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Cottonwood Public School

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Posted November 26, 2013

We moved to Coalgate and based on the reviews here, we started at Cottonwood School. The few weeks there where horrible. I went to a meeting where 5 staff members where expecting my wife. They had every intention of moving my kids back before they where given a chance to adjust to a new school and requirements. They wanted to do testing for the mental ability to learn and tried to tell me it was standard for all new students. I was told if I did not let them do all the testing they wanted that I was tying their hands and they could not help my kids. All I can say is don't just rely on the reviews here. Talk to people at different schools. Ask questions and use some common sense. Don't just swallow all the garbage they want to feed you. We are at a different school now and all is well. My kids make good grades and enjoy going and that is what matters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

This school is wonderful, I recommend this school to everyone! My daughter attended her first year there last year and I have never seen such a caring school. Every child is created equal and never left out! Keep up the great work Cottonwood! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Prior to moving to Oklahoma we did a comparison on the internet between Coalgate and Cottonwood. Cottonwood won with an added bonus of being the #1 school in Oklahoma in 2006. The teachers did a pen pal program with my daughter to prepare her for the following year. The lcass sizes were smaller which were a plus! The teachers and children have a very close bond...obvious from the awards ceremonies and seeing them out and about in town.They really love not only to teach, but our children and our children really love them. I have known kids to come from other counties to attend Cottonwood, even as far as 1 1/2 hours away. Kids that could not read at other schools are excelling here. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

Cottonwood School is a gem. I wouldn't send my son anywhere else. The teachers are positive moral examples and are full of love and dedication. Their test scores are off the charts, and the teachers aren't just teaching to the tests as is the case in so many schools. Small class size is a plus, as well as the many paraprofessionals that help out. My only wish is that there was a high school. My 8th grader graduated from there and I wish that he could have stayed in the Cottonwood system. If I had any problems with the school it might be that they get excited about an idea and start it, but don't follow through with it, therefore, causing some confusion. Also, there is a bit of a communication problem. But all in all, I believe Cottonwood to be one of the top schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

I have a grandchild in this school. They have done academic miracles in this child. My grandchild is extremely bright but it took this dedicated staff to get the best out of him


Posted April 24, 2008

My Child needed Cottonwood School! She has raised her scores tremendously since we transfered her
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

this is an awesome school. we don't leave any one out or behind. the kids that are above grade level are rolled up in those areas and they do not have to wait on the others to catch up . we are having a new gym that is being built now. we have new coaches and there will be some new sports not just basketball so our school is moving up all the time my children have been in this school since prek and i am praying for a high school there because i wouldn't want my child to go anywhere else
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

Overall Cottonwood is a wonderful school to send our children to. In a rural area our school is excelling or trying to excel in all areas such as academics, music,art. We could use improvement in extracurricular activities and sports. Physical activity is limited. Students must eat lunch and have recess in 30 min. which is a catch 22. Cottonwood is a great school for average and below average students to get a great education, above average students as in most schools are left to spin their wheels waiting on the other children to catch up. Thanks to the CCC program they do have a chance to move at their own pace, but this is a computer program and I don't see any individual teaching done with these children. I wouldn't sent my child any where else in rural Oklahoma but it could and should be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

Compared to the surrounding schoools, Cottonwood schools testing results are far higher. The teachers truly stress academic dominance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

I have 2 children that attend Cottonwood School and have had 2 sisters that have attended there as well. It is amazing to see what this small school has evolved from. They have outstanding teachers and unbelievable curriculum. I know that the staff works hard to educate every child in every possible way. I hope to see their athletic program pick up real soon. They are on the right track with academics although, I would love to see them blossom in all areas (sports).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

Cottonwood's curriculum is amazing. They have an awesome science lab, great writing program, use Saxon Math and have a music lab being installed. I've been amazed at how much my children have grown academically this year. The teachers are so dedicated to their students. Small but great school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 76% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % satisfactory or better

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

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

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94%

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Scale: % satisfactory or better

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

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 77% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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78%

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89%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

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

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

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

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

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World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 89% in 2012.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Scale: % satisfactory or better

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

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

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67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
83%

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89%

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100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 77% in 2012.

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89%

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67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % satisfactory or better

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 61% 59%
Native American 32% 16%
Hispanic 5% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 0% 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 164%N/A61%
Special education 239%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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2 Mi North of Coalgate on Hwy
Coalgate, OK 74538
Phone: (580) 927-2937

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