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Hal Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My son went to this school for 3 years on a zone variance, was an A/B honor roll student tested very high for the gifted and talented program for GATE. Unfortunately because he is on a zone variance and the principal will not grant him to continue going to Hal Smith they will lose out on one of their gret students. My son will miss the teachers and staff very much! The teachers are great my advice to the pricipal get more involved with the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Hal Smith has been a great school for my son. his kindergarten teacher sure gave a large amount of home work but my son really learned. She was very dedicated and concerned about how shy he appeared. First grade gave us another caring teacher who helped my son grow and learn. I just hope my next son will have teachers like this son to teach him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

The pick up system that the new principal started is just horrible. She turned something that should take five or ten minutes into an hour. I would move if we could it's that bad. On the other hand I do like my kids teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I think this school is amazing... My daughter was a transfer in the middle of the year from being home schooled (2nd grader) the office staff was amazing and her teacher was so kind and caring. I loved all the open communication with the teacher and the staff in general. I love that our first public school experience was with this school. I was fearful of public school but Hal-Smith really changed my mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

I absolutely hate this school. I don't feel that the teaching staff is up to par. The principal isn't much better and just the whole atmosphere is deplorable. I don't feel as though the school or the staff are really approachable by parents and alot of their practices are completely silly. They don't really seem to promote family interest in the school or students beyond one, or two times a year. My child will NOT be attending this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

This school has disappointed me. I was excited for my son to attend Hal Smith and then he ended up with the worst Kindergarten teacher I've ever met. She is rude, ignorant and expects way too much from kindergartners. I assume this is because she was teaching first grade before this year. I've been looking into private kindergartens for this reason but since the fees are too high all we can do is wait it out until we move in a few months. Hopefully he'll receive the education and care he deserves when we do. I'm personally sick to my stomach with this school and that woman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

I think this school is one of the best in Vegas, the teachers and the staff are very involved and seem to really care about the students, I feel blessed to have my child attend a school that cares so much!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

My daughter has been to Hal Smith since she was 5. She is now graduating 5th grade! She LOVES her school so much we even moved and she was allowed to be zoned. Teachers, staff, principal are GREAT! very opened door policy can call or walk in at any time and ALWAYS get greeted with a smile
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

I feel that Hal Smith staff should take more time to understand that some children are academically perfect, yet have mild behavioral issues - such as ADHD. I am very happy to transfer my child so that we may have a fresh start at a new school for the 2007-2008 year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

Four of my five children have been through Hal Smith since the school broke ground. Dr. Ballard is the best Principle and the dedication from the staff and teachers always go above and beyond. We miss Mr. Hal Smith since his passing, but may the school remain strong and positive for both his name and our children's future. Keep up the good work Huskies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

The staff at Hal Smith are wonderful. They make every effort to make sure my children can learn in a safe and healthy environment. Any child that needs some extra attention is helped in a timely and friendly manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I feel that Hal Smith is a great school. Everyone of the staff members that I have come in contact with has always been friendly and very helpful. My son really enjoys school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students60%
Female62%
Male58%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian59%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch57%
Full price75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Students with limited English proficiency53%
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant60%

Reading

All Students53%
Female58%
Male49%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian52%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch50%
Full price70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
Students with limited English proficiency45%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant53%
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 Students60%
Female67%
Male54%
Black/African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch58%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Students with limited English proficiency48%
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant60%

Reading

All Students52%
Female63%
Male43%
Black/African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian73%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch51%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Students with limited English proficiency24%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant52%
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 Students56%
Female61%
Male51%
Black/African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian58%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch56%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant56%

Reading

All Students48%
Female57%
Male40%
Black/African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch45%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant48%

Science

All Students38%
Female37%
Male38%
Black/African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch37%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English41%
Not migrant38%
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 51% 40%
White 23% 37%
Black 13% 10%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Las Vegas, NV 89122
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