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Sierra Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 363 students

 

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Posted December 8, 2008

My daughter is in first grade at Sierra Elementary School. She also attended kindergarten at Sierra. I believe Sierra Elementary is a great school but there are a few issues that I am having with this school. I feel that I am not well informed about happenings going on at the school. For instance, my daughter has never been told of a cap day, backwards day, etc. Then we show up at school and thats the day it was at school. I dont know if the teachers are not relaying messages but it seems like Sierre Elementary School doesnt have a good system when it comes to informing all of the students on upcoming events. I believe all the students should be able to be included in events all long as they know about them. Also for the Thanksgiving lunch please make sure everyone including parents know correct times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

I loved this school. It is one of the best elementary schools in Alamogrdo. My son attended K-2 and my daughter attended K at this school. My children loved their teachers. I felt comfortable going to the teachers at anytime if I had question or concern with my children. They offered accelerated reading programs. The staff was very friendly. Mr. Sena was very visible and active with the kids. This school had the small town feel and I felt that they were very safe there. We have since moved on b/c of the military, but I really appreciate all that this school has done for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

Everyone is so nice. Mrs Murphy & Mrs Sholar are really good teachers. I feel like my child is safe there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

The staff and pricipal at Sierra Elementary are the greatest! My son attends this school and has enjoyed all but the homework!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Mr. Sena runs the place currently and we have nothing but great things to say about him and his staff. The entire staff seems to be thoroughly committed to each student's success. I have never been made to feel unwelcome there nor have I felt my child would not to achieve her full potential under their guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

Sierra has made my little second grader love school! i credit the teacher and the support staff and their caring attitudes and safe environment they foster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2004

The principal of this school has no interpersonal skills and is unable to effectively communicate with his teachers. He is often conniving and disrespectful towards some staff members which contributes to a negative atmosphere among the staff. No one trusts anyone at this school. This lack of trust filters to the children. Sierra does not achieve its full potential due to his pettiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2004

Mrs. Mc Neile does a great job teaching the fifth graders. She should be nominated for the teacher of the year. She regularly goes out of her way to do extra work and assigments within the school. She is always available to assist students with thier assigments.
—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 51% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

55 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

65 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students69%
Female83%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female62%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female78%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students64%
Female73%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 26%
Hispanic 36% 59%
Black 4% 2%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Alamogordo, NM 88310
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