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South Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 451 students

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Posted September 23, 2013

This school is innovative and an exciting learning experience for kids. The teachers and staff love the kids and help them to dream big!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

I have worked at South Heights for many years. I have witnessed the changes that we have made over the years. We have strived to educate the whole child. We stress academics, but we also develop relationships with the students based on respect. We have been taking all of our students on College tours for years. Our students have learned to work hard....acheive their goals......and then to celebrate their success! Now our school is helping to spread success to the neighborhood and beyond!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2012

South Heights is a child and family oreinted school. The people who work there give so much to help the children each day. Family and community involvement is strong and the scores for the school are out of sight. Mr. Carroll rocks!!


Posted April 13, 2012

South Heights Elementary is an amazing school. You don't find many schools that care so much for each and everyone of their students. The teachers and staff at South Heights do. They go above and beyond for each student. They make sure each student has the tools to succeed no matter what. College isn't a question of "will I go to college?" for our students it is "what college will I attend?". South Heights is changing the way the public looks at education and making there community apart of that change by involving the public of Henderson Kentucky in everything they do. What an amazing school with amazing staff and students!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 13, 2012

South Heights is like no other school on earth. Each and every staff member is totally committed to ensuring that each child feels capable, enthusiastic about learning, and optimistic for his/her future. This is a place where no one says "I can't"; where problems become opportunities; where kids feel so connected that they return to visit for years afterwards. The South Heights staff recognized a few years ago that they could not change the challenges their students face outside of school (in a school community of 90% poverty) but they could change the culture inside the school to one of highest quality instruction and innovative programs. This school rocks! We are the 1199!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2012

South Heights is about making sure every child has what they need to succeed no matter what obstacle may lay in their path. Every child is treated with respect and dignity and more so, taught that they can do whatever they want no matter what others might think or say. Students leave South Heights believing in themselves in their dreams and receive a high quality education along the way. This is the model that other schools strive to be. As a parent and staff member at South Heights, I can say that without question this is the best school in the nation, not just Henderson County!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2012

Amazing....this is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about SHS. This is a place where dreams come true and children learn the importance of not only how to work hard, but also how to play hard and enjoy their triumphs. It is a place where team members bond together to lift up student s self-worth and knowledge levels through high expectations and loving attitudes. It is a place I am proud to be a team member of and a place I will be proud to send my own child to school. We Succeed...No Exceptions, No Excuses! Impossible is Nothing!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

South Heights is the place to be. It is the place to be for the students and the teachers. All students get respect that they need. Each student is pushed to reach their maximum potential in fun ways. Go, South Heights!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

South Heights goes above and beyond for every student that walks through the front doors. Dreams are created and fulfilled within it's walls. I am PROUD to call it my second home! I love working at South Heights. I drive 40 min. one way just to be able to be apart of such a wonderful establishment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

This is a school that builds students up and expectations are high! The fun and excitement that radiates from the school and students is amazing! The parents and community are involved and held accountable! I can't wait until my children are BOTH at South Heights! The teachers and amazing principal absolutely love every student and knows them by name. The college vocabulary is embedded in every lesson. The college experience that the students recieve before they even go to middle school is not available at ANY other school. This school has a strong culture and is a world changing school! I am getting excited just writing about it! I love this school and what it represents...... it represents hope and how overcoming all odds is possible. Impossible means I'm possible.... its all in how you read the word. At South Heights all students are "possible"! I love this school! I wish I could rate it a 100 instead of a 5!


Posted April 11, 2012

South Heights Elemenatary is the best school for students and teachers. It is a school where all are respected. The children feel that each one of them are "smart" each and every day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

This is a very positive school with great culture which provides students with the motivation to succeed during elementary all the way to college.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

Positive school culture - check Students that rock - check High expectations - check Motivating Instruction - check Meets the needs of students (past, present, and future) - check Builds confidence in students - check Creates amazing opportunities for students - check Sets the stage for higher education - check Makes learning fun - check Rewards hard work - check A great place to work - double check An even better place to go to school - triple check
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

Dreams come true at South Heights! The 5th grade students that have attended SHS since K have toured 6 colleges. Thats more than I visited when choosing a college. Each day is more magical than the last. Every day I interact with the most amazing students and co-workers. I couldn't ask for a better job.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2012

This is a great school to work at. I moved my children here because the staff are committed to seeing the children from birth to college.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2008

Awesome...nothing like it! A true example of a child-centered school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2005

This is my childrens first year at SouthHeights, and I am so grateful that we moved into this district. I could not ask for a better group of teachers and staff. My kids have really excelled this year with the help of such wonderful teachers. I cannot thank you enough for taking such good care of my children.
—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 44% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 54% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
15%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students37%
Female38%
Male35%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female26%
Male43%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students47%
Female55%
Male40%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female45%
Male55%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female58%
Male70%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female36%
Male58%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial27%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female28%
Male40%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial36%
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students41%
Female36%
Male47%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students46%
Female51%
Male40%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
49%
of schools in the state are Average
29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 81%
Black 17% 11%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Hispanic 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Model School (2011)
  • Nominated Blue Ribbon School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Rob Carroll
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Teachers On Call Program
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (270) 831-5082

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project CHILD
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • RTI intervention
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • International Paper
  • One Life Church
  • Engage Henderson
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
541
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
600

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
North Middle School
South Middle School
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1199 Madison St
Henderson, KY 42420
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Phone: (270) 831-5081

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