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W.L. Abney Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

Lunch is served so early you can still order from the breakfast menu from the fast food joints. What makes that so bad is that there are teachers that will not allow the students to have snack time. That's a long time to go without food. When i was a kid, i think that was illegal. 4 hrs tops. Teachers are too well guarded. Can't sit in on a class. I have never heard of that. 2 teachers in particular have nothing about their attitude that says they love children. You can meet with the principle easily but you can't see your child's class live in person. What are they hiding? They aren't scared to send home we need money material though. So my kid is beyond starving by the time schools out. Teachers need days notice to only schedule after school meetings. I'm gonna donate money? Knock it off. After care is another money scam. Too much. If you only need before care you still have to pay for both. Best thing about school is the front office staff. Downhill from there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Dreadful, horrible school! Keep your kids away, if you value their love of learning and your sanity. It's impossible to find out necessary information or get a straight answer from anyone in this place about even the most basic questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

My daughter has been in is this school for about 6 months now and I am beyond disappointed in the experience. It is impossible to speak with either teachers or staff, they isolate themselves beyond a layer of low level, rude and disrespectful "helpers". The teachers never come forward with the students, and do not make themselves available to interact with the parents. It is impossible to get a simple return phone call from the administration. The only thing my daughter has actually learned this year is how to take the leap test. There is no interest in teaching for understanding, which would lead to better leap scores by default, just rote memorization of leap practice material. We are giving serious consideration to homeschooling after this experience. Just yesterday I found out that my daughter's teacher has been basically bribing the students into behaving with sugary snacks - which we were not notified would be given and were not given the option to approve or disapprove, yet parents are not allowed to send such foods for snacks as they are disallowed by the school handbook. I have never had a positive interaction here and my daughter's education is suffering to boot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I'm a certified substitute teacher so I go to different schools & OMG I told them in the office never to call me again to sub for their teachers there ever again. The kids are very rough, I had kids throwing desks at me, (2nd graders) no respect for authority or adults. They don't respect their teachers so how will they respect the subs. Absolutely chaotic. The teachers are there for the paychecks they look worn out. They don't even ask if we (subs) need anything like at other schools. The teachers are rude & act as if they don't want to be there, I just heard yelling & yelling from class to class. It was the worst experience ever. I feel bad for students that are wanting to learn! Don't send your children to Abney! Scary & I'm an adult! Seriously I'm 100 percent serious. Never again will I sub there!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 6, 2012

I have only been involved with the school for a little over a month and I am extremely disappointed with it. We moved here over the summer and everyone told me not to send my kids to this school, but I ignored it since I thought I would try to support the public school system. I'm not sure how much longer I will give it before looking into other options. It's disorganized, my son is afraid of his teacher, the crossing guard in front the the school is so rude I can't even believe it. I actually worry about my kids every day that they go there. Not a good feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

I agree with some of the other reviews that Abney gets a bad rap. I feel as though this is partly do to its location. The administration is wonderful and if you are a caring supportive parent you can really see how great of a school this is! My daughter went here for kindergarten even though we were hesistant we beleive in supporting our public schools! We were pleasantly surprised and I have talked very highly of the school ever since! My daughter has since been to two other schools and I still feel strongly about abney!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

Abney is a great school it's a growing school and the school board needs to see that and give the teachers some much needed help in the class rooms there are so many children in this school now that the teachers need aids because the classes are so big there isn't enough time to get to very child. and there saying is every child what ever it takes, so lets make sure that happens help the children and teachers. it's a great school lets not give it a bad name just because it's students count is so large we need aids and more teachers for our children. at abney they make your child feel special, and that's what counts our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

My child has been at Abney this year as a fourth grade student. It has been a very good year for him. His teachers are very caring and effective teachers. They work very hard to make sure my son is learning. The principal is also very good. He has met with me several times to discuss issues that I was concerned about and he actually solved them. The school has much to offer and sometimes receives a bad rap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

I can only say that this school is a caring school. I like the open door policy of the principal. He actually does it. The teachers are very good and the school hard to give all students a chance to be successful My child also is safe and that is very important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

I have four daughters and thus far two have attended Abney(one is still there in the 5th grade). I must say that I am happy with the teachers and staff they have there. They have always been blessed with teachers who loved and had passion for teaching and due to this one of my daughters have all honor courses in Jr. high. Some may think there isn't any dicipline but in my opinion decipline starts at home; they aren't our childrens parents...we are!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

The teachers and administration are wonderful and understanding. I also love how quickly they came back after Hurricane Katrina and I was able to out my child in school immediately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love this school because they really care about the students. They are constantly promoting positive re-enforcement and treating others with kindness. And they have really made the safety and well-being of the students a huge priority. They also seem to research the best teaching techniques that will benefit the kids most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

This year starts the beginning of my daughters 3rd year at Abney and she absolutely loves her classmates and her teacher. I feel she could had learned more last year in her class due to a young teacher, but I have high hopes for her teacher this year. We are both excited to see what the year brings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

I'd say it fits the category of needs improvement. absolutely no dicipline whatsoever. My child will not be returning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

Abney Elementary is growing and changing. The administration and teachers are working hard every day to ensure students are properly educated. Teachers stay after school for hours, sacrificing family time, trying to develop new and exciting lessons. The school is located in a low socio-economic area, which often creates problems with behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I have just transferred my children to this school. I had heard some things that made me a little nervous. However, i was able to actually sit down with the principal who took the time to assure me my children would be taken care of. the school has a great environment and is very active in arts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

My chikdren have gone to this school for 4 years. The school has significantly improved versus the previous years. A new administration has made great changes. School now is very safe, teachers are happy and working hard. School is doing great things with art and music
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

I have not had any complaint about the work being taught to my daughter. She does however mention how her teacher sometimes ignore her on certain matter and instead tend to other student and ignore her and some of the other students of her status quo, if you know what I mean?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This school is just horrendous! I don't know how in the heck it ever won a blue ribbon award. The teachers are extremely laxed and subpar!!! Alot of these teachers aren't teaching, they just show up for the paychecks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

My child is new to this school and I'm sorry to say, I am very disappointed. Although, I do like my child's teacher the administration and safety is this school is lacking. I do not feel that my child is safe. I am looking for a new school.
—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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70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

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64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
69%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
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 46% 45%
White 46% 47%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 79%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kathleen Katsorchis
Fax number
  • (985) 847-9509

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