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Whispering Forest Elementary School

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Posted May 5, 2013

Such a great environment fostering a love of learning and good citizenship! Way to go staff and administration! This will be my last year. :( I have enjoyed many years with my three children. The best teachers and a clean, beautiful school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2013

We recently moved here, and my daughter's teacher did a great job helping my daughter makes friends at her new school. My daughter is very shy, and I was concerned about her ability to make friends. The school has been welcoming...front office staff are the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2012

My daughter went to first grade here and we loved it! Great school, great staff, great staff! I really have no complaints and would highly recommend this school especially because it only goes up to 3rd grade!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2011

As a mother of four, I spend many hours on campus helping, and have always been greeted cheerfully, respected, and loved. My kids feel appreciated, and acknowledged as people at this spectacular school. Academically, the scores tell the tale, but the rest of the story is these kids love to learn as they are taught by a wonderful team of teachers that love to teach.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2009

I love this school. My son went to T-1 there and is now in a gifted progrm. The staff is great. My son was in the science club and just loved it! I really can't think a single negative thing to say.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2009

I am a parent of 2 Whispering Forest students and have recently (2008) become a substitute teacher for this school as well. I have had the opportunity to see Whispering Forest as both a parent and as a teacher and I simply adore this school all the way around! The principal, teachers and office staff are all incredible! I only wish the classes would go all the way to 8th grade (or higher) ~ I just hate to leave them! This school is a smaller school than average, therefore, the children are treated as individuals and not a number. As stated by other posts, Whispering Forest is extremely neat and clean and is located in a nice, safe area of Slidell. Knowing many teachers here, I can personally attest that they really do care about their students... I know the kids are treated with respect and fairness.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2009

My daughter is in her second year at Whispering Forest. The faculty and staff is top-notch. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to visit their children. There are also many other programs that young children can join. I really love that the school is always clean and organized and student work is displayed everywhere. Keep up the great job Whispering Forest :)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2008

My child attended Whispering Forest in grades K through T-1. We've since relocated, and she attends a different school as a first-grader. Her educational experience at WF was top quality. This school is one of the reasons why St. Tammany schools as a whole are rated and viewed so highly. They truly strive for excellence and set the standard for many other schools. I was truly impressed with the caliber of teachers that are employed at WF. Each and every one of them went above and beyond to meet the social, emotional, moral, and educational needs of their students. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2008

Lots of parental involvement. The teachers and staff are great. The principal is lovely! I recommend this great school.
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Posted April 9, 2008

I love this school. My son has reading difficulities and has been given the needed accomdations to help him thrive. The scholl invery clean. The parental involvement is great. Mr. Saacks is a cheerful caring principle.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2007

The best principal I have ever seen at any elementary school. He knows all the student's names and can identify their parents. Great, positive environment for children.
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Posted July 30, 2007

Great school for a child with difficulties. My son has trouble with reading and speech. He got so much more help here than at his previous school out of state. He has made so much improvement. I know he wouldn't have gotten this kind of compassion and help anywhere else but here. The teachers and staff are extremely helpful and always very polite to parents. I would highly recommend this school to any child and especially children with special needs!
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Posted December 6, 2006

My child's in 3rd grade. We just moved here this year so I'm not in a position to compare the school pre and post Katrina. After a rocky start with teacher transitioning, things finally smoothed out. We were very disappointed in the substitute teacher that was chosen & the time it took find a replacemennt. The school has no student programs in place as far as teaching the children how to handle social conflict such as bullying etc. & I don't feel they have sufficient recess supervision. Also I am not happy with the follow up/advice/help I've received in resolving some of these related issues. I would like to see the school sending home parent notices further in advance & communicating better. I don't see any extracurricular activities here that don't involve academics. All in all, I feel it's a good school but does have room for much needed improvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 17, 2006

This is a wonderful school! My child is really enjoying her Pre-K year. Her teachers are very nice and great with the students. This school really encourages parental envolvement. I wish I had attended a school like this when I was a student!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2006

My son went to Whispering Forest in Kindergarten through third grade. He was given an excellent educational start there. The teachers provided excellent learning activities, including many hands-on learning experiences. The teachers were of the highest quality, and each cared about their students. There was a core group of involved parents who assisted with school programs and activities. Overall, I was very pleased with the education he received at Whispering Forest.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2006

The school is very stricked and does not let the kids talk during recess, lunch or bathroom time. The teachers are very judgemental and express this to the children instead of the parents. I really enjoy the principal but will not send my children back next year due to the negativeness of the teachers and there unwillingness to communicate with the parents.
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Posted January 23, 2006

My 1st grader was so behind when he transfered to whispering forest because of health issues, they have worked wonders with him! Their pre-k program is wonderful! Their teachers and staff are friendly and very helpful. I think it's one of the best schools in Slidell.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 10, 2005

both of my children are going to this school and it is a wonderful school they injoy it greatly and there teacher are great people they are nice and devoted to there children I could never imagen any child not injoying all the things learn and do at this wonderful place if for any reason that it looks like a child is in need the staff there jumps in to help any child.So as for me and alot of other parents that send there children there we are very happy that are kids attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2005

A great school if your child is perfect. Don't bother otherwise.
—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.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.









The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.








Social Studies

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








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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 47%
Black 20% 45%
Hispanic 6% 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 55%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Model School (2003)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 3:21
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Eric Sacks
Fax number
  • (985) 641-3424


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Whispering forest has an active pta, a volunteer program, business partnerships, and many clubs such as the dad's club, treehouse council,math superstars, science club, and nutrition advisory council that encourage parental participation.
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  • Our school is a community school located in the Whisperwood Subdivision. It is 18 years old, however, it looks and feels as if it were brand new. Our children, parents, faculty, and staff all work hard to make Whispering Forest a special place. The natural setting encourages the children's interest in nature and their love for physical activity. Learning is everywhere!
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38374 Spiehler Road
Slidell, LA 70458
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Phone: (985) 641-3400


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