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Mulberry Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 850 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 15, 2014

I do not care for this school at all. We live in the mulberry school district and know that probably half of the students at Mulberry do not live in the area. Both of my children are currently enrolled here but there are to many kids per class the teachers just dont seem to care, and the fact that the kids barely have recesses because of the amount of work they have is just ridiculous. Not to mention the homework they pile on our children. I thought this school was suppose to be a top notch school in this district but i completely disagree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2014

This school is horrible!! Not all the teachers because they do have a handfull of them that love their jobs and devote themselves to the learning of students but most are absolute horrible. They have their favorite students and mistreat other students. My son has been punished on several occasions for asking questions in class. If teachers have a problem they publically humiliate them by calling them out in front of the school like at lunch, instead of privately. I do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Teachers are not sensitive nor understanding to the needs and actions of students with attention issues. Their classroom behavior plans are very rigid and do not take into consideration that they are immature and can not always make the right decision. They are only allowed one mark all week to get an A and so on. The administrators support the teachers, not the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

My son has been attending Mulberry since 4th grade and is now in 6th. They have implemented the common core standard curriculum this year and it is a disaster. My wife and I spend at least 2 to 3 hrs each day working on homework with him, half of which the teachers have not gone over in class. The teachers are not educated in how to teach and grade the new curriculum, do not go over everything in class, and it is showing in all students grades. We have never had this much trouble. I feel very sorry for the students and parents who do not have the time to spend 3 hrs a day at home on subjects. Something needs to be done. The new principle and vice principle this year need to take action. This school has seriously gone down hill in the past 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

My daughter has been attending Mulberry since January of this year. I have, at times, been very disappointed with Mulberry Elementary......Now that my Daughter is at the end of her Kindergarten Year and they DO NOT have Kindergarten Graduation, IM VERY UPSET !!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Mulberry Elementary is a good school, but I find that the teachers lack enthusiasm and bring a negative attitude to the class room that directly effects the students. My son has come home on a number of occasions and stated his teacher told the class that she 'doesn't get paid enough to do this'. I think the school should re-evaluate the teachers and take action to Mulberry Elementary a positive learning enviornment. Also, more extra-curricular activities would be great. Its sad that there is little to no play ground equipment or something of the likes for the kids to relax and just be kids before entering back in to class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

We are starting our 3rd year here at Mulberry and we just love it! The teachers are awesome and very dedicated to helping the kids. We have nothing but positive things to say about Mulberry! We are blessed to have such a great public school in our area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

At best this school is average. Parental involvement has been steadily decreasing due to the lack of respect given to those who choose to volunteer. Field trips tend to be to the movies to view films of little educational value. Teachers are doing the best they can with what they are given. Issues with overcrowding are many. With a population of near 1000 students there are minimal bathroom facilities. To feed the student body lunch must start by 10:40AM. More students are taught in portables and modular buildings than the actual school. this is a Parish wide problem beginning with issues on the school board. If the board members would put the needs of the teachers and students first the results could be outstanding but until that happens my feelings are no school here can be more than average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

Both of my children went here. It is great!good teachers,great programs,high expectations and wonderful behavior! Lots of field trips and opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

Teachers at this school go above and beyond to provide the students with the tools they need to be successful in life. Since this school does not receive any extra funding, these teachers take their time to write grants to receive funds to purchase necessary materials. The only issue I have is that all students do not have desks. There are many classes that still have tables and chairs (not Kindergarten mind you). For some reason, this school is neglected by the school board because it is a high performing school. Students at this school should be treated the same and given the same materials as other schools in the parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

I know this is a great school academically.I have two children enrolled at Mulberry. However, there is a problem at Mulberry that is getting worse. The faculty behave as if they are still in high school. There is not a playground or organized activities. I don't know of one teacher who bothers to bring balls, jumpropes or any toy that would relieve some pent up energy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

This is the best school in the parish academically. I have four children here and am very impressed with the teachers and the quality of the education my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

If you can go to the school and help just about every day your child is treated different from the ones who parents have to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

I have had two children attend Mulberry Elementary School. We moved to the city two years ago, and it was a relief to send them to this school. The staff is wonderful. It simply is a thriving place. The parent & staff involvement is hugely overwhelming. It has a positive atmosphere where children can be encouraged and confident. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

After two years of private school, we sold our house and moved into the Mulberry School district. As a Realtor, I contantly heard wonderful things from clients about the quality of this school. I cannot express what a positive difference one year in this school has made on my child. He went from being a 'C' student with a very low self-esteem, to making the A-B honor roll and having a completely wonderful outlook on everything he does. This is not because Mulberry is easier than private school. On the contrary, my child was pushed to his academic limit, but he thrived from the positive reinforcement and outstanding teaching capabilities of the staff at Mulberry. I would highly reccommend this school to anyone and I can't wait to put my second child there as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2004

Why send your children to privet school when there is such a jewel in the public school system. Great parental involvement and responsive teachers make this an outstanding learning environment for the kid. We have 2 that attend and we are very happy that we moved into this school district five years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

We moved to Houma, LA in Nov 2000, and had done research of the schools in the area to find the best suited for our two children, then 4 and 8. Mulberry Elementary came up consistently in all categories mentioned above, as being one of the best in the area, as well as in the Parish. The quality of teachers is second to none and they make sure the children reach their fullest potential, and then some. They prepare the children extremely well for the IOWA and LEAP tests, and Mulberry Elementary has topped the charts once this past year with excellent ratings for nationwide comparison as well as locally. There is excellent parent participation year round which is a huge part in this school's success. Safety and discipline is the top priority, because without it, children and teachers cannot effectively learn and teach. Without a moments hesitation, I heartily recommend this school to anyone desiring their children to get a very good education in a fun and loving environment with a staff of educators highly qualified and eager to teach young minds.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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89%

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88%

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88%

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87%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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85%

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88%

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80%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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84%

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86%

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86%

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87%
Social Studies

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

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82%

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90%

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90%
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

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

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 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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 84% 47%
Black 7% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 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 28%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Houma, LA 70360
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