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Matheson Park Elementary School

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Posted January 16, 2014

I love this school, the teachers are great, I have yet to find one that does not put the children first. The 5th grade teachers were the best last year and still are even thou there has been a change, I think the leadership could be improved somewhat and the Parent Involvement is not up to par. For some reason parents are not involved like they should be like in years past, not sure if because there was a change in the program and everyone is learning together. Over all I rate teachers a 10 star. Office staff is also very helpful and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

matheson park is a great school with many wonderful teachers who will do everything in their power to help the students succed the field trips are great fun and educational the only negative comment i have to say is there is a very large amount of homework everynight and on weekends


Posted May 12, 2012

I just want to thank the teachers who taught my children for a wonderful year they have made such tremendous progress throughout the year, The teachers here are really great and if you have a question they have the answers and if they don't the go and find out for you again thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2012

I love Matheson Park. I am a teacher who chooses to send my child to this school even though we are out of district. I know I work very hard for my students. I also know the other teachers work and care just as hard. Yes the principal is tough but he also has safety in mind for all children. He doesn't put up with any type of bullying and I appreciate the safety for my own child. To say he doesn't care is a huge mistake. I think our principal has a huge heart he can tell you the story behind each and every child. I think because our school is smaller we really get to know each student and their family at a much deeper level. I am proud to work here and send my child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

I have not had any problems with this school the teachers go out and find answers they are always ready to work with my child if they have a issue, but I also have heard stories from some parents that they would home school or send there children somewhere else I really can't understand that, I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a Principal to listen, teachers who teach it is a great environment, just like anywhere good and bad I guess. But I thank you staff for making this school year a fantastic one. Looking forward to being with you again in the Fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

The majority of the teachers at this school are outstanding! However, the teachers who are not are friends of the principal, thus there is no accountability for their job performance. Kudos to those teachers who spend so much of their own time working to educate our children! Happy teacher appreciation week!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The principal is not interested in working with parents (or teachers for that matter) when there are problems that need to be addressed. He does not answer parent phone calls and is rarely on campus if you want to see him in person. He shows blatant favoritism towards students and staff; and punishes those he doesn't like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

Disappointed! Our kids have gone to Matheson from K-5th grade and we've never been so upset with a principal before. Mr. Principal is new to the school. This is his 2nd year now and umm let's see... it's just my opinion but, I think that someone who used to be a Parole Officer/Cop, should have extensive training on how to deal with children, ages 5-10. It doesn't matter if a child is good or bad, they seem to always think they did something wrong. Believe me... we are all for discipline, as you can see it reflect in our own children, but this is a public school, not a military school!We need it to not just BE a safe place but the kids need to feel safe and accepted as well. Parents, watch your school very closely. After all, it is yours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

Thank you Mr. Maresca for a wonderful year. The changes that you have brought to our school were much needed and appreciated. I am truly looking forward to next year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2008

My grand-child has been very happy there. There was a lock-down, the teachers and Mr. Maresca made all the children feel well protective, Mr. Maresca has been a huge asset to the school we look forward to working with you again, next year. I have talked with several people and they feel as I do, thanks for a wonderful school year. Mr. Maresca and Staff. A Grandparent-A. Via
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

My 3rd grader is very happy this year. He loves his teacher as do I. The new principal, Mr. Maresca, is wonderful. He is firm yet friendly. A great balance!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

For the first time in years we have a principal that protects our children and their teachers from mean parents. He sticks to his beliefs and is not afraid to tell parents no, or hold their children accountable for bad behavior, what he refers to as poor choices. This is the happiest my children have ever been since Mr Maresca took over as principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

I am upset with the lack of support Matheson gives kids that need additional help. If your kid is at the very bottom they get support, or at the very top they get support. But riding the edge they have no services. Not only that but the teachers and New Principal have a good-ol-boy attitude. I understand the need to protect your teachers, but if the teachers are failing our children their needs to be some better way to provide a solution to our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

I have 7 children. We have homeschooled and gone to private schools. My daughter has been at Matheson for 2 years, in 4th and 5th grade. We are very happy with her teachers and the principal is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

I have a 5th grader at Matheson Park.I think their is too much homework given to the kids.My child spends anywhere from 2-3 hours after school doing homework & is getting very stressed & discouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

The teachers are great. However, it seems like the teachers are very unhappy at their school this year. The principal lacks the skills to be a great principal. She does not have proper discipline skills for the children. There are no consequences for bad behavior.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 12, 2006

Our child attends matheson park and we are pleased with his learning. His enviroment is a postive one. The principle has been courteous and helpful when i needed it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

All of my children have loved going to Matheson Park. The Principal and counselor were very supportive to them. The Principal not only cared about how they were doing academically, but also was there to insure their safety and help in any way they needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

Matheson Park is a wonderful school with hard working teachers. It is a shame they do not get the support and leadership they deserve from their principal. Something should be done about the administration. Changes should be made.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 15, 2006

This is a great school. It is unfortunate that the principal holds it back from it's utmost potential. The teachers are what make this school great. With better leadership this could be one of the best schools in the area.
—Submitted by a staff


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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 51% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

38 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

65 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students55%
Female61%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities10%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female68%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students55%
Female58%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities15%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female63%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities23%
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 Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female64%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged59%
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
Hispanic 54% 59%
White 31% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 10%
Black 5% 2%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10809 Lexington NE
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