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Ella Dolhonde Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 404 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2014

My school is Ellla Dolhonde Elementary in Metairie, La. Everyone gets involved in your child's learning experience & strive to help them do the best they can. They are very parent friendly & I LOVE the one point of entry
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Last year was my son first year at Dolhone as a second grader, the school he attended prior to Dolhonde was Bridgedale. I intentionally moved out of Bridgedale district because my husband and I had to many negative encounters with his teachers and the principle. Through out the entire year of Kinder and 1st grades they threaten to keep him back. They were not patient with him, all they wanted to do was lable him as a special ed student but when the test results came back his scores were too high to be considered special ed. But Dolhone teachers and staff were patient and his teacher and I kept close contact with updates on how he was doing through out the year. He even made honor roll. This school also offers a free after school program called 21st Century that helps the children with school work, they read, play games, do arts and crafts etc.... My son will finish elementary here at Dolhonde.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Both of my daughters love going to this school. If you get involved with your kids school, teachers, etc... Things will be differant and then they know what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Parents.......get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I rate the special ed dept, one of the best in the school system. You are not going to find more caring professionals anywhere else. My daughter has been with Ms. Teri and Mr. George for 5 years and I cannot sing their praises enough. They are always going to conferences and seminars to learn more about autisim and how to help their students afflicted with this horrible disorder. All of the para educators are wonderful too!! Anyone who has a child with Autisim would being doing their child a tremendous disservice by not looking into the Autistic class at Ella Dolhonde.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

The special education department is the best. Ms. Teri and Mr. George are the best there are. They have done a wonderful job with the autistic children. I have visited the classroom on several occassions and have been impressed by the activities, and amount of assistance in the classroom. Mr. Moscona is a great principal. He has makes it a point to say hello to all of the children he encounters on any given day. The entire staff (regular education, special education, child care, cafeteria and housekeeping) have always (when crossing my path) made it a point to say hello to me and my child. Kudos Ella Dolhonde, Keep up the wonderful job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

My daughter is in 2nd grade and was at this school in 1st. They literally shoved her through 1st and when I tried to have her held back they talked me out of it. They do not want to help children that need help and I plan to take my child out of this school. The teachers will not call back, they don't pay attention to whether or not the parent signs behavior reports, tests, etc. This is a horrible school and I believe someone needs to be running it. The principal does not call back or answer phone calls either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

My daughter came to this school in the middle of the year.I must say I have never encountered such a horrible academic leadership problem .Nobody really cares at this school it hurt my heart to find out this school ranks number 2 on worst shools list.I am trying to make a way for my baby to not return this school year but its hard because this is her district school I am not happy with nothing about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I have two grandchildren who attend and I am extremely dissappointed with the overall quality with which the school is run. I attended several field trips with my youngest grandchild and while the initial part of the trip was fun and entertaining the remainder of each trip was spent at a neighborhood park. The teachers 'sat' at a small table near the entrance to the play yard. They were not able to see what 60-70 little children were doing and did not get up at all to check on them. The lack of supervision was scary. Teacher-student ratio is to high for the skill level of some of them to properly maintain a good study atmosphere. I am hopeful things will improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

My child has been going to this school since 2nd grade &up until 4th, everything was great. Now,I feel everything is falling apart. The thing that upsets me the most is the fact that when one of the teachers has to be out, they apparently have a 'substitute teacher problem' & just have the other two teachers check in at different times on the class that has no teacher. This is not acceptable to me. Anything could happen if no one is watching these children at all times but also there are those of us who depend on these teachers for 504 acomodations. How can they accomodate our children if no one is there? Then if the kids get rambunctious, they want to give them punish work. If a teacher cannot be in the class, then the principal, secretary,lunch person,or someone could be found to watch our children.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted February 21, 2005

This is absolutely the worst school when it comes to discipline and consistency. When I have tried to resolve matters the principal avoids my phone calls. I have heard other parents say the same as well. My son was asked to leave this school. He is now on the principals list at his current school and has received awards for good behavior. A good school can make a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

My chidren have attend Ella Dohlonde for the last 3 years. I love the caring of the teachers and Mr. Moscona. My 5th grader who is a diabetic really gets attention from Mr. Moscona and from his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

I concur with the previous parent. During the 4 years that my mild mannered child attended this school, he was physically attacked by other students on more than seven occasions (minor incidents (2 with blood), but still tramatic). The principal would not return my calls or acknowledge the letters that I written to him about the incidents. I was never made aware of any resolution or discipline. Several of the teachers are impatient with the children. I had one teacher threaten me with the suspension of my child if I (me, not my child) did not apologize for an act he DID NOT commit. A large part of the year is DEDICATED to review of the LEAP and IOWA testing. There are several excellent teachers at this school, but the leadership is indifferent to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

Ella Delhonde is the worst operated school I have ever encountered. The principal avoids speaking to parents when there is a problem. I called on many occasions and never received a return phone call. A friend of mine that has a child there had to go to the school board to get some action for a seriuos matter. My experience on field trips with the teachers was a joke. The teachers were not involved with the kids, they let them run wild while the teachers sat down and talked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2003

I had 3 children in Ella Dolhonde and I cannot stop singing its praises. I experienced and saw how the teachers of this school lavished individual attention and interacted with the children in their classes. I felt extremely sorry when I relocated to another state and my children had to leave this school.
—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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70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
72%
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 51% 49%
Black 33% 45%
Hispanic 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian 2% 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 81%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Mathilde Wimberly
Fax number
  • (504) 834-1256

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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219 Severn Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: (504) 837-5370

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