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Apollo Elementary School

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Posted July 3, 2014

Aug 2014 I will have a 2nd grader who has been there since K, and a Kindergardener. I have to say the one thing that really bothers me about this school is the snotty ladies in front office. I've come to realize being military, from Florida and very friendly, that is def a north Louisiana thing. PTA ... Gosh if you are not from here and not in their little click.. Don't bother volunteering to do things for them. They ask for help, u say I can... Then suddenly someone who they know volunteers. Leap testing is ridiculous.. Especially in Kindergardeners and first grade, but I guess that's Louisiana for you. My daughter has liked her teachers so far, is a great child. We shall see how they can accommodate a child with mild autism/ sensory issues. Over all the school is good.. Japan and Florida schools are better..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

We have had a good experience at Apollo overall. I think the teachers are excellent, and they have made all the difference. They are experienced but not burnt-out. The 6 teachers we have had experience with genuinely care about the students and do what it takes to help them learn and ENJOY learning! From what I have seen, those 6 teachers are not the only ones like that at Apollo! Like other schools in the area, I feel that there is way too much emphasis on standardized testing and on fundraising. Parent involvement is high. I personally feel that all parents are welcomed into the PTL, even though I do feel that there is an inner circle in the PTL that is harder to become a part of. I have not been particularly impressed with the attitude of certain administrators towards adults, but they are not the ones who are with my children each day. Overall, I would definitely send my children here again. We chose Apollo originally because of the experience of the teachers, the diversity of the student body, and the praise that locals gave the school when we were searching for schools and a house. I am very happy with our choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

I am very pleased with our experience at this school. My 4th and 2nd graders love Apollo, their teachers, the principal, and all the rest of the staff. I have always felt like I could talk to my children's teachers, the counselor, or even the principal about issues with my children. I am a proactive parent who takes my children's education very seriously, and I am happy to have the Apollo community on my team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

This school get high ratings I don't know why,, if a student has or needs special help it takes forever to get it if they ever get it, my daughter is been struggling with know special help. If your kids are already at a good level this school is good. But if they need help like I said befor it takes forever fir them to finally get what they need. Otherwise it's safe and friendly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

As a mother of three boys, we have been at Apollo for many years. We have had an incredible journey. We were not happy with the Caddo school system, so we sold our house and moved to Bossier so that our boys could attend Apollo. We have not been disappointed! It has and still continues to meet our expectations. The principal, office staff, and teachers have always been supportive. You can see the love and support that they have for each and every child. They understand the importance of a good education and want to see that each child achieves the best possible. They are very dedicated to their profession!! I will be sad when my youngest child graduates from the Apollo "family". I am a proud mom because I know that my children have had the best possible education because Apollo IS the BEST. Thank you Prinipal Dupree and staff/teachers. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Teacher seem to think they are perfect and students are under such a microscope. They concentrate too much on teaching only what the children will need to know for any standardized testing, but could careless if they learn anything else. The best teacher was our second grade teacher. Never once did I worry or have any concern for my child's well being, however I do not feel this way at all this year. I will be looking to move out of this school district before next year. I will not continue to go through the democracy ways of Apollo. The principal and teachers really seem to think they are flawless and they have no true concern for the children. My son is a very good student, never in trouble so that is not the issue. He is actually a very well mannered, sweet, smart kid. I am only ranting because twice in two years he has been held out of recess, the only 30 minutes of being a child they get, for something that does not require punishment. Last year was for defending a child that was being bullied, my son got caught for stepping in the middle and this year for not returning a permission slip that we did turn in two weeks ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

My daughter and I love this school. She attended public school for the first time after attending montessori through kindergarden. Ms. Dupree the principal, provides structure and encouragement for all the children. Ms Walker is one of the most enthusiastic and thoughtful first grade teachers I have ever met. We are sad to be leaving this wonderful school, moving out of town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

This school serves its purpose for the average student without learning disabilities. I fought throughout the entire duration of K-5th for help with my sons ADD and accomodations. Plans were made by the counselor at SBLA meetings but never followed through. She documented meeting with my son twice weekly for months, but could not recognize or remember his name when I brought him in during that period. Replacing the counselor would be a great benefit to the school. Who is there to consult with our children if she is incapable?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

If you are coming from out of state, this school system's policies will shock you. Homework is not counted towards the student's grades. Your child will be considered unexcused from school if you keep them home while they are sick and don't seek a doctor's excuse. It strikes me funny that on parents' night, the principal said a note from the doctor for a child home sick with the flu would be excused with the pandemic of H1N1 flu expected. So, it I keep my child home for a fever and don't seek the doctor, my child is unexcused. But, if I keep my child home for suspected H1N1 flu, it's excused. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

All 3 of my children attended Apollo Elem and for the most part I was happy. I found the open floor plan distracting and my children complained constantly that they could not hear thier own teacher half the time over other surrounding teachers. The teachers and principal at Apollo were very friendly and helpful. The same could not be said as far as the front office. A woman working in the front office and the vice principal were not very friendly or welcoming. I agree the counselor truly needs to be replaced. We have sinced moved out of state but feel my children have received a relatively good education from attending Apollo .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I am a parent of two wonderful little girls!! They have both attended Apollo for several years and love it!! I am also a teacher there. We drive a great distance for my children to attend this school and for me to teach here. This is because the school is fabulous!! The teachers are caring and do all that is in there power to see these students succeed! The administration is also a reason that I teach here, she works hard to assure us of a safe and stelar teaching environment. If you are looking for a school for your child, Apollo is the best around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

My children have been students at Apollo Elementary from 1st grade-5th grade! My husband and I chose Apollo because of the excellent structure and fabulous teachers. My oldest child has austism and the teachers were phenonmenal with her. We would not allow her to be pulled for Sped and the teachers and principal were fabulous. We were apprehensive about the open classroom setting, but it turned out to be an asset. At first, it was an adjustment but in the end both of my children adjusted to it quite well. My only negative was with the school counselor. If you want anything done for Special Education or AIM evaluation, go next door to the evaluation center or stay on top of her! With a new counselor, this would be the perfect school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Both my children have attended Apollo Elementary since kindergarten. They had a wonderful experience with the school, adminstators, and teachers. It was a wonderful learning experience. They were very prepared for Jr. High. Thank you Apollo!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

My family moved here from out of state and we chose Apollo because of its ratings. Now I feel I have made a huge mistake. Like others have said this is not a school for children with add/adhd. The open floor plan can be very distracting and make it even harder for these kids to pay attention. For the first time my child made c's and d's at this school. Now that he is attending another school with regular classrooms he is back to making a's and b's. If you have an exceptionally gifted child good luck with that also. I was told in jan. he would be tested it is now sept. and still my son has not been tested for the aim program. If you have average children and want an average education for them then Apollo is the right school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

As a new family coming to Bossier City we were careful to find a home in a school district with a high rating. Apollo has suplied my two children with an adequate education. As a new parent to the school I was very concerned when I realized that all parents who join the PTL are not welcomed at the PTL meetings. I came from a school where all parents were considered valuable and their input was invited on all levles. The parental involvement is lacking save for those few on the PTL board and a handful of room mothers. Apollo is in a unique situation of incoming students from differnt cities and states and so has a wealth of potential suggestions from fundraisers that may have been successful in other places to gifted and talented parents who may love to help but lack the opportunity to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

My daughter had an excellent kindergarten experience at Apollo. She was very prepared for first grade. Her teachers promoted independence and responsibility in a loving and respectful manner. Manner activities were planned that made anticipate going to school everyday. We had a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

Apollo is an excellent school as far as activities and the overall learning experience. I do see the lack of attention to special needs children. There is no foundation for accomodating a child with ADD/ADHD. I did observe a teacher ridiculing a student in front of other children for not bringing money to a fundraiser. When confronted the principal and teacher were apologetic but very defensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

Apollo is an excellent school with a loving and caring atmosphere. It has the winning combination of a great staff, great kids, great parents and an environment conducive to learning. My daughter loves Apollo! She looks forward to going to school everyday. We believe that Apollo is the best in Bossier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I do not think Apollo provides enough academic challenge for my child. Not enough time is spent on instruction. I have great concerns with the amount of time my child spends watching televison/movies and the amount of candy she is given as a reward for 'good' behavior. On a positive note, my child seems very happy at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

I have a special needs child who did very well at Apollo. As always, it does help the knowing your educational rights at any school. The teachers & administration were always willing to work with my son & answer any questions. I recommend Apollo to incoming families!!


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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.

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82%

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73%

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78%

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79%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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77%

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83%

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87%

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80%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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83%

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85%
Social Studies

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

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71%

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74%

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76%

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 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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 67% 47%
Black 18% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Hispanic 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 33%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bossier City, LA 71111
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