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Folwell Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted February 20, 2014

This is a wonderful, welcoming, exceptional elementary school with outstanding teachers and supportive top caliber administration. My son has been at Folwell for two years and has thrived and grown. Definitely a fabulous environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

I have one daughter (with special needs) who just started middle school and two sons who are currently attending Folwell. I can honestly say that the Principal, teachers, and paraprofessional are fabulous! They are dedicated to the children and truly care for their well-being. I volunteer in my childrens classes at least a couple of times a month and am always impressed at how inclusive the children are of one another. The current special education teachers are amazing. Their dedication to the children and open communication have been my daughters key to success. In addition, they take a TEAM-based approach (principal, teacher, special education teacher and parents). There is a very large number of parent volunteers which makes this school extra special. The children really benefit from additional programs that the school district could not afford otherwise. I am proud to be a FOLWELL parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

Folwell is an excellent elementary school which will always have a special place in our hearts. The students strive for and expect success, and the parents take the time to be involved and really care. As a social network, the students are very close but also confidently spread their social wings upon entering the much larger middle and high school. Even then they remain close, my college child still has 'Folwell reunions' with her elementary class and all are invited, not just a select few. That inclusiveness along with the excellent academics provide a near ideal experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

We just moved to Rochester last year and enrolled 3 of our children at Folwell. Folwell is a charming and small community school. This affords a little bit smaller class sizes as well as lots of personal attention from teachers. They are a tight-knit group, but afforded our children a very warm welcome. The teachers are by far the biggest selling point of this school. They are phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

Be very carefull of this school. When looking at the test scores, keep in mind the educational and socio-economic level of the parents. If your child is bright and will do well in any educational setting, s/he will probably do great at Folwell. And your child will be in a very homogenous mix of kids, which you may find comforting. If your child is eccentric or has indivdual needs, be prepared to go it alone. My experience is that the only advocate for your child at this school is the parent. As the parent you will face a lot of resistance (not apathy but rather a more offensive ethic of parent v. school).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2005

Folwell is an excellent, smaller neighborhood school where most everyone knows everyone else. Most of the teachers are excellent and students do extremely well when they go on to middle school.
—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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

32 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant85%
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 Students79%
Female85%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant79%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant84%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

60 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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%
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 Students71%
Female65%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant71%

Reading

All Students63%
Female69%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant63%
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 Students68%
Female76%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not 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

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant77%

Science

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant80%
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 74% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Black 5% 9%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
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 19%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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