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William O'Brien Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 720 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 4, 2013

O'Brien has had a bad reputation in the past; however, I'm glad I met with the administration before deciding to send my son to a different school, as I'm very pleased with the school. O'Brien has had an administrative change in the past three years and everyone works very hard to make it a good school and make the students its priority. O'Brien has wonderful administration and teachers who are willing to help the children succeed any way they can. My son has had two great years of education at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

This school is in need of major change. The staff is overwhelmed and there are too many students for the office staff to handle. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

my youngest son is in 8th grade. our family relocated to reno last year. this school is under funded...if you live in an upperclass neighborhood in this county (spanish springs,damonte,etc) the schools have more money. i dont understand how a bunch of money is invested in a new middle school, depoali,that looks like a high school, in damonte... but not even a paint job for the 'poorer'schools. my son likes this school... i am constantly kept aware of his progress by the staff. your kids education is what you help them make of it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

I love my school the food's great, the education is awesome, and the electives are fun
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

I attended O'brien Middle School for 8th grade in 07-08 and I was pretty pleased with it at the time. However it just depends on what kind of student you are. If you are a good student then the teachers care about you and will provide a good education. If you are a trouble-making, class disrupting student then the teachers will just leave you behind and not care if you fail. This is what the teachers really need to work on. Although the principal, Mr. Grange, really encourages students to succeed. The school hasn't seemed to improve much from what my sister says, who is in 7th grade at O'brien now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2007

I think that this school is a great school. I'm not just saying this because I assist the school but because O'Brien has improved in my two years assisting that school. O'Brien is a school on where we focus on us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2006

This school is awesome the academics are absolutely outstanding. The teachers respect the children's opinions and ideas.The extracurricular activities are outstounding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2006

This is an awesome School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2003

The teachers, school leadership and parent involvement are excellent. However, the teachers are not given all of the necessary tools that they need to do their jobs. The school needs more money to provide necessities such as computers, books and lockers for all of the students to use. The building is old and in bad need of repair. The school needs more teachers as the student teacher ratio is quite high. The school should be larger, or another school built in the North Valleys to accomodate all of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%

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 39% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

347 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students43%
Female45%
Male42%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian46%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch41%
Full price50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities49%
Students with limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant43%

Reading

All Students51%
Female55%
Male48%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian55%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch47%
Full price60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities58%
Students with limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant51%
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 Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian48%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch33%
Full price54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities45%
Students with limited English proficiency0%
Proficient in English45%
Not migrant41%

Reading

All Students47%
Female51%
Male42%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian49%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch40%
Full price57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities53%
Students with limited English proficiency0%
Proficient in English51%
Not migrant47%

Science

All Students53%
Female52%
Male54%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian66%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch46%
Full price65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities58%
Students with limited English proficiency4%
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant53%
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
Hispanic 47% 39%
White 42% 39%
Asian 5% 6%
Black 3% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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10500 Stead Blvd
Reno, NV 89506
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