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Little River Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 436 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 10, 2013

Caring teachers, great curriculum, involved parents, great school! My child has been very happy at Little River.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader at Little River. We have been thrilled with the school and have kept our kids here instead of going to private, charter, or magnet schools. The teachers are outstanding. I can't say enough good things about their commitment to teaching, to meeting every child's learning needs, and going above and beyond to care for their students. My son's teachers have visited him in the hospital, and they have contributed their own money to provide scholarships for low-income kids to participate in field trips. I have volunteered in the classrooms and seen first-hand how amazing these teachers are in motivating students to want to learn. The school is orderly and calm, and parents are involved. I highly recommend Little River Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

I love this school! The teachers are really great, and the AIG program is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

This year my son has a teacher with better communication skills than last year and she genuinely seems to care about my son. We'll see how the rest of the year goes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2011

As a parent of 2 students at LITTLE RIVER for the past 5 years, I am impressed EVERY DAY with the Teachers, the Principals, the Administration, and the Students. This is an outstanding school with Teachers who truly care about the education they are providing to their students, and the students, in turn, appreciate and respect the education they are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

We have a 2nd and 4th grader in LR. Each of our children has been blessed with outstanding teachers, principals, and curriculum. Our experience has been excellent. If I had to find one fault, it would be the constant requests for donations, money for this and supplies for that. However, that may be something every school is doing considering budget issues. I'm sure because the parents of LR children are able and willing to respond generously to these requests it has a positive impact on the quality of our school. Thank you LR parents and all of those involved in our school's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

If first impressions are everything. I would have to say my first impression was awful!. Not the aesthetics but the people were rude. I am new to Nc and have found people to be very rude here. Entering the school to register my son this woman looked at me as if i was trying to sneak into a good school or something. She never introduced her self began to question me about my address, if my son had a ssn , birth certificate etc. JUST RUDE ! NO welcome to the community , let me show you the school , you are going to love it here. After she saw that I had all my paper work and i was in the right school her whole tone changed and was much more receptive. Out of a 5 star rating the school gets 1 for first impressions. Hope open house goes better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

My kindergartner is in Ms. Caitlin Meseck's class. He is a little advanced in reading for his age. Ms. Meseck has done a wonderful job giving him extra home work and new challenges within the school setting. From my experience with other schools, there are teachers that would have taken advantage of the break (not having to teach). Not Ms. Meseck-she and Mrs. Calhoun continue to go above and beyond the call of duty. I can not express in words how delighted I am to know there are teachers who truly care about children and academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The teachers and students are great. It is a great place for kids to learn, I love to volunteer there and catch the excited spirit of the kids to learn. The teachers really care for each student and want only the best for them. The principal is awsome too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

Little River has been a wonderful educational experience for our son. We could pay thousands of dollars for a private school education--but why do that when there's a wonderful school here in our community? He loves to learn, has friends from all sorts of backgrounds, and thinks school is great. We're thrilled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

We've been thrilled with the quality of education, classroom environment, caring teachers, and great facilities. Our son has loved Little River!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

Great Principal who shows great concern and understanding for each child as an individual. Although not related specifically to this school please see below if you have a child in kindergarten or first grade with possibility of being retained. Keep in mind when retention is a possibility that you can't always judge a child's ability due to academic performance during kindergarten and first grade years. They catch up in maturity during second grade and beyond. There is much research documenting this and one study done involving expert opinion and studies of child psychologists in a study at UNC. You know you child better than anybody else so use the knowledge you have as a parent of your child and do as much research as possible when making the decision to retain or promoted to first or second grade. Have a great summer with your kids and keep them reading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

We have been parents of Little River students for 6 years and we love our school! The teachers are the best and the the parent involvement is huge. Go Little River Beavers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

This is truly a school of excellence, from the principal, to the teachers, to the auxillary staff! The PTA is incredible & has a great working relationship with the school staff. There is a school chorus for 4th & 5th graders that our son has been involved in & he has loved it! We have been so happy to send our son to this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

I have two 1st grades, and they are doing very well. My twin girls are reading outstanding and picking up on their math skills well. Little River is an OUTSTANDING school, because of the principal, teachers, and supporting staff. They really focus on the students and pushes them to do better than just average. I couldn't have choose a better school for my girls to attend. GREAT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2005

My son is in 5th grade at this school. This school has really exceeded my expectation with their dedicated and hard working teachers and Principal! I am looking forward to my 4 year old starting kindergarden here!
—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 47% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students57%
Female58%
Male55%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically gifted94%

Reading

All Students52%
Female61%
Male41%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Female67%
Male56%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Academically gifted85%

Reading

All Students51%
Female60%
Male39%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically gifted92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students51%
Female60%
Male44%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students43%
Female54%
Male35%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students40%
Female51%
Male33%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Academically gifted92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 52%
Black 33% 26%
Hispanic 12% 14%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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