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John W. Luff Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 470 students

 

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Posted April 1, 2013

My son has attended John W Luff Elementary since he was 3 years old! We love everything about it! His teachers have been awesome and have always encouraged him to go above and beyond! He is now in the 5th grade and reads at the 12th grade reading level!! WOW!! Graduation this year will be bitter sweet. We will be sad to leave the teachers and school, but what good timing! Toni Kilgore-Mallams, principal, is leaving also. She has been the best! She always makes it a point to say hello, is very friendly, and has known my son belongs to me, since the second day we stepped foot in those doors! How she remembers every student and parent is beyond me! With issues that have risen throughout my son's school years, she has always been fair and reasonable handling them, and kept me informed. I have read some of the other reviews on this page and was baffled how Luff could get a poor review. LION PRIDE!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

The staff at this school are very welcoming and friendly. The principal smiles alot and always speaks kindly. She seems genuine, unlike one certain school on phelps where the principle and some teachers are a total joke and hold grudges against children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

The Pre-K section of the school is staffed with people who are ridiculously unqualified. They are not certified teachers, nor are they more than functionally literate. The principal takes credit for their few successes, and passes the buck on their many, many failures. The lead teacher takes classroom incidents too personally and maintains grudges against children. Documentation of incidents is sporadic and arbitrary, and is not regularly shared with parents. Paperwork disappears, then reappears, then disappears again. Some paperwork sprouts forth miraculously from the ether. Pre-K children are surrounded by toys and games and fun things, but expected to sit quietly on the carpet and focus on stories read in monotone worse than Ferris Bueller's teacher. You will get far superior Pre-K care and enrichment from Chuck E Cheese.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

There are 26 students in my daughter's kindergarten class for starters which I think is way to many students for one teacher without any assistance. I also feel the school does a poor job keeping parents informed on what is going on at school. We get a weekly newsletter which doesn't always have the proper dates and/or times and even though we are supposed to get these on Thursdays sometimes they aren't sent home until Friday or Monday and I only get a day or twos notice for special events. They are not very clear on what some of their activities are either. This is my first school age child and they had a notice a few days before curricular night and said they hoped to see me there but didn't mark the time or explain what it was. I had to call the school that Monday to find out details. This school also doesn't seem to want to help my daughter with some of her issues at school. Because she is fine academically they don't want to help with the rest but they keep contacting me to complain about her issues! I feel this school is lacking in some very important areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

best school and the principle is wonderful. She will listen to the parents and not always listen to the teachers like my principles
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

The teachers there taught me better than any other school. They used real life situations and used things to show math application. I have used what I learned from John W. Luff almost everyday of my life so far.


Posted August 5, 2008

My son went to luff and we absolutely loved this school.The staff and the teachers were great and anytime I had a problem it was fixed asap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

this is a wonderful school! my son went to this school for 5 years and we will never for get this school and the staff to the next set of kids that start at luff I know you will enjoy your school years to come a john w luff
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

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

All Students47%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Free or reduced-price lunch38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students55%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Free or reduced-price lunch46%
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 Students70%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Free or reduced-price lunch60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students58%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Free or reduced-price lunch53%
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 Students42%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White46%
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White41%
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students51%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
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 67% 74%
Hispanic 17% 5%
Black 11% 17%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 59%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Antoinette Kilgore
Fax number
  • (816) 521-5639

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3700 South Delaware Ave
Independence, MO 64055
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