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Robert L Forbuss Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1097 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 6, 2014

My son went here for Kindergarten and I would say he left without one more ounce of knowledge than when he entered. This school teaches to children that are falling behind, so if your child is above average, good luck. Because he would finish his classwork in a very timely manner, he began having behavioral issues due to boredom (they have to put their head down when they are finished). She would also ask him to assist children who are falling behind sometimes, and when those children would go up to him for assistance again, and he would provide it, he would get in trouble. It is difficult for a 5 year old to distinguish when they are allowed and not allowed to help their peers once a teacher gives them permission. I think it would have helped if he wasn't in a half-day Kindergarten class with 31 other children, so I moved him to a charter school which met his needs. Overall, this school is clean, safe, and ridiculously close to my house, but doesn't provide what my child needed educationally (which is what matters, right?).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

A great school that unfortunately is dealing with overcrowding due to poor planning by Clark County Commissioners and not building enough schools in the area to handle the growth. (Or allowing too much building with the amount of schools in place - however you want to look at it.) Despite these challenges, the teachers and Principal have handled it very well and this is certainly one of the better Elementary Schools in the District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

We come from a wonderful school in NY, where my kids loved their teachers and the things they did. So far, I have been nothing but disappointed in this shcool district. We have had to move our oldest out of one class as the teacher was just a miserable person and just seeemed burnt out on dealing with smaller children. The still have yet to put my second son in speech therapy even though we have transfered his information from his previous school over to them twice, even had a sit down with the principal when we were told it would be taken care of. They do NO art projects. I used to have a whole room full of arts and crafts/drawings that my kids made while at school, now all I get is test scores. Isn't leaning supposed to be fun in Kindergarten-at least 2nd grade? We aren't allowed to bring in food or have parties for our children when it's their birthday or a special holiday? They don't do any plays, and the one that my son did in first grade was a joke, you couldnt even have the kids make a paper hat to go along with the play at the very least?! Completely disappointed in this school, and the way they treat the children. This isn't work, its school, meant to be a fun experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

I'm torn on how to Rate this school. The teachers are GREAT the principle is HORRIBLE. Mr. Paquette the principle only cares about test scores and how he looks to the school district. When it comes to actually talking to him personally GOOD LUCK getting past his office gate keepers. Then when he is forced to call you back he is rude and has even hung up on parents before. My child started there from kindergarten till 4th grade. We requested a zone variance this year for 5th grade for Hayes Elementary very happy with choice to change. This principle should not be a principle. The TEACHERS are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

FORBUSS ELEMENTARY! I am so happy that MCClain is my son's teacher. He did an amazing work and always caring. Forbuss is very lucky to have teacher like her.Thank you for everything ! Sanja
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

This is a GREAT School. A strong an caring principal with a great staff behind him makes the perfect combination. My kids love to attend school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

Mr. Paquette and his staff are top notch. Definitely one of the best learning environments in the Valley. The teachers are educated and passionate about the students. Extreme support from the community and the parents which makes a huge difference. The PTA is amazing as well and are very supportive. They put on great events! The music teacher, Mr. Billings is amazing! Just a great experience and a great school! Keep up the great work Mr. Paquette!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

Never mind the last rating submitted by a parent whose child could not get into the school and they rated it 1 star due to frustration. Plenty of people in the area want their children to go to this school because of it's excellent reputation. Probably the best in Southwest Las Vegas. Forbuss is an excellent Elementary school with wonderful teachers and parents that actually participate. We certainly won't be moving out of the area until our daughter completes Elementary school at Forbuss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

I have been so happy with this school. We moved here to Las Vegas from a small town in another state, and I was actually very nervous about putting my precious children in school here.... but it has been WONDERFUL!!!! The principal, Mr. Paquette is just the best, along with many of the teachers... Mrs. Kramar, Miss Kettl, Mr. Preston, just to name a few. I have noticed that when there is a teacher there that is less than stellar, they are gone the next year. I love that! I highly recommend Forbuss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

EXCELLENT Teachers and a FANTASTIC Principal. Our daughter has been going here since she started school and Loves School and Loves her Teachers. I would have to say that Mr. Paquett (the Principal) is one of the most outstanding educators I've met in Las Vegas and I've met quite a few over the years in my business. Being a real estate agent... I'm all over Las Vegas and hear multiple complaints about other schools.... You won't hear any from the parents whose children go to Forbuss. Parents are very active... events at the school are well attended showing that the parents care. The teachers are very enthusiastic and you can tell they really do care which is so important.... We would not even think about having our daughter go to another Elementary school in Las Vegas. Great Job Mr. Paquette!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

My children have gone to Forbuss since the doors first opened. I have to say, comparing this elementary school to the others in the southwest part of Vegas.... It is Above and Beyond what any parent could and would want for a child that is entering our Las Vegas Education System... Being raised here in Vegas and going to several schools here myself, it makes me jealous of their education opportunities at this school. From learning the use of computers in kindergarten, to making sure that the 'NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND' is what every parent can look forward too. That being if your child is not where he/ she needs to be in academics, they will get the help... Love this School and so do my children and their classmates..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

My son has gone there since 2nd grade and is now in 5th. We've had very good experiences and he love is there. The teachers and staff are amazing and really take the time to help your child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

All my friends are so nice! The teachers are nice too. Especially Mrs. Slater and Miss. Schnurpel!


Posted January 20, 2011

My grandchildren goes to Forbuss Elementary. I love this school. The principal is a terrific roll model for other principals. He is the first one I ever met that comes out and interact with parents. Asking questions and following up with the answers. He goes outside and participate with his student in all functioins Forbuss Elementary School has. Great Job Mr. Paquett. Mahalo for a job well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My kids and I love this school. I have a first and fifth grader there and they both love their teachers and principal. The principal is great! There has not been a day that I have not seen him out interacting with the students and parents. He always has a smile on his face. The parent action committee is very involved with school fund raisers and planning fun events for the students. I would recommend this school over and over again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

I cannot say enough about this school. The STAFF is GREAT. The Principal loves his job and it shows. I have never in all my life seen a principal so involved, its not uncommon to see him ushering traffic and pickin up garbagge on the play ground. I wanna cry just thinking that theres hope in our public school system and a staff who "really" care. Forbuss is the BEST school in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

My daughter that is in the 1st grade goes to Forbuss. I absolutely love this school. I trust that she is the best care when I drop her off at school. I am extremely happy with the Principle, Teachers and the rest of the Staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

I am a parent Of 3rd grader at Forbus, and I am very pleased with this school. My child struggled with reading and was very shy. The teachers at Forbus have been extremely helpful in helping her build her confidence and reading skills. The principal is very hands on. I highly reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

There are NOT enough reviews to support the BEST school in the district. The principal, teachers, support staff, PTA - ALL make a difference in the lives of the children that attend. If you believe in: it takes a village to raise a child, then this is the school you must enroll your child in- move to the ZONE! You will not be dissatisfied! The lanyards and pins for awards, an ice cream truck at Field Day, the Fall Festival, Missoula Children's Theatre, book fairs- field trips to go fishing? I'm a teacher of another school in the same area, and we cannot compare to the richness of being a kid at Forbuss. Congrats on celebrating kids - above and beyond ALL other schools of which I have ever known. To the Principal- your spirit of FUN is so meaningful...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

This is a wonderful school with a loving, caring staff. The resource department is great and our daughter has been greatly helped. The principal is very involved with the students. The school awards system has greatly motivated both of our children to strive for more each trimester!
—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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

170 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

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 Students81%
Female78%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial83%
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial71%
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
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 Students84%
Female87%
Male80%
Black/African American62%
Asian98%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial80%
White/Caucasian88%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch71%
Full price91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male83%
Black/African American67%
Asian95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial85%
White/Caucasian93%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch79%
Full price93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant88%
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 Students76%
Female84%
Male68%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch67%
Full price80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant76%

Reading

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch64%
Full price78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant73%

Science

All Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian77%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch59%
Full price78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant71%
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 44% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 6%
Hispanic 17% 40%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Black 8% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 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 35%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8601 South Grand Canyon Dr
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