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Linda Rankin Givens Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 994 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted February 10, 2014

We couldn't be happier with our son's education and the staff is excellent! He has been going to Givens school since he was in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

We moved to the area and did a LOT of research on the different schools in the area (and left no stone unturned -- we looked at private, charter, and homeschool co-ops). We had read about how poor the schools are in Nevada, and specifically in Las Vegas, and we were apprehensive with what we would find. We were very concerned about the number of kids at Givens, and a public school education, but after a TWO HOUR conversation with the principal, I felt like the school was well-run and well staffed. Now, after being there almost two years, I can say that it is definitely worthy of it's 5 star rating. Is everything perfect? No...but there is no such thing as a perfect school. But, for our family, we are very pleased with the teachers, the administration, the PTA, everything. We are so glad that we are zoned for Givens!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This is my family s first year attending the school since we transferred from a private school. We really love it. We met the principal once over the summer and he remembered us on the first day of school. The principals, teachers and office staff are very caring and value the kids and parent input. This is a great school and well deserved of the 5 star rating. Lunchtime is a little short due to the large student population, but parent volunteers and school staff are always there to help the kids during their lunch break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

We recognize that the school is overcrowded; however, its principal, teachers and support staff are phenomenal! We're fortunate enough to be able to afford private school, but this is where we have our children going. We spent four months looking for a home in its catchment area because our children s' educational experience was the number 1 determinant in where we wanted to live. The tone of the negative ratings sounds like sour grapes; and, sadly, several of the negative ratings bear too much of a resemblance to each other. Our children s' experience has been nothing less than positive and the teachers are stellar. Yes, the school is crowded, but I couldn't agree with another reviewer, who likened it to a "well-oiled machine". The PTA is like no other with an involvement rate that would be the envy of any school in any district. It received a 5-star rating from the state, for which it's well deserved. It receives a 5-star rating from me for how they've helped educate our children. They have our heartfelt "Thank You".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Givens is an amazing school! The teachers/staff are knowledgeable and caring. My daughter loves to attend school on a daily basis. She has not had one bad experience and this is starting her third year at this school. The only thing Givens needs to improve on is class room sizes. I believe in order to give each student the proper attention, the class sizes should be reduced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

Very unsatisfied. Too crowded! I agree to the comment that Clark County is one of the worst in the nation. This is why there's gangs, shootings, bullying etc. You will not find this in a private school. There are few private schools that are not too expensive out there. I guess even if you live in Summerlin, public schools in Las Vegas are just not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

I do not care how great the school is. Clark County School District is one of the worst in the nation. Most class have 25 and over children to 1 teacher. This school is way over crowded. I guess everywhere is the same. I will transfer my children to private school. I do not want to regret later on. Clark County is so absurd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

Givens is an excellent school, thei academics standards are superior to what I have experience with my older child that didn't attend Givens. The teachers are great, my child has not have one bad experience since he first started. Even for a kid with physical and developmental challenges, he has thrived. I couldn't be happier. It is overcrowded, hope this is something that can be solved in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

Due to the school being overcrowded, my son doesn't get the attention he needed. I do not normally say any mean things, but it is like everyday, this school surprise me. Too many children and there are not enough staff to watch the children. Poor children, at the end, they are the ones who has to go through this. I can't bear to see my son not to learn anything because the staff can't provide fair attention because there are too many children. My son is moving to a private school. I'd rather invest in his education now and see him succeed in the future before it's too late. I agree with the comment about the private school, if there are more than 20 children in 1 class, you will always see that there are 2 teachers in the same class to give enough attention to the children. I know this because I went and check private schools and felt relieved with what I saw. My son is definitely moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

Yes the school is crowded because EVERYONE wants their kids in this school!!! There are so many that are not zoned for Givens but circumventing the system to enroll their children in this great school. It's a shame because it is crowded. They should require more than a 'lease agreement' to enroll children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

This school has a few really great teachers but it has become so overcrowed in the last 2 years that my child does not get the attention she needs. They do not have enough staff to teach the children in the type of environment they need to prosper. My child was injured recently due to so many children in the morning tampling her to get to classes. She was sent to the nurse, who put a banaid on it and let her return to class there was no incident report filed and I was unaware my child suffered an injury until I picked her up in the afternoon. There is just too many children and not enough responsible staff to take care of them. in the end the children suffer. My child will be attending another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Warning! If you have the opportunity to send your child(ren) to any other school than this one, please do so. It is a phenomenal school, with a dedicated administration and staff, as well as wonderful teachers, however, it is crippled by severe over-crowding with no relief and only ever more over-crowding in sight. Givens is the largest elementary school in the district, and, quite possibly, the state. It is projected to have a record of over 1200 students next year. Notwithstanding this increase, it is expecting to lose 5-7 teachers next year due to budget constraints! Neighboring elementary schools like Staton and Goolsby are at approximately 850 students. Although parents were told that Givens did not get the new CCSD 5-star rating this year because the school could not show sufficient improvement due to the school's already outstanding test scores, Givens was the only Summerlin-area elementary school that did not receive a 5-star rating. Teachers are not reaching past years' academic goals due to large class sizes. The cafeteria is a nightmare during all 4 lunch shifts. Kids are squeezed shoulder to shoulder facing the backs of the next row of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

Linda Givens is a great school! If your child gets to have story and snack with Linda herself, you will know why this school gets a 10. The teachers are excellent!


Posted January 7, 2012

This school is very organized and consistent. There are many experinced and qualified teachers at this school. The parents care and it shows because they really get involved with school activities and are generous with their donations. It's a shame there is not more funding in the district because this school is way over crowded. It is very difficult to access the school during the morning and afternoon hours. I can only imagine what its like being a student in one of the classrooms. How can Clark County be spending so much per student when these kids are being herded in like cattle? Yet, somehow Givens maintains some of the highest test scores in the valley. If you can afford it, pay for private schooling. The problems in this school district won't be fixed anytime soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

Guess you can't choose who your child has for a teacher, beware and listen to your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

My son has attended both Staton and Givehs schools.Any parent would be lucky to have there child enrolled in either one.But I think the PTO and parent envolment is stronger at Staton.That being satd both schools are high quality
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

As a substitute teacher I have the opportunity to see schools throughout the district. The teachers in this school are complete professionals and the school is run like a well oiled machine. It is amazing how well organized it is. The kids know what is expected of them and I am always amazed when I sub for a class, the students just get to work w/ minimal direction. A+ for Givens!


Posted February 17, 2010

My son has attended from K-2nd and it's been a wonderful experience. I love the Givens encourages a strong school spirit and parent involvement. Their biggest agenda I've seen is they encourage the students (and parents) to read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I agree with the other review regarding the Principal. I will be glad when my child is out of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

Givens Elementary- My daugther was enrolled in a fine Private school from grades K-3. I was told by many people that Givens was very much like the private school that my child was attending. I decided to enrol my daughter at Givens because of the high test scores, the '10' rating and the rep it has for academic excellence and strong parental involvement. Givens was exactly what I was looking for. This school has been able to give my child everything that she was getting at the private school. All year, I was impressed with the academic demand. I was suprised at the small class size of 23 students . This year my daughter was awarded for her hard work and academic excellence (unlike many private schools) and the validation will continue to encourage her and highten her interest and dedication for achievement in school. A+
—Submitted by a parent


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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 70% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students94%
Female93%
Male96%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian96%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Reading

All Students93%
Female92%
Male93%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian95%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian83%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian94%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant92%

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian78%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant90%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male89%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch90%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant90%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male88%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian97%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant90%

Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian91%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch86%
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant91%
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 61% 39%
Hispanic 13% 39%
Asian 12% 6%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Black 3% 10%
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 12%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Las Vegas, NV 89138
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