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John Muir Elementary School

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Posted October 3, 2013

This School is terrible... The only good teacher they had left the school last year. The new principle Mrs Choe is horrible, She has a problem disciplining kids that really need it and are harsh on the ones who are not really doing anything wrong...the teachers never communicate with you on how your child is doing and the behavior chart is ridiculous.. If your child is doing something wrong.. please inform the parent what it is so they can correct it and talk to the child at home about it..Oh and one last rant, The problems at recess are never resolved.. The noon monitors are never paying attention, and the kids that bully other kids never get into trouble. The kids are rushed to eat lunch everyday and they get in trouble for talking at lunch? ( well when are they suppose to talk?! Get it together John Muir... I wouldn't recommend this school to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

This school is terrible. The staff is rude and unhelpful. Im surprised any child learns anything because of there discipline problems. Had many occasions when teachers marked work my child had correct wrong. I would give negative 5 stars if i could. If ur looking for a good school for you child this is not the school for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

So far I love John Muir, they really went above and beyond to helped my daughter last school year... I appreciate that so much!!! She was transfered there in the middle of the school year, they worked with her a lot to get her on task... I was flabbergasted as to how different the curriculum was compared to the chartered school she attended, and I'm super greatful for their help because she ended up doing just fine! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

John Muir has a huge problem with discipline, over the latest 4 years I have seen time and time again some students are come down hard and others get off with a good talking to. The staff does not communicate with parents, and it takes weeks for them to respond to any inquiries. Two years in a row it has been a struggle to get any responses to how my child is doing, behavior and academically; when the teachers do respond say that my son is ADHD, which our family doctor said NO WAY, my son is active is all. This school needs to deal with the real discipline problems and not try to take the easy way out by recommending medication children don't need. Also the PTA is a clique, they want your $5 every year but they do not want your participation; they have made it clear come to our events but you cannot be involved any other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

What is there not to love about John Muir? It is the biggest elementary school in Parma Ohio and it is the best! All staff members from office, to teaching, even custodial, have always done everything in their power to put the students best interests first and foremost. The PTA work exhaustively to continually come up with new and exciting fundraisers and events for the students. And everyone involved with the school truly strives to keep a sense of community. One in which all are welcomed and none are left out. I have always admired Mr. Daniels, our principal, for his dedication to and support of our children. He is well loved and highly respected by students staff and parents alike. He is a wonderful principal for a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

There are so many problems at John Muir school, that you don't always hear about. First of all, the principal Denver Daniels, may come across as friendly, but he is not efficient at helping the students, he does not care about the children at all. I have seen this time and time again, whenever I brought a crisis to his attention. He does not take my concerns seriously. He has also lied to me, and I do not think that makes a good role model for any child. He showed no compassion for my child who was seriously injured by another student at the school. The class sizes are too big, the teachers are not consistent with their own attendance, and get too many amenities, they are allowed to bring their own children to school in an already crowded classroom. They take off a lot of days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

As a student of private schooling all my life, I was nervous about sending my children to a public school. But since the first day I walked into John Muir, I have been welcomed by the administration and staff. Not only are they friendly, but more importantly, genuinely interested in the success and care of the children. I can say with confidence that I am proud that my children attend this school. As a community, the parents, staff, administration and principal of John Muir, are consistently striving to do better and more for our children. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

My children have attended John Muir Elementary School for the past 8 years. I have never been dissatisfied with the school or staff. John Muir provides an excellent learning environment and a high quality of education along with a very safe and secure building. As a very protective parent I have never had a problem with leaving my children at this school. I feel very welcome by the teaching an administrative staff at this school and know if a problem ever arises that it will receive immediate attention and a positive solution. As parents we need to be reminded that if we do not support our school levies that in the end it is our children that suffer the consequences. Keep up the good work John Muir!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

John Muir is a great school. I love the new programs that are going into place to help kids that are falling behind. The programs are fun for the kids. The principal is someone who really cares for and really wants to help our students. I feel good about the steps they are taking to make sure our kids are safe while in school. The school is always clean no matter what time of day you are there. The PTA could use some help..... not all people in the PTA seem to really be there for the kids. But I must say the PTA as a whole has helped in a lot of ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

For those who think that parental involvement is high, I can only say that as a parent when I have come into the school, I was told that I am not allowed to walk my child to his classroom. Parents should be welcomed in any school and allowed to be a part of their child's education. This school is housing about 700 students from what I was told by the school board. A much smaller class size is needed to produce better learning. Statistics on their teaching readiness, past experience, educational background, and SAT scores -should be readily available on paper in the main hallway or office for any parent........ to peruse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

There needs to be additional help to students that are falling behind in their reading. Title 1 is currently for Kindergarden but what is going to happen to the older students who are having a hard time grasping the beginning fundamentals of reading. The children are instructed to read 20-30 minutes a night but if they do not know what the words are it's a constant struggle! There needs to be additional staff/help/influence by the teachers not be so overwhelmed with 'fitting in' all that is required! Not having time to review in class and have the student take it home is not good enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

I feel that John Muir could use some help. The children do not have proper dicipline and at times run wild,and some of the staff members need to learn how to control their tempers & frustration towards the students. Overcrowding is a major problem here. Not enough seats in the art room and kids have to sit on the floor. A regular classroom is packed like a can of sardines. My overall opinion on this school is less than fair and I think that many improvements could be made. The first thing that needs change is the dicipline with the students, MANY are very aggressive and verbally abusive towards staff and peers, and their punishments are usually too relaxed, if any punishments are given at all. No tutoring given for 5th & 6th grade students when it is desperately needed & asked for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

I am quite impressed with this school overall between the principal's involvement as well as the teachers themselves. The only thing I don't feel good about is the kids going outside for recess in the winter time and just having to stand on the blacktop doing nothing. Why not keep them inside and let them play? Otherwise, great job to all who are employed at John Muir Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

My little brother and sister go to John Muir and they love it. The principal is very helpful and the teachers are great. They have great extracurricular activities for the kids. The school is also clean and orderly. 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

John Muir is a fantastic school. The teachers and staff work for the students. There is a lot of parent involvement which makes it more like a community rather than just a public school. My son has excelled at this school. I would encourage everyone to send their students here.
—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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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66%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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71%

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81%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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78%

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87%

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71%
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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

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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.

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The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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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 Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
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Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
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White73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Disabled44%
Non-disabled73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Disabled56%
Non-disabled78%
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 Students66%
Female62%
Male70%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Disabled50%
Non-disabled68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled86%
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

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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

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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".

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Reading

Grade 4MetMet
Grade 5AboveMet
Grade 6BelowMet

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

 
89 (2011)
 
92 (2010)
 
92 (2009)
 
91 (2008)

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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

8-10 Above Average

 

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

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Reading growth at this school

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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 83% 74%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
Black 3% 16%
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 44%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 13%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Jill I. Zidow
Fax number
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