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Ball Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 347 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

My children have attended this school for the past three years. I have seen a lot of change in the atmosphere of the school, making it welcoming to students, parents and visitors. When you walk in, it just feels like home. The curriculum is structured in a way that students of all ages can succeed. The school offers enrichment skills for my advanced learner and a special reading program for my challenged learner. As a parent, to see your children happy and comfortable with their school and environment is a wonderful feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Having my son at this school for the last two years has truly shown me how UNORGANIZED this school has become. I attended this school when I was younger AND never have I crossed the problems I have crossed in two years. My son has attended Mary Golf as well as Tioga BOTH school triple the performance I have seen from Ball. From the teachers who miss school a few times a month to teachers grading test wrong. If I can help it my son will be moving schools come August 2014!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Our son was moved to Ball Elementary last year again what I thought at the time was a bad mistake only to learn that it was the best thing for him. All of the staff are extremely nice and will go above and beyond the call of duty to help a child and they work with parents to makes sure that your child gets every chance that they deserve to get. Our experience with Ball has been nothing short of a blessing. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2012

Ball Elementary has always been an excellent school. The principal is supportive of the staff and students at all times. She is involved with the students and makes them feel important.


Posted December 7, 2011

This school speaks highly of their parent/teacher involvement, but they fail to acknowledge the rights of ALL parents. I have 2 children (they live with their father and I have reasonable rights) that go to this school. I was asked (by the principal) not to be involved with my children's activities or anything that revolves around their educational development because I was only a "distraction." So much for parents rights and responsibilities. When you don't get "involved" then you carry the title of a "careless parent," and when you try to get involved, they ask you NOT too!? The teachers at this school are very good with the children. I have no complaints with this, but if you are a parent wanting to get involved, make sure that you do not have bad blood with ANY of the staff because you, too, may be asked not to be a part of your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

I am very pleased with this school and the teachers. I have a child in pre-k and has Austim and her teacher and teacher aid is amazing, we was told that she may not be able to learn like the rest of the children her age but so far her teachers have proven that she can learn. Thank you pre-k teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I love the school and so does my child !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

Overall, I have been very pleased with the staff of Ball Elementary School. My son is currently in Kindergarten there and it is his first year in a public school, I believe that his teachers helped to make his transition from daycare to school as smooth as possible. I have found that at times my son gets bored and is not challenged enough by Louisiana's kindergarten curriculum, but this is no fault of the school or teachers. The teachers and I have actually met and discussed this problem and they have been more than helpful by coming up with extra work for him and various tasks to keep him busy. On that same subject, I would also like to commend the teachers and guidance staff as they have been very helpful and encouraging of us having him put in the gifted program. Ball is a great school with a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

The teachers were wonderful at Ball elementary and the students all around were nicer and well behaved compared to other elementary schools in the area. They are very strict about the dress code which I hope they keep up this year. Some teachers are strict about the dress code and some do not enforce it. This makes it difficult to dress our children in the morning. The parent is trying to dress their child in the correct shirt and the child is arguing that 'Susie,' wheres the wrong shirt everyday and nobody gets on to her. It is unfair and is important to younger children to wear what's popular and the whole point of the uniforms is to prevent children who cannot afford the more expensive clothing. The teachers were down to earth, happy, and very helpful. The decision to move my children to Ball Elementary was the best move we've made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2004

Ball Elementary School is one of the better schools in Central Louisiana, although Central Louisiana schools are not that great. My son has attended this school for four years, and is a straight A student. He has cousins who are his same age, who are in school in another state and are far more advanced in math, and reading. I believe that he could be more challenged, and becomes bored in class frequently. The teachers 'water down' the lessons. As far as parental involvement, there is not much. I have attended the PTA meetings, and only four or five parents show up. It is very disappointing. I do feel that my son is in a safe school and the policeman assigned to the school is there helping the children every morning as the arrive at school. He makes his presence known, and the children love him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2003

I appreciate the loving concern that the teachers and staff bring to the children. This is truly a good little school. The only thing I wish to see growth in is extra activities such as cheerleading and more sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

I believe our teachers are some of the best teachers around. They do their best to help all students. I also believe, from what I have seen as a parent and as a substitute teacher and now as a Special Ed. Teacher's Aide, that the more parents are involved with our students, the better our students will perform in their studies and grades will improve. I know I have to stay on my 9 year old and study with him always to keep him on A-B honor roll.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
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 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
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 87% 49%
Black 11% 45%
Hispanic 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Rosalie Jackson
Fax number
  • (318) 640-9396

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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89 Camp Livingston Road
Ball, LA 71405
Phone: (318) 640-5394

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