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Norman Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 567 students

 

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Posted March 31, 2014

I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at Norman Smith Elementary School! My son has been attending NSES since we moved to Clarksville, TN and he loves it there. The entire staff is phenomenal! I HIGHLY recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I have to say I really like this school. Do not let the "area" fool you by any means. The teacher's and staff are great. I can tell they care a lot about their students. My daughter love's it esp. her 5th grade teacher Mrs. Raker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Now that we are at a new school in Montgomery county, we can really appreciate how outstanding Norman Smith is. The teachers and staff are so invested in the students and genuinely take the time to somehow accommodate for each individual child. There is so much love in that school and we miss it terribly! The principal, guidance counselor, librarian...her kindergarten and first grade teachers were all exceptional human beings and we are so grateful for their dedication and passion for teaching. If you live in this district count yourself lucky. You have some of the sweetest, most amazing people caring and educating your children. I almost want to move back to be in the district just to get my child back to such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

We love this school! Our daughters only attended this school for one year, but compared with a year at private school, another in the same county, and another school in a different state, this school was by far the BEST! Children at Norman Smith are from all different backgrounds, but teachers try their very best to bring enthusiasm and identify early needs of individuals. From science parades to school spirit to "Bear bucks," the philosophies of this school are well ahead of others. I've noticed they've brought up their test scores significantly over the last few years, which is proof for me that they are accelerating in their practices in a community where not everyone is privileged. I've volunteered at many schools, but here, I'd seen teachers follow they're children to bus lines and lunch and provide parents with their personal cell and email contacts. The principal makes rounds daily to ensure the student body observes leadership. Children know all of their classmates, administrators, and teachers by name regardless of grade. This school is a true gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I'm new to this area and the staff was so helpful and took realy good care of my need's and my son thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

Nice Teachers. Very old inside and dated- not that it matters. Very poorly situated in one of the worst parts of the city. My child's teacher was out for about 40% of the school year and he had multiple subs. The homework was rarely checked/scored and he didn't get any homework assignments from the sub-teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

smith is a great school, the staff at the school are so sweet, I enjoy going to the school and helping out. My 1st grader loves the school. I can't say how much I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

Smith is a great school for the average to above average child. Most of the teachers are fantastic, and go to great lengths to create a stimulating learning environment for their students. Smith should not be the school of choice for students with disabilities. They do not have enough knowledge or experience to adaquately provide the support needed. Neither playground is ADA compliant, and both are functionally inaccessible to any child with physical limitations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

Smith School is excellent. I chose to send both of my children there. My older child received an excellent education at Smith, and my younger child is happy and doing well there as well. I would encourage anyone to enroll in Smith's open enrollment program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

This school is one of Clarksville's best kept secrets. The principal is outstanding and the teachers are the best of the best. They have a great 6 plus one writing program and the best standards based curriculums in the city.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2004

Smith School is a great place to educate your children. The teachers are current on all of the latest strategies for teaching all types of children. It is a wonderful family environment, that will work hard to provide the best for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

Do not recomend this school unless you do not have a choice
—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 59% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading/Language Arts

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading/Language Arts

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading/Language Arts

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

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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 Students69%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities88%
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 Students74%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students73%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
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 Students82%
African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students70%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities89%
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
White 49% 67%
Black 30% 23%
Two or more races 10% 1%
Hispanic 9% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Clarksville, TN 37040
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