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Watson Lane Elementary School

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Posted February 17, 2009

my son does wonderful here.he is now in third grade. all of his teachers from k-now have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

Very poor quality of education provided, my child essentially learned nothing the entire year he was in this school, very little guidance, unruly children, very poor unstimulating learning environment, not a good choice, could do more harm than good in the way of a childs confidence, motivation and overall educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

My daughter started Watson Lane in Kindergarten and is now graduating the 5th grade. I think Watson Lane is a great school. Over the years I have had only one teacher bother me, the rest I have a great respect for. Especially her 2nd and 5th grade teachers. They have shown her a great deal of encouragement. I wouldn't change a thing about this school. They have so much for our children and us as parents. If you have a child who is willing to learn this is the school for him/her. I recommend this school to eveyone.I am also upset with the parents who have negative comments, just because you get upset about a specific incident does not give you the right to down a great staff. I am proud to say that my daughter has attended Watson Lane, and I will miss it dearly as she goes to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2007

1st and 2nd went by okay but 3rd grade showed me what the school was really like. No one wants to deal with any real problems. I have had the same issues with a teacher all year(my son is ADHD and needs certain things)and I have had meeting after meeting and nothing is changing. I was told well just make it through this year and next year will be better. If you have a child who's chronically ill it's like an ongoing punishment. If they miss days they will be excluded from the drawings for bikes, etc. They don't care about your child only the money they miss if they're not in school. The latest one is your child doesn't get to bring his pillow and books into school and read if he does not get donations. The one who gets more money gets a gift. This is an awful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

I have really given Watson Lane alot of chances to prove themselves but the school is just to far behind other public schools. I understand how hard the teachers have it but to quote a teacher at this school 'since your child is so sweet and doesnt cause any behavior problems she will probably fall through the cracks.' Not to promising coming from a teacher. If you want your child to go to a school where the staff really cares, skip this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

Discipline- Kindergartners eat early in the day so they have milkbreak because they tend to be hungry, my son s teacher removes milk break from the class for the day as a form of punishment. Sick!. Safety - let s put it like this, I ve seen kindergartners going to the office to have their medicine handed to them by the staff to administer it to themselves! I don t see that as safe, but irresponsible! Parent involvement-not much, teachers simply don t want parents there. Extracurricular activities- That doesn t exist at this school for 3rd and under! For 4th & 5th not much! Teacher quality- I ve seen better and more enthusiastic. Not all are bad, but most are preoccupied with other things outside of class and are not there for the students. Principal Leadership Obviously a school with this many problems can t have that great of a Leader. Overall quality- Drastic Improvement Needed! STAFF-MAKEOVER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

I wish the staff could wear my shoes for a day and see how cold they are to my child and my concerns. Kindergartners are forced to walk all the way to the other side of the building in a mass mob of kids in the morning and parents are not allowed down with them. This leaves the smallest kids in the school alone to fend for themselves against the older kids. Parents who have concerns about safety and education are treated like they re insane. Two thumbs down for Watson Lane! Thank your Greatschools.com!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

I really like the school and wish the teachers could go to middle school with me. I really like it here. They are all nice to me. I don't like the school work. But I will never go to collage if I don't do it. I really like it when we do the fun stuff in the school. When they bring in the bands and other things for us. We even get popcorn to. They some times let us eat lunch in our rooms, to cool. Wish that people would stop and ask the kids what they think sometimes. Maybe we know what we want.I wish the adults did not fight over it all. My mom did say it was ok for me to write this.And I am glad she let me. Because the parents sometimes don't listen to us. Thank you great schools for putting me on there to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2005

I would like to say that I am surprised and schocked at the comments that I have seen on this website concening Watson Lane Elementary. I know that all of the teachers and assistants at Watson Lane truely care for the children. The staff go above and beyond when it comes to caring for the children. I know for a fact that many staff memebers purchase needed supplies, pay for field trips, take students on special trips, etc, etc.... I feel that some of the comments made on the website were made out of anger and were very inaccurate. I woulod like for one of the parents who put down the school to come in and experience the challenges of being a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

Overall the staff cares about the children at Watson Lane. I have one child at Watson Lane and two that are now in middle school. The two in middle school were prepared for middle school at Watson Lane. The child that still attends Watson Lane has had trouble reading. They have a reading recovery program that caught him up to his classmates. The staff has always answered my questions and worked around my schedual for appointments. In the last twelve years they've done things to improve the safety for the children. Some of the changes did'nt make me happy at the time but now I do'nt know why we ever did things the other way. Seeing the problems my sister has with the school her children go to I'm glad of my children went and go to Watson Lane.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

The PTA is the most unproductive PTA I have ever seen! So far their only strength is bumming for money! They greatly lack in showing what they do with it! They have clicks that year after year illegally hold seats. No elections, no improving the PTA or the school! parents have no power or voice at Watson Lane! The school is dirty, it drastically needs paint as well as repairs, covers for its unused outlets and for electric receptacles that hasn t any boxes in them! The teachers are never wrong only the students. Some of JCPS rejects have a safe place of employment! No wonder Watson Lane failed to meet the no child left behind requirements! This school needs help I'm glad this is my child's last year there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

I am a single Dad and I raise my kids on my own. So I was suprised when I found this Site on the net. I am happy it is here because we need a place to tell what we think about things going on in school. I like the school myself. They all really seem to care about my kids. And the kids are learning alot. When I have any questions all I need to do is call and they make time for me. My time is not the best. But when I work the hours I do they don't mind that I have to call when I do.I like the involvement that I get to have. Things seem to be a little different this year but it is getting better. I really like the new pick up for the kids. It is much safer and easier for me and them. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My child goes to Watson lane and I think it is a really good school. They care about the education that our children get. And the safty of the whole student body. They are there to help when you need it. I feel that the school makes a big difference in our childrens life. I am glad they are there for them and us.Watson Lane keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

If you want your child to go into the class room & sit and learn from a book & not from a teacher than this is the school for you.if your child askes a question they are a problem child,they are told that they are not there to baby sit them. so what dose this do it makes the child afraid to ask a question for fear of rejection, then you have a child that is not learning ,i wonder if this has anything to do with this school having such low test scores .So if you want your child ruined for life send them to watson lane. ,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

This school claims to be a friendly place for children to learn, however I have learned that this is not true. The staff will not let you walk back to the classroom, they rush you out of the school like you have no business being there. Well hello my child is there, so i believe i have the right to go back and check on him, yes i understand checking in at office first, but my child should have an understanding that mom maybe listening at the door so don't do anything she wouldn't approve of because you just might get caught. You sign up for the PTA and its like you didn't, you attend meeting for pta and they don't discuss anything or even acknowledge your presence. The school is run down needs paint in the cafeteria some flowers outside couldn't hurt..my child went there in 2004/5 not 2005/6 noway.
—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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
21%
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

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
26%
Social Studies

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
12%
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 Students16%
Female17%
Male16%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students22%
Female28%
Male16%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged22%
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 Students30%
Female41%
Male19%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students20%
Female24%
Male16%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students21%
Female27%
Male16%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female38%
Male43%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
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

Math

All Students30%
Female24%
Male34%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students24%
Female24%
Male24%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students37%
Female36%
Male37%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students18%
Female15%
Male20%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged17%
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

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
34%
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 76% 81%
Black 16% 11%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
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 80%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7201 Watson Ln
Louisville, KY 40272
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