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Harris Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 417 students

 

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Posted October 22, 2011

We are happy with Harris School. The teachers are really good with the kids, and communicate well with the parents. The PTA organizes a lot of fun programs. We like the size of the school (only a few classes in each grade). The lunches are free and all-day kindergarten is free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

I am almost disgusted at this school. I think the teachers do a wonderful job with what they have to work with. The school looks like it should be condemned. My son was in 1st grade with 43 other students. he had two teachers to compensate but the kids were packed in like sardines.The classrooms get very hot in fall. My child has come home drenched in sweat. Now tell me how someone can learn in conditions like that. The school this year is on academic emergency but the school sent out a flyer stating they were on academic watch. And make sure you watch your children closely walking in the parking lot. Its very dangerous. People drive crazy My kids almost got hit twice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I was initially impressed with Harris and chose it above the other schools in the area for my son--we even went through open enrollment so he could attend because we didn't live in the right area. But now I am researching other schools because I am not happy. Kindergarten here is great--Miss Huffman is wonderful!--but first grade and up is not. After kindergarten, each grade seems to be all about doing photocopied worksheets for every subject all of the time. No creativity on the part of the teachers, no individualized teaching, no fun in the classroom. Nothing to motivate kids to want to learn at all. My son loved school when he first started in kindergarten; now he hates it...and I really cannot blame him seeing what his school day and work is like. I hope I can find a school in which the teaching is more inventive and motivational.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

Harris Elementary has turned into a poor school, I used to be a student at Harris and I have watched this school go bad. I have taken my children out of Harris because of the poor teaching ability and the way they do not pay attention to the students. This school needs a good wake up and realize they have fallen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

I am a parent who has taken my children out of Harris School due to the poor teaching skills, saftey, and rudeness of staff. I have never recieved a newsletter that talked about the students. Would not suggest to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

I think Harris is the best elementary school in Akron. In fact, we are moving and I pray that my son will still be able to open enroll in this wonderfull school. This is my sons first year here and the teachers couldn't be any nicer. PTA is great and there are always parents willing to lend a helping hand. I even compared this school to other schools in the area and I still believe its the best. Everyone just cares here and that makes it good for my son to be there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 10, 2005

Parent Involvement is at 100% of those that care and that is just a handful of pta workers. extracutticular is as good as it can be with what they have to work with. Academic programs... well I think it could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

This school is a wonderful school. There are many different types of extracurricular activities, for many different learning experiences. I would not have choose anywhere else to go, but Harris elementary.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

I don't like the fact that if the children forget their money for a lunch ticket they have to sit at a separate table away from their classmates.It make them very self concious!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 78% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female52%
Male70%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
Black, non-Hispanic75%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female48%
Male69%
Black, non-Hispanic42%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled23%
Non-disabled68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Black, non-Hispanic74%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled46%
Non-disabled89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female50%
Male42%
Black, non-Hispanic36%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female65%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic71%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students33%
Female30%
Male37%
Black, non-Hispanic21%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled36%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 4MetBelow
Grade 5AboveMet

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
86 (2011)
 
76 (2010)
 
83 (2009)
 
84 (2008)

0
60
120

About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 74%
Black 37% 16%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Asian 8% 2%
Hispanic 8% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 20%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Theresa L. Fennell
Fax number
  • (330) 761-1313

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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959 Dayton St
Akron, OH 44310
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