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Gonzales Primary School

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Posted July 16, 2013

My child will start 2nd grade this year at Gonzales Primary. As I read the other reviews, I am in shock as to what some of the other parents had to say. I have nothing but great things to say about this school. My child has been attending here since Kindergarten & we have never had any problems whatsoever. The teachers and office staff have always been extremely helpful, understanding & accomodating. We have never had problems with other students. I have shown up several times unexpectedly and the kids are always on their best behavior. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to send my child to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

i am a student. in my time at gonzales middle school, teachers and students were the MEANEST. the principal used to paddle me a lot of my time there at gonzales middle school. the good things about school back then, for me was recess, P.E., and the library; my only safe havens. but still, that was a long time ago, so it should be better. so, I would say to give it a try.


Posted October 11, 2012

My child has attended Gonzales Primary since Pre-K and is now in 3rd grade. I am amazed at the reviews I have read. I have never had any issues with education, violance, racial discrimination, nor any form of misconduct from any teachers or students. The staff at Gonzales Primary is loving and caring. They do their jobs and it is left to the parents to carry out discipline, teaching proper conduct, and continuing education at home. Parents have to remember these are teachers with class sizes of, on average, 20 students. It is not the teacher's responsibility to "raise" these children, they are there to give them proper education. Overall, I think this school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

I have to agree with the first review. This school has HUGE racial issues. My son was bullied, hit, spit on, etc. etc. Not only this the level of education was stunningly lacking because they have to pander to the lowest level and not the highest. Also this school last school year did not have a SINGLE student to score in the advanced level on the leap exam. They score a D- on the school score board. I took my child out and have sacrificed MUCH to send him to private school. The two teachers he did have were wonderful. The staff in the office for the most part is great. Especially the V.P. However, the overwhelming atmosphere at the school is not conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

This school has HUGE racial issues. The classes are not only unequally balanced in race but gender also. Fighting, foul language, inappropriate topic of discussion between student and lack of discipline in the classroom are HUGE problems at this school . NOT a good school for caucasian children. They are bullied and teased on a regular basis BOTH in the classroom and on the bus with little to NOTHING can be done by the administration or the entire student body would be in ISSP or expelled. The APBS needs to do away with this school and dispurse its attendence among other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

All of these reviews are at least 3 years old, so I thought I'd share an update :) I interviewed with a very nice administrator from Gonzales Primary School and learned a few things that have changed. The first aspect mentioned was that the number of students has gone down to about half of what they used to have, improving student behavior as a whole. The school also follows the PBS (Positive Behavior Support) model, which is district wide. Those that attend the school apparently love it and, in fact, some parents from private schools have transferred their children to Gonzales Primary. I had a great experience at the interview and enjoyed the thought provoking interview questions.


Posted November 2, 2007

As a parent of a student whom has been enrolled at GPS for the 4th year, i can agree with most of what the other parents have stated. The school is in great need of parents who are concered about how their children behave while at school, they don't & it shows. There is too much voilence. If i could my kid would go to private school. there to collect a salary, not to teach, not to Guide
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2007

Gonzales Primary School is much too large of a school. It is very difficult to find your way around while visiting. The teachers did not seem to be very welcoming for parent visits. It was extremely difficult to set up a conference even when my schedule was extremely flexible. The teachers seem very 'clique-ish' and do not always treat their colleagues with respect, which is not a prime example for our children. The administration is not welcoming at all hence the reason for a lack of parent involvement. Open your doors & hearts and you'll get involved families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2006

My child is currently enrolled at GPS and his first two years have been great as for as the classroom teacher goes. They do need to displine the students a little more. There is no parent involvement and I think one reason it may not be that great when it starts is because the administrator likes who she likes and I think that if a parent wants to be involved in their childs education then that person should have the right. Not taking anything away from the school and how it is ran but you ask for parent involvement then don't be picky. Extracurricular activities - The field day at the end of the year needs improving. I have been to several other schools in the parish and GPS field day has to be the worst. I think field is a time to praise the children for their had work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

As with all things you have to take the GOOD with the BAD, and Gonzales Primary is no exception. The teachers seem to work hard with the students, but do not seem to know how to TEACH the younger students the art of discipline. Although most of the learning should come from HOME, the teachers at GPS seem to be lazy in that aspect. These days the children need to be disciplined as early as possible. You get what you pay for, and with that said I do believe I will be sending my children to a private school. Thanks! for allowing my input.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2004

The teachers at this school are excellent. I have never known a group of harder workers in my life. They are constantly trying to better the curriculum, but the state keeps dictating higher standards. I feel that the children are expected to do too much too early on, not only in this school but in the surrounding Ascension Parish schools. All that aside, you couldn't ask for a better program for your kindergarten or first grade children. These teachers are superb. As far as the school goes, though, I probably wouldn't go past first grade with my child there. There are too many other factors with other children's behaviors, discipline, and learning too much of the 'wrong' types of things early on (from the other kids). Things are getting better, but they aren't there yet.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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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59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
53%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
66%

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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
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
Black 53% 45%
White 30% 47%
Hispanic 15% 4%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 88%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Eleanor Lassiter
Fax number
  • (225) 621-2663

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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521 North Burnside Avenue
Gonzales, LA 70737
Phone: (225) 391-6700

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