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Overland Trail Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 608 students

 
 

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Posted October 19, 2011

Great school and help to our kids. There was a comment on here about needing to improve the communication. I would agree with that, they have just changed their method to email this year and I would say it has improved by 100%. We have two kids in the school and they both love it and get the help/support they need. There are some teacher changes that need to happen but I think that is slowly changing. I would say Mrs. Moore has done a great job of putting the right teachers in the right places.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2010

School needs to implement better communication with parents when certain event happen to your child. The principal needs to have better leadership over her staff. PTA involvement is excellent.


Posted February 11, 2009

I am extremely happy with the school and my daughter, who is in K, loves it. The principal does not run the school with an iron hand but she does have high expectations for the staff as well as the children. And as a result my daughter has matured alot in the last 6 months. If there are any problems, I am always notified but more than likely the situation was handled at school. Nothing major. It's not up the the school to discipline students. It's the parents responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

The principal and lots of staff run this school with an iron hand! Not a warm, loving environment. Look around before you put your child here and compare! There are much better schools in Blue Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

We have been very pleased with our experience at OTE. Mrs. Moore is always available and easy to work with. She made our transition from private to public school a breeze!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

OTE is awesome! The staff cares about their students. The principal has high expectations and had made significant changes in the past three years to better the school's effectiveness. I am in the school daily and have seen with my own eyes the hard work that goes on there. Students are learning and happy! They practice what they say...Children First! I'm glad we found OTE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

I can only speak from my family's own experience, but I do not believe this is a good school. Classrooms are overcrowded and discipline is lacking. My child was harrassed by another child in the classroom and very little was done by either the teacher or the principal to rectify the situation. We finally fixed it ourselves...by leaving OTE. There are definitely better schools in Johnson County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

OTE is a great school. There are a few wrinkles to be ironed out but a lot of that is due to the fact that it has had 3 principals in 3 years and is a bit overcrowded. I think the real problem at OTE is the parents and the rumor mill. The principal is doing a great job and has had to make several unpopular decisions that the teaching staff requested. This is an excellent school. The teachers and staff are top notch and care about the children and their education. I think that is what is important. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

I have been quite disappointed in OTE. Many of the classes are overcrowded (23 kids in kindergarten). OTE also lacks many features of other BV Elementary schools. There is no full day kindergarten option (with the overcrowding I don't see this happening soon if at all). OTE also lacks on-site speech and physical therapy for pre-k. The morale is very low right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Our new principal, Doris Moore is awesome! Even though she is the 4th principal of OTE in 4 years, she has worked very hard to create a safe, friendly, and welcoming learning environment for students, staff, and parents. In her first year, she has implemented 'Cougar Coffee Chat', where she meets with parents monthly to listen to our concerns and questions; 'Principal's Lunch Club', where she haves lunch with every student in the school regularly to spend time and get to know them; she sends parents a weekly voice mail, and I could go on and on. Bill Cosby said, 'I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.' He was right, because you can't please some people. Mrs. Moore consistently says, we will do what is best for children! I applaud her effectiveness as strong, positive, and personable instructional leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

The academic and variety of programs by far exceeds our expectations. The teachers are personable and well trained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

We came to OTE because of all the wonderful things we have heard about the school. Unfortunatly my child has been unhappy here. the 2nd grade classrooms are over crowded and i belive that my child could be getting a better education elsewhere. we will not be returning to OTE next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

OTE is just a wonderful school with a wonderful atmosphere. My daughter is in first grade and has thrived due to the teacher's attention and the interdisciplinary team approach. Everyone goes the extra mile for the children and it shows. We are looking into buying a new home and our top requirement is that it is within the OTE boundaries, that's how highly we think of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2003

I love this school. One of the best ones my child attended.


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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
86%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

102 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students92%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander87%
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 Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in English92%

Reading

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in English100%
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 Islander100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander95%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities86%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 71% 68%
Asian 18% 2%
Black 4% 7%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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6225 West 133rd St
Overland Park, KS 66209
Phone: (913) 239-7000

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