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Mamie Towles Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 396 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted September 10, 2013

As a grandparent of a 1st grader and Kindergartner I have seen first hand through volunteering in the classroom and attending school functions, the terrific staff of teachers and aides at Mamie Towles. Both go above and beyond their duties and demonstrate a genuine concern for the students. The parent involvement is phenomenal which is seen in the numbers that turn out for school events. I am so grateful that my grandchildren are able to attend Mamie Towles. I only wish Towles had a Spanish immersion program, which is, unfortunately, only at two WCSD elementary schools. If it did, I would give the school an A++++++!


Posted May 28, 2013

We are very pleased with this school. Our child is in 1st grade and we feel so fortunate to have such an amazing teacher watch over and guide him. His teacher keeps in close touch with us regarding how he is doing with the lessons as well as his behavior. We were very picky as to where our son would go and I did hours of research comparing Towles to neighboring schools and I learned that this school we are zoned for is a great place for him to be.The faculty is really wonderful, great listeners and always offer a lending ear. The PTO is on top of important matters and the school functions are a ton a fun. My son always wants to attend the school functions. I read a lot about this schools constant fund raisers and that concerned me to a degree. Now that I know more about the lack of funding through the district, we want our kids to have awesome opportunities and they cost money. If families can't give, thats okay. But I say keep fundraising for those that can give will and ALL of our children will reap the benefits. If you don't ask for something, you may never get it. I give this school two thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

This school is the bomb!!! The strong leadership is the backbone to this marvelous school. The principal truly leads his staff, the staff are kind, supportive and competent. My son has excelled in this school. You Rock!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

This school is the best elementary school in Reno! My step daughter has excelled in every way do to the teachers and staff of this school. I have been a part of many events at the school and enjoy every one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2007

This is an older neighborhood school, but I much prefer it to the newer schools because it is so much less crowded and everyone knows the students in this environment. My daughter has had tremendous teachers and has really blossomed here. The combined grade classrooms, especially at the upper levels, have really allowed her to work at her own pace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Very impressed with the quality of the first grade teachers, Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Mc Elroy. They went way out of their way to see that my 2 grandchildren ,Julie and Haley Jansma, were given the care necessary for them to succeed. Mary Michael
—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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
45%
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 49% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

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

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch66%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students57%
Female62%
Male50%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian59%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch44%
Full price68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant57%
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 Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian92%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch75%
Full price96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Reading

All Students72%
Female83%
Male58%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian75%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%
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 Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch73%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male78%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian86%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch78%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant82%

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian76%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant72%
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 Students58%
Female66%
Male52%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch46%
Full price76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant58%

Reading

All Students78%
Female90%
Male68%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch71%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant78%
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 54% 37%
Hispanic 28% 40%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Black 3% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2800 Kings Row
Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775) 746-5820

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