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Sunnyside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 566 students

 
 

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Posted November 21, 2013

When we moved to Kansas 7 years ago, we chose Sunnyside because the great reviews at this web site. Choosing Sunnyside Elementary, has been the best decision ever!!! Mr. Kearney, the principal and all the school staff, secretaries, teachers, librarian, nurse, are AWSOME!!! The school staff always have very cool programs to involve and encourage the kids. The communication between teachers and parents is great. The parents involvement is very important at this school, there are many activities run by volunteers. The experience my kids have at Sunnyside has been great, I feel very thankful and happy to be part of Sunnyside Elementary. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

I wholeheartedly agree with most of the previous comments and couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my 3 kids currently attending the school. Although each parent's experience is naturally different, I disagree with the overall impression of the comments dated Oct. 31, 2012. I currently have 3 students attending the school (K through 3rd grade) and have had direct interaction with both some the teachers and the principal, Mr. Kearney. One of my children has been on an IEP since first attending the school in Kindergarten and I had some pre-conceived notions about the school's motives as it related to funding and children with special learning requirements. After directly questioning Mr. Kearney and some of the teachers about my concerns, Mr. Kearney forcefully and eloquently dispelled my concerns. Any notions that the principal of Sunnyside spends too much time catering to the parents or that he isn't a good principal are simply false. On the contrary, parental involvement is a good thing at any elementary school and Mr. Kearney actively encourages parental involvement, questions and new ideas. I and more importantly my kids think Sunnyside is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

Great school with dedicated teachers and principal. Parents are always welcome to be involved. My kids love Sunnyside and that says it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

I have had 2 children go through this school. While the education was great the atmosphere at this elementary school is unlike any other I have even seen. This really should be referred to as a "Military School". Students are not allowed to talk, they are segregated and humiliated if they make the slightest mistake in judgement. Recess is a joke for the kids - so many rules and restrictions - they should just cancel it. Then there is Mr. David Kearney the principal. For the most part he is a nice man, the problem is he spends so much time being a friend to everyone he has forgotten how to be a Principal. The teachers and parents are the real rulers of the roost at this school not the principal. He has absolutely no spine and and cannot stand up for himself or say no to a parent or teacher. Parent involvement - all I can say is wow! This school cannot function without the help of the parents. The parents make almost all of the decisions for this school and if your not in the "CLUB" you are outcasted. I have seen parents test students, grade papers and have conversations with teachers about other students and their academics. I do not recommend this school because of staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

I am soooooo glad we moved here and get to experience this phenomenal school! I have minor complaints about some teachers, but I think that personalities will collide no matter where you go. I wouldn't dream of leaving this school and can't wait for my toddler to get to go there! Well, I can wait... I want her to be a baby forever, of course. But you know what I mean!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

It's dificult to imagine that there could be an elementary school w/ more support of its students than Sunnyside! The principal,teachers, and support staff are beyond welcoming to students and their families. Just one example: there is a room specificaly for parent volunteers that includes a tv/vcr w/ videos so younger siblings can tag along while mom works on things for the teacher. The principal loves these kids and is so welcoming to the parents. There are so many opportunities for involvement and for the kids to feel pride in their school. I would never entertain moving outside of Sunnyside's boundaries while I have elementary school aged children. The school is not as big now that Madison Place has opened, but even when we had 800 students, my oldest child had just 20 kids in her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

Sunnyside Elementry is a wonderful school and the Principal Mr. Kerney makes it wonderful! I have had experience in SM School district and BV School District. I would highly recommend Olathe Schools to anyone! My son has been at Sunnyside for 2 years now and my only complaint is Its overcrowded! Madison Place is opening this year but we need 2 or 3 new schools. I had a wonderful experience last year. I couldn't of asked for a better teacher! Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

We had a bad experience at Sunnyside. The classrooms are overcrowded and there are too many classes of each grade. There are too many kids for the teachers to stay in control. The principal is great. He knew my son by name. He stays out and ensures all children are safe during drop-off and pick-up. He covers them with umbrellas when raining. He communicates well with the children and my son really liked him. The teachers are good. I did not ever meet one I didn't like. Teacher/parent communication is good and they have a lot of activities for the kids to get involved in. The size is just too big and bullying occurs with no consequence to the bullying kids' actions. The teachers don't know it occurs so frequently because there is no communication between teachers during lunch or recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

The principal and his staff have done an outstanding job with the whole overcrowding issue. I wonder how even greater this school will be once Madison Place opens. The entire schools staff should be proud regarding the testing results considering they had a tougher challenge than other schools in the district ie. student vs. teacher ratio. Thank you Sunnyside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2007

While Sunnyside is overcrowded this year, the adminstration has kept up by creating additional classroom space, not by increasing the amount of stundents in each class. Overcrowding will be alevated in the fall of 2007 when Madison Place opens. I have a sons in Kindergarten and 2nd grade, and I could not be happier; especially in comparsion to the school districts in GA and FL where we lived previously. Parent participation is outstanding at Sunnyside and the teachers are so dedicated. The principal is very approachable and involved with the students. Our family loves Sunnyside!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2007

The size of the school is a real impediment to learning. The real problem is the principal. I would not allow my children to enroll at this school while he is still in charge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

A top notch, highly involved school from top down principle, teachers to the children. Parents at this school are very involved with the educational and outside school programs. The principal goes well out of his way to ensure that both mom and dad are highly involved. I've sent 3 kids through this school (have two in it now) and would not leave the area until they are done with Elementary. School is well funded and has many of the latest equipment in it. Air cond and heat seasonally is never and issue. Never hear of any problem children or violence at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

I love this school and the principal. I have only wonderful things to say about the teachers my child has had and the parents who are committed to their children. I wish we could stay here. I am sorry to say we can't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

This is the best school ever!! unfortunatly, i moved out of the district and have regreted it ever since. My kids miss it, too. They made me, as a parent, feel involved in my kids' education. Far cry from my experience @ spring hill school dist. Now i home school. ~Judy d.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

Excellent School! Great Principal. Always friendly to parents and students. Takes individiual care about each child. Teachers are super. Every employee in this school cares about your childs excellent education. Didn't know schools could be this great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2004

I have a second grade and fourth grade student at this school, and would rate it very high. The staff is excellent, the principal knows every child and most parents by name. I feel like my children are challenged and supported. Class size is about 20 in our grades. Teachers and specialists are caring and seem to all love thier jobs. Parents are quite active as well and made to feel welcomed to help at school. This school always seems to perform well on testing.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
99%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 87% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
99%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

89 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
91%
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 Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities92%
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 Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities96%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities96%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities91%
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 Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities75%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 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 81% 67%
Hispanic 6% 17%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 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 7%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Olathe, KS 66062
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