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Smyrna Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 548 students

 
 

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Posted Saturday, September 27, 2014

Too many of the teachers and staff shout at the students and are unpleasant to interact with. Recess is not a daily priority, weather permitting. Curriculum is unsatisfactory and I am very concerned about the ability of the school to educate my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2014

My child has learned very little at Smyrna. The class that he was in for 2nd grade was completely out of control it was as if the children had taken over. The teacher my child had for 1st grade was not only strict she was down right mean to the children. The 2nd grade teacher did not check the homework packets AT ALL, she told me this herself. How would you know if the children are retaining the material if you don't check their homework?! I felt like I ended up having to teach my child everything myself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

I have mixed opinions regarding Smyrna. My child is just about to complete his Kindergarten year and I feel has learned very little from school. However, the bulk of what is taught in K, he went in knowing already. I was disappointed that he was not challenged individually but in defense of the teacher, I feel she has other more pressing concerns. Her class too large in my opinion (25 children), many entered K not even knowing letters, and there are several students in her class that should be placed in alternative classes for behavioral problems. She is a very kind and nurturing teacher and her patience is much greater than mine would be in a similar situation. I have not interacted much with the current principal, Dr. Stith, however have been very pleased with the AP Mr. Montgomery. Overall I feel that the teachers and administrators I have encountered are great people that believe in what they are doing every day. They encourage parental involvement and welcome parents into the building. But I also believe that if your child is ahead you should not expect them to excel or on the opposite, if you child needs additional assistance that may not happen. Classes are just too big.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

I Love This School my Grand Children went here and I was SOOOO Happy Great Office staff and Teachers. My Grand children Were Very HAPPY and so was I Great School


Posted May 30, 2012

I have 2 daughter that attend Smyrna.. one has been there 4 years and i have NEVER had a major problem at all. She had Ms Putt will go to the ends of the world to make sure each child is their own person. Ms Forte (1st grade) very strict at least 1 hour of home work each night with 20 spelling works each week. Ms Burton (2nd grade) She did well in her class, the spelling works was 30 a bit much for my daughter so after talking with her, she reduced hers to 20 then as she made imporvment she would add 1 or 2. Ms Griffin (3rd grade) I have wanted to pull my hair out each day with this lady... the only reason i ut my daughter in her class was that there are 5 3rd graders that are on our street and didnt want her to be with "friends" all day getting into trouble... i wish i would have had her stay where she was at... if a parent forget to sign the agenda the childs grade is reflected for homework... i am so so glad this year is over :) my other daughter has Ms Morgan she is WONDERFUL her assistance Ms Robin is very soft spoken to the kids they all adore them both.... I am GLAD they have a NEW principle so only time will tell how things will work out with her.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

MY SON WENT FROM GOOD GRADES TO FAILING GOING TO 3RD GRADE IN MS. DUFFYS CLASS THIS YEAR, SHE IS RUDE WITH BOTH THE STUDENTS AND THE PARENTS, I HAVE SPOKEN WITH OTHER PAERENTS IN HER CLASS AND THEY ARE HAVING THE SAME ISSUES, SEVERAL HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE PRINCIPAL (MRS.COMPTON) ABOUT THIS, AND SHE INSIST THAT MY SON IS IMMATURE, THOUGH HES NEVER GOTTEN A COLOR CHANGE, NOTE HOME, NOTHING, NOR DOES SHE KNOW OF HIM RIGHT OFF HAND. SHE SUGGEST I HAVE HIM PLACED IN A ADVANCED 2ND/LOWER 3RD GRADE CLASS MIX. HE'S NEVER HAD BAD GRADES IN THE PAST, AND IS AFRAID TO ASK HIS TEACHER QUESTIONS BECAUSE SHE IS PLAIN OUT RUDE. I ASKED TO SIT IN THE CLASSROOM FOR ONE DAY TO GIVE HER THE BENIFIT OF DOUBT, BUT THEY DONT WANT ME TO DO THAT. IM AFRAID IM GOING TO HAVE TO REMOVE THEM FROM THIS SCHOOL ,AS NO ONE WILL WORK WITH THE PARENTS! i DONT RECCOMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE, WE ALL WANT ARE CHILDREN TO SUCEED, HOWEVER I FEEL THEIR SET UP FOR FAILURE WITH THIS SCHOOL AND IT'S TEACHERS. tHERES NO ONE TO COMMUNICATE WITH, THE PRINCIPAL DOES NOT LISTEN. OTHER PARENTS ARE HAVING THE SAME ISSUE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

The Principal is not involved enough! Most of the brightest teachers that once made this school an outstanding place for all children have been driven away by the negative atmosphere steming from the Principal. The Science teacher does not have a clas room, he works out of a storage closet off of the main stage. I found it amazing that the school did convert a classroom into a teachers lounge, but failed to have an area reserved for this science teacher. Very disappointing. Parents are worked to death over fund raising contests, volunteering, more so than any other elementary school that we've seen before. We had to leve after 2 years due to the disappointment in the overall performance of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

This is my sons first year at Smyrna elementary and I feel that his teacher and assistant, Mrs. McCawley and Mrs Fowler, the counselor, Ms. Childress, the ece teacher, as well as the family resource advisor have been more than helpful with our new transition. They have been very helpful and open dealing with behavior problems with my son and especially his teacher and the counselor have been open to my suggestions and opinions as a parent in dealing with my son and the problems he is facing with speech and behavior problems. Kudos to Mrs. McCawley and Ms. Childress!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

My daughter has been at Smyrna since kindergarten. She has had some good years (Mrs. Putt and Mrs. Kinney) and some really bad years with other teachers. They now have a counselor that has been there awhile and is a good communicator who puts a good effort into her job. Mrs. Compton could do more with the staff to keep them happier and have less turnover with teachers. A little too rough with some bullying issues, I've personally seen, but ongoing efforts are being made to move in the right direction. I just wish that more could be done to curb children's aggressions at an early age and respect could be taught so that the middle school and high school years could be less worrisome. But that is a social issue and begins in the homes and we can't expect our schools to fix what we've overlooked in our homes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2006

I have 4 children in this school, all of which are in different grades. This year my fifth grader has an excellent teacher,'Ms.Scott'. Unfortunately I have never been pleased with the principle. I do want to also mention that our experience with the second gr.teacher'Mrs.Quick', & first grade teacher'Mrs.Milligan', &K teacher 'Mrs.Thacker', have been outstanding. The other teachers we have experienced, not so great. I think your perception of this school depends on how luck you get as to what teachers your child will have. For the most part I would not send my kids here if they did not have these teachers I have mentioned. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2006

This school doesn't emphasis parent-teacher communication, which should be a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2006

We have had upps and downs at smyrna, ms bedford and her asst were a great combo, my son and i both enjoyed the whole experience in K, 1st grade we were not so fortunate. Ms Forcht was very strict and made most of the year unpleasant for my son as a student, and me, as a parent. I must admit though, she set high goals and she got high results out of a somewhat stubborn 7 yr old. I'm looking forward to what this year will bring. As far as other staff in the school,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

My children are getting ready to enter 4th grade. I have had mixed reviews with the teachers. Some are the best and some need improvement. There has been a lot of turnover in this school. There has been a new counselor each of the last 3 years. Hopefully, the current one will stick it out for a while. I have not had any problem with teacher communication. The kids' agendas are completed each day and I receive phone calls when there is something I need to know. I always attend parent/teacher conferences. It is very important that parents be INVOLVED to make sure your children are getting a good education. Remember there is 1 teacher for about every 24 kids. They need our help. Make sure you help/review homework nightly & ask what happened at school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

My child is in k-1 Ms. Bedfords class she has learned alot,but there is no communication between the teacher and parents. With the experence I have had with Smyrna a parent can call about concerns that they have and start questioning the teacher about it and get hung up on during the conversation. The same goes for the principle you call and talk to her and get the same result. You are also told that children around five will not tell you the truth ever according to the princible. So my children will never attend this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2005

My little boy attended pre K and is now in a split K-1 class. There are many goods and bads about this school. I find the homework level is tremendous he is five and has at least 1 hr to do a night. No Recess and limited PE also, they have no music or cultural class. As far as the teachers there needs to be a lttle more communication, the agends are great if they are read by the teacher each day. There seems to be a slight bulling problem but all in all my son deals with it. He has had steady progress with his learning. Overall this is a good school for strong children but for kids that might be quite I would rethink sending them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

This school needs better safety and teachers need to watch better. Kids can just go off somewhere and the teachers wouldn't know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

My son is in Mrs Dunlaps 1st grade class. I find the teachers strict but effective. The material seems to be grade level which is surprising. Parents would be shocked to learn how many schools are teaching below grade level because of social concerns! My only complaint echoes another post: These kids get 30 minutes of PE a week! This is especially hard on boys with boundless energy. (I had it, didn't you?) I cannot accept the reasoning behind this decision. All in all, a decent school that is making the effort. If I feel that at anytime that they are dumbing down the work to achieve social gratification, I will yank my kid in an instant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2004

My daughter is in Ms. Bedfords k-1. her experience has been a positive one. The teacher and her assistant work with each child one an individual basis to help develop their skills individually. One flaw I do see with JCPS system, not the teachers, is they do not have outside play each day/recess. When do they exert their energy? I moved here not knowing the school and I do like what I have been exposed to so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Mrs R. Putt is a wonderful teacher. She goes above and beyond in helping children in her class come out of their shell and learn to the best of their ability. Smyrna is a wonderful school. The lunchroom staff are wonderful too! Everyone cares.
—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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

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

Language Mechanics

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
22%
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 Students27%
Female31%
Male24%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students28%
Female37%
Male22%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged19%
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 Students49%
Female68%
Male33%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students35%
Female40%
Male31%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female45%
Male33%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female58%
Male52%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged50%
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 Students31%
Female23%
Male37%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students56%
Female46%
Male65%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students13%
Female18%
Male9%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities9%
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

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
54%
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

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 67% 81%
Black 20% 11%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 2%
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 51%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6401 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY 40228
Phone: (502) 485-8329

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