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Fifth Ward Junior High School

Public | PK-8 | 571 students

 

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Posted January 18, 2012

My kindergartner just transferred to 5th Ward from a not-so-pleasant experience in the Jefferson Parish School System. Her teacher (can i 'name drop'? Mrs.Cowell. Wish I COULD go back2 Kindergarten & have Her as my teacher!) & the A+ Staff at 5th Ward helped her transition into this school seamlessly! We were greeted with Open Arms&happy faces! I volunteered during a schoolwide Holiday event & witnessed the sense of togetherness among the staff, students& their parents! :) When children feel safe & welcome in their learning environment, acedemic success is happily obtainable- I've witnessed this firsthand. Happy, wholehearted stamp of approval & THANK YOU, from this Kinder-mommah to all FWJH personnel! Looking forward to watching my daughter continue to flourish at this school& soar like a true Falcon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

I have been so pleased with Fifth Ward Junior High this year that I had to write this review. I was considering pulling my kids from this school, but I decided that I would give the new principal a chance-- and boy I am I glad I did! Mr. O has not only upheld his promise to be fair and consistent with the discipline side of the school, but he has brought back Falcon pride in the students and faculty. This school is challenging and has good teachers, but the new principal has caused teachers to step up their lessons because he is consistently observing their classes and holding them accountable. My daughter tells me that she sees him in classes and at lunch duty, and this makes me feel good because the kids see him as a visible and approachable presence. Fifth Ward will only get better with the new administration and I am very happy with the school leadership, teachers , and new and improving physical plant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

FWJH Is one of the best schools in bush. My daughter has been there since the pre-k program they have there and she loves this school. The teachers are wonderful and you can tell they care about the students and their education. Keep up the good work!!! The remodeling of the school looks really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

FWJH is the best school in St. Tammany, My husband and I are so pleased with the administration and educators employed at FWJH. The staff is always helpful and very encouraging to both the parents and students. All of the teachers that I have come in contact with are fabulous. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

5 of my children and now 2 of my grandchildren have gone to this excellent school. My 21 yr old son still visits this favorite teachers!!! My daughter is finishing her PHD in Physics and Chemistery. She would not be able to do this if she wouldn't have had such a great start at this wonderful school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

our daughter started here educational career at fifth ward and i haven't been more pleased with the results we've seen . we believe if you start out having a close relationship with your child's school , then you can expect a good outcome .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This school is slipping badly! I have sent 4 children there and it continues to decline. You have no support, there is an 11 year loss record for athletics that the coaches find amusing. Their test scores are tanking, and my last 3 children beg me not to send them to school. They are unwilling to seek assisstance from any outside sources to improve their curriculum. All in all, I wish I could afford private school tuition for my children. The only people happy with this school are below the poverty level, and probably only reached 6th grade, and they don't expect much except a meal.The food in the cafeteria is decent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

Fifth Ward is a most excellent school for our children. Everyone there, from custodian, cafeteria, office, and staff are most caring and helpful. My children went there from Pre-K to 8th grade and have prospered and grown wonderfully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2004

Everyone at Fifth Ward, from the principal to the janitor, is working hard every day to make sure the children get the best of everything the school and district have to offer! I am so happy that my children are lucky enough to attend and receive the attention they do from the teachers and support staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2004

Fifth Ward Jr. High is an outstanding school. The teachers are wonderful, caring, and hard working professionals. My children are receiving an excellent education. I feel fortunate to have my children attend Fifth Ward. Go Falcons!
—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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85%

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82%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

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78%

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80%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

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77%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

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70%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
61%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
54%

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 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
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

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

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

English Language Arts

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

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
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 95% 47%
Black 4% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 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 57%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • James L Smith
Fax number
  • (985) 886-2228

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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81419 Louisiana 21
Bush, LA 70431
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