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Hale Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 641 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 27, 2012

I have two children at Hale currently (2nd & 4th grade) and they both love going to school everyday- that says a lot right there, especially because start time is 7:30 a.m.. We have been very pleased with each and every teacher the kids have had. As well, the staff at the on site Mpls Kids is great! My kids are very different as far as their strengths and weaknesses, both academically & socially, and I feel they both have received the right amount of support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

Hale is an average school with the potential to be excellent. They have some excellent teachers and many more who could be excellent. Hale offers excellent activities as does their PTA. The parents are very involved, but tend to look out for and fight for "their own." When the Hale community (teachers, parents, and admin.) realizes the amazing potential of their racially and economically diverse students, they will be able to do great things. A school with this much parent involvement and support should be able to better meet the needs of all students. When the school community learns to believe in everyone, they will be unstoppable. I wish I had realized sooner what all I needed to do to advocate for my diverse child at Hale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Hale offers many postive after school activities through the community education program and there is a very high level of parent involvement. 3 out of the 6 teachers with whom our children have had, have displayed engagement and commitment to the learning of our children given the large classroom sizes. Further, in our experience, the current principal does not appear know students or their parents. Reported bullying behavior by parents are dismissed by the social worker and administration, and responses to emails and phone calls are not consistent at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

In regards to field trips, the Kindergartners at Hale usually go on two field trips a year. To the Apple Orchard at beginning of the year and Triangle Park at the end of the year. Very standard for that age group. The 1st- 4th graders go on a number of field trips. Second grade has been on five, two of them performances at the Children's Theatre (what a terrific opportunity!) The academic program at Hale is more advanced then the majority of Minneapolis schools and they offer ALC as well as advanced programs. The student teacher ratio is average for Minneapolis Schools, 26 per classroom- which is the only thing I would change about this school. However, it is a problem all the of Minneapolis schools are facing. The PTA and parent involvement are outstanding, helping to provide a safe, family feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

I'm not really impressed with Hale School. When I did a walk through I was told the students would go on field trips (zero field trips to date). The student teacher ratio is too high (as with most public schools). The diversity is minimal for a school in the city. The academic program is not impressive, however they meet the standards for No Child Left Behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Excellent parent involvement-which makes a huge difference when the school district can't provide what they once did. Generally very good teachers (there are 2 to avoid in K, however), a friendly, safe community. Opportunities for advanced kids are insufficient (no advanced language arts for 4th graders) although excellent where offered. Creative programs (rugby in PE, activities like "Arty Party." Bakken Science museum involvement, etc.). MPS in general-however? Uninspiring curriculum, too academic in kindergarten and WAY too much emphasis on testing. This is not Hale's fault, however, just the way things are these days. We've been very happy and our kids have, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

Hale has been a wonderful school for my child. The teachers have done an solid job balancing the needs for gifted children with those children requiring more attention. More support in the future for be needed for the staff to continue providing all the children what they will need. The major benefit is the exceptional parent involvement and PTA leadership which continues to strengthen the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2011

Hale provides an excellent place to learn. The combination of parent involvement, strong pta, diversity, exceptional staff, and school pride really make Hale a special place. In turn, Hale is in high demand and forced to max out class size at many grade levels.This was an initial concern for us but was soon put to rest. I feel the Hale community does a great job of identifying voids and stepping up where needed; classrooms, events, programs for accelerated, programs for students who need extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

Teachers are only focused on test scores, as stated by my child's kindergarten teacher. Class sizes are unacceptable, 28 students in K, making it impossible to provide individualized attention to children. Preferential treatment of students who are above grade level is given with a detrimental impact to students who have greater needs. When paying tuition for public school, I expect that my child will be taught at their level, not ignored because they are not ahead of the curve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Hale offers a diverse student body - great teachers and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2010

Hale has fantastic Principal leadership, and a tremendous dommunity, which it anchors. Parent support is great, teachers do fine, and learning is front and center. The overall culture in the school is on task and enjoyable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

I am a parent, and I started out my acedemic life with the kids at the ramsey school of fine arts. That was a bust for us, but the community, learning, theaters, and leadership at Hale has been the best thing that has ever happened to our two daughters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Hale School is a welcoming community. The staff, parents and community work together to provide great learning opportunities in a caring environment for our students. Our parents and community provide exceptional support for the teachers,staff and students. Giving us support with their time and talents. As well as filling the gaps of budget shortfalls. We are very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

Hale is a super cool school with cool students, teachers and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

We have an amazing PTA that provides a multitude of family/community building activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

The students are smart and creative! The families send their children to school ready to learn. The teachers are a talented, highly educated and hard working team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

I love Hale Elementary School because it is place where children feel safe and explore learning everyday. The children are excited about learing, they come to school ready to learn, and they know how important it is to do their best! The parents and community are awesome because they give so much time and energy to making the school what it is! Hale is my favorite school to teach at and I hope that we can boost the excitement of learning by being voted the greatest school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

much parent involvement, caring staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Comunity and family support of teachers!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

Hale is a wonderful elementary school that prepares its students for successful transition into middle school and beyond.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
Black67%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Economically non-disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black54%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male95%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant93%

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
Black56%
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Reading

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black39%
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 74%
Black 15% 9%
Asian 5% 6%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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