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Zachary Taylor Elementary School

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Posted August 28, 2012

Both of my daughters have attended this school, I have seen many changes over the years. I have to say I have never seen a principal more passionate baout what he does for a living and that is spending his days with OUR children, the school has improved in so many areas I can not even scratch the surface on all of them, but the school and its staff strive for excellence, I am completely out of this cluster cannot obtain a bus stop for my daughter, but I dont mind driving out of the way for her, she and I couldnt imagine her anywhere else, the school is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

Zachary Taylor has proven to be more than a place of education. My two boys attended ZT for two years in their third, fourth and fifth grades. ZT has been their third elementary school since Kindergarten. I am impressed with the warm welcome that we recieved from the front staff to the pta. While I must say that I was not ecstatic about all of the academics, I was thrilled about the teachers response to my concerns and their willness to have me in the school and their classrooms. My children did experience everyday issues that young children do in elementary and both issues were handled immediately by the teachers and the Principal. We are relocating to a different state and this is bittersweet because my children did learn more than I expected from this school and my younger daughter will not get to attend ZT. I am an involved parent and truly enjoyed the genuine care and education my children have recieved from ZT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

I have had two children attend ZT. I currently have a 5th grader there. As a parent I know how important it is to stay involved with my childs school. At ZT, they welcome parent involvement. The principal is currently on his forth year and has done wonderful things for the school. There are numerous after school activities for the kids and the PTA is superior. They are constantly donating money for computer equipment, a science lab, or the media center. As with any school, there can be problems from time to time, but I believe that my kids education has been top notch. Excellent AP program Highly recommended. Don't judge by exterior appearances. Make an appointment to visit with the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

Zachary Taylor has proven to be a very good school for my kids. The teachers are very competent (most have Master's degrees)and are led by an enthusiastic principal. Good things are happening at ZT. The new arts and humanities teacher will be teaching drama, art appreciation, dance, and music fundamentals. This is in addition the current art teacher. ZT offers a variety of extracurricular activities including chess team (K-5), Quick Recall, Basketball, Cheerleading, Band, Orchestra, Choir, etc. Cub Scout Pack 309 and other scout troops draw students from ZT and they can often be seen leading the Flag ceremonies at the General PTA meetings. As a PTA executuve board member for the past 5 years, I have seen the school go through many changes and the 2004-5 school year is shaping up to be the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

I have been a ZT parent for several years. Both of my children have received an excellent education here. The teachers' standards are high and their students' achievement is their number one priority. The fairly new principal (2 years) has done a great job of acquiring grants for the school to help enhance student learning as well as inaugurating many after school extracurricular activities for students. He is a great communicator with the students and their families, the staff, and the community. ZT was designated a N.I.C.E. school last year because of its warm and caring atmosphere. The PTA is very large and active and does many, many things for the students. All in all, ZT is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2004

I sympathize with the previous writer's frustration with the school system. It is a hugh bureaucracy with many problems. My son has been at ZT from K to 5th grade. We have had some ups and downs in quality of education. I have been an active PTA member there throughout his 6 years and have gotten to know all the teachers well enough to know who is excited about education and who is awaiting retirement. There are many good, caring teachers at ZT! The principal has just finished his second year and is paving the road for the school's improvement. There is an active PTA and the neighboring communities are very supportive in volunteering and fund-raising efforts. ZT has a bright future as long as guidelines for racial/economic equity are evenly distributed amongst neighboring schools. Prospective parents can't judge a school on paper alone. Visit and interview!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

My experience with ZT has left me not only disgusted with that school, but with the entire JCPS. We have met roadblocks at every attempt to help our child get special education services. The goal of the school seems to be to exclude rather than identify the child who doesn't fit the 'classroom management' style of the school. This year (03-04) the main change in my children's education is the addition of a huge range of inappropriate language. Not only can our special-needs child not get help, both children has been subjected to verbal abuse by their teachers, as well as bullying by classmates. Every neighbor we have with a child at ZT is pulling out for private school next year. I'm exhausted with trying to get help and respect at ZT, so we'll either fork over private school tuition, or move to Oldham County. Throwing up my hands in disgust.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

My children are going on their second year at ZT. The teachers and faculty are all wonderful at promoting a positive learning experience. The kids are finally excelling in school. I feel totally safe with my children there. I feel the staff is wonderful at fostering self esteem in my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

One of my children graduated from Zachary Taylor and I currently have a 3rd grader there. Both my children have received a solid education while at this school. The AP program is strong, as well as the kindergarten program. Our principal is relatively new, this is his second year. He has alot of good ideas for the school and he communicates well with students and parents. This school has tremendous parental involvement and the PTA provides many activities for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2003

My son is a student at Zachary Taylor Elementary School and his experience there has been positive. The principal has good leadership skills and communicates well with parents. The school has a high level of parental involvement and a very good YMCA before- and after-school program.
—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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
32%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%
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 Students24%
Female17%
Male32%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female34%
Male35%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities14%
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 Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students21%
Female26%
Male16%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female43%
Male33%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female43%
Male40%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities25%
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 Students37%
Female41%
Male32%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female49%
Male35%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students42%
Female41%
Male44%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students39%
Female45%
Male29%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities17%
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

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

Above 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 39% 81%
Black 38% 11%
Hispanic 11% 4%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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 61%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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