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Thayer Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 306 students

 

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Posted February 18, 2014

Thayer is an amazing school. The teachers and support staff really care about the children in there school. Small class sizes and excellent teacher/parent communication. Lots of extra curricular clubs and activities. Tutoring for those who need help. Both of my sons are enjoying school because there really is a sense of community and caring in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

My daughter has attended Thayer for 2 years now (2nd&3rd). I have been very pleased with the faculty and staff. The principal is very easy to talk to and truly cares about the kids. Both Mrs. Decker and Mrs. McQueen are very approachable, respond to emails quickly, and even share their phone number with you. I wish we were staying here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

Great school, great principal and staff. My child loves going to school here and I never have problems with communication. I love the weekly grades being emailed so you know how your child is doing at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

It is now a K - 5 school. It isn't the best I have seen. But it isn't the worst either. I have one child attending. Everything they do from needing supplies to putting on an event just seems really hush hush. Very hard to find out expectations of events and what is going on in classroom. The reports of progress (if any)are so vague and very standard. The year almost over and they have yet to have a parent/teacher conferences like in past at other schools we have attended. We don't get much homework and few papers are returned. I suppose if there was a gap or if she needs extra help they would tell me right? We are not from here and haven't lived here in the past. I have never before felt like an outsider on a military installation like here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

My children attend Thayer and are receiving a great education. I could not be happier. They will work with you no matter the situation to help your child succeed. I highly recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

This school seems to have difficulty in many area's. I agree that the principal and leadership are VERY weak. I also agree that if you have struggling students, you should look elsewhere. I also agree that if you have accellerated students, they will be bored to death. They also have several MEAN teachers that you should hope and pray your child does not get. These teachers are rude, mean and sarcastic to students. The lunch lady is terrible. Awfully mean/rude/sarcastic to students. There are a few great teachers, I might add. But the great teachers are overshadowed by the bad ones, and their bad attitudes towards the kids. It's a shame our children are spoken to so poorly. Librarian is great. Nurse is great. Not sure I would rec this school to anyone, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

My son has been at Thayer for the past 8 months and has had a wonderful experience there. I have never had a problem with his teacher, the pricipal, or office staff. He is learning wonderfully and my only wish is that we weren't moving in June so that he could go to Thayer again next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I agree that the principal is very, very weak. He seems more interested in how he appears to school district officials than holding teachers and students to high academic standards. His only priority: Teach the MAP Test! Does he know what good schools do???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2008

My son Loved this school. I have a couple of problems but they were quickly taken care of.. My son went to Kinder, First and some or second grade here.. Mrs, Gann is the best teacher at this school.. and Angel(the office secretary is awesome!!. Also the school nurse is great as well. I wish I could have taken this school with us when we moved
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

Bottom line: The current principal has a great character flaw. He will do or say anything to maintain the status quo at Thayer and his golden boy repuatation with school district officials. Know that is his weakness, and you can secure whatever you need for your child. However, if you have a special needs or struggling child, seriously look elsewhere. If you have a highly performing straight A student, he will do well--on paper-- but will be bored to death. This school is all about textbooks, state tests, and worksheets. Military parents: Look hard and dig deep below the sparkling surface. This school has very poor leadership. Good teachers don't grow; bad teachers continue to teach bad. Thayer does not offer the child-centered, diverse education that all military children deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2007

I am a parent of a student in kindergarden at Thayer elementery school. My child has an excellent teacher and is doing quite well in school. Her teacher's name is Cindy Garrison and I highly reccomend her to all other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I think this is a great school. My children have loved attending school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Great principal, great teachers, great staff, great parents, great students. This school caters extremely well to military families. It would be nice if a foreign language program could be added as an extracurricular activity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

My children have attended this school since they began Kindergarten. The teachers that we have had have been kind, compassionate and willing to meet the needs of all children. Whenever I walk into the classroom, students are actively engaged in learning. Reading is high-priority at this school, and this really has helped my children become lifelong readers. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this school to others. The principal, however, is new and lacks the leadership that I feel is necessary to run a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

My children attented for three years. When we moved to our new duty station, both of my girls were ahead of their peers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

This is an excellent school. The teachers take an interest in each student and their learning. Teachers actively use technology in the classroom and employ multiple intellegence strategies to reach the highest number of students. Extra curricular activies such as a reading club, upper and lower grade choir, and special tutoring in math and reading meet the needs of students. Yes, additional aides would be helpful, and the library gets woefully few additional books each year, but these are problems faced everywhere. I don't know who wrote review number 2, but I've always seen this school's principal as firm, but fair to students. Parent involvement varies from year to year with new parents coming in, but the teachers are always willing to have parents helping in the classroom and with extra projects. One of the better school districts we've been in.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted October 18, 2005

LD services are lacking at this school. The teachers are over taxed. They do the best that they can. They are in need of trained, paid, teacher aids. This is a system wide issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

I think the Principal of the school is horrible. She talks down to students and makes them feel stupid. The teachers only care about having the students sit like robots all day long. Please send your child to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2004

This is the best school in the district. I have hade children in grades k-5. Some teachers are better than others. The administration is great and caring. My children enjoy this school though the homework is heavy at times.
—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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%
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 52% in 2013.

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70%

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75%

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Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

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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 Students77%
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Math

All Students76%
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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 Students73%
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Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students80%
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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
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Whiten/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students84%
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Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students66%
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Whiten/a
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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

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Math

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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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

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Government

The state average for Government was 57% in 2011.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

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Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. 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 70% 74%
Black 12% 17%
Hispanic 8% 5%
Two or more races 7% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 10 Achieving Schools in Missouri for our size. (2006)
  • Distinguished School District in Performance (2006)
  • Distinguished School District in Performance (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30(9:00-w)
School end time
  • 3:30
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mark Parker
Fax number
  • (573) 329-3252

Programs

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  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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Parent involvement
  • During the last school year, our parents volunteered over 2000 hours in our school for various activities. our pto is very active and last year raised over $11,000 to put back into the school for educational opportunities, student/family activities, and school needs. we have parents in our building daily and welcome their involvement.
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  • Thayer has a great reputation for success. We will do everything in our power to help your child be successful.
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4273 Thayer St
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
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Phone: (573) 329-6222

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