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Paul J. Solis Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 835 students

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Posted April 19, 2010

The faculty really cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

I am a parent of two children at Solis and have been here since Katrina and Solis is still a GREAT school. My oldest daughter is in 5th grade and was accepted to the magnet school but she decided that she did not want to leave such a great school. She loves her teachers, administrators and friends here at Solis and was not ready to move away from them. She would love it if Solis still had 6th grade so she could remain there one more year! Neither of my children have every experienced any bullying at Solis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

I wish I could say this is a great school. It was once. There have been a lot of changes since Katrina. Now, its like all the rest. There are children there who are bullying and pushing others around, the teachers do not seem to know how to handle it. I may have to put my children in another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

This used to be a good school. Times have changed and this school hasn't. If your child has any problems he/she will not fit in and not be accepted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This is a great school.The principle is a wonderful and devoted lady.My daughter is very sad that this is her last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

Solis is a well run school. It is one of the best public schools in Louisiana. The teachers really care .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Paul J. Solis is the best elementary school on the Westbank! My daughter is moving onto the 4th grade this year and she has been on the honor roll since going to Solis. All of the teachers and especially the principal are above average. I have never seen a school that caters to the students as well as the parents to achieve such acedemic excellence. Other schools should follow in the wonderful footsteps of Paul J. Solis. Ms. Dufrene is the single best principal and teacher, she treats each and every student with dignity and respect, and the students respond with great achievement! The teachers are just wonderful, and the students are so well behaved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

All my three children were in Solis Elementary School. They were all happy. Ms. Dufrene is a heart-warm, dedicated principle who gives every single student a spotlight. We are glad to have met many (veteran) teachers there who love and enjoy teaching students. PTC is well organized as well. We appreciate all the time we spent at the school, and will never forget it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

I think Solis is one of the best elementary schools in Grenta, the over all quality is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I have had two children graduate from Solis and I am working on the 3rd who is in the 4th grade right now. The school is ever progressing and the Parent's group is outstanding. This is the greatest asset a school could ask for - parental involvement. What the parish does not provide the parent organization supplies for the school. No teacher or child is deprived of the necessary tools. Most people in the community including parents don't realize just how little is supplied by the parish. Props to all the parents at Paul J. Solis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

Both of my boys are attending Solis. Iam very pleased with this school. Iam so glad that my husband and I choose this school over a private school. They could not have recieved a better elementary education elsewhere. My oldest son will be leaving Solis next year and will be moving on to 7th grade. He will miss it, especially his gifted teacher Ms. Galloway, she is truely a sweet and wonderful teacher. All of the teachers, Principal and staff at Solis are great people, I thank God for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

My son also moved to Solis from a Catholic school. The Catholic elementary schools do not have programs for gifted students like the one Solis offers. The GT Program and teachers are excellent. The school is safe and well kept. Our decision to move to Solis has never been regretted. Our time at Solis has been enjoyable and I would highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2003

This is the absolute best school, and this is coming from someone who has had a child at catholic schools in the area (none can compare). Not only are the students academically advanced and constantly challenged to excel, but there is a wonderful spirit of caring that I have never seen elsewhere. This combination has made extremely competent, confident and happy students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2003

My daughter used to go to Paul J. Solis. She liked it very much. The teachers were always kind and knew how to teach. This school is very safe. Parents always knew what was going on with their kids. Extracurricular activities were always going on. The principal was on his/her best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2003

My daughter, now in the seventh grade, and my son, who is entering first grade, have had a wonderful experience at Solis. The teachers are incredible! And Ms. Standly is such a just and kind-hearted principal. Excellent!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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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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76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
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 55% 45%
White 29% 47%
Hispanic 9% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 86%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
Special education coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
PE instructor(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Computer specialist(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Dance club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dolores Cardon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (504) 392-6047

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Girl Scouts of Louisiana East
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Girl scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies
Gretna Middle School
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2850 Mount Laurel Drive
Gretna, LA 70056
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Phone: (504) 392-7867

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