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Banner Public School

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Posted June 3, 2014

went to this school from 5-8th grade. got bullied 5-8th grade for no reason. got beat up daily.. the teachers just sat and watched. most of the kids on the sports team were failing, but got passed so they could continue doing sports. hated this school and would have rather gone ANYWHERE else


Posted June 3, 2014

Why is there not an active web site or Facebook page for consistent communication? Need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

Teachers need to be more patient and more age appropriate for the grades they are teaching. I feel that the younger students (3&4) grade need to be nurtured more. These are the years where students are establishing a love for school, if they doggedly like the teachers love teaching, why should they love school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Wow! Check out the 2010-2011 API scores at the OK State Department of Education's website. Banner scored a 1318, which is higher than Mustang (1229), Yukon (1223), Putman City (1165) and El Reno (924). Sure Banner is not perfect. A full time music teacher would be great, but at the end of the day, I want nothing more than for my kids to be ready for college and feel that Banner's focus on academics will give them a leg up in High School and into college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

I disagree with what this school says is offered in its curriculum as published on this site. There is an academic team and a basketball team. Physical Education is only offered to those on the basketball teams because it is used as a practice, otherwise your kid will sit and watch or read a book. There is not a music, art, or spanish classes offered except as in a block schedule similar to the larger public schools. The larger schools will offer A.P. classes along with technology and other sports and clubs. There has never been a choir program! The track program is ran on a dirt field that is used as the recess playground and there is not any training equipment as such you would get in a larger middle school. The state law only requires 90 minutes of P.E. per week. However the larger schools, provide P.E. 3x per week and rotate art and music on the other 2 days for the entire class. If they are going to offer P.E. as part of their daily curriculum then a Physical Education class should be offered to all, not a basketball program that hasn't produced one star!


Posted July 6, 2011

Banner has a few wonderful teachers. To cut budget costs the school board/principal has made some drastic cuts. Some of the staff is staff is not qualified and not certified to teach, however they have been teaching for years. The school community use to pride itself in its educational program and its staff. Now, it hires their friends/family instead of looking for the best qualified teachers. The test scores and the staffs' attitude toward the parents and children are reflecting these changes in volunteer hours and lack of respect in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

My boys used to go to private school until we discovered this jewell of a school. We have always been involved in their education as educators ourselves we know the importance of a solid foundation. We wanted our boys to be sheltered from bad influences so we sent them to a private school. But little did we know that Banner was a better fit for the educational needs of both of our boys. The teachers care about their students and it shows in how they quickly handle discipline issues and any educational concerns. I love how everyone knows every child even if they are not in their class. Yes, there are not many sports offered however that is what little league is for.. believe me when I say it's better that your child get a solid foundation in their education than to take a music class. We choose to pay for music and art lessons. In our old school music, art, p.e., computers, spanish and band was offered however the teachers were lacking a passion for their proffession. Children must feel love and respect in order to ignite the passion and love for education.This is exactly what you will find at Banner. Plus the entire staff is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Banner school has received the O.R.E.S. (Oklahoma Rural Elementary School), academic achievement state champion award eight, (8), times and been runner-up six, (6), times. Academic excellence is a priority at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

I don't feel tyhat they pay enough attention to the students and the real behavioral issues that are going The teacher seem to single out the children that are causing problems by talk and horse playing and the the children who are bulling and treating others unfairly are not being delt with . I also feel the the only focus of this school and the staff is the state test scores of course that is where the money comes from I feel that they are in desprite need of new leadership and new ideas . this school could be a wonder place if they woudl just try new ideas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

Great school for academics. not so great for middle school extracurricular activities. Basketball and cheerleading is it. They have hired a new P.E. Teacher. A Very Knowledgeable Teacher, I hope the school will give him a chance to teach the kids about physical well being as much as the mental aspect is revered. It's wonderful to have brilliant children but it's also valuable to see them grow up to learn to enjoy exercise with a great P.E. class everyday, so they may enjoy the fruits of their labor. I can not wait for the state legislature to put physical education a priority back in our school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

I am a grandparent sending my grandchildren to Banner and could not be more pleased. They hold them to high academic standards and always take the time to help the children anytime they need it. The school also holds the children accountable for any misbehavior issues that occur. The school never hesitates to call me when necessary, which I appreciate. I want to be informed and involved completely. This school works as a unit with the family to make certain the child gets only the very best education. I only wish it went to the 12th grade.


Posted December 11, 2008

I have been very disapointed this year with Banner Schools. The teachers that I have had involevment with this year are not well suited for the teaching profession. I have witnessed a child being belittled by a teacher and I have personally had to deal with the hateful attitude of another teacher. In my opinion there is no place for this type of behavior in our Schools. My experience with the staff last year was wonderful with no problems at all. Maybee it was just the luck of the draw.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2008

I'm in eighth grade at Banner and I have been there since kindergarten.I have friends that ask how is school , so I say what I think. 'It's great!' After I say this all of there faces looked so astonished. They say different things like 'You can ask a teacher if you can stay after school for help,and they say yes?' or 'The teachers tell you that you can go to there room in the morning for help too?' and I've even got this one 'How can your teachers be easy to talk to?' which always surprises me because I've always believed that every school was like that. Now I have been at Banner since kindergarten and I haven't expierenced any other school or anything like that but why would I want to leave! I will be very sad to leave this amazing school and would recommend it to everyone!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2007

19 years ago, I came to Banner as a 5th grader. Now, I feel fortunate that my son is able to attend the same school that I came to love all those years ago. Banner is a very family-oriented school; parents, as well as grandparents are encouraged to get invovled in the education process. There are so many wonderful families and people involved with Banner that it begins to feel like home in a very short time. The best evidence of Banner's reputation is the fact that many former students, often by transfer, send their own children to the same school that our parents trusted with our education. For me, there really was no other choice for my children's elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

My oldest child went to Yukon Schools. I was disappointed. Therefore I chose Banner School for our youngest child. She has been there 5 years and we have loved every minute there. The Teachers and Staff are the most loving and nurturing people in our school systems today. They really care about the kids and their well being. I only wish that I could have brought my oldest child there, and she does too. There is no school that where the teachers go out of their way to help the children,the way Banner Staff does. I have seen many times where teachers stay after school or come in early to help children understand their assignments and master them. The Teachers and Staff are far superior than any other schools around! (Too bad that Banner does not go to the 12th grade!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

I have nothing but praise for this school. This is the first time putting a child into public school for me and I could not have had a better school to put her in. The faculty and staff care for each and every child in that school and my child always feels comfortable at Banner. This fall semester I will be enrolling my second child into kindegarten. She was to be going to a private church school but, was informed that Banner kindegarteners read 200 more words than the private school, Yukon, and Mustang schools. I feel like my child needs the most excellent school and believe I have found it. The only bad thing is when I will have to move them to Yukon schools after the 8th grade. S.B.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

Banner School has made a huge difference in my childs attitude toward school, he now wants to get up and go to school. The teachers are awesome and all the students are wonderful. There is huge parent involvement and lots of activities geared toward family. I am so grateful we moved to this area and got to reap the benefits of this 'old fashioned' school. -RC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2005

This school is great. There are not many extracurricular activity but the academics are excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2005

The activities available at this school are geared more towards academics than athletics, although basketball and track are available from third grade on up. The girls 7-8 basketball team did go to State this year. I think the emphasis on academics and discipline is what sets this school apart from the others; the student handbook spells out the expectations as well as the punishment for not following through. The principal, teachers, and staff are all 100% committed to these children and then some. I have witnessed the many extra hours spent by them, such as arriving before their scheduled time & staying much later than required often to assist and tudor their students who may be struggling in a particular area. I think more parents need to be involved on a regular basis; I am sure the ones who rated the school poorly were not. Miss Lori
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 2, 2005

I took my kids out of Yukon to come to this school. My children are all advanced and Banner has rigerous accademic standards - they have actually challenged my children, whereas Yukon left them bored. This is a good solid academic school. It is short on extracurricular type activies, but then I wasn't looking for a social club for my kids - I was looking for LEARNING! I have found the teachers and staff very friendly and professional and so happy to have parents helping out, as much or as little as they can - there are so many schools out there that consider parents a nuisance, Banner is not one of them. If your kids are solid students, this is a great school, if they aren't, I doubt you would think any school is great. - AB
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2012.

15 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

15 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
100%
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.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
100%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 91% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Social Studies

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

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2012.

12 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
75%
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 73% in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
World Geography

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

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
93%
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 71% in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 82% 54%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 17%
Hispanic 6% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Black 0% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2455 North Banner Rd
El Reno, OK 73036
Phone: (405) 262-0598

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