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J. Wallace James Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted August 13, 2014

Teachers are great. Administration needs improvement. Principals avoid contact with parents. You would have to trip them in the hall to get their attention. They are indiffferent to parental concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

J. Wallace James Elementary School is a school of choice. The school focuses on arts and technology. In theory developing the right and left brain. Their teaching staff are great and the students are happy. My daughter loves it there and is learning a lot every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

JWJ has the best teachers you will find at any school. School is very clean. Administration could be a little better and more helpful to parents, but all in all I give this school a 4 star rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love everything thing the school has to offer but the principal and a few of the teachers need improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I love what the school offers but the administrators leave a lot to be desired. Also I find that the communication between teachers and parents is lacking. Again, this is an administrative issue. In my opinion, if the principal was focused on parental involvement then the teachers would be as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

The teacher are wonderful, however the administration needs to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

I love what is actually going on in the classroom at JW James. I'm not so crazy about the leadership at the school - and most of the administrators drive me crazy. That said, I am continuing to send my child there because it's definitely better than the other public school options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

My son is in Pre K at J. W. James, so far we love it. The teachers seem to be very involved with the children and their well fare.
—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.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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
White 51% 47%
Black 44% 45%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 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 63%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
Foreign languages taught
  • French
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dana H Schmersahl
Fax number
  • (337) 521-7701

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • French
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Several times during the year, parents are invited to a "precious moments day" to spend time in the school day with their children. parent volunteers are always welcome at j. w. james.
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