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Magnolia Park Elementary School

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Posted yesterday

My child has been at Magnolia Park for the past three years. Until today, I had enjoyed my child attending there but not anymore. The administration is more worried about meeting the required goals than the student. Especially when it comes to AR Reading goals. The students are expected to meet their goals, read only on their reading level and never check back in the book to make sure the question they are answering is correct. What happened to reading for enjoyment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2014

I Have never reviewed a school before, but after this school I just had to. When you walk into this school it is cold. Maybe one or two teachers will greet you but for the most part teachers will not even look at you let alone say good morning or smile. At the drive up and drop off area my child was almost hit by a car one of the male teachers was waving on whilst looking directly at my child. Later on they put cones up so the children would not get clipped by cars, but I didn't feel my child was safe with these teachers if they would allow my child to get hit by a car! At the beginning of the school year I was informed that the school had to meet government standards, and If my child did not meet those standards my child could no longer attend that school, however the teacher and assistant of my child's class had very little patience for the children and routinely yelled orders at the children and called that teaching. In the end My child knew nothing by February so I chose to withdraw my child and go somewhere else. This school is an embarrassment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2014

Our staff of professional educators at Magnolia Park Elementary School collaboration and team work are comparable to none other. Teachers meet individual student's needs regardless if they have a ruling that mandates. Classrooms are abuzz with discussion, interaction, and small groups. Teachers who walk around the room, encouraging, making comments, and opening “minds” by stating open-ended questions.Teachers are quick to focus on positive behavior, bring attention to a student’s effort to find a solution, encourages the reluctant participant, and they create a cooperative learning environment where all have a part to contribute. Teachers enjoy students, get excited about what the student’s are learning, have high expectations, and treats each student fairly. Teachers ensure that each child’s needs are addressed by teaching in a variety of styles. If in the middle of instruction and it is just not working, the teacher has no trouble changing directions to teach the skill a different way. No one person stands out all are working toward the same goal, only the path they take to get there is different.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted December 19, 2012

One of the worst schools my daughter has attended. The reading program is horrible. Other things about the school I like, but the reading program is very bad. We are military and have experienced a lot of schools, as such, this school fails in my view compares to others I have experienced.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2012

"Is this Kindergarten or The Hunger Games?"-Modern Family. We are a military family & have experienced a wide range of school districts. This school has the bar set high which I was happy about. HOWEVER my child was just starting kindergarten & I was informed he would not make it to 1st grade. Mind you my child had attended PreK & knows the basics: his name, numbers, letters & how & what a book look likes (I say that bc his teacher was surprised he knew which way to open it). I have another child in the school district who has adjusted fine. Yes this is a blue ribbon school & you have to work hard to maintain it but at what cost? It is just kindergarten y'all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2012

My child attended Magnolia Elementary. He loved all his teachers - They teachers were outstanding - They could be even more outstanding if the federal gov't would get out of their way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2011

I went to Magnolia Park from 2nd to 4th grade. It was so much fun, and I learned a lot. The teachers were caring, and I still, to this day, have my teachers tell me hi whenever I see them. (i'm an upcoming Junior in high school). I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.

Posted August 2, 2010

My grandson was in Ms A's kindergarten class last yr - she has the patience of a saint! I was dismayed that there was so much push for school subject that he had little time to rest and came home exhausted (I remember taking a nap in kindergarten!) I asked when I saw the schedule and was informed that because of the requirements the teachers has to meet there was no time for organized rest for the children other than a few moments here and there. He seemed to learn a lot - will have to see how much he retained!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2010

Wonderful school! Best teachers ever! All 3 of my kids have gone here. My little girl will in two years and I am very excited. I love everyone at Magnoila Park. If you are looking to buy a house in this area make sure it's in the Magnolia Park school district, it's like paying 5000 a yr. to send your kids to a private school but it's free! Five stars!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2009

You know the old saying you don't know what you have till it's gone. Well that is how we feel about Magnolia. We moved last year to Colorado and really miss the school. My 4th grader was in a language arts class challenging her post high school reading level. Bored to tears here. My special needs 2nd grader is doing ok but we really miss Dr. Callahan's caring approach to his education. Both Mrs. Lewis and Dr. Callahan have high expectations for their students, which was always a plus for us. Great experience and definitely would go back to Magnolia if we ever get transferred back to Ms. Magnolia is a great school for parents wanting the best for their children. A very pleasant experience would return in a minute if we got transferred back to Ms.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2009

I have read some of the previous emails and I have to strongly disagree. I have a six year old as well who has just finished first grade. It was a very hard adjustment period for him and the teachers and school staff went out of their way and helped him work through his anxieties enabling him to excel in school. My older child has attended MP for 4 years and I have been very pleased with the level of education he is receiving. As a military family we have had the opportunity to compare various schools and this school has an educational system that far exceeds the others.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2009

This is a great school! They have really helped my 10 year old son a lot. He was not doing so good when we lived in Vancleave, but he is doing great in Magnolia Park!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2009

Magnolia Park Elementary has helped my children excel in all areas. I am most of all pleased with the dedication to challenging students academically to be the best they can be. A previous parent review questioned Magnolia Park's philosophy regarding fostering independence in students and challenging them to be the best they can be. I have seen the benefits of this approach with my own 1st grade child and have seen tremendous growth with her academic, social, and organizational skills this school year. I am glad to see that the teachers and administration at Magnolia have high expectations for all! For the parent with a previous review who is not happy with that approach for her child , maybe the previous school in Gulfport was better suited for you if you don't value independence, high expectations, and academic excellence as do the other parents, teachers, and admistration at Magnolia Park.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2009

I moved from Gulfport in hopes of my child receiving a better education since Ocean Springs' is supposed to be the 'ritzy city' in the area. Needless to say, my child was better off in the Gulfport school system. MP has not informed me of failing grades, missed assignments, and more. MP has given up on my child because he's not a 'mature 6 year old.' WoW. They pretty much left him there to hang and dry. I won't call names, but they show no emotion, they are snobbish as if I'm of a lower class when I walk in their double doors. My child WILL NOT be attending this school a second time around.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2008

My child is in the third grade, is going into the third nine weeks term, and is with his third language arts teacher. I do not think switching teachers so often is in his best interests because there is no continuity in the learning process. Each teacher is covering the same material it seems, but in a different way and he is not getting it. I feel it would have been better for him to have remained with one language arts teacher for the entire year. He still has the same math teacher and the same science/social studies teacher he had at the beginning of school. I truly believe that language arts should be handled in an entirely different manner. Thank you for allowing me to express my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 25, 2007

I am a student here,so the school is great for learning.We also have A.R. partys for your child and their reading points,but your child only goes if she or he makes it if you know what i mean.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 18, 2007

I think Magnolia Park's a great school. I'm very happy with the dedication of teachers and administrators alike toward learning and excellence. At times it seems they don't give the kids enough downtime for fun activities but I'm not so sure that's always within their control. Personally, I'm not a fan of Saxon math and I feel it keeps the kids behind other states at the same grade level. But I do like the division of the classes by skill. They have large classes and it's got to be very hard to teach when you've got students at all levels. By breaking them up not only are those that need the extra reinforcement getting it but those that are ready to move on and learn something new are able to do so and not get bored. All-in-all, I can't understand why everyone wouldn't want their child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 13, 2007

My daughter attended this school for 4 years and the first three years were wonderful. However, after her second grade year the school started 'leveling' children. This is the only school in Ocean Springs that levels the children. For those who do not know what leveling is, it is when your child is tested and placed in a 'class' (high, medium, low) to be taught. They are left here and are not encouraged to excel beyond this point. So, in the 3rd grade my daughter fell behind and still remains there to date! When she started making F's on tests (previous A student) no contact was made! What a poor way to teach children. If I had it to do over again, I would find another school. I agree that the school also has a very cold and snobish feel to it. I would NOT recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2007

We are happy to be a part of the Magnolia Park family! The teachers are very caring, knowledgeable, and involved. My children have learned much and enjoy going to school each day. The academic programs are excellent and our children are well prepared academically. We would like to see more field trips and more 'fun' activities in place. The students deserve some down time to just be kids! The office staff is very welcoming on most days. The administration does an excellent job managing this large school. Dr. Callahan is all about the children. She is cheerful and welcoming and everyone loves her. You can find her working in her office all hours of the evening! Mrs. Lewis appears unapproachable, however she is very welcoming. We feel our children are safe, content, and well prepared for the future thanks to Magnolia!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2007

Magnolia Park is a caring, compassionate and above all a safe school. Procedures are in place that make sure anyone entering the building has signed in and has a legitimate reason for being there. I can send my children off each day knowing they will not only be getting a great education from caring teachers and administrators, but they will also be well protected.
—Submitted by a parent

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Language Arts

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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.









The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.








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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.




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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 46%
Black 14% 50%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 42%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3500 Government St
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
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