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Sterlington Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 2, 2013

This school has very dedicated teachers that care about the students. They truly appreciate parent involvement and push the children to excel. There is lots of homework but it's good fundamentally for the children. I don't believe that it is excessive at all. There are many activities for the children and plenty of access to computers. The Accelerated Reader (AR) program has been very good with high standards. The school uses Edline.net to keep up with students grades and assignments. Most teachers use it well and I HIGHLY appreciate the ability to look up at a moments notice what is going on. The principal should make sure EVERY teacher updates Edline regularly. The only issue I have with the school is that the class sizes have gotten too large. One of the reasons I liked the school district to begin with my first child was the smaller class size (17-20 six years ago) but the average seems closer to 26-28. If they can find the budget to fix this, the school would be 5 star. The facility is new and very brightly colored. My children have enjoyed the color scheme. It is a great environment to learn. The Sterlington area schools are a GREAT place to have my children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

My Granddaughter is in the 5th grade at Sterlington Elem. She is legally living with me, and she loves Sterlington. She loves her teachers, who I have found to be very good with the kids and are very good teachers. The are very caring. I hope that Brianna will be attending Sterlington Middle School next year, and she will be able to keep her friends and her grades up. I am a single grandmother, raising Brianna myself which makes it hard for me to take off of work for all the events that are there. I wish I could do more but I have to work. The times I was able to attend I feel the teachers and principle did a fine job with the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

The town is not as good as they make out to be. The teacher has their favorite and the community is NOT very welcoming. Small town gossip. Education isn't their focus.. it's the school.scores that matter the most. My child has been there 6 yrs. We would not recommend coming to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

This school, academically, was a solid school and the teachers were overall committed and did a good job. However, the principal RULES with an iron fist...she is not liked by many of the teachers a lot of parents. The average PTO meeting when we were there in 2007 had 10-15 people in attendance. Parents had given up, knowing that the principal was not a huge fan of parental involvement. There are no 'elective' classes....no technology, no Spanish, no art, very little P.E., etc. It is all academic with little fun. My son had 27 students in his 1st grade class, and he cried all the time. We have since moved, along with many other families that year, to a private school. My son LOVES school and actually looks forward to the holidays ending so he can go back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

My children went to A.L. Smith and now my grandchildren attend. A.L. Smith should be commended for it's hometown attitude. The ladies that work in the office always remember names and faces. The teachers that my kids have been taught by always take a personal interest in each student. Ms. Leggett has helped me in many situations and always takes time to listen to my concerns. And last but certainly not least is the lunch room attendents . They know my kids by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

All three of my children have attended AL Smith school. The teachers are wonderful, with very few exceptions. Principals have changed over the years and the current one has been the most troublesome, but it seems that a female principal always has a rough row to hoe. As usual, there are some parents that are more involved and seem to 'run things' but this is likely simply because they are more available (don't work outside the home) which is not a bad thing. We moved from Highland Elementary in 1992 and haven't regretted it for even a minutes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I gotta say this school is very strict. It's a lot of homework that these kids have to do every day. My daughter sits there for at least an hour every day. I don't know what to think about this school, but suddenly my daughter who always had an A average in all the schools she attended, fell to a D average...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

I have moved around alot and this school would have to make my top two. Great teachers and principal.I highly advise this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I have moved, but this school was very good, many very good teachers. The Principal is very good and very active. this school is the best public school in the parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My kids have done extremely well. My special needs child has received an excellent education from extremely qualified teachers. The faculty and staff are always very helpful, attentive, and responsive to the few questions and concerns that I have had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

I would not recommend this school at all! There is NO support from the principal. As a parent I do not feel like I can be involved at all! The PTO is a disorganized JOKE. I will not send my child back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

A. L. Smith is one of the finest schools around. My children have been at A. L. Smith for the last 3 years and my youngest has 3 more to go. They truly love the school, the teachers and the administration. The principal is very caring, loving and concerned about the welfare of the students and the staff. The teachers are exceptional! The scores and ratings are fantastic. If you have a chance to be a part of this school---don't miss it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2003

I have never had a problem at this school. The staff and teachers are the best around and really care about the children's education. I feel my son is getting the best education available.
—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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 83% 47%
Black 13% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
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 39%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9040 U.S. 165
Sterlington, LA 71280
Phone: (318) 432-2050

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