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Sunny Slope Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 459 students

 

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Posted November 8, 2010

I am a "new" parent to Sunny Slope I have two students that are doing wonderfully academically. Unfortunately, some of our personal life has infiltrated Sunny Slope and I had to have numerous meetings with Ms. Whitehouse regarding my ex-husband's bad behavior (I have full custody). She listened, understood and respected my wishes in regards to the educational needs of my children. The staff is very commited to their profession. Their professionalism, honesty and integrity is evident everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My 2 children (girls) go to this school. Not only does the PTA not get involved more with the children for activities, (they only plan one field-trip per class per year) But the PTA seems to be a social club. I can't give good reviews of this school, it is just bad. if I had a chance to pull my kids out and send them back to Bellevue schools, I would in an instant. The Teachers are just wanting to get their stuff done and not really teach. IMHO Don't send your kids to Sunnyslope Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

My son is a kindergartner this year at Sunnyslope Elementary, and I am very impressed with their program. He just had his 3rd quarter conference, and to see the vast improvement in his writing and reading skills from September 2006 to March 2007 was wonderful! He learns respect and rules in his class, and has also applied his rules from school at home. They also have programs in place to teach the appropriate behavior at school and each child knows what is expected of him/her. I now have a daughter starting kindergarten in the fall, and would not want to send her anywhere else but Sunnyslope. I am extremely confident in the teachers and the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

Very poorly organized school. My daughter was new this year and my first impression was the principal allowing me to walk right past him and he didn't even stop me or ask me who I was or what I was doing there. He didn't and still doesn't know me. I have great concerns about safety. Next, the curriculum lacks a challenge. This elementary is in need of some extra curriculum to help keep the students busy, and out of trouble. If I had not moved into this district I would never have my daughter attend here. We are going to try and move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

I have had nothing but a positive experience with my involvement at Sunny Slope Elementary. Students are taught by a caring and genuine staff that deeply cares about the best interest of the children. I think that too often, it is easy to focus on the negative aspect of situations, rather than work with the classroom teacher and principal to be proactive. In addition, I feel that it is unfair to judge the quality of education received at Sunny Slope based on the use of substitute teachers. Like the rest of us, teachers are human! Because they work in an environment with children that is prone to illness, they are more likely to become sick. This, and other unforseen reasons (such as surgeries, family illnesses,deaths,etc.) call for teachers to be absent. Many times, it is more difficult and time consuming to plan for a substitute teacher, than to be present.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

My son attended Sunny Slope for 5 years. I was always complacent and thought I was happy until he transfer to another school in the district. Sunny Slope parents do not know what they are missing out on. The principal at his new school is involved in every aspect. She knows children by name and is always out in the halls making sure things like bullying are not happening. Sunny Slopes principal is not involved in the daily acitivities of the school. He has stood up the PTA on more than one occassion. As far as academics, my son was at the top of his class at Sunny Slope, now he just getting by. He would be much more advanced if he would have been attending this other school all along. Parents at Sunny Slope should look in to other schools and demand thier children recieve what others child are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

The principle appears afraid to stand up to parents. My child has been bullied for 3 years and nothing was ever done, except turn the other way to avoid confrontation. Students are not treated the same and rarely is there any consequences for the children that are out of control, again afraid of parents. My child lost a lot in 3rd grade due to a teacher being absent more than present- taught by several different substitutes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

I feel that the administration and staff at Sunnyslope are very caring and supporting. As in all district schools extracurricular activities are limited because of funding. A school can only offer activties for parent involvement - but the parents need to get up to school. As for discipline students and parents need to be held accountable. The school is kept up well, neat and tidy- the custodians after school are helpful. Yes the classroom's have large attendance but that is something to discuss with the superintendent. My child is in the fourth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

The students seem to run the school by 5th and 6th grade with frequent outbursts and diruptions from students and parents alike. Lots of bullying gets overlooked in the classrooms. PTA struggles to get parent involvement, same people doing the same old things year after year. Music and art offered including strings and band which is a nice extra. Extracurricular activities seem to be a thing of the past. PTA sponsors a field trip for each class, there are no sports and the children are basically unfit. The clubs offered after school are extremely expensive and often closed to new enrollment before they begin the following year. Without leadership everyone seems to be steering there own ship at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

The student/teacher ratio seems to be off in this. My son is in a class of 28. Many times the other teacher has to fill in for the principal and his teacher takes both classes! This school has no extracurricular activies, their after school program is full, no sports teams. The teacher is very good, but this school doesnt have a very good communication system between parents and school. Trying to transfer our student to another school with lower teacher/student ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2003

My daughter is in 1st grade at this school. I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of her teacher and the school principal to nurture children...


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.
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 69% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

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

All Students68%
Female62%
Male74%
Black, not Hispanic)40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic88%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch63%
Special education students38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Black, not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanicn/a
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch59%
Special education students54%
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 Students56%
Female51%
Male61%
Black, not Hispanic)22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic70%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch36%
Special education students27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female74%
Male65%
Black, not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic84%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch61%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female78%
Male30%
Black, not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic60%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch39%
Special education students18%
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 Students52%
Female67%
Male36%
Black, not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic56%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch44%
Special education students33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female81%
Male61%
Black, not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic77%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch63%
Special education students47%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female55%
Male29%
Black, not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic44%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch32%
Special education students33%
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%
Female57%
Male63%
Black, not Hispanic)27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic81%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch38%
Special education students35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female71%
Male79%
Black, not Hispanic)53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic91%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch66%
Special education students71%
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%
Black 27% 7%
Hispanic 10% 16%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 55%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10828 Old Maple Rd
Omaha, NE 68164
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