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J.B. Nachman Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted December 12, 2013

I went to this school from kindergarten to 5th grade. I am not a college student and I always said, I wish Nachman would've been a k-12 school because I loved it that much. Everything about this school was completely amazing. The teachers, the other staff members, and the principal were all just so great. If I could go back to my time at this school, I would because so many wonderful memories and friends were made there. Not to mention their PE program is excellent. It was always so much fun for us kids to have something active and exciting to look forward to. They had a great balance of exercise, aerobics, physical fitness, and of course we all looked forward to game day on Fridays. The PE teachers were always prepared with a weekly schedule which was exciting. I also enjoyed all of the field trips, holiday functions you could attend and field day/water day (an activity in which the kids spent the whole day outside, competing in events or splashing around in the kiddie pools or on the water slides. My parents sending me to Nachman was the best choice they ever made and I hope to send my children there one day as well. Absolutely loved it!!!!


Posted September 10, 2013

My kids love this school and the teachers are very attentive to the children I have four children that attended thos school and it is the best school they have ever attended. The test scores are high and they always have homework they expect a lot from from the children which makes the children expect a lot from them selfs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Nachman Principal Richard Tison provides excellent leadership for his students and teachers. His aptitudes for knowing all of the students and their needs is far above the average principal in the area. The downside is too much emphasis is placed on the PE Teachers and their department and opportunities are limited. There sole focus is the Presidential Fitness. This limits the schools ability to provide opportunities such as they do not have Archery in the Schools and Scouting has a difficult time getting a recruitment date.


Posted December 11, 2012

All I can say is that Nachman is a wonderful school.. My daughter went ther and now my son is enrolled there.. He comes home every day and talks about how much he loves his teacher.. I dont understand some parents saying that the kids are uninviting and that teachers talk at recess, they are kids how many young kids do you know that are going to walk up and just start talking to a new child in class?? teachers are going to talk at recess, thats the only time they have to talk.. I'm sure they are watching the kids as well.. Most of the reviews on here that are low are because something is not happening with their child.. All I know is both my children have been in the school and I have no complaints about the school.. Maybe the parents can be more involved in the school.. Keep doing what you are doing Nachman, I thank you if nobody else does.. I would give 5 stars but hey everyone can improve somewhere...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

Boooo all the way the office staff and the principal are rude and prejudice. I wish my kids didn't have to go to this school. They made us feel very unwelcomed on the first day of enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

My children's experience at Nachman is wonderful due to excellent teachers, staff, leadership, academics, fitness program and arts. My children enjoy their school activities every day! Mr. Tison is very involved in making every students school experience positive. My expectations are very high when it comes to academics due to my background and Nachman is soaring overall! :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

Recent changes in the PE program lead to a majority of the first graders and Straight A Students to drop 20 pts. in their PE grade. The PE teachers showed no concern that straight A students are no longer honor students do to the changes that where not presented to the homeroom teachers or parents involved. The Assitant Principal and Principal have no concept that his violates state educational policies. Parents are disgusted at the lack of concern. It really appears as if the PE teachers where trying to make a stand against the first grade teachers. Not sure where this major administration issue has emerged, but it is not only unethical but destructive to parental involvement and moral.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

This school atmosphere has made my child feel more insecure about herself that our previous school environment. The students are not open and inviting of others to join into their groups and the teachers stand around and talk to eachother during recess time as it was frequently observed especially the younger children instead of being placed around the playground. My Child was transfered to another school in the parish and is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

I am the new music teacher at Nachman and I'm also a parent of a fourth-grader here. This school is simply outstanding. I totally agree with the other review. I was hired in September 2005 because of an increase in students following Hurricane Katrina, which is also the reason I now live in Alexandria. More parents need to make their concerns known regarding the lack of elementary arts education in Rapides Parish. I was lucky that the principal here was already looking for a music teacher. The faculty here is friendly, supportive and professional. One of our PE teachers was recently named outstanding elementary PE teacher for the state of Louisiana. The Parent Teacher Club donated the first year budget for music and continues to support the program. Nachman Rocks!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 16, 2005

I loooooovvvvve Nachman. The teachers are simply outstanding. They are sweet, but require and model discipline and self-control. The PE teachers are bubbling with enthusiasm and joy. I am so happy to have Nachman for my children. Oh! and we just got a BEAUTIFUL new playground. Three complaints...1.)class size is too high...The teachers need full-time aides.2)NO MUSIC CLASS!!!!! 3.)NO ART CLASS! I feel the arts are equally, if not more important than academic subjects. Rapides Parish Schools need to hire fully certified art and music teachersfor all of the elementary schools. The statistics are numerous and widely available saying that education in music and art increases test scores, improves mathmatics scores, teaches teamwork, discipline and aesthetic appreciation, all of which contribute to a higher quality of adult work and life skills.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 47%
Black 33% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Hispanic 2% 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 63%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Alexandria, LA 71303
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