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Grant Sawyer Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1349 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2014

my kid joined Grant Sawyer last year and we just move to this country. Honestly to say, we love schooling in Grant Sawyer,and the school works so hard to improve the student performance. They give your kids more attention and the teachers are great. Amazingly, although Vegas is a "Sin City", the school here is prudent and they even take more efforts since some the kids are not English-speakers. and all the stuffs have to work even harder to keep the kids followup. They have a great band, Mr. Fernandez is a great teacher. I would like to say this is a great school. Also, when talking about the GPA or scores,,I would like to say it is not fair to simply compare the student here with LA or Bay area, the students background does count a lot. I mean, whether they are born here or how much efforts their parent can invest in for their kids. For the parents who work with Casinos, it is understandable that they can not give their kids as much attention as a regular working time parents do. What's more, some parents do not speak English and so they can not help their kids with their homework at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Great. Fantastic education. My child actually enjoys going to this school. I am happy they are not finding anything negative about is school. No bullies and they have made tons of friends. The principle is great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

this school is a good motevter my son tured mature and he stoped doing drugs he takes me anywhere he goes and he gets straight a's he loves this school and wishes there was 9th grade but this changed his life.


Posted June 13, 2013

I went here for my 6th and 7th grade year, and I'm about to start my 8th grade year here. Sixth grade.. was okay. The old principal was nowhere to be found..unless somebody important was at Sawyer. I was a dumb kid, I broke so many rules and got away with it in 6th grade. I have no idea how long she(the old principal) worked there, but I'm sure it was at least 5 years. She never enforced anything, and I'm pretty sure some students were doing 'things' in the bathroom. Start of seventh grade, we have a new principal. He is amazing. He made me realize how incredibly dumb I was being and turned me into a mature 7th grader. He is everywhere at school. He attends all 3 lunches, makes daily announcements, and he even danced with us at our dances! He's easy going, and it's rare to see him not at school. When we do something bad, he gets disappointed in us, which is worse than any other punishment. The only thing I absolutely hate is the 2012-2013 sixth-soon-to-be seventh graders' attitude. They're extremely spoiled, but then again I guess that's how I used to act. I'm on a zone variance for this school. I love this school so much, I MADE my parents apply. Once a mustang, always a mustang.


Posted May 21, 2012

I love this school this school is like my favorite middle school I've attended this school for 6th and 7th but sadly I won't be able to attend 8th . This school has the most nicest people ever and it's very easy to find friends and even though this school has a lot of fights its still a great school . I'm in the orchestra program and the teacher Mr. Brown is more then amazing and he is my most favorite teacher and he's really funny and the great thing about orchestra is that it's not alike from other schools it has a chamber level for kids to try and work harder but sadly I will not be able to go to chamber and go to Disneyland because I'm transferring to Sig Rogich I heard its a good school but it will never replace my amazing memories and the amazing teachers and people there and Ms. Childress is the most amazingest dean ever ! I hope to the people that go to sawyer that they will enjoy it a lot like I did :) I WILL MISS SAWYER !!!


Posted May 11, 2011

i am going to this school in 7th grade. i am in 6th grade right now and i am waiting to go to this school. I hope this is a good school to learn in. i hope i feel safe and in a good enviroment like the reviews say.


Posted November 17, 2010

GRANT SAWYER IS A GOOD SCHOOL ITS NOT THE BEST BUT HTEY MAKE U FEEL AT HOME I WENT THERE FOR THE 7TH GREAD AND I LOVED IT THEY MADE ME FEEL AT HOME I COULD TALK TO THEM ABOUT MY HOME PROBLEMS AND THE DEANS THERE R GOOD WHEN I GOT IN TROUBLE THEY PUT ME IN TO SHAPE BUT SAWYER IS NOT THE BEST SCHOOL EVER BUT IT IS A GOOD SCHOOL TO MAKE UR CHILED FEEL WELCOME THERE DRAMA PROGRAM IS THE BEST AND THEY HELPED ME GET IN TO THE SCHOOL THAT I WANTED LVA (LAS VEGAS ACADEMY) ITS A GOOD SCHOOL TO FIND FRIENDS BUT OF COURSE THERE WILL BE A FIGHT THERE IS NOT ONE SCHOOL IN LAS VEGAS THAT AT LEAST HAS TWO FIGHTS PER YEAR BUIT I LOVER SAWYER WHEN I WHENT THERE


Posted July 26, 2010

I am going to Grant Sawyer Middle School and i hope its going to be awsome. I have had my elder brother and sister go there so i know my way around. i know for sure they have great teachers and good events but i would add more. i cant wait to go there and meet them


Posted June 7, 2010

This school is great. I was a little scared because it was my very first year there, but they made me feel way at home. It's a great school. Fights happen once in a while, but that happens in every middle school. They handle it very well. I love it there!


Posted April 8, 2010

Currently this school has intese and dominate issues with gang membership, drugs, bullying, poor scores on standardized testing and high repetition of grades. There are more than just several students attending above the age of fifteen. The staff can only do so much and some specifically are incompetent and unable to fully answer student's questions. The staff isn't handling the drug issue- drug dealing and purchasing. The enforcement of school dress code is laughable. This school is currently on the government's red list for possibly taking it over. It's low performance on standardized tests has put it under the watchful eye of the district. I highly recommend sending your child somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I attented 7th and 8th grade in Sawyer Middle School. At first I hated it, but was only because I had to leave all my friends behind Jim Bridger Middle School. I really care about my edducation and then everything started getting better. I really loved this school, there's good teachers, there's dress code but no uniforms neccessary. Really great school! Of course there were fights but they got in crontolled. The kids behaved better. This Middle School was way better than Jim Bridger. And I know this because I went to Sawyer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2009

The teachers, are okay. But what I like as being a student is the surroundings and enviroment.(:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

I think Sawyer is not a very parent friendly school. The deans office the secretary is nice but the deans are so unapproachable. Nobody knows anything. My child went there and was constantly being harassed and the deans office did nothing. The teachers complain alot. And the principal can't be found.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

I like sawyer its just i don't feel safe and i really don't feel that I'm in good hands. Yes the education is good but the other students interfere with our academic studies and the teachers don't do anything about it. I would like the principle to seek more into that and consider the thought of making the school a safer place where students can learn and still know there safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2007

This is my sons third year at Sawyer Middle School. I feel that Sawyer is an excellent school for acadamics. As far as those other parents who do not think Sawyer is great. My advice is to get more involved. Go to the PAC meetings. It is such a shame to see that actually parents do not come to the meetings and then complain that the school is not doing its job. Mrs. Friel is an excellent principal and only wants the best for all of the students.. Come on people get involved in your childs education. You may feel better and see some improvements in your children as well. This is the best middle school in the Southwest. Great teachers as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I would not recommend sending any special needs child to this school especially if they are physically disabled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Sawyer is a great school to learn at! But sometimes there can be fights and weird things happening. But I am proud to be a Sawyer Mustang! Go Mustangs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2006

I am thrilled my son is done with Grant Sawyer and is moving on to High School! I believe the administration is very 'teacher biased'. I can only hope that they change their ways and really pay attention to the fact that the teachers are humans and do make mistakes in judgement and the students are not always at fault!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

Grant Sawyer Middle School is truely a great school with great teachers. Sure, there are bullies, but what school doesn't? It has a great orchestra, band, and choir program. I highly recommend sending your child there. It also has great deans and staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2005

I would not personally recommend sending your child to Grant Sawyer Middle School.
—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.

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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 49% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

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 39% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

480 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students46%
Female49%
Male44%
Black/African American35%
Asian64%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial56%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian52%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch41%
Full price60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities50%
Students with limited English proficiency16%
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant46%

Reading

All Students58%
Female66%
Male51%
Black/African American57%
Asian60%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian66%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch53%
Full price70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiency16%
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant58%
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 Students46%
Female45%
Male47%
Black/African American35%
Asian63%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial42%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian54%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch39%
Full price61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities48%
Students with limited English proficiency7%
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant46%

Reading

All Students60%
Female68%
Male51%
Black/African American53%
Asian69%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial77%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian70%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch54%
Full price72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities63%
Students with limited English proficiency11%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant60%
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 Students32%
Female34%
Male30%
Black/African American13%
Asian58%
Hispanic27%
Multiracial19%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian45%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch28%
Full price39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities34%
Students with limited English proficiency2%
Proficient in English37%
Not migrant32%

Reading

All Students47%
Female57%
Male40%
Black/African American32%
Asian65%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial31%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian60%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch44%
Full price53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities50%
Students with limited English proficiency3%
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant47%

Science

All Students48%
Female49%
Male46%
Black/African American31%
Asian63%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial44%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian62%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch45%
Full price53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities50%
Students with limited English proficiency3%
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant48%
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 42% 39%
White 22% 39%
Asian 16% 6%
Black 13% 10%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Fax number
  • (702) 799-5969

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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