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Pau Wa Lu Middle School

Public | 7-9 | 600 students

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Posted November 3, 2012

A student teacher was brought into my child s 9th grade math class second semester and as a result my child as well as many others suffered because of her inability to explain the math in a way that could be understood. I have nothing against student teachers; however more than ten complaints to the counseling staff by above average students, and concerned parents including myself did not raise much of a concern to Keith Lewis, the principal. The kids were reaching out to the staff for help, not for the intention of getting the student teacher kicked out of the classroom. What troubles me is that after the principal came into the class room and reviewed the teaching ethic of this student teacher, he proceeded to interpret the frustration of the students toward the student teacher as some sort of high disrespect instead of plainly seeing that the students were frustrated because they could not understand what she was teaching. In addition he did not provide a solution or a way to get extra help; so as a result the kids were left stranded, and frustrated as well as feeling they had nobody to turn to. I mention again that this was a GROUP of students spread across MORE THAN ONE CLASS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

The school provides the opportunity to participate in yearbook some years as a class and some years as a club. This limits the opportunity for all students to participate. In addition the teacher lacks organizational skills, which tells me she has no clear understanding of how to run the class. If this teacher were at fault for pages not getting submitted on time, she does not take responsibility for it and ruins the hard work of deserving students for the sake of a budget. Also if there is a tight deadline the teacher will put false headings, quotes and captions on pages without the permission of the student working on that specific page or without the permission of the child/staff member in the photo/on the page. Another alarming detail about the yearbook class is that 7th graders do not get an equal share of pictures and pages due to the upper grade levels ruling the majority of the yearbook class. I believe that the yearbook is a reflection on the student s lives throughout their time at school, and to disrespect them in so many ways is outrageous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

The Principal Keith Lewis does try, but lacks any leadership quality. This reflects in the staff and over quality of the teaching staff to be true professionals. The teaching staff does have a few wild cards in there. There are teachers that use foul language with the students and a few may be bipolar or just have a many "bad days". A few bad apples in the staff, however there are ones that try and do their best. There is excessive bullying and though the hand book states there is zero tolerance this school DOES NOT have a grasp or have it under control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

The admin staff seems to really care about the kids, and there is open communication with the entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

Because they have an excellent staff who really care about the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

They have such a diverse population that cultural differences work hand in hand.
—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.

About these ratings

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 53% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

190 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female62%
Male43%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian56%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch37%
Full price64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities59%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch57%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities82%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
Female33%
Male37%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian38%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch22%
Full price44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities39%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English35%
Not migrant35%

Reading

All Students58%
Female66%
Male51%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian62%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch47%
Full price66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities65%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant58%

Science

All Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian71%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch55%
Full price75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities71%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 37%
Hispanic 16% 40%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 1%
Two or more races 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Marching band
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Keith Lewis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (775) 265-1653

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Actions Program
  • Art club
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Safe School Ambassadors
  • Student Leadership
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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