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Wells Academy

Public | PK-4, 6 | 250 students

 

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Posted January 1, 2013

Any school is a community aimed at learning and cultural, moral and (in some cases religious) formation of children. Parents alone are ultimately accountable for the learning and formation (education) of their children. As a public school, Wells offers no religious formation, but in the years our child has been there (2009, Pre-School to 2013, 2nd Grade) Wells has had a Character education program and used appropriate behavior management tools to foster individual accountability (attendance, homework completion, focus in class) and responsibility to others (helping another learn, positive regard for others). One of the keys to the school success is the SFA Curriculum with Scott Forsmann Reading Street. The block schedule allows all students to progress as fast and far as they are able in reading, which also allows focused smaller group attention on students behind. As others have said, Wells still fosters the Arts with Music and Visual Art education for all students. In 2012 the Governor spoke at Wells (in part) because each and every child scored above grade level on the standardized tests. That "outcome" is good, but better is the professionalism of staff enabling it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Wonderful school, great staff including a competent principal. All the staff seem to be well qualified and caring. The school as a good academic program, music and arts also. Good structure and discipline for the students and most importantly my child loves it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Great school I wish every child could go to a school like Wells.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

I am teacher at Wells. I also have two children who attend Wells. I have never woke up and felt like I did not want to go to work. It is an honor to work there and have my children attend. Our students receive the best education from all of the 'highly qualified' staff members in our building. Our Fine Arts program can't be beat! You can feel the happiness from students and staff the minute you walk in the door. Our principal truly cares about the students and does whatever she can to get us what we need to create the most positive learning environment for our students. I would not have my children there if I didn't think it was the best place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Im shocked to see the negative reviews posted here about Steubenville City Schools and Wells Elem. specifically. Wells was awarded the Blue Ribbon of Excellence , two years in a row, from the Federal Dept. of Education. They were one of a few in the Nation to be given this distinction. The academic quality is outstanding. All of the teachers in this building hold a Master's Degree in Education. Providing a quality education is their first priority. The fine arts department is the best in the city and I would say in the area! All students learn to read music and play a recorder. Band begins in 4th grade here, one year earlier then anywhere in the city. The winter and spring theatrical performance that the children take part in is sensational! My son went to Wells and because of the rigorous curriculum at Wells was more than prepared for Jr.High
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

The fine arts at Wells is phenomonal! My child is in 3rd grade and knows how to play a recorder by reading music! These kids perform on stage in front of hundreds as early as preschool! The school report card shows that students do really great on the state test as well. I highly recommend Wells School. Roll Red Roll
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Wells School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Federal Department of Education two years in a row. This is a distinction that only a few schools in the nation received. The academics, fine arts, and extra curricular activities are the best in the city and in the area. Im shocked at the negative reviews. You are certainly in the minority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

I am a teacher at Wells Elementary School. It is such a pleasure to go to work everyday and to be part of such a fine school. Every staff member is highly qualified and every one of them goes above and beyond their duties to make sure the students are successful.Standards are set high for every student and the teachers have high expectations for all of their students. The principal is the rock of the school.She is very encouraging and extremely supportive. The school offers a Fine Arts program that the students all enjoy. It is the best elementary school in this area. I grew up in Steubenville, but I did not attend Steubenville Schools.You can bet that my children will be attending Wells Elementary! It's the best school around!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2007

Wells is a great school. The staff is highly qualified and caring. They strive to bring out the very best in each student. Both of my children attend Wells School and love it. I wish every child could go to a school like Wells.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

I attended Steubenville City Schools for all 13 years of my education childhood education. I went to BV and Wells. Both schools were excellent. The teachers cared about every student and encouraged all of us. Steubenville City Schools has an excellent education program. Steubenville did nothing but help be become a better person. Because of Steubenville, I am going to college to become a teacher and hope to be hired in the local area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 30, 2006

Steubenville City schools as a whole does not focus on education. They do have extra music programs at this school that they don't have at other schools. The discipline is very lax, if there is any at all. I personally have heard students cuss at the teachers/coaches and nothing was done but shrug it off and say oh well they are just kids. We are currently looking to move out of the school system as we see this to be the trend throughout all the schools in Steubenville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I think Steubenville in general has a very poor educational system. On the plus side, Wells has a good principal (Mrs. Young), though most of the staff are more concerned with everything & anything but the disipline, encouragement & actual education of our children. Parents are discouraged, unless they are in the clique & lack of respect runs prevalent without proper discipline. (Though this is also a problem brought about with the lack of values many in this area are growing up without.As we all know, Steubenville in general is a depressed & repressed area.) In closing, I would think strongly about attending a private school or hopping across the bridge to WV in search of a more conducive learning environment.
—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.
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The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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

 
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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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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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How schools in the state rate:

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54%
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24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 78% 74%
Black 13% 16%
Two or more races 7% 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

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Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 4%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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420 North 4th St
Steubenville, OH 43952
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