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Lyman Elementary School

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Posted April 29, 2014

One post states several teachers have transferred. This is not correct. Several teachers have left but they have resigned or walked out due to administration mismanagement. There is a lack of transparency and very poor communication between administration and staff, and the administration lies to cover this up. Behavior problems are not addressed, and bullies run the school. One student walked out of class and down HWY. 49. This school has a toxic environment. Stay as far away as you can.


Posted March 21, 2014

This school has had a complete overhaul of the administration and several of the teachers have transferred or found other jobs. The office staff is now very helpful. Communication is getting better and the quality of teaching has improved. I am eager to see what else is on the horizon for this school - the culture is changed drastically from last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

This school is absolutely horrible. My son went here for kindergarten and first grade. The teachers are rude. My son was on a daily basis yelled at from his teacher. I do not allow yelling in my home, there is no way I am going to put up with a teacher yelling at him for not walking correctly in the hallway!!!! There is NO recess available. Do they not understand that kids this age need to get outside and run off steam? Oh and he was sent home a written notice for "excessive running" in PE!!!! Last time I checked that PE was for exercise, but unfortunately there PE consists of watching movies. Whatever you do, DO NOT send your children to Lyman Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

Lyman definitely has problem from the time you enter the office. The main office lady is rude/, never smiles, and assumes your child is a problem. The teachers are decent, but perhaps some standards should be there for dress code, appropriateness of conversation, and how to teach such a poor socio-economic school; character is seriously devoid and the principal is opposite of help. I thought the new assistant principal is a good choice if she can override the current principal. In addition, the children consistently lose recess because of other children and PE time is a joke. If you have a discipline problem at school perhaps allowing the children 'active' PE time (not movies) will facilitate focus. After traveling the country and experience to schools from the West to the East Coast, and now the South. Lyman Elementary is the worst school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

I am absolutely appauled as a parent. This school should seriously be shut down. The Office staff is rude. Most (not all) of the teachers have no idea how to treat children nor nurture them. I have no idea how this school is still operating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

This school is a joke. The people that work the office are rude, the teachers could careless about your childs education.. This school needs to be shut down!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2011

I am shocked at the comments about this school. The vast majority of the teachers and staff are very dedicated and competent professionals who give of themselves beyond what is required. For those of you who have encountered problems with a teacher or staff member, remember that one person does not and should not condemn the entire faculty of a school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2011

This schools motto should be 'SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG'' weve had to take problems to a higher authority because the vice principal will just blow off any problems no matter how serious. The office staff seems to hate everyone. Teachers share way to much personal info with students. Staff turns their head when racial issues are presented. Bullying is not stopped by staff when they see it. There appears to be no dress code and no code of conduct for students or staff. Poor teacher quality, poor staff quality. Unprofessional janitorial staff allowed to yell at and belittle kids for walking on the freshly mopped hall way floors. Where else are they supposed to walk? This school is in need of a serious over haul. My kids have been transfered to a better district where they are treated like people, not livestock. I will never put my kids back in Lyman elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

Nearing the end of our 2nd & final year at Lyman. Previously I had no problems with this school now the problems are plentiful. The staff has proven to be 3rd rate. The office staff has a 'you dont matter' attitude toward all. The teachers are rude, unprofessional & unmotivated. A new teacher insist on showing students her tattoos, she tells them all about her personal life-highly inappropriate, her tattoos & personal life have nothing to do with teaching. My child has told me about teachers ganging up on students, singling them out & alienating them from the class. Only when my other childs ADHD meds stop working does their teacher call me repeatedly to tell me to do something about it, then she says its MY CHOICE for my child to be on meds. If it were my choice my child wouldnt have a disibility. Having ADHD & the treatment of ADHD are not a CHOICE. AVOID THIS SCHOOL LIKE THE PLAGUE it will infect your children, your home, you & your relationship with your spouse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

I did not like this school. My child went to this school for two 9-weeks. I pulled my child from this school. The teachers were rude. I never felt welcomed at this school. My child is now enrolled in a school without any problems. I'm in shock with the difference a new school has made on our family. My child now likes to go to school versus crying everyday to stay home. I will never send my child back to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

My son started Kindergarten at Lyman this year. His teachers as well as other staff members have been wonderful, not only for him and his future, but our family as well! Thank you Lyman Elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I think Mr. Black did a very good job last year. Hope that he will keep up the good work for years to come. Thank You for all your hard work. Mrs. Clark
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

The new principal Mr. Black showed the students of the 2007-2008 school year very positive aspects for future growth and his leadership skills were fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

This is a great school, with outstanding teachers and principal. I am very pleased with the discipline overall. However, the school office' personnel is not very helpful. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

I enrolled my son in this school after Katrina and I am extremely pleased. He has (to me) the best two teachers for kidergarden. They work hard and encourage the children. I had my child in a private school and they in no way form or fashion can stand up to this school. The principal is so involved its welcoming to see her everytime I drop him off or pick him up. My son was a first grade reader by the beginning of the second term. Love it. A very pleased parent. totally recommed this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

With Lyman's principal now, the school will sure go to a higher level. She is a caring, yet a stern principal. Great things are starting to happen there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

I think that lyman needs to have a music program and arts program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

I transferred my children from this school due to poor leadership, unprofessional and rude office staff, excessive teacher absentism and unqualified substitute teachers. As a parent, when speaking with assigned teachers, several complained constantly about being overwhelmed with school work after hours and not having the time to communicate with parents as often as they'd like. Furthermore, the school offered no extra curricular activities which are essential to motivate children while attending school, and the leader's disciplinary procedures left a negative influence on me and child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I Agree. Rules seem more important than education. Parent involvement is not welcome. Good teachers that are hindered by the leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2003

It's a shame that this school does not offer any music or arts programs. These types of activities make learning more fun and bring out the creativity in children which will reflect in their school work. This school seems more interested in rules and test scores. Elementary schools should be fun. You can learn and have fun at the same time. Parent involvement does not seem welcome,


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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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
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 57% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%

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

Writing - Informative Essay

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
39%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP 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 pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 46%
Black 37% 50%
Hispanic 3% 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 77%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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14222 Old Hwy 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 832-2257

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