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Barbara And Hank Greenspun Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 1310 students

 

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Posted March 25, 2014

My daughter is a 7th grader at Greenspun and based on the two years she has been here, I can quite honestly say, I am very disappointed with the staff and teachers. My child struggles with Math and does well in her other classes but trying to get her teachers to respond to my emails or get help from them about anything is nearly impossible. I have sent emails, at one point scheduled a meetings just to get their attention and only 3 teachers out of 6 showed. No sorry, no apology, simply, "they couldn't make it." I have given up on Greenspun's teachers for any help or reach-out. I am now in the process of hiring a private company to help my child with her needs. Regardless of the matter, teachers should be communicating with parents and it should not be this difficult. They also do not have many options when it comes to extra circular activities. Very limited options, which also is a bummer! Other than the teachers being very unhelpful, my daughter loves it. Of course, a teen does not care about these issues. In fact, that makes them a cool teacher. The less they care, the cooler they are to the student. Pretty sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Greenspun has a wonderful summer transition program for incoming 6th graders. Two of my three daughters have attended and the third is looking forward to attending this summer. It is a fun program that allowed my girls to start the junior high school experience happy and confident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

As a former student of this school, I will try my best to just state my opinion and not be biased. Anyway, after moving to Henderson from a different state, I can honestly say my sister and I got very lucky to go to this school. It has a positive, cheery environment that students love. The way it's set up makes it not confusing, and it's relatively easy to get used to this school, if you're new. And the music programs are spectacular! The caveat? The low test scores and poor teaching. It's considered an "easy" school with very little responsibility and work--your kid would love that, but as a parent who wants the best for your kid, you would not! It's okay for grade level kids, but for accelerated kids (like me), it's just not challenging enough for us and we fall behind. In the end, my sister and I moved to Miller, another CCSD school *sob.* The education and test scores there are outstanding; it's a great place for accelerated students who need an advanced, rigorous curriculum. But I prefer Greenspun because of its environment. Greenspun, you'll remain in my heart forever!


Posted August 13, 2012

i'm a 7th grader now and to me this school is a great school it is easy to get to each and ever class the campus is beatyful the teachers are nice some times. but besides that i thing with alittle improvment green spun can be a very good school


Posted July 19, 2012

The administrators at this school are not very friendly at all!!! If your child comes home from school and says he or she has been picked on, YANK your child out right away!!!! My child was hit on, constantly picked on, and NOTHING was done about it!!!!! The Dean took the incident report that my child wrote complaining about the bullying incident, and THREW IT AWAY. The Principal and Ass't Principal backed her up, and I IMMEDIATELY took my child OUT OF THAT SCHOOL!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

If your student is an accelerated student DO NOT GO TO this school. There are only two courses "labeled" accelerated (name only) Math and English. They are NOT Accelerated!!! Principal says with the all inclusion of low and high students the low "aspire" to the higher level, not when the class is taught to the low level and at a snails pace. Go to Bob Miller or Del Webb those schools are actually teaching..... Beware...... two area math tutors currently tutoring HS Freshmen and Sophmores that attended Greenspun. Students were in "accelerated" and Honors math. They were not prepared at all.................................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Our family is highly appreciative that due to Greenspuns (mommy&daddy) oversight has brought attention to our child's drug use problem. How did this get past Mommy & Daddy!..thank you our child is in recovery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

We have been very impressed with Greenspun, especially after a couple of years navigating some of the other junior highs in the area. The staff bent over backwards to help me daughter straighten out some scheduling snafus, and most of the teachers I have met seem both personable and competent. I don't know that the curriculum here is any better than anywhere else in the district, but so little of that is controlled at the school level, I can only appreciate that they do their best to teach with what they're given in time and resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

I have three kids and the youngest goes to Greenspun. We came from another state years ago and I know for fact the this one the best school in the valley. I do appreciate how the teachers prepare themselves to go to work everyday. My three kids are into music and Ms. Houchens has been a great inspiration to my kids. I am glad for the opportunity that my kids have to attend this schoo. Great Job : )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Greenspun MS is a GREAT school. I cannot put into words how accepting everyone is and how great the teachers are. The staff, other than teachers, are great too. The only thing that could use any sort of anything is the lunch.It is good, but it could always be better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

The principal doesn't understand the difference between an average class curriculum and that of an accelerated program. She is eliminating opportunities for the accelerated students and placing them in general ed classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2007

this is a great school, it is very clean, and the teachers and staff are nice to everyone. i love it here and so will everyone eles.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2007

I attended Greenspun for only my sixth grade year, I was re-zoned to another school in Clark County District, I prefered my second school. During seventh and Eighth grade I felt more safe, and less tension around campus. The band at Greenspun is amazing, by far the best aspect of this school. - Alexandra
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

I have to agree with the other parent that said the staff spends more time playing mommy and daddy than teaching the kids. I realize that discipline can be an issue, but they get down right absurd with some things. I have never heard anything from the principal either, in fact I think I have only actually seen her twice. This IS a very nice neighborhood and you would think that the school system would be better. They definitely need some work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

The teachers are of the highest quality And they do their job well as long as you monitor your child as well, which you should!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

My son has loved Greenspun and I have loved the fact that he truly enjoys going to school every day. He especially loves band and the instruction that he receives will help him develop a life long interest in music. We have been so impressed with the quality of the teachers at Greenspun. They are so dedicated to the students. My son is in eighth grade now and I know he will always treasure the time he spent at Greenspun Junior High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2005

'I love it at greenspun jr. high school! It is the school my cousin and neighbors went to. The teachers are wonderful. NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND is really stressed at our school this year by Mrs. Beth Howe. She a really great principle!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2005

My son has had a very successful 6th grade at Greenspun. He seems to be happy with most of his teachers. He is also doing very well in all of his classes. Academics are highly stressed by Ms. Washington, the school principal.
—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 49% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
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 53% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

462 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
Black/African American45%
Asian81%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial63%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian68%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch45%
Full price71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities67%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant63%

Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male72%
Black/African American70%
Asian78%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial84%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch64%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities81%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant77%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Black/African American48%
Asian84%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial71%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian74%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch56%
Full price74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities74%
Students with limited English proficiency12%
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant67%

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Black/African American64%
Asian80%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch59%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities82%
Students with limited English proficiency24%
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant75%
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 Students64%
Female67%
Male60%
Black/African American64%
Asian85%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial66%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian69%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch45%
Full price72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities67%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Black/African American64%
Asian70%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch54%
Full price79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities75%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant71%

Science

All Students76%
Female74%
Male79%
Black/African American64%
Asian85%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian82%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch65%
Full price82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities80%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant76%
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 52% 37%
Hispanic 24% 40%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Black 7% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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

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  • (702) 799-0765

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Internet access
  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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