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Popps Ferry Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 610 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2013

I have two children that attend Popps Ferry and we have had a wonderful experience. The teachers have done a wonderful job preparing my children for middle school both with curriculum and building confidence. Great leadership, positive attitude, lots of good energy and very good communication has been our experience. My kids love going to school at Popps Ferry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

We are very happy with the leadership of the staff and the quality of the education at Popps Ferry. The school has a positive learning environment and a fair and consistent behavior program. The staff is kind and compassionate to the children and parents. We are very pleased and looking forward to another great school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

We have two children currently enrolled at Popp's Ferry and they, and we, are very happy. We have had attentive teachers who pay attention to the individual children as well as the needs of the class. There is an active PTO with good parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

Continued from previous post: We never had a problem with bullying and although the school is diversified (which is a major plus when it comes to exposing your child to people from all walks of life), everyone was treated with equal respect and all received the same quality education. My son doesn't know color and gets a long with everyone. I love that this school teaches equality. CREATE (gifted) was also a great program. My son loved the one day a week he was able to be creative and not be strapped to a desk all day doing book work. The only thing I was concerned with, and I think it was more of a lack of communication between me and his teacher more than anything, was the AR reading program. He fell behind but I wasn't made aware until it was too late. Again, I believe this was miscommunication, not the teacher's fault. In closing, I can't say enough good things about this school. They actually care about the individual student and not the state test scores, like a lot of schools. I only hope his new school is as great as Popps Ferry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

Hi!, I'm Amanda, A student that went to Popp's Ferry since kindergarten, They don't serve 6th grade anymore, They go to Biloxi Junior High school, but anyway, I love love love LOVED this school! The teachers cared for their students and I learned ALOT! And you almost ALWAYS find 2-5 people who like what you like!


Posted September 28, 2009

Both of my children got a very fine education there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Popp's Ferry has a great faculty, staff, students and community support!!!


Posted September 22, 2009

The staff is on top of keeping the kids motivated at the same time feeling safe..................


Posted September 20, 2009

The administration is very tuned in to the staff and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

The faculty is awesome and they handle & teach the children the way a school should..Very refreshing!!


Posted September 17, 2009

Some of the greatest, brightest, kids go there, with a loving staff and dedicated parents. (and visa-versa)


Posted September 17, 2009

Popps Ferry is a school on the move. It's an older school (1962) but the approach to teaching is fresh. The principal is awesome leader. Our PTO is small but strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is a very good school and they have a wonderful corriculum. Wonderful teachers they go out of their way to help the children with their learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

My son has attended Popp's Ferry Elementary from Kindergarten through 5th grade. This will be his final year as they no longer have grade 6. We have had several administrative changes, which I think made it hard on the kids at times, especially as the initial administration were so beloved to kids and parents alike, however, we do have a very good, well-organized admin. staff now. Overall, I think he has been blessed with wonderful teachers. All of them, including those he has for 'specials,' are gifted in their own way. There are a few who made such an impression he will remember them always. I think (though he doesn't realize it now) it will be very sad for him to say goodbye to Popp's Ferry at the end of this school year. I would recommend this school without hesitation to other parents.h
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

My child just started Popps Ferry after transferring from another coast school district after we moved. I had been having concerns about my child at the other school and without having to say a word my childs teacher at Popps Ferry picked up on them immediately where at the other school I could not get any help. Her teacher has gone out of her way on more then one occation and has been wonderful about communication. The school is great about extra activities with the family and kids which I love, (such as the Chili Cook-Off). I have watched my daughter make so much progress since coming to this school in the last couple of months and am so thankful to her teacher for going the extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

popp's ferry elem has been a god send for me. my child has had problems in the past with school in general. popp's ferry's administrator's are consistant, open minded & kind. my child is florishing for the first time ever. my child is learning more than ever & excited about it. the staff goes out of their way to keep parents informed & involved. teachers my son hasnt even had yet are even super. i love the principals, office staff & this school has the best nurse. ive gone out of my way to stay in this school district because it's that wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

Popp's Ferry is a great school with a wonderful family atmosphere and strong leadership. Discipline is consistent, fair and child-centered. The faculty is caring and capable, and work hard to teach every child. Parents are strongly encouraged to actively participate in their child's education. Students are challenged to do their best at all times.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 26, 2004

I think Popp's Ferry is a top notch school. There are lots of qualified teachers and staff. One of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

My two children have both attended Popp's Ferry, and I think the quality of education they received there is exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

My son is from a foreign country and is naturally introverted. Within a week he came out of his shell and actually loves going to school. His English skills have improved dramatically.
—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.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 89% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 46%
Black 39% 50%
Hispanic 11% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 78%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:25 pm
Gender
  • Coed

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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