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Shawnee Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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Posted February 16, 2014

She's is a great school with deep community involvement, the teachers are attentive to the child's needs and pays close attention to individual needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

I attended SHES from first grade all the way to sixth and I loved every second of it. The teachers are amazing and very dedicated. The school also has an excellent gifted education class for acedemically advanced students. Teachers of special classes Francis Baxter (music) and Micky Simpson (physical education) also etablish a strong bond with students. Anyone lucky enough to attend this school will agree with me.


Posted September 26, 2010

SHES's new principal is wonderful. She is kind, caring, and dedicated to the students, teachers and staff, and to the parents of her school. The teachers and staff are amazing and are differentiating their teaching to the needs of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I absolutely love my children's school. When we moved to Topeka I purposely chose my house in this schools boundaries because of all the wonderful things I heard about the school. I have never regretted that decision! Mrs. Hunley, our principal is amazing. She is dedicated to our children 150 %! The teachers are wonderful and the staff is the best! It's not just a school, it's a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

I have never know a school to be on a personal level more than SHES. The principal, Layne Hunley, knows the names of every student that walks through the door. The teachers and staff are so caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

My daughter was new to SHES due to boundary re-alignments. We were met with open arms. My daughter immediately felt welcomed. I love this school, teachers & the principal. Mrs. Hundley has an open door policy with the students. They love to go see her with their good grades, etc. I feel truly blessed to be at SHES. And I will have a 5 yr old entering in the 2009-2010 academic year. I am very much looking forward to it. I have heard great things about Mrs. McKinley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

Has really good teachers, nice students, good campus. I had a really fun and educational childhood because of Shawnee Heights!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2008

I love this school and I love my sons kindergarden teacher, Mrs. Mckinley! Im thinking about staying in topeka just because I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

I can not say enough good about this school. Every parent i have talked to from every grade level has raved about the principal, teachers, kids, and academics. I have loved working with my son's kindergarten teacher. She is amazing! All the teachers are friendly and caring toward the kids. there is lots going on and lots of support. the principal is also fabulous. she is understanding and caring, calls you back promptly, and is outside with the kids everyday for recess playing with them and being involved, hot or cold. I just love this school.
—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 87% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%

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 87% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

63 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
59%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%
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 Students84%
African Americann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
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
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
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

Math

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students83%
African Americann/a
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
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 Students76%
African Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities62%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities85%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 67%
Hispanic 17% 17%
Black 6% 7%
Two or more races 5% 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 27%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2410 SE Burton Dr
Topeka, KS 66605
Phone: (785) 357-5400

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