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John Nowlin Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 463 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2009

JNE is an excellent school and deserves a 10 rating. We have had two sons go through this school, both with different learning styles and personalities. I'm happy to say they both have thrived due to the principal and staff. In my opinion, you couldn't find a better school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

John Nowlin Elementary School is a wonderful School in every aspect. My son has went to this school from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The Principal, Counselor,secretaries,nurse, and every teacher I have encountered have been fantastic. I can not think of a negative thing to say about this school. My son has definitely enjoyed attending John Nowlin and I have enjoyed being a parent volunteer for every event and field trip i have taken part in, which has been almost every one. It surprises me and disappoints me that people have had negative experiences here. That seems highly unlikely to me. I have made sure my son continued going to this school as long as he could. We are going to miss everyone at John Nowlin as he goes into 6th grade. We will be back to visit. This school has been academically and socially positive for my son and other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

i have four children that all went to school here,i have had the worst experience ever. there is alot of children that have teacher parents in this school and there is alot of favortism in this school. Also there is alot of wrong teaching as far as the bullying program, it was not introduced the right way.overall i will not send my kids back ever or will i tell others its good cause it is not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

I have had three children attend this school. I ended-up removing them from the school because I was so fearful that they were not receiving a proper education. Two of my children were reading two full grades below grade level, and I was not offered any kind of tutoring or services. They seemed to think that it was not a big deal. In my experience over the past several years, the teachers are very young and inexperienced. I do agree with the toer parent ratings that the before school programs, such as the Circus Skills and Unicycle Club are good, fun programs that the kids really enjoy. However, academically, if I could give this school 0 stars, I would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

The caring, devotion and interest in my child's development has been tremendous from teachers and staff. Children are treated as individuals, with their own talents, needs and learning styles. Both the head and the heart are treated with care and respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

My sociable children had difficulty making friends at this school. The kids were not as welcoming, friendly or as nice as we were used to. In addition, the principal is not encouraging of parental involvement in the classrooms. John Nowlin is fine, but I'd prefer an environment where the children and I were more welcomed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

I have 2 children who have either graduated from or are currently attending this school. I have been very pleased with the teachers, parent involvement and overall atmosphere of the school. The teachers are committed to doing making sure the children do their best. Extraciricular activities include special choirs, art club, walking club, etc. The PTA does a great job of organizing special parties and activities for the children and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

all 3 of my kids have gone to JNE... they love it there. it is really safe and i get to be involved a lot there. the pograms are really fun, they have lots of after school programs too. they have choirs, unicle classes, cupstaking, and circus skills(juggeling ect.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2005

My son has been going to John Nowlin for 2 years now and so far we love it! He loves his teacher! She is always happy to help or answer any questions we might have. I have found that Mrs. Curtis really cares about the students! The main reason I wanted to post on here is to respond to the person who gave a negative review of the school. I have had the exact opposite experience. I was told that if you do not send in your permission slip the child will NOT be allowed to go on a field trip. His teacher even called the morning of a field trip and said we had not sent in the slip and if we wanted him to go she HAD to have something signed from us giving our permission or he would be staying at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

My son has been attending john nowlin for the last 6 years k-1 to 5th, i am very happy with the teachers and school. I feel the teachers i have experienced with my son have been very caring, well educated and love teaching. I try to stay very involved with my son's learning. I have always felt welcomed to meet with his teachers. I can not thank you enough for caring for my child's education and emotional well being. This school also makes an attempt to get the kids involved in extra programs and to educate the kids in all areas-science fair, orchastra, theatre, peer groups-wonderful-my son loves working with the younger kids. Also the dare program is wonderful. Thank you we will miss you next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2004

I went to this school a couple years back and now that I am in middle school, I miss John Nowlin. It is a great school and the teachers are really nice
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2004

My daughter goes to this school for the rest of this year and then we will be moving. This school is not worth the tax money that is paid for its upkeep in my opinion. Earlier this year the school took the kids on a field trip away from the school without letting the parents knowing anything about it ahead of time, no permission slip was sent home to be signed and returned. Also the principal told me that the preferred way of parent notification is to send home a letter that says if you don't want your child to participate in an event then you need to sign it and return it or they will be allowed to participate. I pointed out to them that not everything makes it home in a timely fashion and they have said that they will change the policy. Overall I am very disappointed.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students55%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
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 Students61%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students70%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
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 Students55%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White57%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

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

Science

All Students61%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White67%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 74%
Black 8% 17%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Debbie Curtis
Fax number
  • (816) 224-1359

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Blue Springs, MO 64015
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