it's okay the teachers are great but the principal and vice principal can jump to conclusions before investigating a little more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

Prairie Star Middle is a better school than its same-named elementary. Principal and staff seem to work harder to promote acceptance of diversity; there is a culture of kindness that permeates all levels of student activity; students with 'differences' seem to be more accepted generally than in the elementary school. Individual teachers take the initiative to support students they see needing help academically and socially. New principal is doing a good job, in my opinion. We are pleased so far after one year there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2008

This is a really great school with awesome teachers. They have lots of cool programs and ctivities. You make lods of great friends nd they always teach the circulum in a uniue and interesting way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2005

PSMS is a fairly good school. It is alot better than the elementary school with the same name. Unfortunately, they just lost a wonderful principal, and no one really knows why. I am not sure than the change will be for the best.
—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 83% in 2012.

173 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

173 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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U.S. History and Government

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%
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 81% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
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 84% in 2012.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
99%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

191 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities85%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities95%
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 Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities70%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities95%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities85%
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 Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities95%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities95%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities94%
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 84% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 4% 17%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Black 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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14201 Mission Rd
Leawood, KS 66224
Phone: (913) 239-5600

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