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Pearl River Central Upper Elementary School

Public | 3-5 & ungraded | 736 students

 

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Posted Friday, April 18, 2014

My grandson just started public school after attending only private schools.Iwas very fearful that he would not receive the same quality of education. My fears were unfounded. The teachers and staff are great! They go out of their way to help you. He receives the same quality of education. I am very impressed. This is a great school with great teachers who are dedicated to giving our children a great education.


Posted May 29, 2013

Gwen Smith is a outstanding teacher she takes her students and puts them under her (owl) wing and puts 100% towards their learning and loves each and everyone of her students. My Grandson is Kameron Snyder and he absolutely adores her.Gwen Smith is a 5 STAR teacher in my eyes. We already miss her !


Posted May 14, 2013

I currently have three children in PRC Elem. I have never had a problem. All the teachers my children have had has been great. The principals along with the teachers & Staff are always willing to help in whatever you need. I have been a volunteer ever since my first child started school 5 years ago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Ithink there need to be more school police at the school every school day thoughout the school year. And there also needs to be more asst. Teachers there or hall montors.There just needs to be more secrutie at our elem. school for lower and most of all the upper.When My Child passes to the 6th grade thats the year i will homeschool him. Theres noway im gona put up with him getting out of school close to 4 p.m ans returning home at 6 p.m.Theres so much us parents or gardians that are dis satisfied with this new school setup. Thats why theres too many parents picking their child up with daily pickup this school year, This is getting way out of hand now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I have always been pleased with the personal involvement with teachers at PRC. However, the quality of education offered is lacking. The classroom sizes are overwhelming. Special needs students do receive a quality education, but gifted students fall by the wayside. Also, I was concerned when I discovered that Bibles were being handed out at the school. What happened to the separation of Church and State?! I wonder if there would be as much apathy if copies of the Koran being distributed. I wish the school would concentrate less on my child's spiritual foundation and more on his education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

My son attends the special ed pre-school at PRC. We have been blessed with two extremely patient, loving, and knowledgeable teachers. Yes, our school may be overcrowded but it is up to us, as parents and the community, to vote for the building of a new school. Also, I am very grateful for the one on one time that my son receives at school. These children are our future,and none of them, despite how severe there disabilities may be, deserve to be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

From the inside: PRC provides a loving, caring environment for students to learn. Class size is horrible, over crowding is due to rapid growth in the district and a community that didn't support a recent bond issue to build a new school. Computers are primarily in labs, very few in classrooms for student use, teachers have to reserve lab time if they want to use computers for research, etc. Most teachers are not technology savy, district is lacking in providing adequate training for teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2007

I was anxious to send my children to a school that boasts about such fine scores and technology rich classes. . .I was extremely disappointed. The computer labs are offered to children with disabilities and the computer program offered is to help students perform better on the standardized tests. . .hence the better scores. The number of students is overwhelming, another campus is needed, not to mention a better afternoon car line. The class atmosphere is not technology rich, but rich with workbooks and worksheets. Hands-on learning and student centered activities need to be implemented. The homework is atrocious! My child is a straight A student who was forced to sit in the back of the classroom doing busy work while the teacher gave the at risk students one on one attention. Great school if your child is at risk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

I think this school needs improvement. The uniform policy is too strict. The class size is also too large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

I have had children in the PRC School District for the past 13 years. My youngest is now in 5th grade at PRC Elementary. I am very pleased with the education that my children receive there, as well as the extracurricular activities. The school staff is great. The level of parental involvement is lacking, but that is the fault of the parents, not the school. All in all, it's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

PRC IS one of the best schools in the state, there are extracirricular activities for girls such as girls bascket ball, band when you are in 6th grade which is a great start for girls and boys interested in joining our High school band, and co ed baseball. Our test scores are well over the adverage for Mississippi, and our teachers are exellent. They do whatever they can to help our students along. Our Gifted/Challenge class is great. PRC is awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2006

My Daughter is in 1st grade at P.R.C. I was told it was the best school in the county. I have yet to see it. My daughter won't eat at the cafeteria most of the time. I joined the PTO a few months ago, haven't heard a word from them about a meeting. I try to have lunch with my daughter, but am constantly discouraged, I might 'disrupt the class' Very dissapointed overall with this school system. Would like to see more encouragement for parental involvment& better food.The parking lot isn't the problem for me, the fact my child is locked behind a chain link fence until they decide to unlock the gate and let the parents in is. They might have gone a little overboard with the security. This is rural Mississippi after all, not New Orleans.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Well I must say I have two children and in the eight years for one child and five years for the other I have been very pleased. The teachers have all been wonderful. The staff overall have been great. As for the parental involvement, this has always been encouraged in my opinion but its up to the parent to get involved. The PTA is existent although they do seem to have a problem with attendance. To the 'teachers' and Mr.Ronald in the parking lot, I commend you not many people could do what you do daily through the cold and heat. Furthermore, to anyone who wasn't aware the school board meetings are open to the public for any real concerns. PRC elementary keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

After reading everyone else's comments and having had personal experience with the school in regards to the two children I send there. It comes down to this. Yes,there is not enough parental involvement. Yes, the school has problems with funding. What county in Mississippi doesn't. Granted the parking lot was a bit chaotic, but that's been fixed. Remember it was your choice to pick your kids up. The school delivers. Besides, having your children learn the lesson of having a little patience will benefit them as they grow. I have had the personal experience of sending a child who was behind in school, and not only did the teachers not give up on him. He was able to skip a grade, and is nearly where he should be. But, I had to show an interest in the child. My point is this. The school is there to teach and not parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

I can say this about PRC and the teachers, lunches, My children one in first grade and one in K, love this school, Mrs Moore and Mrs Frierson both went above and beyond to teach my children at levels that I didnt think that they should have been on, I was really amazed at the amount of information they came home with and what they were taught. As far as the parking lot, yeah it may have been bad and out of control but you try to control all those cars at one time and when everyone wants to get in and get out fast, no possible way. Ask yourself how were you parking and pay attention to what were you doing? Trust me its not all about the school itself it is about us as parents as well. If I could I would vote PRC THE BEST !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2005

I have 2 children that attend the elementary school- one going into 4th, one going into 2nd grade. I have been very pleased with their teachers each year and not had any real problems. The parking lot has been fixed with cables and poles to get people to park in straight lines- it is much better now. This next year they will offer 2 business offices and this past year already had 2 principals which was nice. My child is in the gifted/challenge program and it is a 'challenge' for me and her. I have 2 more that will start school soon. We are involved with our children's classes each year ,but it would be nice to have other parents more involved also. You are allowed to eat lunch with your child whenever you would like and also sit in on their clasess and help with classroom crafts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

Teachers are great. They give up on students the older they get. There is no extracurricular for anyone but boys, so you SOL if your a girl. I have to travel to slidell to get my daughter involved in any extra curricular activities. The music and art programs are sorry. They just have them watching movies so the teacher can have a break. The PTA is virtually non existent. I have seen more involvment in small community school than this one. There are too many children. Need to be broken down some more. There is hardly any funding for anything because no one cares. Maybe someone should replace the entire staff with someone who does give a hoot about what is going on. The food in the cafeteria very unorganized. I have ate there all week and have been given nothing but different starch options. Need better food organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

Parking lot is Atrocious.Have never seen a more dis-organized situation in my 65 years.Pick my Grand-daughter up daily and am amazed every day at how bad it is.Everyone parks how and wherever they want to with no controls at all.It should be paved and striped for parking with Enforcement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

Children are not reaching their potential, due to lack of funding for computer equipment and specialzed classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

I just want to say the PRCE has a wonderful caring teacher, Ms Tracy Lee, she is a 3rd grade teacher. She really helped my child last year and I don't know what I would have done if not for her. I also want to commend Mrs. Parker at the parents center, she is very caring towards the children. My child has responded well towards the love and attention these two women have shown. I just wanted to point them out as two wonderful examples of what teachers are and should be.
—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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
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 91% 46%
Black 4% 50%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1592 Henleyfield McNeill Rd
Carriere, MS 39426
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