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Desmet School

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Posted November 10, 2009

Unfortunately, this school has a poor reputation, but our experience has been nothing but positive. The teachers and principal are excellent. They know each student personally and work to create a very positive learning and social environment. We love the sense of community this school offers as well as the small class size. There isn't another school in Missoula that offers a better student-teacher ratio. Speaking as an educator, DeSmet is an EXCELLENT school and should not be dismissed or overlooked based on hearsay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This school made tremendous strides in the last four years. It is hard to see it go backwards with new administration. The programs and plans put into place by staff and the previous administrator were great for the student population this school has. There certainly is not the connection to the school like there use to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

The principal is outstanding; she is very firm but cares about the students. She coordinated several food distribution programs with the Montana Food Bank Network for the many, many needy children in the school. The student council, though small, is very active. The music program is weak, but improving slowly. The teachers are outstanding. I have students in both elementary and middle school grades, and all receive outstanding instruction and one-on-one attention from their teachers. Sadly, turnover has been very high the past few years, and the principal left at the end of the 2007-2008 school year for another job. Teachers are leaving to take jobs in other area school districts, which leads me to believe that pay is lower than other schools in the area. The parent organization was a bit more active this past year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

The administration is hard to communicate with and does not seem to value the few parents who actually care. The quality of academic programs is steadily improving. The music program was great; we will see what the new teacher brings to the table this year. Art program could use some work. Sports program is improving, but still needs lots of work (there will be a new PE teacher this year). Extracurricular activities do not exist. The level of parent involvement is very poor. The student population is challenging with many of the children (about 80 %)facing sad and scary situations at home. There is a bad bullying problem! The lunch program is terrible and not nutritous. There will be a new lunch lady, so that brings some hope. The counselors are awesome and very helpful. The school has potential. High turnover rate for teachers, which is hard on students.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students40%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic36%
Participates in free/reduced lunch33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic82%
Participates in free/reduced lunch67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Studentsn/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Studentsn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 15% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Black 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Missoula, MT 59802
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