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Oregon Trail Middle School

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Posted March 4, 2010

My daughter loves OT and we have a lot of confidence in the teaching staff there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

The staff i have meet at OT have been nice and kind towards me and my kids, both of my children have improved in their test scores by at least 12% this year and my kids come home with stories about how much fun they had at school and about new things they just learned. The kids enjoy the after school programs that they can sign up to be in and have been sad when a teacher is retiring or its just the end of the year and will have other teachers next year. I think that OT is a great school and enjoy having my children go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

We have found both the teachers and administration at OT to be kind, hard-working and they hold people accountable! Where else can you find an administration that provides food for it's families during he holidays, pays for student's school supplies, pays for students to participate in programs such as cheerleading, drill team, etc. We have never been happier in Olathe schools at OT. You can only judge a school by the happiness of your child and willingness to go to school every day and try their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

Never known such caring teachers who will go the extra mile for their students. OT faculty is like a family - a community - and the students know they are cared for. The sports programs are the best with experienced coaches who expect excellence on and off the field. I can't imagine a better faculty or administration to entrust my childen with. Thank you, OT teachers, for all you've invested in the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands, of kids who will always be better people because of your influence and efforts. I am and always will be proud to say that my kids attended Oregon Trail Junior High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

I cannot disagree with the previous post more strongly. I have found the staff very supportive. Whenever we have had difficulties they were great at trouble shooting and encouraging my child. This will be my fourth year with a child at OT and I don't have ANYthing but praise for the staff, policies and rule enforcement. Mrs. Hogan was a 5 out of 5 but we have a new principal this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

The administration at OT is disturbing. I agree that some are not qualified and do not take the extra effort with the children that Olathe has always been known for. I moved to Olathe for the schools, but I am disappointed. I think the staff makes up their own rules as they go and I would be happy if most of them were replaced. There are a few decent teachers, but over the past 4 years I have been connected with OT, they are few and far between. The level of parent involvement is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

The teacher quality is very low at Oregon Trail. I can think of several teachers who are not qualified or do not teach to the ability they should. The programs at Oregon Trail are pretty good. Their are many clubs to participate in, even though a lot of the teachers running them end up cancelling the meetings.
—Submitted by a student


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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 83% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
81%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
87%
U.S. History and Government

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

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

206 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
71%
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 Students96%
African American92%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities89%
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students89%
African American92%
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities89%
Proficient in English79%

U.S. History and Government

All Students85%
African American85%
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities67%
Proficient in English70%
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 Students88%
African American75%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities78%
Proficient in English85%

Reading

All Students90%
African American83%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities85%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students84%
African American75%
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities70%
Proficient in English63%
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 Students87%
African American80%
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities84%
Proficient in English74%

Reading

All Students90%
African American93%
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities95%
Proficient in English74%

U.S. History and Government

All Students78%
African American80%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities74%
Proficient in English41%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 67%
Hispanic 33% 17%
Black 9% 7%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 57%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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