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Joseph J. Davies Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 790 students

 

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Posted April 20, 2014

Davies Elementary School has been awarded the 2013 National Title I Distinguished School Award! (Only 2 in the state of Louisiana to be recognized for this honor!) Davies was also one of 6 schools in the state to be nominated by the LDOE as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Great students and great staff!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 27, 2013

I love Davies Elementary! I am a second year teacher and I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time at many schools and I am truly blessed to be working for such a great school like Davies. I have a great team of teachers that I can call on no matter what. I have an administrative team that I can go to with any comments or concerns and they listen and respond in a timely manner. I have a great relationship with the office staff, janitors, and paraprofessionals that I work with as well. Not only is Davies a great place to work, but it is a top school that I send two of my three children to. The teachers keep up with the daily changes in the implementation of the common core. I know from experience that the teachers truly love their students. My kids are treated with respect and they feel like they are welcomed and loved every day. I love Davies Elementary and I wouldn't want to teach or send my children anywhere else. The family atmosphere that we have at Davies is like no other. Great school to work at and send my kids. It truly is an A+ school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2005

My daughter attened Davies from pre-school to 1st grade. I fell that is is a wonderful and no other can stand up. The teachers and principal are one of a kind. She will no longer attend Davis because of Hurricane Katrina. Joseph Davies will be missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

Joseph Davies School can be great or horrible depending who you are! Both of my children attend Davies and are excellent students. The problem is that there are MANY children who are disciplinary problems (generally students with ADD,ADHD or other DISRUPTING problems) and I do NOT understand how these children are being PASSED! In grade levels which tests are not given these children are just being passing onto the next grade! I think these children should be in special classes and away from children who are able to learn without extra attention. Finally, Many of these children are receiving special counseling within the Parish School system so it's not an excuse that the Principal, Ms.Harlton is not aware of who these children are. Finally, Ms. Harlton makes sure to know every child and I know she is aware of this issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

Both of my children attended davies. My daughter is still there 5th grade. The learning and attention given when special help is needed is great. The counselor is a very caring loving person with the children. My son absolutely adored her as she worked endlessly with him on his socialization skills. Their principal mrs. Harlton is a gem.. She knows every child in her school, i don't just mean know who they are, she really knows her kids. The teachers are always available to discuss concerns about the children and work with the parents to resolve those concerns. Really a great school. The best in st. Bernard parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

Davies School has provided my daughther with a caring enviroment. The principal and teachers do evertything that they can to motivate the students. The students have so many fun events to look forward to throughout the year. Every child has a chance to shine at Davies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2004

My son has attended Davies since they opened. I find all of the main curriculum teachers to be wonderful, but the Physical Education classes are disappointing. I always believed P.E. was a time for kids to move around and get exercise. My son has been reprimanded for not 'sitting on his square' for a period of time. I was also told that he did not do exercises 'properly'. I feel there should be more activity and a less perfection required for the students to be 'physically' educated. The extra preparation given during 4th grade for LEAP was superb. The Hand in Hand program was a good way for the parents to understand what the students were being tested on. It gave me a chance to work more closely with my son to ensure that he was well prepared for the test. Our years with Davies have been most pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2004

My daughter came to Davies as a 3rd grader. In fourth grade the preparation for Leap was unbelievable. My daughter did very well. However, her ITBS scores did not reflect this. She is reading almost 2 grade levels lower. Now fifth grade was the worst. I continued to ask for tips, help with her reading,etc. to no avail. After her graduation, I fould out there is a reading lab she could attend 3 times a week. We were never told of this. I even asked for an evaluation, but was dismissed. My child was well behaved so they would not consider her to have a learning disability. She passed reading with a B, however on ITBS she is in the 30%. Her reading grade level is still at the 3.5 -4.7 mark and she is entering 6th grade. Very unhappy with her teachers, I asked and asked for help only to be blown off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2004

The three years my child spent at Davies were horrible. I pleaded and pleaded for help to improve his reading test scores. I asked for evaluations but was dismissed as unnecessary. Why? No one could tell me. My husband and I worked with him on our own. He graduated with a B for a final reading grade. However, his ITBS scores reflect he is only in the 30th percentile. He has a reading grade equivalent of 4.5 and He is entering the 6th grade.I find this disgraceful. After graduation I found out there was a reading lab 3 times a week. Why was my child not able to take advantage of this program?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

Davies Teachers and staff go above and beyond in all areas. My husband and I feel truly blessed to have our children in such a top notch school with such loving people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

My children have been at Joseph Davies sice they opened. I love it! I think the school is a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Davies is a wonderful school. The teachers and administrators are top notch. My husband and I feel very fortunate that our children are receiving such a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
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 66% 47%
Black 16% 45%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 70%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Donna Schultz
Fax number
  • (504) 267-7888

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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