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Dakota Elementary School

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Posted June 13, 2013

Dakota has been an amazing school for my daughter! She started going there in preschool for help with her speech and now is entering 2nd grade. We have had amazing teachers and room aids. I've never had an issue with any teacher or staff. The schools in this area are far more advanced academically then others so many parents get overwhelmed by the amount their kids are learning at these levels and kids coming from other schools can be overwhelmed also but the teachers are amazing at sitting down and talking with the parents to form a plan to get the kids up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

The principal at Dakota is a bit cold and rude. She doesn't like for you to pick your child up early and has even made me wait till the class went to lunch before calling them out of class. Having said that most of the teachers are good. There has been a few that should quit. The rest are very nice and truly do care about the kids in their class. I have had a few problems with teachers saying when a child can or can not go to the bathroom. This caused an accident at school. So I had to deal with the teacher on that matter. Also they would tell my child what they could or could not eat for snack time. There were times my child wasn't able to eat the 100 calorie snack pack of chocolate covered pretzels, because the teacher said it wasn't healthy. So once again I had to deal with a teacher. The school does do fun family things though and really does try to involve the family as much as possible. Any school is going to have a few bad marks because we are all human and we make mistakes. Its what we do to fix those mistakes that is going to improve the schools for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

My oldest son has attended both North Plains and Dakota. We have had some good and bad experiences in both schools. I loved the kindergarten teachers, speech teacher and principal at NP. It was the 1st grade teacher that made us switch to Dakota. She was very discouraging and really had nothing good to say about our son. We put him in Dakota and his new 1st grade teacher was an angel. In second grade he phased out of speech therapy and started the Gifted and Talented Program, and has LOVED it. Dakota also has a Early Child Special Education Program that is fantastic with some amazing teachers. The only bad thing I have to say about Dakota is that I don't care for the principal at all, but from the feedback I have received this is a general census. She is rude, unpersonable and cold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

This scool will turn your kids in to Child services if they are THIN, but not to thin!! The communication between the school and parent isnt that great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

My daughter did first-second grade here in Dakota Elementary in Minot AFB ND, and in my opinion it has been the best school I could found for her. The teachers, the principal and the staff are great and since the school is located inside the base you feel your children are super safe here... They do a lot of activities and they are very dedicated with everything regarding your child progress... Now my family pcs to San Antonio and I can not find any school that can compare to this one... This is a A+++ school, Hope all the schools were like this one...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

My children were always eager to go to school, but ever since they started to go to Dakota Elementary their self confidence has been damaged by the school. The school pushing these kids way more than they should academically. As a parent, I am all about encouraging my children to excel academically, but this school has hurt their self esteem instead of help them academically. They expect way too much of their kinder and first grader, more than I had ever imagined. I do not like the way the Principal handles conflicts among children and her way of handling children with special needs. If you have a child with asthma and affected by cold weather this school is not sympathetic about your child's need or accomadations. If you want your child to advance more in all levels including confidence and self esteem do not send them to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

My oldest daughter attended Dakota from kindergarten through first grade. My youngest attended Kindergarten only. At that time kindergarten was only a half day long. When we moved to Florida we discovered our kid's were a grade behind. My youngest repeated kindergarten (it's a full day long in Florida, and she was not ready for Florida's first grade), but my oldest had to catch up. This meant 4-6 hours a night on homework and just plain working with her. Her new school put her in a reading and math program to help her catch up. By the end of the school year she was on the honor role, but it was a painful process to get her there, with many tears (both her and I). She was so far behind. They're both honor roll students now. On a good note, They both had the same Kindergarten teacher at Dakota, and she was wonderful. She only had a half day to teach, so you really can't compare that to an all day kindergarten. I think Dakota as a whole was a grade behind in the curriculum at that time. I heard it went to an all day kindergarten, so maybe it's better now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

The school, itself, may not have all the facilities we would like, but the two teachers my son had (K & 1st) were superb--a wonderful combination of education, experience, and enthusiasm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2007

Wow! I couldn't disagree more with the previous entry! Dakota Staff including Administration take a vested interest in each and every individual and situation (positive or negative) that may arise. Their best interest is in their students and the education ALL of their students receive. My child has attended Dakota for 2 years and with the choices out there, I hope to stay right here. With the number of services and extra curricular activities available (i.e. Title 1, Gifted & Talented, Speech Therapy, Band, Orchestra, PTA Events) I rate this school pretty high on the list! All it takes is 1 bad apple to plant a seed , I'm sorry that person had a bad experience but I know there are many parents out there who love this school and would rate it very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

This school has taken 2 of the 3 children that have attended and turned them off of school totally. They don't look out for the best interest of the child. There is a lot of bullying at this school for which nothing is done to stop. A lot of the time you won't get a teacher to respond to parent communication. I have a child who has gone here for 3 yrs who can barely read. They are finally starting to try and help. Another child was ignored totally buy a teacher to the point of an embarrassing moment. All the administration can say is 'sorry you feel that way' to a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2006

My children attend Dakota. I agree the teachers are hit and miss, but you don't have to be a male student to experience a bad one. I have participated in the PTA there and do not find them gossipy. I do not know of a study hall after school there, or scholarships. Stay on top of what is happening with your child and you can help them navigate through this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

It is a 50/50 shot on whether or not you will get a good teacher. Many of the teachers have been there for quite a while (quite the tight club)and there are no male teachers. This is very bad on a military base where most male influences are deployed. The good teachers are very, very good. They have great music teachers,great LD aides & great after school study hall. Great scholarships for summer programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

This was an excellent school. My daughter went there for kindergarten & not only did she learn a lot, but they helped build up her confidence. She was even in an advanced reader program. The teacher & assistant were wonderful with communicating with the parents. My daughter loved going to school!
—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 86% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students86%
Female80%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities91%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Reading

All Students71%
Female80%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
African American91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%

Reading

All Students79%
Female76%
Male83%
African American73%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant79%

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male75%
African American73%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students71%
Female88%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students54%
Female42%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Reading

All Students74%
Female79%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Dakota used the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. Results represent students enrolled in the school for the entire academic year. The NDSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Dakota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 83%
Black 14% 3%
Hispanic 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A32%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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101 Eagle Way
Minot Afb, ND 58704
Phone: (701) 727-3310

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