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Rudolph Matas School

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Posted April 27, 2014

I had my two boys in this school not even a half of a year when I pulled them out and switched schools. The principal is an absolute joke. The only reason she hasn't been fired is because she has family on the school board protecting her. What she put my oldest son through was absolutely horrible and I wouldn't wish it upon any other child or parent for that matter. I noticed problems with her from the beginning of the year with her horrible attitude. And I had also heard from a friend that she had problems with her and took her child out as well. But it was after I had already enrolled them. I will give one example of what my son went through aside from the problems the principal caused him. My son was urinated on after the first month and sent home with a different shirt and I didn't even receive a phone call from his teacher. There's not enough space for me to write details but something needs to be done with the horrible woman calling herself a principal. She is a child and parents worse nightmare! I wish I would have called 6 on your side but I was rushing to get my kids in a good school and away from her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I love it so much! the teachers are very nice and understanding. if i need help with a problem or something i can always got to them for school related things such as home work class work and stuff like that! if you are having trouble finding a GREAT school you should choose Rudolph Matas Elementary/Middle School!


Posted September 1, 2013

the school is GREAT BUT THE PRINCIPAL is I cant even say she has followed my ex to his home cursed him out I couldn't belive my ears he recorded it She has kicked my kids out of school 5 years in a row over a address I'm not sure what her problem is but I now have a lawyer handling it. She has let 3 parents use addresses that I know of so that the kids can stay at Matas I'm happy the parents are going to speak for me. Last year when I sent my kids back to school she ran up to them COME HERE YOU ARE NOT TO BE HERE ILL MAKE SURE OF IT then she told them I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU AND YOUR SISTER FOR THE PARENTS YOU HAVE shes crazy I have reported her the the school board but she said she knows people nothing will ever happen to her WOW REALLY watch out fpr her she really is something else
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

The way the principal handles situations regarding discipline and poor behavior is unacceptable. There was an event in which my son came home saying that the principal was going to hit him with her blue ruler if he acted bad again and she was the boss and would put him in the corner all day. Low and behold...when I scheduled an appointment to discuss this with her, there was a blue ruler in her office??? She acted very disrespectful and as if my son was falsifying information. I drove home in tears with how poorly she spoke down on me. I'm not sure my son was even aware of the word "ruler" before this event. As he was only four! I understand that children need authoritative figures and a good talking to, but this blew my mind! To top it off, he has special needs so some (but not all) of his behavior should be handled in a loving and positive way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

The principal made everything a nightmare for us this last year. She should be fired. The reason she is still there is because she has family working on the school board protecting her job. Someone needs to monitor her unprofessional behavior and activity and open the eyes of the school board that there is prejudism in her favor from family. Everyone who has had a problem with the principal has to report her to the highest person possible on the state school board to stop her from ruining any more lives. If everything she does wrong gets reported to the state, they will have to take action and the family members will finally need to step back and let the consequences happen. My husband is working on a lawsuit against the principal. We did not have any problems with the teachers. Certain office staff however were very rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2012

Academically this school is pretty good. The only set backs are as follows: 1. The principal lacks professionalism. She does not own up to her responsibilities as a principal, does not address issues, and there is a huge empathy chip missing. She is very one sided, and never researches complaints when filed. She always assumes that her staff (including herself) is always right. 2. Safety & security are a big issue. The gates and building doors are left open all day during school hours. I have walked down halls and areas that should be secured, & not once was I ever approached or questioned about who I was or what I was doing there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

I have 2 kids that go to this school. One is in pre-k and the other is in 5th. The teachers have been awesome in every grade. The office staff is very personable which i love. The extracurricular activities have exceeded my expectations. They have drama, art, band, accelerated Reader program and GT just to name a few. I think you would like sending your child here. My daughter learns alot and continues to be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

My son went to this school since 2ed grade and now he is in 5th grade . The teachers are the best and the staff is great to. The principle does a wonderful job of keeping the school top on the list of great schools. They just add band to the list activities and my son loves it . This will perpare him for middle and high school band. I was so afraid that the leap test would be a nighmare but Matas teachers help my son and other kids in perparing them for the leap that my son exaully said it was easy and he pass . We will miss Matas when we leave . My hat goes off the the teachers staff and Pricipale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

My daughter has been doing very well here and the teachers take time for those who need additional time. I am very pleased with the school and the staff.
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Posted November 7, 2006

My child has attended Matas for 2 years now. I think that if your child is not an honor roll student with perfect behavior look out for the principal! It's really sad because my child is starting to hate going to school. He feels like it is a chore and hid self esteem is almost non-existant. I am looking at private school's for next year, its a shame that I have to pay for my child to attend school so that I dont have to worry that he will be left out of activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

I have two children at Matas. My oldest is in the 3rd grade and has been attending since Kindergarten. Matas has great knowledgable teachers and staff! The school has recently announced they will become a 21st Century School - which means afterscool programs soon. Every year they have strived to implement some reward system for the children, this year is the best so far. They have available before and after-care. The Pto is very involved and they are not pushy - they would rather have a little from everyone, than all of one persons time. As far as the principal, seems she has become more friendly as the years go by - possibly pleased with the schools advancement... Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

This is my son's first year at this school. I cannot say enough good things about it. The teachers and staff are very involved with all of the children. It is obvious that they care. This school has provided the healthy environment my son has needed to thrive. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

This school has always supported all the students. Each year they have included new programs and new ideas to better address our students' needs, from the highest to the lowest. I have found the present administration to be one of the most congenial and caring when dealing with both parents and students. They offer all students opportunities to participate in extra curricular activities without exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

principle is worried about numbers and not quality of education. used to be a great school-all around. Teachers are nice, can be better.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

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84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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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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
White 56% 47%
Black 34% 45%
Hispanic 8% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Patricia P Helmstetter
Fax number
  • (504) 734-8520

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Metairie, LA 70003
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