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Lorna J Kesterson Elementary School

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Posted July 3, 2014

My kids used to love Kesterson but this last school year they lost their love for this school and so did I ! The new Principal cut out so many things and it disappointed my kids so much ! As a parent I never see the Principal around and when I do she walks around like she's to good to speak to anyone . There are some good things about this school like most of the Teachers are great and the P.T.A is also great but other than that this school is no good ! So glad my kids will not be at this school anymore and will be attending a much better school with an amazing Principal !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We got a new principal a couple of years ago, she has changed a few things and making the teachers feel under appreciated. Teachers are awesome and go above and beyond. My kids have never had a bad teacher. They did a fun run this year and the pta have put on fun things. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

great awesome fantastic school staff is the best NO BULLYING and my daughter LOVES this school although she is in fifth grade she wants to stay here forever
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is the best elementary school, has a great set of teachers and the GATE program teacher is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

All of the Staff and Students ALWAYS welcome one another! The C.A.R.I.N.G Coyotes are always helping eachother and encouraging eachother so that everyone is HAPPY


Posted August 6, 2012

My children have attended Kesterson since 2009 and they absolutely love it! We as their parents have been very pleased with the staff there. The principle is great, the office staff is very friendly and has always been helpful when needed. The teachers so far have been outstanding with our children we have not had any issues or dislikes from our kiddos. Thanks Kesterson staff keep up the good work! We look forward to many more years to come!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I would truely recommend this school. I have 2 kids that go there now and I really love it. The teachers and the staff at this school are wonderful. Its sad that my kids have to go to a different school next school year but I hope their new school is as better as Kesterson...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

We sent our child to this school for only 1/2 the school year. We transferred to a different school because this school was absolutely deplorable. The front office staff was very friendly, but that's where the kindness ended. The teacher literally yelled at the students daily, showed no concern for my child's safety, and obviously was miserable with her job. The principal had the audacity to RPC my child for "gang related activity" in 1st Grade when my child was defending himself from a bully. How it was that he got in trouble for being bullied was beyond my comprehension. When we asked her about it in the conference she refused to acknowledge the facts of the case. Ridiculous. I recently spoke with another parent who pulled her child from the school for the EXACT same reason - her son was bullied and he was RPC'ed because he was taller than the other child so therefor was at fault. I don't know what the deal is there with the administration but they are seriously missing the mark. While attending that school, we had so many problems with our son's attitude regarding school - he was miserable. I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Kesterson ES has the best staff & PTA ever! The teamwork is tremendous & a great role model for our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My twins have gone there since 1st grade, now in 5th. It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Kesterson is a great school. We moved to Henderson from the MS Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. I was amazed at how the school had a counselor observe my daughter's school day, from the classroom to the playground to make sure she was adapting to the change and making friends. I recommend Kesterson to everyone I know!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

I am very happy with this school! We have a dedicated principal that has improved the school. We are doing a lot better in parent involvement! The teacher's are great! My child and I feel safe at this school. I would highly recommend this school to everyone! I made a move to this area for this school and it was the best choice I've made since I moved here! Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I have 3 children that go to this school, and I will say after half the year, I am very pleased with the parent-teacher interaction. The kids love it, and I am glad that we moved into this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

My children have gone to Kesterson for 5 years now and they have flourished. We have always had caring teachers that are pleasant and responsive. As my oldest entered the 4th grade, I was disheartened by the large class size, but I believe you will have that at any public school. I have no regrets about my children being in this school. I also agree with the someone previously that enjoys the events they have throughout the year for families. I wish I could attend PTA meetings, but my schedule does not permit. I do volunteer in my child's classroom when I can though. I also agree that a huge factor in any school is the involvement of the parent. Disciplines, etc should not be left solely to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

I have nothing but positive things to say about the teachers and staff at this school. Everyone that I have had personal dealings with is caring and compassionate about the students. What I find appalling is the total lack of parent participation at the school. There is a pathetic sense of apathy from the parents. I have been a school volunteer for the past 5 years. Because of a recent event in our community - our PTA finally had 7 parents show up for the meeting, previously, maybe 1 parent would show up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

Although I consider this a good school, academically, I strongly question it's practices and procedures in handling discipline on all levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I do not feel that this school cares about my childs education. My child has a learining disability. It took them almost forever to test him. When they finally tested him, They tried to talk us out of retaining him in the first grade. The principle was never around. We never met him eventhough we made appointments to see him. He just gave us the run around. I am glad I took my child out of there. He is now reading two months after leaving that place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

This school refuses to acknowledge that our child, saldy as it may be, is a habitual disciplinary child just to better their outlook as compared to other schools. I have worked with the school only have them do nothing with regard to our childs behavior. I have repeatedly heard that this behavior is normal and it will probably go away next year. 3 years later and it is still the same. Ok they have placed him 'on the wall' during recess only to later see he hasn't been at the wall, but was playing around with the other children. To this they could only admit that the children are not properly being supervised during recess, otherwise they would be able to keep the children 'on the wall' where they are supposed to be. I could go on with more troubling information, but am limited to only 150 words here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

The teachers and staff at this school are great! They care and they are very friendly and helpful. I love all the extra activities they hold for the children and their families throughout the year. Its great they take an active role in the students, families and the community! I love being a parent volunteer also!
—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 70% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
72%
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 73% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

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 69% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
50%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male80%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian85%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant83%

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male60%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian77%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch57%
Full price77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant69%
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 Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian84%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch70%
Full price79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant77%

Reading

All Students77%
Female89%
Male67%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
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 Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch77%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant82%

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male79%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch81%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant81%

Science

All Students76%
Female73%
Male78%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
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 48% 37%
Hispanic 29% 40%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Black 6% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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