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Posted October 8, 2013

Catlin was not my first choice of school, but after my daughter was expelled from a private kindergarten, we had to attend our neighborhood school. Catlin has really surprised me with how accepting and willing the staff is to work with my child. She was able to get the help she needed and succeed academically as well as socially. I was at such a loss with what to do and how to help my child succeed in school. The entire staff assisted with providing my child a great learning environment. When my other child was about to enter school, I knew she would be attending Catlin with her sister. They are welcoming and really take the time to make the children feel accepted and provide the tools they need to succeed. Both of my daughters have had really good experiences at Catlin. This year we have a new principal and I think he is just as great as the previous principal. The librarian does a great job with encouraging reading. I think there could be more parent involvement in any school because it helps the children long term when done correctly. I am not familiar with the testing yet, since my girls haven't done testing yet, but there is always room for improvement at any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Excelling in the music and tactile arts! We have had 4 children go/going there. Violin learning by ear is excellent and astonishing to see how much 2nd/3rd graders progress. Also my daughter was doing several instruments by 5th grade, violin, harp & keyboard. However some teachers did't help with expectations for my ADD son. He was in the principals office a lot, which could have been avoided had they told us about a 501 Plan for such kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

My kids have gone to this school and it depends on the teacher. We had a problem with a kid hurting my kid and the school not doing anything. He was bullied and tormented and nothing. I was so surprised because of the anti bullying rules. I love the music program. And that's the best thing I can say
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

I have been pleased with the music and arts and regular classroom education. I agree with a previous poster that if your child has special needs this probably is not the school for you. My child does not need a lot of extra attention but he is entitled to 5 hours of extra help a week. I did not receive any letter or communication until a week after the special education teacher left to go full time at another school. It will be my goal if my child continues here to get a full time special education resource teacher at this school. No child deserves not to learn or to be ostracized because of a medical condition. Also I hardly feel welcome here and the last school I volunteered in the school library 2 hours a week. It is a shame to turn away parents and free help! If you want to be an involved parent join the PTA and be certain to check on your criminal background check with the district office to get your foot in the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2010

I have to say that I can't imagine a student not getting the help they need at Catlin. Last year I had students who were helped by the ESL teacher, the reading specialist , Title 1 tutors both during the day and after school. Also a para was in my class for an hour every day to help those who need extra assistance. I guess I would call that extra help. As for the school itself, I hope I am never anywhere else!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 19, 2010

Great school, excellent teachers. My two children love everything that Catlin has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

There are both good and bad things about Catlin magnet. I have been associated with this school as a parent since 08/03. As a magnet school for performing arts, it does have unique things to offer(violin lessons in 2nd and 3rd grade,recorder in 4th,chime choir in 5th etc). Catlin has become a principal training elementary school, as of 08/09.We are on our 4th principal in a matter of the past 7 years. Many are not pleased with this. Also, school officials do not enforce the posted one way during drop off and pick up times which make the area dangerous. The best thing about the school are the school secretaries-Mrs Rolles and Mrs Pagel--they ROCK! If your child is of normal and average ability, they will do fine at Catlin. But BEWARE if your child has special needs,and need extra help. They WON'T get it at Catlin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

My son started catlin in 2nd grade as a lottery student and we are so lucky. he attended two other ops schools before catlin and I can't say enough positive things about this school. he is now in fifth grade and we still love it. the school is small and the kids feel lucky to be there. they play violin in 2nd/3rd grade and there are many added art enrichment activities that the kids enjoy. the older grades get laptops to use in class and continue with their strings lessons if they choose and also band. The PTA is great too. Really one of the best elementary schools in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I gave my review already & it wasn't published, so, i'm assuming you only want positive things written here. My experience with catlin was far from positive. I would not recommend this school to anyone. It was a bitter disappointment, especially since i bought my house in this school district specifically so that my kids could attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

Catlin appears to be the finest elementary school within the Omaha District. I have attended many school functions, performances, and visited many classrooms, as a grandparent. The opportunities for academic enrichment, as well as artistic development, both in music, drama, and art, are enable students to achieve their potential and become well-rounded citizens. I would recommend any parent, grandparent, and others to enroll their child in Catlin if given the chance. Shirley Higbee
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

To Any & All Interested Parents: There is only one word that can summarize, Catlin Magnet..awesome! The teachers are unbelievable. They care very much about each and every student and the success of each and every one of them. My son, who is 5, attends Catlin and loves everything about it. He was very uninterested in school until he met his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Pelowski. He has been transformed. He loves to read, draw, color, count and attend school. Catlin's PTA and their activities, including the Carnival and the Chili Feed is the best attended ever. They have great leadership with Mrs. Goetzinger and it goes all the way up to the 6th grade teacher. Parents - there is no better school than Catlin! My other sons attend parochial school and we are not as pleased as we are with Catlin. Good Job Catlin. You have a great thing going! A thankful parent
—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 75% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 69% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 67% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students66%
Female70%
Male61%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic66%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch58%
Special education students38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female92%
Male78%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic85%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunchn/a
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students61%
Female53%
Male68%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic76%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch42%
Special education students40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic84%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch54%
Special education students50%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female68%
Male48%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic64%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch43%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch67%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female67%
Male84%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic91%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch71%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female50%
Male68%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch48%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students55%
Female38%
Male76%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic69%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch42%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female53%
Male88%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic94%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch57%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 56% 70%
Hispanic 28% 16%
Black 8% 7%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
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 60%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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12736 Marinda St
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone: (402) 697-0414

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