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South Polk Elementary School

Public | 2-5 | 571 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2012

Far and above the worst school I have ever seen. The teachers aren't attentive to the children unless it's lunch time and they children are subjected to treatment on par with those of prisoners in texas. My children attended 2-4 grade here and only the 3rd grade teacher took the time to help the children learn anything beyond standardized testing. When children are gifted and learn quickly, rather than being encouraged, they are told to color or draw quietly until everyone else is done. When we asked about gifted education we were told the focus is on children who fall behind and they have no interest in children who are advanced. We came from an amazing school where my children loved to go every day and loved to learn. South Polk Elementary effectively killed that desire to learn. We also had an incident where a student threatened physical violence to my children and it was brushed off, they didn't even remove him from the bus she rode to school every day. They don't care if the children learn, they don't care if the children are safe. All they care about are LEAP tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

The Pros: newly renovated - now has walls to separate the classes, nice principal and teacher, daily agenda so I know what my son does day-to-day. The Cons:The school counselor is inattentive, the "gym" is a joke, there is no art class, the curriculum is boring, my son's teacher is not considered "highly trained" because she doesn't have her masters degree, and very rare opportunities for parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

South Polk Elementary has been a wonderful school for our son. His teacher is fantastic, he comes home having learned so much each day, and his homework assignments are fun and effective. The staff has been wonderful and helpful, and I really could fill in an entire page of praises but I'll just say that we love this school and highly recommend it to any prospective parents in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

Some of teachers are nice, but the principal is arrogant and not in it for military children. The classrooms don't have walls, they are separated by curtains. That is very distracting to most children. They push the standardized test so hard the kids have no time to actually learn and remember anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

We started the school year at Rosepine but moved our children due to the fact that Rosepine did not have books or desk in some of their classes. Compared to the other schools that we have talked to in this district the staff here is open and friendly. The childred seem to be happy for the most part and the staff seems to be happy. Seemingly small things but both of these are paramount and hard to find in this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

My son attended 3rd grade here. He hated it and so did I. The many of the teachers were rude and there were no walls between classes (not good for any child with concentration issues). There were constant problems with bullying. I volunteered for several events and saw boys punching other boys and barely getting a 'stop it' from the teachers. My child was left alone in the mornings after the bus dropped him off for up to twenty minutes at a time unsupervised waiting for school to start. My son always loved school before and was no stranger to moving around but hated this one. He cried every night and morning and would call crying from school b/c he hated it so much. We decided on private school for the next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

My older child attended SPE 2nd to 4th grades, did very well there,and went on to do very well at a DoDDS school in GA without any problems in the transition. He is currently an honors/gifted student at LJHS. He has not suffered any ill effects by having attended South Polk Elementary, and has nothing but good memories of the school. My youngest child currently attends SPE and is also doing very well. Both children's teachers at SPE have been excellent, and I have found the administration to be very supportive and helpful to parents, especially to those parents who establish a relationship with their children's teachers, are involved in school activities, and who ensure that their children have what they need to succeed in school each day. Yes, the school does need some improvements, but does the quality of education really depend on how nice the chairs look?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

First, I would like to say that the administration, ie Mr. Balthrop is the worst principal I have ever encountered. Parents, my son was in Mrs. Sysock's third grade class and let me tell you. Her room smelled like cat pee and the chairs were for 2 year olds. When I approached Mrs. Sysock about the matter she informed me that she was doing the best she could and that even her desk was broken. Parents!!! This is not a place we want to send our children. While I believe Mrs. Sysock was one of the best teachers at the school I feel that little or no assistants is being made to help these poor teachers. I hate South Polk!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

After 2 kids going through this school I can definetly say that Army families need to do a major investigation into this school before sending their kids there. If at all possible I recommend home schooling or private school while posted at Fort Polk. The major problem is that there is no set standard between the teachers. It is completely hit or miss with whoever your kid gets. To compound matters the principal, Mr. Balthrop seems completely unrealistic with what families want for their kids at the school. The attitude is that Louisiana has a competitive educational system. This is simply not true. The education is ranked lowest in the nation and to make matters worse the school administrators do not want to admit that Army families are getting cheated out of their kid's education. When we move on to another posting our kids will be seriously disadvantaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

I think that the teachers at South Polk are very caring individiuals who strive for the success of their students. Life skills are taught daily to help assure each student of their future possibilities, and there's a warmth about this school that causes children to be successful in their future endeavors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2006

I find this school very disappointing. The teachers there seem to cold and rude at times..Beware if you have a child attending this school..Youll find yourself spending most of your days at the school complaining about how it is ran...Pack your backpacks parents your off to school to...I usually dont voice my opinion but in this case I feel every parent should know about this school and be prepared to have some major conflicts with the teachers.... I'm very disappointed...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

I interviewed this school because my child was supposed to attend there in the fall. The classrooms dont even have walls! the student to teacher ratio can be up to 40-1. Beware military families. Find a private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

South Polk has been the ideal school for my daughter. She has attended both 2nd and 3rd grades at SPE, and we have had no problems. Lynda Graham was a very nurturing teacher for 2nd grade. Candace Wilcox is our daughter's teacher this year. We find the science and social studies curriculum to be engaging and informative. Mrs. Maricle was a great asset to SPE as the asst principal. We miss her! SPE provides many opportunities to get involved with my child's education! Great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Two of my children attend this school , I just want to warn parents out there to be aware of the teachers because there is some of them that just don't care about the children's education and whether or not they pass or fail. One teacher passed one of my girls on when she should have kept her back because she's still not doing very well, the other teacher was excellent with my other daughter (Mrs. Kennedy you are a wonderful, caring teacher.)So for you parents that have kids going into the second grade pray that your child gets Mrs. Kennedy, she's great with children and she's one that will take her time with a student a explain things to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2005

Two of my children attended this school. Our experience with this school wasn't great. Some of the teachers are excellent but some lean towards setting the children up for failure instead of helping them do their best. If you are being assigned to Fort Polk, be aware of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This was an outstanding school for my child. My props to Teachers Mrs. Bailey and Mrs Collison. You two were great. Kyle really misses you. Best wishes to all Fort Polk Students and Teachers. God Bless!
—Submitted by a former student


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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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Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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69%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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73%
Social Studies

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

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82%

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72%

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69%

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73%
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

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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.

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81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

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80%

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78%

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84%

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73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

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80%

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77%

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75%
Social Studies

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

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78%

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78%
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 54% 49%
Black 26% 45%
Hispanic 11% 3%
Two or more races 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Charles Balthrop
Fax number
  • (337) 537-8211

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1665 Louisiana Avenue
Leesville, LA 71459
Phone: (337) 537-8120

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