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Lowe Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 603 students

 
 

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2011:
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Posted January 10, 2014

I have had children attend Lowe and while I must say Lowe has high test scores the staff at Lowe is unpleasant at best they are rude and i have observed the staff yelling at the children on numerous occasions Lowe is an "in crowed school" my advice if you send your children to Lowe be ready to volunteer many hours and open your pocket book if you want your children to have a good experience at Lowe also if your child is social this is not the school for them Lowe expects children to be seen and not heard even while at lunch and if your child misbehaves they will be scolded in front of others I have witnessed this from teaches to the principal yelling at children to the point they were in tears while making a decision on where to send your child keep in mind that while test scores are important so is your childs experience in school and if your child is not being taught in a pleasant environment how much will they truly learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

My wife and I have both been extremely pleased with Lowe Elementary. We have two children enrolled and are lucky to be within the school district. The teachers have been great so far and the PTA does an amazing job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

We have one child at Lowe now in his second year. While I cannot speak for our friends and I can tell you that there are several of our friends whose children are also enrolled at Lowe and we all discuss the same recurring issues. First thing you should know is that there is a new Principal (David Armour) who is doing his best to get dissolve the "in-crowd" atmosphere. He has his hands full... It starts at the front door. The office ladies need charm school desperately! I understand they have been there several years, and while I'm sure that position becomes very frustrating dealing with upset and entitled parents, you still have fresh parents yearly that expect you to have a smile on your face. We have, however, had teachers that have communicated VERY well with us There are still some "old school" teachers assistants that just flat need to go! There is a lot of pressure at Lowe for children to be quiet at 5 and 6 years old (even in the cafeteria). If your kid is a talker, this isn't the school for you! Your child will receive a top notch academic education, but might lack in social relationships because they are NOT fostered here. There is more to education than academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2012

I have had 2 children go through elementary school at Lowe. While they are both very successful academically, partly because of the education they have received there, there are a few things to know while considering Lowe for your child. There is a group of parents that has a sense of entitlement for themselves and their children, which this principal readily feeds. There is a bit of political play. We have had some wonderful teachers, but they are very limited in this atmosphere. I have seen this school lose at least 2 amazing teachers because of it. While the student population has some diversity, the viewpoints of these students don't seem to. One of my children has been bullied, called names, and ostracized for being different. Which seems to be a product of the neighborhood demographic. Both of my children have since moved on to a school where they can be embraced for who they are. Your children will get a good academic education at Lowe. That is not disputable. But if you are looking to cultivate a deeper experience for your child, to teach your child that academics are only one facet to education, then have some other schools on your list to explore as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

Our child has had a great experience at Lowe. Teachers, staff, and the principal are always eager to help their students to be successful. There's a rich mix of activities, too, ranging from basketball to chess to orchestra. Lowe's PTA is strong, with many activities, plenty of parent volunteers, and does a great job of helping with funds for school programs, most recently technology. Lowe's test scores are high. In particular, Lowe's math program is excellent - most recent test scores were #1 of district elementaries, even topping the traditional schools, and were 2nd in the district only to Dupont Manual High, one of the nation's top high schools. Note: Test score data on this site is a few years old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

This is by far the worst elementary school I have ever seen. I attended this school as a child and they have the worst teachers. One in particular would regularly take my desk and dump all my belongings on the floor and degrade me in front of the whole class, calling me names, and getting in my face. This happened on multiple occasions and when my mother tried contacting the school they were rude and short saying they would take care of the problem. The teacher still works at this school today and I am now a high school graduate and in college. The memories of this horrible school will never be erased. Don't send your children here


Posted March 14, 2011

Absolutely love this school! Dr. Raitzer genuinely cares for the kids and the teachers are wonderful! Fantastic PTA, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

I have a son with special needs at Lowe. The teachers really care and do everything they can to help him learn. They also meet with me whenever I have questions or I am worried. The principal and counselor know my son and me and look out for us. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

Very disheartened about the quality of education my child receives here. She is a special needs child, and I'm constantly reminding the faculty of her goals on her I.E.P. I am transferring her out. If you have a special needs child, choose elswhere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

We moved to Louisville 3 yrs ago. We've had our ups & downs-as with any school-but Dr. Raitzer is an outstanding principal who is committed to her students and parents. Teaching styles, personality, etc. may vary but I always sensed the teachers were genuinely concerned for my kids' well-being. Finally, the PTA and parents put alot of time and effort into activities, events, etc. & it makes all the difference of course. Overall, I've been happy with the school and the education they've received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

If you're looking for a school where you can be a real part of what's going on, Lowe is the place for you. Every child gets special attention because the teachers and administrators care so much. Kids excel (look at the test scores - really high for all groups of kids!) I could have chosen a private school or another public school for my kids, but we couldn't be happier that we chose Lowe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

Lowe is a fantastic school! I have two sons that attend now and one due to start next August! The teachers are so nice and really try there hardest to do what is best for each individual student! It is also a very fun school! There are many fun family events planned throughout the year! I would highly reccomend Lowe to any family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2007

I feel that Lowe Elementary is over rated. I also feel that the teacher's leave the kids that are not so advanced on the back burner and that they just move them along. I feel bad because one of my kids are in that school and I am there everyday and see it for myself. They let the more advanced students do the job of the teacher and assistant teacher. I feel that they need to be checked on more and not notified so that other's can see what I am talking about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Lowe has the best administration and teaching staff of any public school in the area! The school always welcomes parents and many of the teachers send their own kids there. The test scores are also very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Lowe has a great academic program. Very hands on principal. They have music, art, basketball team, computer classes, gym classes, spanish classes, etc. Great particpation in the PTA. Put out a newsletter for upcoming events and what happened previously to keep all parents up to date. Once a month the school goes skating. All of the teachers are very concerned with giving the best education possible to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My husband and I and our child love Lowe. Our son's reading has so improved this year in first grade and we give the teacher most of that credit. He has been able since kindergarten to participate in chess and now has the opportunity to take Spanish once a week! Teachers have an open door policy; and, the administration in the building is very approachable. The PTA and parent involvement are outstanding. The atmosphere is very calm in the bulding. We are so thankful that our 6 yr our child spends his almost 7 hour day at Lowe!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%
Social Studies

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
64%
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 Students57%
Female48%
Male65%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female54%
Male42%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities23%
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 Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female70%
Male76%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female78%
Male81%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged62%
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 Students61%
Female64%
Male58%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female73%
Male58%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female82%
Male64%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students50%
Female64%
Male39%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities8%
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

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
62%
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 63% 82%
Black 20% 11%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Asian 6% 1%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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