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Walter Bracken Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 453 students

 

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Posted October 28, 2013

Amazing school, great teachers that really care about teaching the students. My son has only been here for a few months and has taken his enthusiasm to learn to a whole new level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

school next year 2013-2014 excellent school.in first gread so if you can email me update
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

I have worked at this school for the last six years. I started here after my son started here in the first grade. Before I came to work for Bracken I was a perfectly content stay at home wife and mother of two. I soon found that the teachers needed parent help and wound up spending almost all my free time at the school helping out as much as possible. I have always felt that the more I could do for my teachers, the more time they would have to spend actually teaching my children versus preparing to reach my children. The staff here was so warm and welcoming, especially the principal, that when a position became available to work at this school, I immediately went to apply for it. It has been a joy ever since which is why I am still here even though both of my children have moved on into other magnet schools. The thing I think I love the most about this school is there is no PTA/PTO, but its ok. I hear from parents all the time that they like the set up we have here. It allows for all the teachers to submit work to be done and for any and all parents to either stay or take home work. And there are no fee's to join and no limits to how much or how little parents can help.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 17, 2012

I am a grandparent to a pre-k and kinder student at Bracken. I come here daily and help out in the work center whenever possible. I have met most of the staff from working in the work center doing various projects for the different grade levels. Many times they come in with notes or sweets to say thank you for all the hard work the parent volunteers do. Because of working in the center, I am able to see what things my grandkids will be working on if they get into this school when their time comes. I am keeping my fingers crossed, because I really like this school and dread the idea of having to go any where else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

My daugher is in her fifth year at Bracken. I have spent a lot of time at school volunteering and feel welcome at all times. The set-up for parent involvement seems to better than a regular PTA/PTO since parents are invited to spend as many hours as they like at school helping out, whether it be in classrooms, the work center, or accompaning the students on field trips. I have been involved in the school carnival, painted, read to students in classrooms and so many other things and feel like my contributions have been appreciated by both staff and students. Any issues with my daughter have been quickly and fairly dealt with. My dealings with all of her teachers have been friendly and have all been extremely helpful in keeping her on track and excelling in her studies. The principal has always been accessible, friendly and seems to be motivated to do what is best for the students. Grade scores have continued to improve every year and yes the school does receive awards but that is a testament to the dedication of the principal and staff not in spite of it. Overall, my daughter loves this school and I think it's great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

I have been a teacher at Walter Bracken School for 7 years. When I came across the November 12 posting, I was surprised to read it. Our parents are overwhelming satisfied with this school. According to the recent parent survey results, in response to the question Does the school value my input as a parent? The results were 290 yes (98.7%) and 4 no (1.3%). Our principal is a great leader and is constantly striving to innovate. She makes her decisions with one question in mind Is it in the best interest of our students? In response to the claim if your child has special needs you are quickly shown the door , I can personally tell you that I have students in my classroom with IEPs and 504s. When I read that post, my first thought was that a principal like the one portrayed would not be able to hold on to her quality teachers very long. We have an extremely low turnover rate in comparison to the district, and the teachers that do leave are leaving the state not transferring within the district. I would urge any parent who is interested in our school to come view it for yourself on one of our school tour dates, and you can see what a great school Walter Bracken truly is.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 12, 2012

The weakest link at this school is the principle. If not for the teachers who cover up that weakness I fear this school would fail. She refuses to look at alternative learning or thinking about the children first. Her number one goal seems to receive awards. This school can not even retain an assistant principle (went thru aprox 4). There is no PTA where parents could have a voice to express concerns. There used to be a PTA but it disappeared after disagreeing with leadership (Principle). This school would be even better based on the excellent Teacher base but new leadership installed. Oh...if your child has special needs you are quickly shown the door as the principle, rather than a licensed child advocate runs the accommindation meetings. ....horrible experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

AWESOME. That's one of the few words you can use to describe this AMAZING school. The teachers there are all AWESOME. I really need to stop using that word. But you know, that's the best word to describe the school. The principle is also AWESOME and knows both students and parents by first name or at least tries to. Science program: AWESOME. Math program: AWESOME. L.A program: AWESOME. (Get the picture?) All in all, Walter Bracken is by far one of the best school in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Excellent school! My son is in his second year at Bracken and I cant tell you how great this school has been for him. He went to a zoned school for one year and hated it, the kids and the teachers. This school has completely turned him into a love for learning kind of kid. The teachers push thier kids, LOVE to teach and love seeing thier kids excel! Ms. Decker is a great principal who is involved, cared and concerend about the kids and she only expects the same from her teachers. I am so BLESSED to have my son at this school, we will be applying for my other two childrenwhen they get old enough as well. I live about 20 miles from the school, but they offer transportation and the distance is well worth my son loving school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

Excellent school. We love the academic programs and teachers. My daughter absolutely loves this school. Her teachers are awesome. Always giving her that extra push and the challenge to excell. Her teachers are really good in communicating to us about her progress or any challenges she might have. I love Bracken's exploration classes and learning labs. They give students hands on learning experience. Mrs Decker is a great principal who's very involved in everything that's happening in the school. Every morning you'll see her walking around the school and greeting everybody. I am very proud and grateful that my daughter have been selected to attend Bracken and eventhough we live about 20 miles from the school, I don't mind driving her to school because I know she's getting high quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Awesome school. Teachers obviously love to be at work. Academics are encourage and the science is awesome. The principal knows all the kids by their first name. Bullying is not tolerated. My child cried and cried to go to her last school adn here she is excited and excelling. They truly care about your child and her teachers have given her the extra push so she does not get board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

The magnet program at Walter Bracken is excellent. The teachers, staff and principal are always helpful and really care about the success of my children. At this school children are encouraged to learn and their creativity is not discouraged. They manage to do this while still maintaining high expectations for discipline. Great School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

My son is going to enter the 2nd grade this year, and has been enjoying Bracken since Kindergarten. All of his Teachers have been exceptional, as well as the staff.I couldn't be happier that he is attending Bracken once again, there is a special vibe you get once you enter the campus.The parent involvement is stupendous! and THAT is what makes it a terrific school!! Mrs. Decker is great, she walks the playground in the morning greeting all students, and parents with a great big welcome smile-and mostly knows all by their first name.The challenges are great for the kids- and knowledge is the key to their future.This school should receive a medal- and the test scores prove it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

Bracken Magnet is a wonderful learning environment for both children and families! It is a very welcoming school, that cares about everyone who walks through the gates. Mrs. Decker is a dedicated principal. It is so nice that she will always approach you and makes it a point to know everyones name!
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students86%
Female80%
Male91%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch85%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
Students with limited English proficiency79%
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant86%

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch77%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Students with limited English proficiency64%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant81%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian100%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch90%
Full price98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant94%

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian100%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch93%
Full price90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant92%
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 Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch98%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%

Reading

All Students88%
Female80%
Male94%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch88%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant88%

Science

All Students92%
Female86%
Male96%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasiann/a
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch88%
Full price95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English95%
Not migrant92%
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
Hispanic 57% 39%
White 20% 39%
Black 9% 10%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (702) 799-7102

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