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Ellender Middle School

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Posted September 12, 2014

The teachers here that my children have had are great. However I can not say the same for the office staff. They are rude and never speak! You walk in the office and they don't acknowledge you! They sit at their desks and rarely move to assist you. It's like you're inconveniencing them, like it's not their job to assist you. The principal is the same. Rude, walks right past you and never speaks. If it weren't for the good teachers I've encountered the school would receive 1 star from me the 2 ladies that work in the office as well as the principal need training in office etiquette, customer service, and respect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

This school is good school. The teachers help the student be successful. My boys love there school. I always am able to visit and check on my kids they make me feel welcome. This is one of the best school in Jefferson parish second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

This year the school became K-8th grade. The only good thing about the school is that the students are well separated. The school is a train wreck. The Principal & Asst. principal do not get along. One wants it ran like an elem. school and the other a middle school. The discipline is NOT there - the students do what they want and only get a slap on the wrist. - The reason why is because they dont want to suspend anyone because there scores will go down. - It really is ashame. This school has also had alot of problems with teachers leaving. They should have 3 - 3rd classes but since a teacher quit and they never bothered to fill the teachers job- the class was split and put in the other classes. So now the class room are packed. - Teachers are leaving for long periods of time(to have babies) and the school won't keep a long time substitute. So they kids are losing out on learning. Children in special ed should not be at this school. They do not have adaptive PE and the teachers that are there for special ed classes are often pulled to cover other classes when teachers don't show up. Then they kids in inclusion classes are left without a teacher or para. - I pulled my kids out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

The truth about this school is that it was HORRIBLE!!!! I was an honors student was was not that bad but those teacher did not really care that much about my well being and the students are so stupid at times. I wanted to be in Ellender's band, but when I got to the school in 2006, I found myself having to take P.E. classes because the band teacher left and they canceled it. One of the ONLY good things about this school is that the P.E. teaches were so cool with the students and we learned about different sports as well as played them. I liked P.E. a lot, but I wanted band! Ugh!!!!!


Posted September 17, 2009

It is a great neighborhood school with a teaching staff that truly cares about the education of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love the spirit of the school. The students here are fun and imaginative. They enjoy learning and being engaged.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers at Ellender Middle School care for the students as if they were their very own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

Im a student at Ellender. i love it so much. the staff is so nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2008

I love thisschool my kids did wnderfulhere I would tell anyone let your come hereIts great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

This school is very fun and has lots of activities. You won't ever be bored because they always find that little push you need to make it through the day. Since I have been there which is only two years, I am in honors, GT, library club and the 4-H club.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

My son has been at Ellender for two years now. I am very satisfied with the school and their staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2005

I was blessed to teach 6th grade English at Ellender for the 2004-2005 school year. I was not only impressed by the leadership by the administration, but also the academic capabilities of the students. The entire faculty tries their hardest to challenge those kids to succeed. I, in no way, 'taught the LEAP' nor did any other teachers. Ellender is full of professionals who simply want their students to become educated individuals. I had a wonderful year at Ellender and think it's a great school in Jefferson parish! JH
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 4, 2005

This school has produced the 2004-2005 Louisiana Principal of the Year and the Jefferson parish student of the year. What a great accomplishment! continue to fly like eagles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

This school is the best on the westbank. We have the Lousiana Principle of the year...the faculty is wonderful and the students are offered so much encouragment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2004

I have concerns after attending the parent-teacher conferences held last week. It disturbs me that less than 100 6th graders passed into 7th from last year. I also found the school in need of repairs and all teachers should have basic computer skills. I think more attention should be focused on education NOT the LEAP21. You are only teaching kids how to pass the test. They need to understand the material. A dog can be trained to do tricks. In comparison to other states, it is embarrassing how far we really are behind.When an English teacher tells me that punctuation and grammer is not the primary area of focus, putting the words down because of the Leap--That scares me. Please consider changing the criteria. I now understand why Louisiana schools are made fun of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

I now have two kids in Ellender Middle School. My oldest graduated from Ellender and is now a Senior in High School. I think Ellender is the best middle school in Jefferson Parish. My kids are both in honors classes and are doing great. The faculty is great and helpful. The principal is great at his job. My kids feel safe when they go here. I would not send them anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

I requested a meeting with the principal regarding an assignment that she had given to my daughter. I left messages everyday for her, she never returned my calls. I had to get the pricipal involved to meet her. She gave my child a report to do on a well known rap artist 50 cents, I protested it;50 cents was shot 9 times, sold drugs to get what he wanted and talked about how to rob in his lyrics. I did not allow my child to do the report, as a result she gave her a failing grade. The principal was no help he agreed with his teacher. He stated that this should teach my child a lesson. I got no satisfaction from either. My child passed the leap test both parts with basic. I am very dissatified with the leadership of this school. Parents have no voice about their own children. They really don't want us involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2003

My second daughter just completed her middle school education at Ellender Middle School. Both of my daughters were in honors classes for all three years there. The teachers were excellent and the honors programs were also excellent. I had moved to this area for the public elementary school in this district and never thought long term about middle school. When I was faced with this decision, I went to open house at several private/catholic schools in the area and narrowed down to our choice. I then called Ellender and found that my daughter and I could go to tour the school. To our surprise, the principal took us on a tour and convinced me to give Ellender a nine week trial for my daughter who was always an honor student. Both my daughters were honored as Breakfast of Champions recipients all of their years and Ellender had more students eligible than any other school. As you already know, I even put my second daughter there who completed Ellender in the Top Ten of Her Class this year. I commend the teachers, principal, and parents of making this school one of the top middle schools on the westbank. Thanks!
—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 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
52%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
64%
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

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 45%
White 22% 47%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 84%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dawn Matherne
Fax number
  • (504) 348-0054

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(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
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Track

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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4501 East Ames Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
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