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Orvis Risner Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 2 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2014

We have had a total of six years experience as two of my boys progress through school. My oldest never had a single problem, got along well with students and teachers, made fantastic grades and friends. However, my youngest has had a nightmare experience for 3 out of the 4 years he has attended Orvis. Last year he tested on grade level, behaved in class, and there were zero problems. Every other year he has had a teacher either new to teaching, new to the district, or little experience with children in general. Orvis Risner is going on the fourth principal in five years. Parent/Teacher communication is seriously lacking and from my perspective teachers are afraid to discipline students for fear it may negatively impact their reputation as a good teacher. DICIPLINE is an enormous issue at this school. Furthermore, every year except that perfect 2nd grade year my student has complained about other students being loud, out of their seats, and the teacher being too busy to answer questions. Teachers must have control of their classroom first and foremost and I am in the process of transferring my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

Orvis Risner is a wonderful school and i'm so happy my children attend the same elementary school i and my siblings did. My daughter just loves Orvis and is working hard to become SWAG student again. My son is in pre-k and has a lot of fun learning. I do wish that the communication between the school and parents was like it was last year though, cause it's declined greatly but my children's teachers to some degree let me know what's going on. The principal is very nice and is at every assembly that the children have and i always see and talk to her when i pick my kids up. She encourages the children to learn and be the best they can be in all areas of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

My son started here last year and we have seen a huge improvement in his social skills, academic achievements, and his attitude towards school. The principal is enthusiastic and that helps bring everyone else up as well! The energy is contagious!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

This is our first year at Orvis, and we could not be happier. We recently moved here from another school district in another city, and although we struggle financially because of the move to Edmond for the schools, our children are much better off here. The teachers actually care. The principal and staff care. I am very happy with this school and would hope that anyone looking for a school for their children would considering moving to this school's district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

My daughter is in 1st grade this year and can read just about anything. She has excelled in all subjects and has had wonderful teachers. The office staff is very sweet and informative. She is in the afterschool program there as well and I feel like she is loved and taken care of there. I would recommend this school. And so far, the new principle this year has been amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Sooo excited that Mrs. Perry is at Orvis! She is a Rockstar! We are in for an amazing year! My 3rd grader is excited!


Posted June 18, 2010

This school has some of the hardest working teachers in Edmond. My children went to another Edmond school when we first moved here and now we are at Orvis. They love it and we love it. Teachers go above and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

As an active parent at Orivs Risner, I felt that the same parents were doing all the work. It was discouraging to see so little parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My children attended OR. I believe there is too much emphasis on 'extra' fluff and not the core curriculum. Every time we turned around there was some new program to get used to. Enough already! Stop trying to build resumes and focus on the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

As a parent of this school, I feel that the school is not concentratng enough on challenging the students academically. There is too much time spent on issues/services that our state already provides them... Social Services.
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Posted June 8, 2009

I would not recommend this school, but do recommend that the school report card, published by the state, providing 'API' and other statistics such as suspension rates be thoroughly reviewed and compared with other schools in this district before placing your child in this school. I suggest weighing the facts before you are persuaded by opinions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

Its a very educational school that helps learning in very educating ways. I heard they have 'Kindness Counts', they apperently like kindness.
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Posted February 28, 2008

My children have attended in this school for four years. I cannot say enough good things about the hard working teachers and staff, the involved parents and the hands on leadership of the assistant principal and principal. Every problem we ever had, was addressed quickly and to our satisfaction.
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Posted February 10, 2008

We love this school! The teachers and staff are so caring and really go the extra mile! We used to send our child to private school, and had we known about Orvis Risner then, we would have saved $20,000 for her college education and placed her at Orvis instead. The PTA is always adding programs, and are receptive to knew ideas. Which we did not experience in private 'Christian' school. Our child loves it so much, when we asked her which school she preferred, Orivs was her answer hands down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

My son has attended this school K-5. We love this school and all it has to offer. We have a new principal this year, who replaced a top notch principal. He had been there for nine years. He was the best and so far, glad to say so is she. Super parent involvement. Excellent caring teachers. Great dads program. This school has it all. It will be hard to leave after this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2005

When making a decision as to where to send our children to elementary school, my husband and I visited several schools in the Edmond district, including parental choice schools. It is with great pride that we chose our neighborhood school, Orvis Risner, to begin our children's school career. Our oldest is now excelling as a freshman in high school, Cimarron Middle School is home to our middle child and our youngest is still going strong at Orvis. We feel that our children have been provided with excellent academic leadership, a well-rounded exposure to cultural experiences, and a strong love for learning. The parents and teaching staff have cooperated together to create a wonderful environment where children can be themselves while growing up in school. We are thrilled with our choice and would strongly recommend this school to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

Orvis Risner is an excellent elementary school. The PTA is very supportive of all programs and it is easy to get involved. The parent communication is excellent with weekly folders detailing all school programs, PTA activities and classroom progress. The school has children from every race and socioeconomic class. It is truly a sample of the 'real world'! The teachers work hard to make sure each child is successful. I have had 4 children go through the school in the last 8 years and have seen many changes--all positive--as the school strives to become even better each year. The use of Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math makes a huge difference in the way they are able to individualize and track the progress of each child. They also have one of the best Dad's Organizations I have ever heard of to get fathers involved with their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

Both my children attended Orvis from K - 5. Orvis is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best. They use the Accel. Reader Program to help the students work at their own pace to reach individual goals. They believe reading is the stepping stone for all subjects. The teachers work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. He is very knowledgeable and is a great example of what a leader should be. He and the teachers work hard to stay in contact and work hand in hand with the parents so that our children get the best education possible. Thank you Orvis Risner for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go on to middle school and succeed in life.
—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 74% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. 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 77% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
92%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. 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 74% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 91% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. 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 54% 54%
Black 19% 10%
Two or more races 12% 5%
Hispanic 9% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2801 South Rankin
Edmond, OK 73013
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