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Central Academy Nongraded Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 292 students

 

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Posted October 28, 2012

All good things, it seems, must come to an end. And so it has been with Central Academy. The school was truly a unique learning experience before the last year or two, but it is rapidly morphing itself into an institution that "picks the winners" by blanketing all students with the same instruction and same homework, with an eye towards pushing out students who don't fit the narrative the school is aiming to create. The school is more about burnishing a story it created around itself than it is about trying to encourage individual thinking, which it once did spectacularly. Every year, you'll hear about people camping out overnight to get their children a slot in the middle school. As a disapppointed parent who has seen the decline, I would advise those parents to look into other alternatives. It is my intent to withdraw my children from the school as they approach middle school age. It's sti;ll a pretty good place up to that level, but once there, it's all about shiny happy faces for the cameras.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2010

Back in the day, this school was 'the' school. Now, not so much. Dr. Suiter couldn't lead her way out of a wet paper bag. They have combined grades k and 1st, 2nd and 3rd, etc. So basically every other year your child is repeating a grade. There is no such thing as competition in this school. There is no parent involvement. They can't even get volunteers for the PTO. No one will help with anything. Also, be warned they only cater to underpriveledged kids, if you're not on assistance, drive your kid somewhere else. Unfortunately, I have sent my child here for two years, BUT we will be leaving. As far as education in this town goes....you get what you pay for. This is one BROKE school. They do nothing extra. Art class is drawing on cheap paper that is it! If your looking for the best...this is not it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

The mannerism of the teaching methods, for the faculty, staff, students and curriculum, of this school rate 5 stars all the way; which is a brag from a grandmother of a student that attends there.


Posted November 3, 2008

This school is wonderful! I cannot rave about the teachers hard work and dedication to their students success enough. Every surrounding school district needs to learn a lesson about learning and teaching from Central!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I have 3 children that attended and attend here! They are verry pleased! I am also pleased by their performance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

Central is a great school. I am very pleased with the untraditional approach taught here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

I've had 3 children attend this school. My oldest child was in the first kindergarten class when this school opened in 1991 and stayed through the sixth grade. My youngest child is now attending. Over the years I have experienced both good and bad. Initially, the school and staff were welcoming, open, and friendly. The structure of class grouping is wonderful for the development of confidence and reinforcement of learning. What has occurred over the years that troubles me is that so much of everything is now focused on standardized testing and not on the needs of the individual child. Many of the things my older children enjoyed have now been eliminated. (Sixth grade Luau, all students recognized at the year end ceremony with Kindergarten 'graduation') Maybe its that way everywhere now but up until the last two years, I had never considered sending my children to their 'home' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Central is a wonderful alternative to traditional perocial and private schools. This is our second year here(following two years at a local private)and my son has done nothing but flourish. The quarterly reports a far more thourough than a traditional report card. This school is desighned for parent involvement.that being said, you must follow the reading requirement, reinforce the units being taught, and ask questions about the progress reports.(ie 'Why did you get a 2 today? and 'What needs to change so you bring home a 1?') My only wish for this school would be to add foreighn language.However Middletown city school district needs to make this manditory curriculm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

My child dose not like this school, (central academy) and neither do I! This school has kids see the 20 children everyday, because from 8:00 AM-10:40 AM they see themselves. The for 15 min, thats all they see 20 other students. Then for the rest of the day they see the same kids they have seen all year long. Then when Winter comes, the children do not have recess so they dont get to see that other set of 20 kids that they usually do. So all day they are cooped up in one classroom, with the same kids of 2 different grades. 1st&2nd, 3rd&4th, and 5th&6th and since they dont have grades I really dont know what my childs really capable of. He gets 1's, 2's, or 3's! WOW! That really tells me something!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 28, 2005

This is the third school our daughter attended and we are very pleased. The saying 'The third time's the charm' really works here. They have a zero percent tolerance for bullying, which I like since my daughter has special needs, and the teachers are very concerned about her progress. Her teacher answers my emails quickly. The entire staff is wonderful. I highly recommend this school for anyone thinking of transfering their child or moving to the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

Both of my children attend this school. They have patience, which children need. The overall goal for these children is to be independent workers...self starters. Their leadership is unlike any of our other public schools. Kids don't just 'get by', they truly learn. My youngest son flourished, my oldest son has confidence, and I'd recommend this school to ANYONE K-6. Your child will get personal attention on things they struggle with and a gentle push on what they are really good at. Check out their state report card. My oldest son has scored avg to above avg on the state proficiencies. Central's staff is magnificent!I love this school! They also keep parents in the loop about EVERYTHING and demand parent involvement. Which makes me appreciate them even more. That seems to get lost in schools the older the children get. I give them 5+ stars!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

Excellent School.My child is in the third grade and has attended 5 schools. Central is the best one yet.Great parent-teacher relationships.Warm, open, loving student-teacher relationships. DR Sueter is a great leader. The entire staff is great!For once, I don't worry about my kids safety while they are in school.Keep up the good work Central. Don't ever change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2004

This is one of the best schools in the Middletown City School District. My child is in Mrs. Schneider's Kindergarden class and we both love Central.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%
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 75% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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 73% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
67%

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 77% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled84%
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 Students54%
Female50%
Male59%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled77%
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 Students36%
Female37%
Male35%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female58%
Male65%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students26%
Female26%
Male26%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled25%
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 Students56%
Female38%
Male75%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female56%
Male81%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
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 Students74%
Female62%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
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 Students47%
Female65%
Male30%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Disabled6%
Non-disabled70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female95%
Male61%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Disabled38%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students49%
Female60%
Male39%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Disabled19%
Non-disabled67%
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 4MetMet
Grade 5MetMet
Grade 6MetMet
Grade 7MetMet
Grade 8MetMet

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

 
91 (2011)
 
86 (2010)
 
85 (2009)
 
77 (2008)

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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

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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

Below 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 70% 74%
Black 15% 16%
Two or more races 13% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Hispanic N/A 4%
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 61%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 18%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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4601 Sophie Ave
Middletown, OH 45042
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