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Orchard Knob Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 655 students

2013-14 Reward School
 
 

 

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4 stars

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2014:
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Posted June 24, 2014

Orchard Knob Elementary is proving to be a school of which the community and stakeholders can be proud. The students and teachers work daily to improve the reputation and perception of the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 9, 2014

Orchard Knob Elementary is by far the best school I have ever worked for. I thoroughly enjoy working with the students, staff and parents who are all apart of this fantastic community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 24, 2006

The academic programs at this school are exceptional and the teachers are capable, hard-working, and dedicated. The on-site parent involvement coordinator is working to involve parents in this partnership. Parents who are involved on a regular basis will see the varied programs and teaching strategies that are being implemented to move the students to an acceptable/above average learning level. They will also see the difficulties educators face with discipline when there is little or no support or involvement from parents. The resources are there; the teachers and teaching strategies are there; the students are there. Involved parents would boost achievement, attendance, and attitude.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2005

This school has a lot of resources, but they aren't used. There is no PTSA or formal parent involvement at all. The principal never returns calls, and everyone is totally frustrated!
—Submitted by a teacher


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 59% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
5%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
11%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
8%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
20%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students19%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students55%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students24%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students15%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students63%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students21%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students15%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students24%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students57%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 93% 23%
White 3% 67%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 99%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Tennessee Reward School (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • US Healthier Schools Challenge (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
School Leader's name
  • LaFrederick Thirkill Ed.S., NBCT
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (423) 493-0388

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Gardening
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Orchard Knob Elementary is serving as a pilot school to showcase the use of Aquaponics to grow fruits and vegetables for school across the nationally and internationally. Schools follow us on twitter.
School leaders can update this information here.

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2000 E. 3rd. St.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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