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Cherokee Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 697 students

 

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Posted November 1, 2012

My son attened Cherokee during 2008 - 2010. He had a phenomenal 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. However, his 4th grade teacher was very, very difficult to work with. The principal was no help at all. After calling to the State Board of Education my son got the help he needed - which wasn't much. If you are considering this school stay involved, don't assume your child's needs will be automatically addressed and don't shy away from advocating for your child. I rate this school average because he did have 2 great teachers. His 4th grade teacher did do her job after the State Board was notified.. it shouldn't take that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

This was my girls' first year at cherokee and my 4th grader is in the gifted program and I have a 3rd grader.Overall I love the school,my daughter's teachers and the environment.I think the pto could stand to open up and embrace new families better, but I did come from an out-of-state school district and I realize things weren't going to be the same.I think the parents in charge should have gotten a list of new families and contacted them to welcome them and aask if they could be involved, not everyone can come to all mtgs. There are too many small fund raisers,every time I look up,something else is coming home that cost money and they get the kids all worked up with incentive prizes and no way can a low income family participate in everything,the curriculum is good and the teachers are wonderful,so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

I agree with the parent that says Cherokee expects the children to be robots. Learning is not fun anymore. I would love to see my children do an actual play with costumes instead they put on Virtue programs where it's all about virtues. I teach my children virtues at home. They are very sweet kids, very well mannered and respectful. But they are still indeed children. Their imaginations are not fed or is their individuality. I had to go to the school 3 times about a bully. The principle once got on the school bus and told all the children that if they did not behave the bus driver was going to pull over and their parents would have to pick them up from the bus station. I don't speak to my children that way nor should they! I am currently looking into better schools with better academic results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

Academics at Cherokee are excellent, and the learning is organized. The discipline plan is effective and positive. My adhd child is diong better here than ever before. These people know our children can achieve great things, regardless of race or economics. Great diversity, great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

I have three children who are currently at cherokee. After reading the previous review, i have to wonder if this parent was reviewing the right school. Cherokee is a wonderful school with caring teachers and a reputation for excellence. The teachers do expect a lot from students, but that's why their school performance scores are so high. If you don't expect a lot from kids, you certainly won't get it. There are a lot of parents who transfer to cherokee thinking that the school can make high-achievers of their children. It really doesn't work that way. Cherokee's highest achievers are those who have a history at cherokee and who have grown up knowing that they are expected to do their best in all things. Disgruntled parents are usually those who don't understand when teachers expect more of their children than they are willing to give. We love Cherokee!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I have had three children go through this school and the quality of education is fine, but the way some of the staff achieve it is horrible. They want the children to be robots and put an extreme amount of pressure on these young children during the Leap and Iowa testing. Most of the teachers are very understanding and caring people but Pray you don't get one that is not because the principles will not help you. They simply tell you what you want to hear and hope the problem goes away. It never does, you just run out of days to take off of work to go get the problem taken care of.
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Posted October 29, 2004

This year was my daughter's first year at Cherokee and she has great grades there. The kids are kind.They have Virtue Reports that help you know how your child is doing in the classroom behavior. They have a Beta Club and that's great, too.The teachers are strict to help the childrenlearn more. They help you personaly with all WS they give u if missunderstood.I will recommend this school to all children.The principal is very kind and knows everybody's name.It will be hard to watch my child go to Jr. High next year and leave that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

I think this is the best school my children have ever attended. Excellent staff and parents. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

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72%

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73%

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69%

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82%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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67%

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65%

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63%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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61%

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65%

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57%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 65% in 2013.

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61%

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58%

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62%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 47%
Black 45% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Bonnie B. Lord
Fax number
  • (318) 442-4767

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5700 Prescott Road
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: (318) 442-1987

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