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Herndon Magnet School

Public | K-8 | 841 students

 

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Posted October 30, 2013

Daughter has attended the school since first grade. With exception to the distance from our home to the school, we have had nothing but positive experiences. Do hope the library gets an upgrade--after all, reading is the foundation for success in learning and the atmosphere needs to reflect as much--though I believe the librarian is invaluable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

Herndon magnet is by far the best school! no one is left out , its a huge family! all the teachers care and are there to help you! I miss Herndon so much, Herndon isn't just a school its a home and everyone there is my family! I learned so much and now highschool is a breeze. Herndon prepared me for high school and life. in my heart ill always be a hawk! I have nothing bad to say about Herndon, you feel safe, academics is amazing, parents are always involved, and everyone gets along!


Posted August 19, 2010

I have 3 children attending Herndon. I am sad to say that my oldest is moving on to high school next year. I will miss the security I feel at Herndon. The teachers really do care about their students. They give them the opportunity to discover and express their individual talents, which is something that I have found to be lacking from other schools. I love the fact that I receive a call if they are not at school, and they keep constant communication with the parents. Another thing that I really like about the school is the fact that fashion and style doesn't seem to be a priority. With it being so far out, I have noticed that the country setting helps because they don't seem so interested in primping for each other. They seem to focus more on education, which is the way it should be
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I think Herndon is great! I have a son who is in 2nd gr. there, and he loves it. I think the school offers a good balance of exceptional academics and extracurricular activities. I feel that my child is safe there and is allowed the opportunity to form friendships with other students that, like him, are motivated to succeed in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

My children attended Herndon in elementary and it was ok. When they got to middle school, I took them out because it was awful. The teachers did not care about their students at all and the principal would not listen to parent's concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

I am the parent of a student at Herndon Magnet School. He has been a student there since Kindergaten and I am absolutely satisfied. He has improved academically and socially every year and I feel it is because of the excellent leadership of the staff as well as their primary focus on academics. My family and I are proud to call Herndon home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2007

Herndon is awesome, and I have learned so much! This is my last year here at HMS and I will miss it so much! I will take everything I have learned to high school and use it through out my life!GO HAWKS! And I love all my teachers and will cherish all my memories there forever! 8th grade 08!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2006

I think Herndon used to be a great school. It has great test score now, but the unfair discipline policies are out of hand. We have NO consistency with behavior discipline at all. As for as the teachers and staff I think they are great the administration is what needs work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

I think Herndon is a great school, but the location isnt great nor are the teachers. The schools education is great, but I think they could do better hiring teachers becuase some are just way to picky, its like going to military school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Herndon is by far the best school in north Caddo parish. Teachers and Principal are well above average. Music, art, and Phys.Ed., are very good adjuncts to traditional subjects. The only negatives apparent to me are: they could improve their communications skills(to parents) and fund raising is really over the top. These are minor annoyances when compared to other elementary schools in this parish which generally are 'the pits.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

My oldest son attended Herndon's elementary and middle school program (1992-1998). He is currently attending Millsaps College and doing great which is a tribute the the excellent groundwork done by Herndon teachers. My youngest son started kindergarten at Herndon, and he is beginning his first year of middle school this year. All of the teachers my boys have had have just been excellent and of the highest caliber. Herndon has a community/family like atmosphere with tremedous parental involvement, but the school's greatest achievement is its focus and insistence on academic excellence. I am a strong supporter of public elementary and secondary education. This school is one which serves as an example of just how good public education can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

We have been pleased with the teachers, students, grades, teachings and care that my son has been given. The staff is always there for the children first and foremost and to me, that is what helps the most in education. Herndon is a great school also because they have the ability to teach in a way where the children can actually take the knowledge given to them and use it. I fully recommend Herndon to anyone that is able to attend. It is well worth it in the end !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

This school was great I sent both of my daughters there and all of my husbands family sent there kids there because the school was great. Herndon is about academics and about getting there students to do thier best on the Leap and Iwoa test , its unheard of that more that half the 8th and 4th graders fail the test. So that tells me that the school was and probably still is doing thier job of providing a quality education for the students. For as extracurricular activites you have what other area schools have if not better. My oldest daughter has moved on to go to college and was at the top of her class during high school and my daughter now that graduated in 2003 is in the top 10 percent of her class and i believe that in the most part that it came from help from Herndon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

My son has attended Herndon since 1st grade and has the education he is getting fron the staff there is outstanding.Every person there is polite,understanding and always willing to put forth that extre effort for our childern and to see that they get the best education possible.However they expect that students behave properly and have a no nonsince policy which requires students show same respect to them as they give to our children and children must maintain certain grade average to attend. Herndon has a strict conduct policy and makes no exceptions no matter what race or gender,so if your child is having problems just maybe it's you childs' fault and not the shool.Thank you Herndon for the great education my child has received so far and by the time he reaches high school I know he will be prepared for it. THANKS AGAIN ....Jim Price
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2004

I will never send my children to this school again and if you are African American I would not recommend it. Racial comments are made and not handled properly. I observed improper bus safety. I recieved horrible treatment from the principal in which she was very unprofessional! African Americans, your childs self-esteem will suffer eventually!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2003

Herndon Magnet is a school commited to achieve the highest possiable learning experience for the children. They take pride in what they do and what the children learn. I myself attended Herndon and am very happy to send my children there.
—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.

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The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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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

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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90%

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93%

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92%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

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89%

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92%

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87%

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97%
Social Studies

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

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88%

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92%

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85%

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86%
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

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

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 79% 47%
Black 15% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 30%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Brenda McDonald
Fax number
  • (318) 296-4554

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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11845 Gamm Road
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