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Kitty Mcdonough Ward Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 913 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted July 26, 2014

My son has attended Kitty Ward since first grade. I love the teachers and the office staff. The teacher take the time with the kids and really show them the important of reading math and many more subjects that they teach. I love this school and most important my son love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2014

Mrs Douglas is the finest principal I have ever met. She came from another elementary school years ago my daughter attended. We loved her then and now that she's at Kitty Ward, we feel fortunate to have her as our sons principal. We moved into this area to be in a better school district. This school is so much better than Joseph Neal. My son was there for four years and it was terrible under Ms. Murray's control. The teachers weren't happy and it showed. At Kitty Ward, the atmosphere is welcoming, the staff is friendly and the kids are happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

My two girls attended kitty ward. We moved to get them I a better school. The office staff are rude and unhelpful. I had a teacher disregard my concerns and when I put them in writing she screwed the letter into a ball, threw it in the trash while laughing in my face. Then when I turned to leave, she made a face at me in front of the whole class. I was invited to the award ceremony as my daughter was getting an award and when she didn't receive it and was left sitting alone on the multi purpose room floor, I asked the teacher what had happened. He shrugged his shoulders and said he must have left it in the classroom. The principal then patted me condescendingly on the shoulder and sad, "it's a big school, someone is bound to be forgotten now and again". No apology to my daughter, nothing! She was later given her certificate in class as an afterthought. Shameful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I'm very concern about this school, I just enrolled my kids and I've seen to much already! This school is all about appearances and clicks with parents, PTO, and the staff. The staff there is very RUDE unprofessional, I can only say one lady was nice to us once, overall horrible RUDE RUDE RUDE no common sense of professionalism. Don't even get me started on the cheerleading mess.. this school in nothing but a waist of space and money for the city. No one there has not respect for the rules that they have put in place especially the staff and parents. For example there is a no pet allowed but yet an admin staff brought her pet to school....Really, very good example of breaking the rules! Academically the school is not even following the school board curriculum, very disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

As a former educator/administrator in the CCSD, I see Kitty Ward as a poster child for what school's are not supposed to be. The administration is groping in the dark to make a success out of smoke and mirrors. There are no paper trails for information to parents of upcoming events or educational functions. All information is sent via e-mail. The administration is assuming all families have access to the internet, which is not true. I am pulling my grand daughter out of Kitty Ward and sending her to a private school where I know the education will be first class and information will be sent to parents in a fashion where all parents are made aware of future events and notifications. I know Award Ceremonies will be a part of the recognition of student's accomplishments. (there was no award ceremony this year that was announced so parents and grand parents could acknowledge their children's straight A or A-B Honor Roll) The last place I would send my grand daughter would be Kitty Ward. I may be described as a "lemon", however; being in the CCSD for 39 years, I know the ends and outs of a credible education facility. Good luck in getting a response from the administration.


Posted October 25, 2012

Absolutely love this school. My daughter has gone here since Kindergarten and is now in 4th grade. The teachers and principle are awesome. I absolutely love how much family involvement they have. The school is always open to the families to be included in project demonstrations, class parties such as Thanksgiving feasts, parent volunteers and lunch with your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

We love Kitty Ward. My daughter's teachers have all been outstanding. The school has a strong sense of community and school pride among staff, students, and parents. We were sad that they did away with the academies (before and after school enrichment programs), but unfortunately budget cuts have hurt all Las Vegas schools. If they don't get rated as excellent based on No Child Left Behind, it is due to a very small number of certain subgroups of students who would likely not meet standards anywhere. If the district tried to rezone us like they often do here, we would move to be able to have our child continue attending Kitty Ward. None of the other neighborhood schools are even close in quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

With the exception of a few 'lemons', Kitty Ward strives to maintain a talented group of teachers and support staff. They are seasoned and knowledgable teachers that are continuing their educational degrees to be better teachers in the classroom. Our family has 2 children this school. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged--and even better, appreciated. Teams of teachers focus on a child's issues socialy, academically, and physically. The principal and her staff are always looking for new ways to reach every student...and they have a personal connection with many of the kids and parents. There is a definite feeling of family and security at Kitty Ward. Our kids love the school and love their teachers--this helps them to strive to be better students....Kitty Ward is Great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

This school is a joke! It is ALL about appearance and not the quality of education. By next year they will most likely be on the watch list for not making adequate yearly progress for 2 years in a row. There are a lot of cliques between teachers as well as parents at this school. The principal favors certain person and is insulting to others. My child is zoned for this school but I will be moving to a better location to get her in somewhere better.


Posted August 29, 2010

Kitty Ward Elementary is WONDERFUL!. The principal honestly cares about the children and treats them as her own. If it's cold and windy outside, there are people there to usher them into the building. They have incredible parent involvement and amazing extracurricular activities. My daughter has advanced language skills and was given harder reading assignments and spelling words to continue to challenge her. I would recommend this school to anyone. I had nothing short of an AMAZING experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The principal and staff are amazing. The teachers truly care about the children and the programs are unbelievable
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Fantastic this is our first year here and wow.. the principal and staff are so caring! The teachers really like being teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Kitty Ward is a great school for my kids. They really care about the students and offer a wide range of before and after school programs. The teachers and staff are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My two kids went to school here for two years and it is a wonderful school that challenges kids to the best. The teachers and wow the staff is wonderful and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Wonderful 2nd grade teacher and terrific principal! Our first year was great and we hope next year is too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

It is the most forward thinking school I have ever seen. It is amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

My daughter is in 5th grade and we are very pleased with Kitty Ward. From the teaching staff to the Academic teachers to the support staff we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

This is my son's 2d year at Kitty Ward. He is a bright boy who got straight As in 1st grade, except for writing. His 2d grade teacher, Mrs Graham, has set strict rules to help him succeed in writing, as well as all subjects. She's doing a great job! The principal, Mrs Douglas, is wonderful and has built a great team. We love Kitty Ward and will miss it when we move (we're a military family).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

We love Kitty Ward! The staff is kind, caring and energetic. The principal leads with a smile and everyone at the school encourages high social and academic standards. Kitty Ward is a strong community with involved parents, teachers and students who work openly with one another to achieve the highest possible success. My daughter has thrived on the new Empowerment schedule and loves being involved in the after school academies that are offered. I would recommend this school enthusiastically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

I have two kids in Kitty Ward and am very disappointed with the teaching. The teachers don't respond to my concerns and seem more concerned with how many kids wear the school spirit t-shirts on a Friday (so their class wins spirit day) than how the child is actually performing academically. Any concerns brought up to the principal are brushed away with her repeatedly saying, 'we all care about your children'. They don't! That is abundantly clear.
—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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%

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 69% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian94%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch78%
Full price94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian86%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch72%
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English84%
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 Students81%
Female77%
Male85%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch70%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch64%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant76%
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%
Female91%
Male86%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian89%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch89%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male74%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch71%
Full price82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant78%

Science

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian79%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch71%
Full price78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%
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% 37%
Hispanic 18% 40%
Black 8% 10%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 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 26%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5555 Horse Dr Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Phone: (702) 799-4501

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