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West Elementary School

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Posted January 13, 2010

I am very pleased with the teachers my children have had. The are very fast at answering questions/concerns. The principal is on his second year leading the school and does an okay job--still needs to refine his ability to communicate effectively with staff/teachers/parents and not create conflicts, saying one thing to one group and then turning around and saying the complete opposite to the other group. The PTA is typical, you have a few that do all the work basically. The grade card system is being revised and needs some changes to make it better. Just adequate job for special needs kids--both ends of the spectrum (gifted and special needs/ESOL). Class sizes are 20-25 kids, sure to rise as budget issues affect staffing. They do have paras that help out in the classes. Great reading program, new gym, curriculum is good overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

Our school is K-3 and has around 400 students yet it has a very small school feel to it. There isn't a teacher there that I wouldn't be thrilled to have teaching my child. Each teacher happily participates in the school events on their time off. Our principal has the kids best interest in mind in all that he does and is very thoughtfull about no kids feeling left out. For example our fundraiser event gives our rewards to kids for selling items. The more you sell the more prizes you get. In the past these have been handed in an assembly, but many kids didn't get anything and he couldn't stand to see them in tears. So he changed it where the prizes were discretely handed out at the end of the school day into backpack as the kids left for home. That way those he didn't get one wouldn't even be aware of it. We have so many parents who are willing to volunteer their time at the school and at our events. We couldn't do as much for the kids as we do without them.
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Posted October 21, 2009

They've been great! My son just started Kindergarten this year and he's soooooo excited. :)
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%

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

The state average for Math was 88% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a

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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

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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 Students93%
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

Reading

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
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
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities81%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities88%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities94%
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 82% 67%
Hispanic 13% 17%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 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 44%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Valley Center, KS 67147
Phone: (316) 755-7030

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