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Judy & John L Goolsby Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted May 31, 2014

I have had multiple children at this school for the past 5 years. My kids all LOVE the school and I have had a good experience. All teachers have been attentive to my children. There is A LOT of parental involvement in this school. I didn't really care for the principal, but she's leaving, there will be a new principal 2014-2015 school year. Everyone I know loves the school, I am confused by the negative comments! People move to this area just so their child can go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

Not impressed with this school at all. We moved here thinking it was a better school but I was wrong. Half day kinder is a joke, they only have 2 1/2 hours of school and the teacher STILL gives them a 20 min recess, everyday!. Are you kidding me? And when I brought it up to the teachers attention she said kids need it because they get restless! Really?? This is the only school I know that takes half day kinder students out to Recess and P.E.! They can't handle them for 2 1/2 hrs? Oh and if you need to speak to the principle.... Forget it! she is extremely guarded by the front office staff! The PLT does try and do a lot of events to help raise money and I think if it wasn't for them this school would just disappear. I think we were spoiled at our other school where the entire school was involved and on the same page, not to mention the principle she was extemely involved. Here at Goolsby I have yet to see the principle unless it's a special event and they need her "face." Security at this school is very concerning, gates are wide open prior to school opening, and are opened prior to dismissal. Bus students have no supervision and are released prior to dismissal bell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

My child is in 2nd grade and seems to be doing well. She has had all good teachers so far. The PE teacher is a little much and some of the parents are your typical summerlin snobs. I just have a good laugh when they drop the kids off in their Range Rovers. Outside of that, great school and good teachers so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Goolsby has been going down hill the last few years. The administration pretends to want what is best for the students who attend the school, but all they care about is making themselves look good and getting their 5 star rating at any cost. It's very disturbing. I think there are some great teachers, but many that are not so great. The PE teacher and Librarian are exceptional, along with the other specialty teachers. Be careful about bringing classroom concerns to certain classroom teachers with egos. There is not much positive reinforcement within the school either. No award or special recognition is given to students for good grades or excellent citizenship. I think overall the school is okay, but with better leadership and getting rid of some of the teachers (the ones with attitudes who let you how perfect they are and who think they are better than all their peers) Goolsby could be an outstanding school. The PLT is amazing and they do a lot to help keep the school going in a positive direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2012

You know, I could go on and on about the staff themselves being the most fabulous ever!, but I really want this to be about the children. Having such a spectacular staff. It is passed down to our kids. We have really caring, do anything they put there mind to kids. It makes a difference when the large amount of time you know is spent with such a great teachers, and a great staff always ready for you. The staff never gets enough credit for the extremely exhausting however never giving up on their kids passion. Are awesome front staff is super friendly. They are quick to handle all situations, if possible. I am lucky to have my children go to Goolsby. We are also blessed with such a high volume of parental involvement. Thank you Mrs Blume and Mrs Brinks for not only maintaining such a lovely environment for my children to learn in but for the both of you to be so involved with our kids. It really makes them feel as important as they truly are. Thank you, Clark County for blessing us with a fully loaded wonderful staff, who really appreciates being their for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

We are new at Goolsby, my son is in first grade. We heard amazing things about this school and we were looking forward to attend. Heard great things about the teachers, PLT and the principle. So far i am very disappointed, have a pretty unhappy and miserable teacher. I feel my son is worsening since the year started. I just, now, understand what it really means to have a bad teacher. It does not matter that the principle is great and the PLT is amazing if your kid is not learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Hi, im a student here and I totally disagree with everyone who says Goolsby is a bad school. It has nice teachers, and an OK principal. The students are also nice too!


Posted October 14, 2011

If you get lucky to get an exceptional teacher, then Goolsby appears to be a great school. But if your student ends up with an undesirable teacher, don't expect the principal to make things right. She is more concerned about showing her power and authority in the school. And don't even bother requesting a specific teacher for your student, you will never get what/who you know is best for your student/child. PLT does a great job. However, the new car # assignments for the morning drop off lane is ridiculous. Former principal Ms. Abell was much more personable and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

i switched my kid to goolsby after having her in private school for 3 years. i was hesitant but could no longer afford private school. we both absolutely LOVE goolsby! the teachers are great and the principal & vice principal are wonderful! 1st grade was waaay to easy but now that they have changed to the Common Core Standard it should be better. my daughter is in the GATE (gifted) program and is thriving. i love being able to get involved with the PLT (nonexistant in private schools). looking forwardto 2 more great years at goolsby!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

we are military and move a bit, so when we moved here july 2010 we looked all over and the schools. i was impressed with reviews and test scores at goolsby and was lucky enought to find a home near there. i had a 4th grader and a kinder. i was worried about kinder due to only being half day, we are used to tradtional full day classes. my 4th grade loved it although he did have some adjusting to do, as with any new school. his teacher was amazing and was lots of help for him. my kinder had 36 kids in class. "CRAZY" poor teacher had no help handling the class til end of year. But she was outstanding. she worked well with all the kids in class and pushed them to reach their goals. i would recommend this school to anyone. i do have to say its all up to us parents on how our child succeeds.its not all in classroom. teachers here do a great job of keeping kids interested in class and how to work hard at home. i loved that my 4th grader did homework but i was not allowed to check it he checked it in class so the teacher can explain the process. saved me a headache!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

My son went to this school for 3 years and 2 of those years were aweful. Kindergarten and 4th grade! Horrible and mean teachers. Classes have way too many kids! No one seems to care about your concerns if you have a problem. I could write a novel on all of the problems, but needless to say, I would not recommend this school to anyone I know. I will say one thing. My son spent the entire 4th grade year standing on the wall at recess. No he is not a bad child. He is getting straight A's now at Haye's and has not been on a wall or in trouble once!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

I have a K , 3rd, and 5th grader in this school. Tghe office staff is mean and rude, but I push past that to the heart of what matters. My kids are in love with their teachers and are learning. My 5th grade son is in the gate program (gifted ed) the gate teacher knows how to relate to bright children. The PE teache is in great shape and promotes health. The library is a place my children enjoy. The #1 thing the teachers in Goolsby push is to make great writers out of these kids. I am all for that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

Overall, I think this is a good school. This year I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartener attending and I am not happy w/ the kinder class. It has been as much as a 35.1 student teacher ratio. The teacher shows no respect to her students or their parents (unless she likes you or you seem to have money) but demands it in return. It's sad to say but, I feel my child learned more at home than in K. The teacher is quick to label "problem children" and the possibility that she may be wrong never seems to cross her mind. Very disappointing year!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

We have been at this school for a number of years. Sadly, I am seeing a lot of great teachers leave. New principal ( last three yrs) doesn't seem as caring to kids and parents and teachers as old principal. Not sure about her leadership since Kindergarten and 5th grade student numbers are high ( 33 to 1)in K and (32 to 1 )in 5th grade. Teachers are still working hard teaching, but don't seem as happy being there. Still lots of pay for afterschool programs. Clean school, but parking lot is a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

I couldn't have hand picked a better school. We started private at Faith and quickly moved our kids to Goolsby. Our kids are further along academically that the kids that we left behind at the private school! High marks on education, programs, teachers & parent involvment. We had several choices and Goolsby rated on top of all the other schools, public or private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

This is a fantastic school! The teachers and staff care about the kids. The new principal had a great year at Goolsby. We are looking forward to another great year her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

We absolutely love this school! Teachers and staff are all very friendly and capable educators! Parents and volunteers are always eager to help and contribute to an amazingly postive atmosphere! My son is SUPER HAPPY at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This school is awesome! So far the new principal has been great and the parent involvment is second to none. The student body is well behaved, smart and courteous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

Really great school! The principal is a bit too strict with the students, but otherwise, great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2007

This school is top notch! Both my children attend this school have excelled academically so much that I took them off the waiting list for private school. The principal is very hands on and makes an example for other public schools to aspire too.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

121 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

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

All Students86%
Female82%
Male91%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian85%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch75%
Full price89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant84%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian96%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch65%
Full price96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Reading

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian95%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch75%
Full price94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
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

Math

All Students84%
Female94%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian89%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch69%
Full price89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian91%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch76%
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant88%

Science

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian91%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch69%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant86%
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 62% 37%
Hispanic 12% 40%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Black 5% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11175 West Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89135
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