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John Diemer Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 262 students

 
 

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Posted May 1, 2013

Awesome school, we were going to move to Blue Valley and we are so glad we didn't. We have small classrooms, 15-22 in each class, and the teachers are fantastic. Couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

This is my daughters first year at Diemer and have enjoyed the smaller classroom setting, PTA involvement and passion most of the parents have for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

My child has had a wonderful year in kindergarten! His teacher is a caring, veteran teacher. We can walk to school on sunny days and the school is small and warm. Our new principal creates a great environment for learning and being a community. Good diversity and parent involvement make this a great way to start a child's education. Don't look just a test scores, they reflect the diverse nature and broad socioeconomic status. This an old-fashioned neighborhood school where my child is learning and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

We currently have a second grader in this school and have been very pleased with every one of her teachers as well as the faculty. They have gone above and beyond in developing extra coursework for our daughter to keep her challenged in school and the overall atmosphere of the school is both helpful and friendly. The fact that it is a small neighborhood school is also very important to us. We love John Diemer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

We feel blessed and lucky to live within easy walking distance of such a sweet little neighborhood school. My kids have had excellent teachers there and we have enjoyed getting to know more wonderful families in our neighborhood. I was very impressed with a new (to our school) principal being able to learn all of the children's names so quickly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

This is a platform where if 1 or2 parents are ticked off at the school, it can give the wrong impression of that school. My point is this: Last year a town meeting was held with the school board over the possibility of closing Diemer over ac issues. Parent after parent stood up and challenged the board to find funds to fix the ac issues so that Diemer could stay opened!! The board agreed to pay for repairs after they saw the number of people from the community and parents that fought for repairs on the ac to be made and the school to remain open. Diemer Elementary has been a wonderful place for my 2 children. They have done very well in academics and were offered avenues of help from teachers and the staff when they needed help to learn how to overcome difficult issues! How could it fairly be given a 3 star rating?? Some parents are in denial about how their parenting skills have molded their child! We are a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!! Lack of communication as well as ignorance often keep parents from seeing their child from another person's perspective!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

This school needs a complete overhaul of staff from the ground up. Many of the teachers have too much tenure and have lost the ability to effectively teach the children in their classroom because they are set in their ways and often have favorites and show that favortism. Likewise, if a teacher or the principal of this school sets their sights on a particular student and pegs him or her for disciplinary action, relentlessly pursuing that student; which is administrative bullying. Since moving to this district, my child has been subjected to their constant harrassment without substantiation of any of the claims that my child had done something that warranted disciplinary action yet they insist. There is little communication or help from any of the staff. So far, I have been unable to get my child out of this school because they do not like to transfer students; for obvious reasons in our case - it would make the school look bad. Shame on the principal and staff for allowing and leading the bullying. We are seriously considering home schooling at this point because I do not feel anyone in this district will do the right thing and will only serve to protect staff instead of the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

I also have a huge problem with "administrative bullying"! Perhaps it has something to do with coming from another district -we also moved here & then suddenly my child began having problems at school when before moving here, my child was doing very well. Every day there is something they wanted to discipline my child for even though they do not have proof it was my child. The teacher has something new every day that my child has done wrong. The teacher talks about disrespect but she is horribly grouchy and mean to students - I have been there and witnessed the way she talks to them. She is an older teacher and talks a lot about how long she has been a teacher and deserves respect! I spoke to the principal about it and was told "she was probably having a bad day"! I am also thinking of home schooling because the treatment my child has received from the teacher as well as the principal is uncalled for. The principal speaks to the kids in a better manner but she does not help. My child is singled out even in a group when they are all doing the same things and my child is the only one they want to punish. They even try to blame & try to punish my child for things they cannot prove!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

my son has attended Diemer since 1st grade and the school, teachers and principal are all great. I am so impressed with the care and genuine interest in the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I have been extremely pleased with the education my children have received at John Diemer. My children have both had kindergarten classes of fewer than 20 students in them and the teacher was EXCELLENT! I wouldn't move away from this school! I have found the principal to be very receptive on several occasions when I had a question or a concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

Jan Turner and the staff at John Diemer are EXCELLENT !!! The teachers communication with the parents are truly spectacular. I always get quick response on matter what the issue. The parent involvment is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

My daughter got a wonderful education there; They had wonderful teachers from kindergarten through 6th grade!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

My son attended kindergarten at John Diemer. It was a difficult year. Problems with bullying and a lack of communication from the principal to home led us to transfer out of this school and into another SMSD elementary school. I am so happy we made the change. The district has been reluctant to make changes and monitor the progress at the school. We felt our only option was to transfer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

Diemer offers a quality education with a well-rounded curriculum that is targeted to provide every student with a learning experience that is a solid foundation for the skills they will need to advance in reading, math and science. The extra social activities and moral principals that are fostered in this environment are exciting and adventurous opportunities that direct young people to become successful in the community as respectful and responsible citizens. The Kindergarten student I have enrolled in this school has a level of enthusiasm for learning because the teacher (Mrs. Arther) is dedicated to each student's success. This teacher works incoopeartion with the parents and takes advantage of special assistance available to recognize challenges and develop the strengths of her students. This school acknowledges the accomplishments of their students in ways that encourage continued growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

The academics at John Diemer are marginal-to-poor. The principal is resistant to any outside influences to improve the level of student education. Bullying is a rampant problem throughout the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%

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 87% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

47 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
77%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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 Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged86%
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 Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

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

Science

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
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 Students78%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
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 Students91%
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

Reading

All Students100%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 67%
Hispanic 13% 17%
Black 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 4%
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 33%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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