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Onaway Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 382 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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12 reviews of this school


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Posted today

I love this school since I moved here back in 2010 I always been a parent that is involved with my children and their education love the special ed teacher and the school teacher and principal I recommend this school it's not the school or teachers but if more parents were involved in their child education we wouldn't have as much problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

We consider ourselves fortunate to have such a wonderful school and just am importantly school community so close to our home. Our experience with teachers had been positive. They are supportive of our son and foster his natural desire for knowledge. The school support staff is like family to the students and parent involvement is amazing. When faced with options for relocation, we hesitate because we hate the thought of leaving Onaway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

For a inner ring suburb with a mix of social classes, the school has a very small and close knit feel. The teachers and staff work well together and focus on the big picture. Because the the majority of the school's children walk to school, there is a lot of social interaction both before and after school - this allows both parents to socialize and plan, and kids to play with their "community". Most of the teachers (and principal) live in the city (and their children go to the city's schools), so they are seen around town and truly want all the schools to cooperate and do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

We sent our daughter there for kindergarten and put her in a private school the next year. This was very disappointing since we can see Onaway from our driveway. However, she ended the year being able to read LESS than she could when she started. Also, we audited the class two times through the year and were shocked at the behavior of the children and the staff's inability to control them. We felt bad sending our child there every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

I have a Kindergartner and a third grader at Onaway who are both receiving an excellent education. We moved here from out of state in the middle of last year, and our daughter's transition was made seamless. The principal, Dr. Cowan, is a very hands on and enthusiastic administrator. Not only are my children learning the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but they are learning art, music, Chinese, physical education as well as life lessons obtained in this ethnically and socioeconomically diverse environment. Onaway is currently in the process of integrating the Internationaly Baccalaureate program, the goal of which is to "help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world." The atmosphere at the school is nurturing and fun and the children genuinely seem to enjoy their school and each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

I guess, it's about time someone put in a word for Onaway again, since the last review comment was in 2007. We have nothing to say but good about Onaway school. Our daughter started in Kindergarten knowing her letters, but not how to read at all. She is half-way through kindergarten now and has not only learned to read easy books, but is being taught elements of social, environmental, political (unbiased), historical, and art studies as well. She is getting an education that will, if it stays this way, result in a well-rounded student of the world. And who can ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

The teachers seem truly talented and interested in teaching, however there is something holding them back... it seems they are very limited by the administration's need to 'achieve' on the standardized tests. Creativity has disappeared and is NOT valued. We are considering private school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

We love Onaway School. Our kindergartner had a fantastic year. Our 7th grader also had a great K-4 experience at Onaway. The teaching staff is talented and dedicated. The district is responsive to parents input. The PTO is involved and has great events & supplemental programs. The atmosphere is warm, supportive and enriching. This district has an economically diverse population and Onaway does a great job teaching children at the appropriate level of instruction. One child in my daughters kindergarten class began the year without knowing any shapes, colors, letters or numbers. At the end of the year he was writing sentences. Incredible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Everyone says that they love this school it is wonderful but it just feels really strained. The teachers are great, well educated, and dedicated but they seem tired, stressed and overworked. The hallways and classrooms, music, art classes and gym are considered great programs but are very loud and unruly. Some parents are very involved, some not at all. More involvement is needed especially when the teachers can't do it all themselves. My child is learning but has a hard time concentrating. Too many kids, too loud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

Onaway elem. is a terrific school. Both my son and daughter attended and they loved it. The teachers are devoted to the children and highly competent. Students attend PE three times a week, Art once a week and Music twice a week. The school also sponsors special programs after school. PTO is highly active and provides additional monies for programs and materials.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

The quality of the academic programs is extremely high. There's a strong community that supports students and teachers. The principal and the teachers are excellent. I have been very happy with nearly every aspect of the school. My only complaint is with the Enrichment Program. The Enrichment Program pulls kids who've tested high out of class to give them an enriching opportunity. Unfortunately, at Onaway the Enrichment Program is just a high powered test prep course. Constant testing and assessment is favored over imagination and creativity. Despite this one flaw, Onaway, is an exceptional program and students get lots of enrichment outside the enrichment program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

Very high quality of teaching, strong leadership and a happy staff. Clean and bright classrooms, high parental involvement. A great school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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89%

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96%

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89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

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100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students94%
Female93%
Male94%
Black, non-Hispanic77%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled60%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female>=95%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanic73%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled40%
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 Students84%
Female79%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanic74%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled53%
Non-disabled93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female85%
Male94%
Black, non-Hispanic87%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled53%
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

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

Math

Reading

Grade 4MetMet

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

 
106 (2011)
 
110 (2010)
 
111 (2009)
 
105 (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

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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1-3 Below Average

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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 50% 74%
Black 35% 16%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 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 27%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 19%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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