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Prairie Wind Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 762 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2010

It is a neighborhood school and both of my children love going there. The principal is very friendly and the teachers are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Both of the boys teachers are great. They love them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My kids love their school and their teachers. The teachers make learning a fun adventure instead of 'work' and keep the kids involved. The principal is delightful and always willing to talk with you, very helpful in solving problems and wants to make the school even better than it already is. Most of the people working there are pleasant and friendly to deal with. Clean atmosphere, nice upkeep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I have 2 children at this school and would love to be able to afford to move to get them out of here. My oldest child is self motivated and has no issues in his 5 years at this school.. however my 2nd grader is having a horrible time because he isn't so motivated. I try to stay as involved as I can as a parent, but the teachers and the school need to do their job at some point. I really loved this school the 1st few years my son was here, but unfortuanetly it has went down hill fast these last couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

To be honest I was intimidated by the size of Prairie Wind when we first moved here, but we have had nothing but good experiences at Prairie Wind. We have 3 boys with a variety of interests, music, science, math, drama, and they all have been challenged. The school staff and principal have even spent a great time helping us with one son who tends so get in trouble a lot due to a sensory processing disorder. I love the school spirit and the parent involvement at Prairied Wind. Our last PTA meeting had over 100 parents there! It is a great school and we are proud to be part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

All in all the school is good. There are a lot of students at the school and I feel as if they need some additional help in the way of assistants for the teachers/volunteers. The classes are very crowded and there isn't a lot of available time for the teacher and individual students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

What a wonderful school. The teachers are very good and keep the parents posted and this school has a great staff. My kids really like going here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

Praire Wind has been an exceptional school for my 5th and 2nd grader! The teachers are very passionate and dedicated to each student. My children have enjoyed their experience at this school and the educational resources are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2007

My son had a positive experience here for Kindergarten; but has not had the level of support from his primary teacher and support staff that I anticipated for first-grade. I think the large school size is a factor and I am personally looking for another school for my son to attend second-grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

My child has been to various schools due to behavior problems. It wasn't until he transferred to Prairie Wind that he was finally able to focus and excell at school. The principal was very active and is actually my son's favorite staff member. My son has stated numerous times that he does not even want to go to juinor high due to the fact that he feels that this is academic home he has been longing for. For me and my family...this is EASILY the best school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2005

Prairie Wind is an excellent school if you have an academically bright, independent child. For those students who don't fall in that category, the resources for support are regrettably lacking whether you are an involved parent or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2005

Prairie Wind Elem. is a fine school, but some, most of the teachers there don't have the time to help children. Many teachers here take matters into the own hands by yelling, screaming, and fussing at the children. The principal here is probably the best thing I can say about this school. On the plus side Prairie Wind feeds children with knowledge. Your child will come home with something learned everyday. So this is just the honest truth about Prairie Wind Elem.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2005

Moved from the bps school system here and plan on moving back. I'm used to a school that invites parents often and you actually see the principal walking the halls looking friendly. I just would prefer a smaller school. I think some kids get lost academically with so many grades and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2004

Prairie Wind is an excellent school. The administrative staff as well as the teaching staff are attentive to the students needs and even go out of their way to help the students. For example, many of the teachers have after school study sessions for those needing help(this is at no expense to the students and the teachers donate their time). The PTA is very involved and have different activities for the students throughout the year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2003

Prairie Wind is one of the better elementary schools within the Omaha Public School District. It is a new school, built in 1995. The administration under the leadership of Ms. Connie Hill(Principal) and Ms. Paula Knutzen(Vice Principal) can't be beat in the OPS system. The School has a strong PTA and is involved with many student activities year round.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 72% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic73%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Femalen/a
Male66%
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic78%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female69%
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic78%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female81%
Male61%
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic78%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch62%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female63%
Male70%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic80%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanic69%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Hispanicn/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch69%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 71%
Black 30% 7%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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10908 Ellison Ave
Omaha, NE 68164
Phone: (402) 491-0859

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