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William & Mary Scherkenbach Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted August 22, 2013

We really like this school we were just sad when we found out that they did not have any openings for full day kindergarten and had people on a waiting list but would not be opening a class even if more people requested due to having to hire a teacher??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

I totally agree with the last review. I'm suprised that they still gave the school 4 stars though. The grading system is horrible. I very rarely see any graded papers and there a no grades posted on parentlink, so I have no clue where my daughter stands. They do not drill math facts so she still uses her fingers. There are no timed math tests and they don't teach algorithyms until 4th grade. There are no spelling words/tests. Overall, I'm very disappointed with this school, especially since it's rated so high. I'll be moving my kids to a charter school for next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

THIS YEAR had to have been the worst year my daughter experienced going there. Horrible in the transition to their new curriculum. Her teacher this year has a horrible, bland personality to say the least. And in the middle of the year they switched from "non-grades" to letter grades and yet, the teachers still grade on the old system. Have not seen any letter grades on my daughter's papers, yet she gets letter grades on the report card. Very confusing. Worst of all, all of the "homework" is pretty much voluntary online links they can go to. Dr. Hammond needs to straighten up this catastrophic mess next year. My daughter went from almost all A's to straight B's because of the new grading system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

I LOVE this school!! Great after school activities, great teachers, love the principal!! I can't say enough good things about this school. I have 2 sons who have been here for 3 years. They love it. They really handle bullying. I have a son who used to be bullied a lot at another school. It hasn't happened here. He is excelling. I really think this school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

This school meets and exceeds our expectations. Very cutting edge with technology. Very well kept physically. Staff is friendly and personable and always concerned with any issues you may have. Principal is fantastic - I don't know why the previous reviewer says otherwise. I see her in the hallways and outside of the school often and she's always involved with what's going on. Other than some overcrowded kindergarten classrooms - I'd call this school perfect. But hey it's not the school's fault that the education budget is crap - they handle their resources well from what I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2011

The teachers and staff at this school are nothing short of amazing! The PTA works extremely hard to make this school the best it can be for the students and teachers alike. The only downfall is that the new principal is not experienced enough and not much of a leader. She does not have a character strong enough to run a school of this size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

good school lots of good teachers. great gate program. i went to school there since the first year it opened i just graduate 5th grade.


Posted April 1, 2010

I really like this school. The teachers and staff are wonderful, and it is a wonderful learning atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

One of the best schools in the Clark County School District. Wonderful staff, and great students that make the school special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

Excellent school! Because of the wonderful principal staff, parents, and students work together in perfect harmony! My children couldn't be in better hands!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

A new elementary school has been built to take the load off this school and now the class sizes are fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

A new elementary school has been built to take the load off this school and now the class sizes are fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

I think the principal of this school, Miss Smallwood is the reason this school is such a success. She addresses every concern personally, and takes the time to know her students. This school is located in an area that is growing rapidly, a challenge that Miss Smallwood is handling with grace & ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

This school is the best. They are caring and very good, but the only downfall is, they are overcrowded!
—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

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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

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 69% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

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

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian71%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch78%
Full price73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students74%
Female83%
Male65%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch72%
Full price75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
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

Math

All Students82%
Female87%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian86%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch59%
Full price92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant82%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male78%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian84%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch70%
Full price89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant83%
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 Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch80%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students86%
Female93%
Male79%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch87%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%

Science

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch74%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant80%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 37%
Hispanic 18% 40%
Black 10% 10%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 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 30%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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