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Alice L Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 731 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 8, 2013

My school is a very family oriented school that strives for excellence in each and every one of their students. They are on top of every problem that arises, whether it be a drop in grades or behavior problem. They strive to incorporate all main core subjects into their curriculum, even with the minimal budget they have to work with. They are always looking for ways to improve their school and academic progress. We are blessed to have our children in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

I believe Alice Smith is an excellent school. . . the positives considerably outweigh any concerns. Of course it has challenges but overall our family has been very pleased the past 3+ years. We have 3 students attending the school and we consider ourselves very involved. We participate in most all of the school functions and we communicate regularly with our children's teachers. On a couple of occasions, I've emailed the principal and was pleased to receive prompt responses. When you attend school events, you see lots of happy and engaged students as well as dedicated teachers. As with the prior post, I too have never observed unsupervised students. In my experience, school personnel are always present at the student drop off/parent pick up area in the mornings and each afternoon, in addition to many parents and grandparents - it's a busy place at those key times! The school requires students wear uniforms, which originally I wasn't in favor of but it's okay and ultimately, it's easier on the budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

I think this school does a good job with all the challenges public schools face in today's world. There are things that could certainly be improved upon and I would encourage parents to stay or get involved in your kid's education. My oldest has been enrolled in this school for four years and is going on five. He has had really good teachers that I feel care. He has also had an average teacher who needs improvement but that unfortunately is at every school. I have never seen nor heard of anything like the incident reported here. I always see staff greeting kids as they come into school and a number of staff members are always out and about at the end of school. I've never witnessed in our four years students that were unsupervised, as reported, so that to me is an isolated incident that is very unfortunate. The principal when we have had issues has always been helpful in trying to resolve things. My only complaint is the school calendar, I'm not a fan of the year round schedule. I don't think anyone should be nervous about enrolling their kids here. It is a public school and faces challenges other schools might not but the staff has a genuine concern for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

After my husband lost his job, we had to pull our kids out of private school and enroll them here. This was the worst mistake I've ever made. My daughter, whom was in first grade, was left outside with the rest of the six-year-olds, 15 minutes early with no supervision. I pulled up to my daughter in hysterics after being beaten up by two boys. I confronted the principal and office staff whose main concern was punishing the boys. What about the fact my child could have been kidnapped by being left on the corner with no supervision? The principal defended the teacher for leaving her students unsupervised. We un-enrolled our children the next day....my first grader came in and showed the staff her black eye.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

A great school in fast deterioration. The current principal is doing a great job destroying a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

They value curiosity, collaboration and critical thinking skills in their staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Both my kids have gone to this school since they started school. The teachers that they have had in the 4-5 years here have been great. The Principal is wonderful and very accessible. The new Principal has stopped 'Parent Patrol' which upsets me. It was a wonderful program of volunteers that helped keep the children safe. I really dont understand why the school would not want to keep it. At any rate, I feel that Alice Smith is a wonderful school and would highly recommend it to anyone in the Golden Valley area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

This is my daughter's 3rd year at this school. The faculty and administration are exceptional. They are always willing to listen and help in any way they can.
—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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

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

All Students64%
Female65%
Male64%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian82%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch51%
Full price90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Students with limited English proficiency31%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian75%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch51%
Full price81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Students with limited English proficiency31%
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant61%
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 Students70%
Female62%
Male80%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian97%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch64%
Full price79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
Students with limited English proficiency46%
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant70%

Reading

All Students62%
Female55%
Male70%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian87%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch44%
Full price86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
Students with limited English proficiency43%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant62%
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%
Female70%
Male85%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian73%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch72%
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian79%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch65%
Full price90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant75%

Science

All Students69%
Female63%
Male75%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian78%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English76%
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

Math

All Students56%
Female55%
Male57%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch48%
Full price67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant56%

Reading

All Students70%
Female66%
Male74%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch65%
Full price77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant70%
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 45% 39%
White 41% 39%
Asian 6% 6%
Black 4% 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 54%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Reno, NV 89506
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