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J. W. Sam Elementary School

Public | 2-3 | 318 students


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Posted October 29, 2010

JW Sam staff and volunteers are exceptional! They all have a genuine concern for the children to succeed, and all work toward that end. I have a special needs child, and he just blossomed under their programs!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2010

J.W.Sam is a great school for our children. The teachers are well educated to teach our kids. Plus the office staff and the principle are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2010

You were a 4th grade teacher for nearly 20 years? You wrote "seems their is a concern for the staff pushing medication on students over the last few years". Really? Your grammer is terrible. The staff has been more than helpful to our family. We pulled our child out of Tulsa Public Schools because they wanted to label her as ADD. She has improved dramatically while attending J.W. Sam and without meds.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2010

One of the worst schools I have seen. I was a 4th grade teacher for nearly 20 years, I would not recomend anyone send their child here. The staff appears friendly and qualified, but- take the time to walk around and observe the class rooms during their instruction. Very regemented, not a lot of hands on learning, incredibility structured. Style falls in the old style of learning- sit down, shut up and do the work.. Talked to several parents, seems their is a concern for the staff pushing medication on students over the last few years. Wondering what % of students have started taking meds since they started there? Worth looking in to. Grand mother

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The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science and writing. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 59%
Native American 29% 16%
Hispanic 16% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 9%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 175%N/A61%
Special education 220%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Cyndi Flanary


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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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701 West Rollins Street
Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone: (918) 266-8637


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