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Ashland Elementary School

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Posted September 27, 2013

Ashland is an exceptional school.. I am on my second child that is in attendance there... The teachers care about your child's education.. They keep in contact with you about your child.. I will recommend this school to any one who has an elementary student for a child.. They have great testing scores.. It is just an over all exceptional school.. Hats off to all who take part in the education at Ashland Elementary... A very pleased parent....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

This school is the best kept secret in Lexington!!! I can not recommend sending your child(ren) to Ashland Elementary enough! We were accepted out of district and have been beyond thrilled with the arts program, amazing staff leadership from the top down and the nurturing small-school feel. The kids and families are from diverse backgrounds and everyone is taught team building skills and respect. We feel blessed to have been accepted into this amazing program and love the kids are exposed daily to all the arts including dance, drama, music, etc. The PTA is also well supported and very active towards researching opportunities that best fit Ashland's mission. The school integrates an in-depth study of the arts from studies in dance/drama, art, chorus, keyboarding, orchestra and band. An innovative and creative arts team weaves the arts into the curriculum on a five-day rotation as well as an additional hour on F.A.C.T. Friday (Fine Arts Cultural Tract). In addition, Ashland's five-day gifted program for grades 3-5 adds to fabric and diversity of Ashland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

This is a great school! Obviously one parent was upset because the scool does not bend to ever whim of a selfish parent that has no interest in the outcome of the education of ALL students! I personally know many of the staff members and they are a loving caring group of people. They treat all students as equals no one student is better then another. If your student is in the quest program and does something wrong they will be held just as responsible as a student that is not in the quest program. All children are taught respect at Ashland! This is something missing from many schools and homes in our country today!


Posted June 17, 2011

I have two children at Ashland, one of whom is in the accelerated program, and I am very happy with it. I'm not sure what the previous parent meant when he/she said it doesn't give the accelerated program justice. If they mean the school is focused on making sure that every child grows and succeeds, as opposed to just the "gifted" kids, then I agree with that assessment. But my child in the gifted program was given great attention and wonderful, creative opportunities for learning, and she was definitely challenged academically. The only drawback I've seen is the lack of foreign language study at Ashland. The school has a wonderful, supportive learning environment for all students, the staff is tremendous and the leadership is inspiring. All kids deserve the opportunity to learn and grow and to explore their knowledge through creative outlets. Yes, gifted kids have special needs that must be addressed to keep them engaged and they move a lot faster, but I tell my children I don't care how "smart" you are -- what matters is how hard you work, how much you learned today and how you plan to use that learning tomorrow. And to respect the contributions of all people. Ashland gets that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

We went here for the accelerated program. The school does not seem to give this program justice. They seem to be focused more on the rest of the school. If you have the option for G&T program schools, Meadowthorpe seems to be a better choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

the school creates an atmosphere that supports love of learning and creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

This school has the best culture and climate imaginable! We serve a diverse population and yet everyone works hard to meet the needs of all of our students, no matter what those needs may be. Ashland's teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators are hands down the best in the district, maybe the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

The Faculty and staff work as a team to provide creative hands-on daily activities for our students. We treat 'our kids' as family rather than students. Each child is precious and deserves our care and attention.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2009

We have a wonderful principal and staff. We are a Title I school and have a diverse school population that includes a Gifted program and you would have trouble picking out which classes are gifted and which are regualr if you walked in our building. Our custodial staff keeps our building looking like new, even though it is an older building. We have provide Arts opportunities to all our students- We are the ONLY elementary school in KY (that is not a magnate school) that has a full time Music teacher, a Full time dance & drama teacher, art teacher, PE teacher & computer teacher. It is a great community and fun place to teach.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2009

We are a very accepting school, we take broken pieces and make them whole. We have wonderful principal who care about the kids and her staff and I can't think of a better school to be at.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2009

The ARTS At Ashland is a loving, caring and family oriented school. We love the Ashland Family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Ashland has an incredible arts program.


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers seem to really care about the students.


Posted April 29, 2009

This school is not one that you should consider sending your child to if you want him/her to learn on his/her grade level. Don't send your child here if you do not want for them to be bullied or teased. The teachers have no support system when dealing with behavioral issues. Kids are ' looked over' if they disrupt class by fighting with other students, cursing at the teacher, or if they make obscene gestures at the teacher.The teacher really has no support from higher ranking school staff when dealing with these issues so in turn they have to accept it. The classroom atmospheres are not those that enable optimal learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

I had a horrible experience with this school. Please do not send your child. This school is over crowded and understaff and the adminstration will try to hide things from you when you ask questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

This is my son's second year,& my daughters first year at Ashland & they love it. In my search for a school I tradtional but enjoyable. My children are excited about the idea that they get to learn in a musical, performing and visual arts environment. I have been a hands on parent at Ashland, and this integrated learning system of teaching the important things like reading, writing, and math also gives the children a way to express themselves through imagination with dance, drama, keyboarding, and creative writing. With 'No Child Left Behind' legislation, Ashland is STELLAR in its efforts to increase its KCCT test scores, with parental involvement, an excellent diverse library collection, & an outstanding staff including the PTA & Family Resource Center, the adminstrative & kitchen staff, the janitors and instructors are all their with our child's best interest at heart.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students68%
Female64%
Male72%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female60%
Male63%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female55%
Male59%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female65%
Male71%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities36%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female77%
Male34%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 81%
Black 27% 11%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 44%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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195 North Ashland Ave
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 381-3243

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