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Vivian Elementary/Middle School

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Posted September 27, 2013

Vivian school has gotten worse throughout the years. Not enough teachers care about the kids anymore and not enough staff happily do their jobs. This school is now more concerned on how a child is dressed rather than the children's education. They make the rules up as they go through the year to best fit them and not Caddo parish. They have no problem telling parents something but in return will deny saying it and will add things that were not said to the child. I went to this school growing up and I loved it. I on the other hand do not like what it has become and if there was a reasonable choice for my children then I would send them somewheres else. This school is a joke! Kids are always getting urinary tract infections because they do not like to send kids out of classroom the bathroom and they stop the children from entering the bathrooms between classes and from getting a drink of water. If they were concerned about our children then they would care about their health and their grades. NOT their clothes! This school is becoming ridiculous. If this offends you then I am sorry , but you know what they say... The truth hurts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

The last posting on September 3.2012 is very unfair to our students, parents, and staff. We have parents packing the school on back to school night, open house, Dad and donut day, Grandparents day, the Thanksgiving program and lunch with their child, and field day. No one is "stuck" up here with nowhere else to go. We have many schools in Caddo Parish that we could go work for, we choose to be here in our community and to work with our students. No school is perfect, but I guarentee you this; our students are not a number and many of them have gone on to do vey well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 6, 2012

Shame on the person below, obviously she didn't do her job. Vivian has some of the hardest working teachers and administrators. They care for every child and do their best to make sure everyone reaches their potential. This school has great community spirit and is an asset to the town. Great school with great staff!! Keep up the good work. ~ A dedicated warrior.


Posted September 6, 2012

The person that posted on Sept 3rd, undoubtedly does not know our school. As a child, I went to school here, I work here, and it is the school of choice for my grandchildren. It is not a perfect school, there is no such thing. As for the principal, you can not find a harder working person for our school. She is dedicated to the school and the success of it. She doesn't ask anything of her staff that she would not do herself. She truly loves every student at the school. I hope that unhappy teacher finds his/her perfect school. I know where mine is VEMMS---Go Warriors !
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 12, 2011

Awesome staff and students! Great moral ethics and tight nit community. All three of my kids have been going here all their lifeand Ilove being a substitute here! Thanks VEMMS, GO WARRIORS!


Posted January 13, 2009

All three of my children have attended or are still attending Vivian, and the experience has been very positive. The administration is involved in every aspect of education, and the teachers are 2nd to none. The 2 biggest problems facing Vivian Elementary/Middle Magnet School are other professionals inappropriately bad-mouthing the school and administration, and even more of a problem, lack of parental involvement. If these two problems could be resolved, Vivian would be second to none in the state. Sis Adger, parent and Caddo school therapist
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

i think that this school is great. the teachers are very understanding and patient with the students. i would recommend my other children to attend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

My worst teaching experience came from this school. My students had been so beaten down by the staff and administration that they not only didn't believe they could achieve anything, but didn't even care anymore. The administration was completely ineffectual, being either too hard on misbehaving students or ignoring them altogether. I don't know what the driving force at Vivan is, but it certainly isn't the well-being of children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 15, 2007

My girls love Vivian so I don't pull them out. Some teachers are motivated there and care alot about the children's education. I love my children and their education means everything too me. My girls make excellent grades and part of the reason is because of me and part of the reason is because of the teachers. I have witnessed things I don't like and I have witnessed things I simply love about Vivian. The school is not bad my children have learned alot and they are truly smart. I do believe more parents and more teachers need to be more devoted to make sure the children remain on top. I am a mother of 2 wonderful girls attending Vivian and my little boy will be attended for the first time in August 2007.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Small children need guidance not ISS. The adults should take the time to show the children right from wrong. You may be the only ones in the childs life to do so. Parents need to be notified and meet with other parents if their children are involved in a fight. Suspension should occur if a parent does not attend the meeting for a first offense. The teachers are great but i think there is to much testing talk. Thats all my kids talk about because thats all they hear.The test, the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

There is ZERO parent involvement. The students are unruly and unmotivated. Most good teachers have their hands tied because LEAP is crammed down their throats from day 1. The administration is unaccomodating. I would not send my children here for any reason!! Home school would be more beneficial compared to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

After having two children that went to VEMMS it is my sincere hope that somewhere someone will take off the blinders that cover the eyes of the genereal public about this school. This school is guided by local politics where the main focus is hiding the truth from the school board. We spend so much time teaching the 'test' that we pass along children that miss the essentials and basic education that their academic future has to be built on. We owe our children the efforts to make sure that 'no child left behind' are not just words.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

i think this school stinks and i dont like it i like the teachers and some of the kids but that is all i dont think we should have to wear uniforms and i like that we have leap tutering.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 29, 2004

I have three children who attend Vivian Elemntary Middle Magnet. My children are exceptionally bright, unique and independent, and Vivian is a school that encourages these qualities. The faculty of Vivian are concerned not only with test scores and how my children, and the other children, perform, but with the individual growth and self-esteem of my children and each and every child enrolled. The teachers are understanding, available at all times, often providing cell phone and home telephone numbers. More importantly, my children come home bragging about their teachers and their principal, and stating how they are loved at their school. I wouldn't trust my babies to anyone else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

I rate the curriculum as a 4, the discipline and leadership a -4. Until the principal and vice principal look at and understand that communications is the key and that expulsion s not always the answer it will continue to have problem. If there is a problem get the kids and parents together first and then if necessary bring in a mediator (that's what the Bible tells us to do).Brining the cops in as a form of intimidation does not work, look at the repeat offenders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2004

I think vivian is a very good school because i went there for three years i am not a parent i am a child i enjoyed my years there. Mrs. Tolbert is an inspiration to us all. The staff is very dedicated i love them all and i will miss them especially mrs. Shaw. Mrs. Shaw knows who this is because i gave her a hug every morning i saw her. I love all my teachers and all my classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2004

This school should really be evaluated by the school board. I honestly feel that if this wasn't the only elementary school in the area it would have been shut down by the school board. My child attended this school for 3 years. I move him now to the best district *St. Tammany* in the state and fear that he'll fail due to the education, or lack of education he recieved. It wasn't until his last year there that he was lucky enough to get a teacher who actually seemed to know what she was doing, or rather enjoyed what she was doing. Very very sad situation they have in Vivian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

I have two children in this school. The faculty and administration excel far beyond their duties. I would not dream of my children attending any other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2003

Vivian Elementary/Middle-Magnet school has a very dedicated staff. I feel like my child's first year was very successful. I am also a teacher and I accept only the best when it comes to my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2003

i love this school my child attends but i have major problems with their discipline, i don't think a child should be put in a corner. i have major concerns with this


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
45%
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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
57%
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 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
41%
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 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
62%
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%
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
Black 51% 45%
White 45% 47%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 80%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Paul Zachary
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  • (318) 375-2499

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100 West Kentucky Avenue
Vivian, LA 71082
Phone: (318) 375-3271

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