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James Walker Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 518 students

 

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2013:
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Posted May 27, 2014

I have two daughters that have attended or is currently attending this school. My oldest daughter came to this school her last year of elementary school and she hated the transition. Mrs. Swisher and Mrs. Dade made her feel comfortable and allowed for her to grow and learn in a safe environment. My youngest started off in the kindergarten here and I have to say she has learned a ton. She is always eager to go to school and again the environment from Prime Time to actual school is so inviting and loving. They know my kids by name and whenever my oldest comes back they greet her as if she has never left. My daughter will be at this school until she enters middle school. I always joke with Mrs. Swisher I wish I could take her with me all the way through high school. Great choice for any elementary school kid. Best decision I have ever made for my kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

The school is getting ghetto-students cuss, say inappropriate things, and expose other children to things kids shouldn't be exposed to. Many parents only contact the school to complain /or ask for a handout. Going to an after-school event can be...scary! With all those crazy parents and uncontrolled children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

We have been very pleased with the quality of education that our son is getting.....
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Posted May 20, 2013

We have been very pleased with the quality education that our children have received at James Walker Elementary School. The principals and teachers are very engaged with the students and parents. It is a positive environment where high expectations are fun. For example, my kids have always looked forward in "showing off his/her knowledge" on the MAP tests. I believe this is due to the way the tests are presented. They are scary for the kids. We have only had one experience with subpar teacher performance. There needs to be more parent involvement because the same parents are expected to do most of the volunteering. Great programs! Even Christian after school programs are allowed to help children learn valuable truths from the Bible. This carries over into the school environment since kids are taught many good character traits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

The school itself is a very clean and welcoming school. The principal and counselor's go out of their way to help my son. We came in the middle of the year and they have made my son feel comfortable enough to approach any of the teachers or staff. So nice to have educators who are in it for the right reasons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

James Walker is an excellent school. I have two children that attend there and they love it. I love it too because I know they are getting a quality education in a loving and nurturing environment. The Principal is fantastic and is involved in all the school activities and fundraisers. He knows most of the children by name, and their parents too. As for the teachers, they are awesome! They put 110% in to making sure each child is getting what they need to learn and have a great time. We really love James Walker and I know you will too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2007

This is a great school. Its safe. And the teachers treat the kids as if they were there own kids. I would no because I went there


Posted July 14, 2006

My child has attened James Walker for two years now,befor that he was at Sunny Pointe. At first he did not want to change schools but after a week he loved James Walker.The students and teachers were so nice and inviting.We have had a possitive learning experince with smaller class sizes and more teacher one on one.I would highly recommend this school for your child elementary years.If your a parent who wants to be invovled this the school to be, the P.T.A program is a wonderful way to help at your childs school and also very rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of the great kids at JWE.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 49% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 54% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 53% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Free or reduced-price lunch49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Free or reduced-price lunch67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White73%
Free or reduced-price lunch68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students84%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Free or reduced-price lunch81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students65%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Free or reduced-price lunch63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students75%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Free or reduced-price lunch73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Free or reduced-price lunch72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 74%
Black 17% 17%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Greg Johnson
Fax number
  • (816) 224-1461

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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201 SE Sunnyside School Rd
Blue Springs, MO 64014
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