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Marvin Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 657 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 11, 2014

This school is already extraordinary given the heart-breakingly thin funding, and the teachers are nothing if not devoted. The new principal, however, seems to be struggling to shoulder the legacy of the visionary that left for a swankier job :( and needs to be better informed on how to advocate for and improve on the innovative programs the school is offering. Otherwise they will wither on the vine. Need standards and performance monitoring for the Chinese immersion program, as well as the standard ed component within it! Finally, not enough resources exist to offer individualized assistance to students who excel (or struggle) in any particular academic, athletic or social endeavor. If there is only enough money for one part-time teacher to teach several classfuls of kids, advancing individual talent won't happen no matter how dedicated the teacher is. Yes, that means taxes might need to be a little higher than than the current $3 per year or so. Most families in this district are far north of the poverty line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

Overall I have enjoyed having my children (3) attend this school. I think it has the potential to be a fantastic school but needs to control the turnover, which the school has had a tremendous amount of. The parent involvement is great and the general feel is very positive. Having new teachers and shifting teachers each year is beginning to pose a challenge. We are beginning to feel the brunt of the lack of experience, structure and knowledge a seasoned teacher provides to a classroom/school. I sincerely hope the school establishes stability among it's teachers, consistency from year to year and an established way of measuring and producing results (we have seen how widely it can vary depending on the teacher).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

The parent involvement is extremely high, the principal and the teachers are all very good. My daughter enjoys learning and has advanced very quickly in her math and reading capabilities. Unfortunately there was high turnover at the 1st grade level going into 2008, which was indicative of higher pay in Mecklenburg County. A teacher's dream to work at this school will keep the good teachers who are truly teachers versus young teachers chasing higher pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

I couldn't be happier. My son is flourishing & actually loves school since he started going to Marvin Elementary. His teacher is amazing... spends so much time one-on-one with her students as she has a full-time TA. J has improved so much in his reading, writing, math, etc., in just the few months he's been there. We hope he can stay in this school for the remainder of his elementary school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

The school has been through some changes in the last couple of years, but has come out even better and stronger. The new administration is highly dedicated and involved with the teachers, students and parents regularly. We are looking forward to another great year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

I have to agree with the parent writing on April 2006. With a new principal coming in I can only hope things improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

We've had childern at Marvin since it opened and were proud to be Marvin parents. Sadly, the founding principal moved on in 11/05 and this school has changed. The new principal is seldom visible to the students and grudgingly available to parents - a stark contrast to her predecessor. We fear the quality of teachers will go down because of the administration. The administration lacks experience and it shows. What's happened to this school is sad. We're now considering private school for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

My son has attended Marvin Elementary for the past three years and I enjoy it more and more each year. The school has the most enthusiastic principal who is always challenging the kids to beter themselves and parent involvement surpasses my expectations. Music, computer lab and art are one to two times a week class and teachers are of high caliber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

Great principal! A lot of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2005

Those looking to relocate to any school in Union County need to be aware of the fact that corporal punishment is alive and well in North Carolina, one of 22 states where it is still legal. In fairness to Marvin elementary, this principal has chosen to not use this form of discipline, but any principal in the county may use a paddle on any student, and parental consent is not required. I think that this speaks volumes for a mindset that exists in a school system, and the presence of corporal punishment suggests a system that is out of date with current strategies and schools of thought when it comes to effective discipline. Again, kudos to this school and its staff for not hitting children, but there is no guarentee that the next principal will feel the same way. The Office of civil rights tracks the number of children hit each year, verify any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2004

We moved to this area from out of state and were concerned about the school system. However, Marvin Elementary has proved to be a school of very high standards. My little girl tells me every day how happy she is to go to school there. The teachers and leadership at the school are incredible. I am so happy to be a part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2004

Marvin is led by the most awesome Principal. The students excell in all areas of academics, the school's culture is warm, inviting, the atmosphere comes straight from the top. The only complaint I have about this school, and it stems from a District and County issue, is the severe overcrowding. We are in our third year with this brand new school. It was built to house 750 students. We now have roughly 1240 students, and 26 trailors on site, or as we prefer to call them, 'learning cottages'. Even with the overcrowding, I cannot express how much we enjoy the 'Marvin Experience.' Parents are valued and welcome to interface with all staff. There is two way communication. The staff here at this school is here for the children. We are grateful that they chose to 'Empower' vs 'Overpower' our children. Not all schools in this county are like this. Marvin is best!
—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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students89%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students79%
Female73%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students84%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students81%
Female78%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students86%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Academically gifted-95%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students93%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students81%
Female78%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Academically gifted-95%
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 79% 52%
Asian 8% 3%
Black 5% 26%
Hispanic 4% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 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 5%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Ms Lynn Cole
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9700 Marvin School Rd
Marvin, NC 28173
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