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Hafen Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 347 students

 

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Posted January 18, 2013

My daughter has been attending Hafen Elementary for 2 years now. This school has been fantastic with her. She does have a few little learning disabilities and trouble with focusing. But her teachers have been great and her special ed teacher works with her often and she has made great improvements. Her teacher Ms. Presgrove goes above and beyond what she is required to do as a teacher. She does additional testing with her students not just the state recommended tests so that you can get a better more detailed look at what your child excels in and has trouble with. I couldn't be more pleased. My husband and I bought our house in this district just so our kids go attend Hafen and I haven't regretted it at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Great school, great staff. The school is the top performing school in Nye County and is in the top 30% (ranked 90 out of 318) in the state of Nevada according to CRT scores.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 24, 2012

My son has ADHD and instead of being assisted, they suspended him three times in the first month of school. The teacher was incapable of showing any compassion . She could not teach a child who prefers to stand at his desk. VERY intolerant of a child with differences. NO special ed classroom. Get a variance to floyd elementary before the school year starts to avoid the heartache and headache we experienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

This school was a failure for my niece. This school is not ready or able to deal with children with ADHD. Our niece was shuffled to the back of the room and largely ignored by her teachers. She was not sent home with books or homework. As a consequence she is two grade levels behind. She is eager and excited to learn.


Posted July 26, 2007

Hafen has made great improvements academically and with behavior since Dr. Owens has been there. I see her in the halls looking into classrooms and stopping in. My son's teacher also makes time to meet with me whenever I need, even though she is very busy and sometimes has to meet outside of their scheduled at school hours. I always feel welcome when I come to Hafen, Mrs. Kessler, Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Baka help me feel a part of the school. Hafen has a tight security and if you don't have a hall pass (which means you checked in at the office) teachers will stop you and ask you to check in. I feel my child is safe at Hafen and growing academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

This will be my 2nd year at Hafen and I love it! Dr. Owens (Principal) provides high expectations and support for students and staff. I have never been to a school where the principal actually visits each classroom at the beginning of the year to tell children their expectations, and can be found wandering the halls and peeking into rooms, to ensure quality teaching. I love Hafen and although we haven't developed a school-wide GATE program yet, teachers do impliment other projects for high accellerated learners to take part in. Our school has a wonderful PTO that helps our staff plan fun activities for students and parents and as always, parents are always welcome to come and assist us during class! ~Jessica Tsu~3rd Grade Teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 2007

Extremly dissatisfied with the fact that there are no GATE programs or programs for higher educated students, mostly because they are few and far between all the low average students. I however find the music dept to be taught better then in most larger district's. Overall i think poor school, poorly ran school district. Dont be fooled because of its nice new building! They tend to have a high turn over rate on teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

We haven't been happy with Hafen for a long time now. My older sons teacher you can't talk to and if you do she makes you fell like its an inconvenience. It's just been building up. We are at the point of homeschooling if we can't get them into one of the other schools.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 20, 2006

We have two children that have been at Hafen for over three years. I have great respect for the school nurse (Thanks, Nancy Cratty!), the music program so finely done, and well loved by all, Mrs. Pomije, and the teachers that have worked with my children. The carnival is a hoot- loved seeing Dr. Owen in the dunk tank, and the incredible turnout at the assemblies. I appreciate the honor the children are given for their accomplishments, and you can see the pride in their eyes for a job well done!! This speaks very highly of the leadership, and the staff at Hafen Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

My daughter has attended Hafen Elementary since the first year the school was opened(3 Years, K-2). I have been very pleased with the quality of instruction she has received. My daughter will be heading to third grade this year and is reading above grade level. This year the school is receiving a new reading/language curriculum, literacy specialists, and a new principal. I would like to see some gifted programs made available, but at the same time I know that within the curriculum there are opportunities for brighter students to go beyond expectations. Students and parents have to be motivated to take some of that responsibility on their own. I have heard wonderful things about the new principal, and I believe she will make Hafen an even better school. I look forward to this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

Hafen Elementary leaves a lot to be desired. The curriculum is very basic and does not challenge children in the highest 10 percentile. Most of the problem is due to funding shortages, but other elementary schools in the district have implemented programs that mirror the gifted program (hot shots, etc...). The entire school district is not quite up to par and if one questions the standards the answer is always... 'it is a small town, we just don't have a big city budget'. Alrighty then... someone needs to explain to me why some of the best schools in the nation are located in dinky little towns a quarter the size of Pahrump! I guess it goes back to that 'quality not quantity' saying, huh? And yes, I am a little bitter. My children are not getting the education they deserve. I guess it is back to Vegas for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Hafen is a new school that just opened this last year on Hafen Ranch Rd. The school is very nice and the office is as soon as you walk in and open to see all that come and go. The ladies in the office are very nice and always helpful. My daughter will now be starting first grade here and I hope to have another great school year.
—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.

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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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

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

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
25%

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 Students78%
Female71%
Male88%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian77%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch78%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students59%
Female50%
Male72%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch58%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant59%
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 Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian76%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male66%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian70%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch58%
Full pricen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant64%
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 Students57%
Female66%
Male50%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch49%
Full price70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant57%

Reading

All Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian74%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant69%

Science

All Students69%
Female66%
Male71%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian72%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch58%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant69%
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 68% 39%
Hispanic 25% 39%
Black 4% 10%
Asian 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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7120 South Hafen Ranch Rd
Pahrump, NV 89061
Phone: (775) 751-4688

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