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Sandy Searles Miller Elementary School

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Posted May 9, 2014

DO NOT SEND your child here if they have any kind of learning disability. They are not accommodating AT ALL. The principle is also the worst principle I have ever dealt with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

I love that this school Challenges me kids and helps them to think outside the box. Great School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Highly recommend this school. Since my daughter has started going to this school, her learning level has increase drastically. Best part is there are magnet which means they can regulate who attends so bullying is not tolerated. Uniforms make it a plus also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Sandy Searles Miller E.S. is a hands on learning experience! Staff are committed to student achievement and knowledgeable about how to help students achieve both academically and socially.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

Sandy Miller is a great school where kids learn new things everyday! My child has increased her learning potential so much by being enrolled in this school. They have great Spanish teacher who has teached my daughter to read and write great in Spanish. Miss Hoffman is my daughters teacher and she pushes her students to become better every day! I'm glad this school is in the magnet program and that my daughter has the opportunity to attend it at no cost. Sandy Miller is the best magnet school in Las Vegas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

I really hate my school the Spanish teacher always says I expect more from you and never cares about the other students and another time I went to get lunch and the staff said I had to get the meatloaf even though I was going to get a burrito, cant I have my own decisions


Posted October 15, 2013

I have been fortunate enough to have both of my children attend this magnificent school. The programs and IB structure are amazing. Sandy Miller ES is helping my children become great thinkers and risk takers as well as nurturing their ability to be balanced and caring. My children are learning Spanish, attend "clubs", are given opportunities to experience educational field trips like celebrating the arts at The Smith Center, eploring rock formations at Lehman Caves, learning how our government works in Carson City, and the wonders of the Grand Canyon. The teachers are friendly, passionate about their jobs, and welcome parental involvement. The principal is extremely cordial and approachable. She strives to make sure each child leaving Sandy Miller has the mindset they will be going to college! As for the namesake herself, Mrs. Sandy Miller, she is inspirational. Weekly she takes time from her busy schedule to spend time at the school. She reads to the kids, teaches lessons, and brings smiles to all that see her. I am so proud to be a parent and volunteer at this school. Thank you all for being such wonderful roll models and advocates for our children!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2012

My daughter attended Sandy Miller and was part of the the first group of children to complete all five grades. My child will start the diploma program next year which will allow her to finish her freshman year of College as a Senior in High School. Sandy Miller's namesake had a vision for our children in Las Vegas. "It" was the approach to education that helped build a strong educational foundation for my child. The principal, staff, PTA, on-premise Girl Scout troop and after school care helped a two-parent working family help our daughter to create a dream and have the foundational tools to pursue them. We could afford a private education but would have missd out on the beautiful diversity we were afforded at this remarkable school. And, while we moved to another state we continued in The IB Program. But, we will always feel like part of "The Sandy Miller-Family". My daughter plans to study abroad her first year of college (as a sophmore) and I have no doubt she will be open-minded to the "world" that her primary years program at Sandy Miller gave her. THANK-YOU STAFF @ S. Miller! "If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much." Marian Wright Edelman
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

The staff at this school is very helpful and caring. My son has been going to Sandy Miller going on 4 years now. Every time I have had to gather any information or needed help regarding my child the staff was very helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Sandy Miller also has the best spanish teachers. Both teachers help children learn spanish. If your child already speaks spanish the teachers will teach them more about their culture, more about the language and grammar. For the people who don't speak spanish there is another spanish class that they would take. That class would start from the begging of learning spanish starting with greetings then going to colors and so on. If you want your child to know spanish then this is the right school for them.


Posted June 7, 2012

I am a parent of 4 children, and by great luck and blessing, our 3rd son was accepted to SM his 2nd grade year, after being on a waiting list for this school for almost 2 years. My older children have also attended magnet schools and have been actively involved in the IB program from 6-12th grade, and I have nothing but praise for the IB program. I had only wished I had been able to give them the same opportunity as their brother who is now a student. The teachers are amazing and invested in our children. It is not just a "job" for them, they truly care to make a difference. My son, through 1st grade, in his regular zoned school, could have been deemed a slow learner, because he struggled with reading. I truly believe, had he remained in his zoned school, he would have fallen through the cracks. His reading levels have changed from below grade level to meeting grade level in our time with SM. Our experience at SM has been nothing but positive. Also, I am extremly impressed with Mrs. Sandy Miller herself, who is actively involved with our school, and is an advocate for our students. Her hard work and convictions are not unnoticed. Adminstration is amazing, and truly loves our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

This is a great school we are very please that our children are here. Theachers are always willing to help on any concerns that parents may have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

This school has nice and good working teachers and staff and give the perfect amount of learning every year but they do give a little bit of worksheets as tests or to do just to boost their brain I don't have a problem with that. Ib at this school is excellent and they learn something each day too.


Posted March 30, 2010

Both of my children have attended Sandy Miller since 1st grade. I am also a very active volunteer at this school. I have seen so much growth in both of my children throughout the years. I could not say enough good things about this program. Being a school district employee I feel that this is one of the few schools in Las Vegas that have an open door policy. I know I can speak to the teacher everyday or even the principal. The teachers are willing to go over and beyond to help their students. All you have to do is ask. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I'm a HUGE fan of IB programs, but feel that this school falls short of achieving IB standards. Our daughter is in 1st grade and spends the first hour and 1/2 of EVERY day on mindless seat work with NO teacher intervention - is little direct math instruction, again, the teacher chooses to leave everything to worksheets. If I had wanted our daughter to learn from a worksheet, we wouldn't have chosen a magnet school with a program known for innovation and rigor. While we're thrilled with the robotics lab, Spanish class and music and art programs, the gaps that we have to fill at home are huge. We will be thinking long and hard before re-enrolling her for 2nd grade and I cannot recommend this school, or at least her teacher to any parent. This is so very sad for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

Sandy Miller offers an exciting educational experience that has become almost non-existent in this district. The teacher's love their jobs and show pride in their school and students. The school programs and activities are continuous because of the support and engagement from everyone. At other school's I've seen it time and time again where a teacher has an idea, implements the program and then it unfortunately falls flat because of the lack of interest or support. You can definately see at this school that it is a team effort with excellent leadership and respect amongst the faculty and administration where every idea is nurtured. This is a gem in the desert!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

This school has wonderful facilities, a caring principal, and excellent, well-trained teachers. We are very happy that our son is here, and that he has the opportunity to take Spanish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

Sandy Miller has been a answer to my prayers. Coming from a private school I feel this school is offering my children more academically and giving them more opportunities to be with peers of all backgrounds. I would recommend this school for any parent whom is asking themselves that hard question... public or private. I truely feel I am getting the best of both worlds. Go for it this is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

School a bit above average. Too much concentration on appearances to the point that serious negative issues are hidden. Extra activities (school trips, choir and other clubs) are good, but used as threats against children. It would be nice if the administration was more interested in what was happening instead of what they want to happen. Don't count on much help if your child is 'special needs'. The experience for my child was merely ok outside of academics and, if I knew then what I know now, I might not have chosen SM for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

My children and I love Sandy Miller Elementary. I am an educator myself, and have been extremely pleased with the education my children are receiving.
—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

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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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students70%
Female64%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch62%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Students with limited English proficiency51%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant70%

Reading

All Students61%
Female62%
Male59%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch49%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Students with limited English proficiency44%
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant61%
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 Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian90%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch81%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Students with limited English proficiency69%
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant85%

Reading

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian90%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch83%
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Students with limited English proficiency74%
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant85%
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 Students68%
Female59%
Male78%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian79%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch64%
Full price75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian89%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch70%
Full price80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant74%

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male78%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian97%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch67%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant74%
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 52% 40%
White 25% 37%
Black 10% 10%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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 64%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4851 East Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Phone: (702) 799-8830

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