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Washington Irving Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 769 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

My son is a 5th grader, he has been at Washington Irving since the 1st grade. WI has been a wonderful place for him to grow both academically and socially. He has had outstanding teachers each year. The PTO has been one of the greatest assests, the parents are extremely involved and caring. Schools are what you make of them - I am a working parent who is extremely involved and invested in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Maybe this was an awesome school ten years ago. It definitely isn't now. Teachers act like they don't have time for parents and every issue gets smoothed over with "well, that doesn't fit our definition of XYZ issue (bullying, etc.)" " he or she's doing just fine," "don't worry - this won't happen again" I have seen children fighting in a really rough manner on the playground as monitors lug around giant Sonic drinks instead of caring for children; they literally don't have their hands free to help with anything, drag their feet worse than the students and look put the moment you ask about interacting more at recess. Management of the lunch room is a disgrace with absolute chaos at every single meal time; children run wild. Staff management leaves much to be desired, and I have seen classrooms left unattended after lunch. Students were encouraged to make a human sundae of their principal in a ridiculous display as a fundraising activity. There is very little respect fostered at this school on the whole and staff seems to just be going through the motions. Parking is horrendous too. You have to be at least 20 minutes early for any school activity or you won't find a spot. Subpar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

We have had 2 children attend WI and, as a whole, love the school and the atmosphere. We are very sad to be moving to the new elementary school being built (Frontier). I say "on the whole" because this last year is the first year that we have had problems with a teacher. This teacher told our daughter that I was "fired from the PTO." She came home in tears because of it. The response was, "Just joking." My child learned this year however, I feel as though she taught herself for the most part. With the proper teacher, she could be more advanced than she currently is (as evidenced by her previous years with teachers who challenged her). When a teacher asks a parent, "Do you think they need to be in Enrichment?" there is a problem. Isn't part of the job of the teacher to help determine that? All in all, a very frustrating year with this one teacher but all of our other experiences were wonderful. The new principal has big shoes to fill and had a rather rough year but give her some time. I think that she will turn out just fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

Washington Irving-This is the worst school I have ever encountered. I work with schools in my professional life all across OK and this schools teachers and administration for the most part have the attitude that they are better than everyone else. They believe they can do what they want and when they want and do not have to answer to anyone. They believe they are above the law. I would never send my child to this school knowing what we know now. Don't expect to reason with them as they know everything about everything. We have had to get our attorney involved due to their lack of common sense regarding several issues ! One of our daugters teachers, Mr Williams refuses to answer our emails regarding our child. I suppose his job is more important than the rest of us. Mr Williams has tattoos on his hand and if the military will not enlist those with tattoos that show than what is this school administration thinking by hiring someone who has tattoos showing. Our kids are looking up to these people, seriously do you not have better standards than this ??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2011

This is an amazing school with fantastic teachers!! I have had one son attend this school and one still attending, and I credit a great deal of my oldest son's success in middle and high school to Washington Irving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

Will be pulling my children OUT of this school! We were led to think it was one of the best, but fell VERY SHORT of our expectations. The staff is rude and really has a superior attitude toward parents, thinking they know what is better for your child than you do. I am an active, involved parent. Have served on committees, been a homeroom mom, spent time and plenty of money...but can no longer tolerate the arrogance. We have been lucky with a one good teacher. That is the only good thing I can say about Washington Irving school. The parking lot (pick up/ drop off) is a nightmare- it is a miracle that a child has not been run over. No parents are allowed to help- this is the way things are done. I have serious concerns about who is really allowing all of this behavior at this school. Complaints are lodged, not addressed to my knowledge. I can honestly say, I never dreamed an ELEMENTARY school could be so cold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

While our experience may not be the norm, we have found the teaching staff at Washington Irving quite arrogant. I believe they are genuinely interested in children to the point of imagining themselves as above the parents. The drop off and pick up situation is also horrendously disrespectful of parents and the surrounding community. In general we have found the general atmosphere to be self congratulatory and without real facts to back it up. The curriculum is simply far behind other states. Oklahoma children will continue to struggle to compete in an increasingly tight job market until this school gets real.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

Amazing school, principal & staff! My kids have ADHD, were often getting in trouble at their previous private school & struggled academically & socially. We've been at WI since 11/2010 & I have never heard any of my 3 kids utter a single negative comment about their new school. Nor have I received any phonecalls or notes from teachers about anything negative! The kids LOVE going to school & look forward to it every day. The teachers are committed to the school mission statement, "Learning for All, Whatever it Takes", and it shows! Great sense of community. Very organized school. Top quality teachers. Super kids! Our transition was super-easy also...the ladies in the front office were very helpful, cheerful & welcomed us from day one. We are so pleased with WI!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love Washington Irving for many reasons. I love all of the helpful support staff as well as, all of the teachers! I actually went to Washington Irving the first year it opened and was the first kindergarten class to go all the way through! I have always felt at home there. I was very lucky and after almost 20 years I got to go back and student teach at W.I. when I returned it was still the same amazing and helpful kind of people!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

I was a teacher assistant in the special education program there for 10 years. It is high quality, and a very important part of Washington Irving and the Edmond community.


Posted March 31, 2010

Amazing staff - Caring teachers. Not a bad thing to say about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

This school does an outstanding job in building intellegence and charectar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

WI is a wonderful school. Our child is well above the national average in all categories, thanks to WI. They also care for more than just education. They are teaching the children great moral values. Thanks Washington Irving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

Both our grandchildren have attended, one stil does. They have had wonderful teachers and the principal is just great. They made us feel as important as the parents. They teach great values and care for the children. A grandparent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

This school is incredible! The quality is really high, the general apareance is very well mantained. Looks like Barney s school. The teacher are dedicated 100% to children. The number of students allow to personalized teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2004

Awesome school. couldn't ask for any better. great teachers, wonderful, caring principal. great parental involvement. teaching great character traits to kids. more than a school,a home away from home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

Wonder school. We love the teachers and the Principal is excellent. Our children are very happy there. We are lucky to have 2 excellent teachers this year who are very caring and patient.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

This is an elementary school in a high value home neighborhood. Most of these children belong to a higher social-economic class. The teaching is traditional and could use some modern techniques. I believe younger teachers are more desireable, some cronyism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

This school is excellent! I really appreciate the staff taking the time to give each child what they so dearly need and deserve. It is very apparent that the faculty is truly a team, and the values and example they set for their students speaks volumes more than I could have ever hoped. Way to go, Washington Irving Team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2004

What a tremendous school! Positive environment for our children to strive and achieve excellence in academics and participation in many facets of the community. The Washinton Irving Creed builds confidence in my child. Parent involvement can't be beat (i.e. 100% father attendance at our father/child all day event) and countless parent volunteers in the PTO, Dad's Making a Difference, and in the classroom! The cirriculum challenges my child--she scored in the 99th percentile (you cannot score any higher) for standard national reading test in 1st grade, equating to reading equivalent of a 3rd grade student who has completed 7 months of the that grade. Congratulations to the the principal, staff, teachers, parents, and students for your dedication, selflessness, and determination to create a 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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 78% 59%
Black 10% 9%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Native American 1% 16%
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 119%N/A61%
Special education 28%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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18101 North Western Avenue
Edmond, OK 73012
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