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Howard Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 415 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

this very well might be a awesome school based upon academics but at the same time I do not agree with the way the parents are handled once inside the school with their child.if I hate want to walk my child to his classroom without disrupting the class till the parrot I have every right to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

This is a great school. I send my children here because they learn from the time the bell rings in the morning until they go home in the afternoon. Discipline is enforced school-wide, and I would match the teachers I've interacted with against any in the county! Go Hoot Owls!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

Howard Elementary is a great school! The principal is strict, but personal and caring at the same time. The staff there is amazing and the teachers really care about the students. My son went there for 1st grade after leaving another school I was much less than impressed with (which was suppose to be one of the best). We just moved so I am sad to say he willnot be attending Howard next year. I would recommend the school to others! Teaching is a lifestyle to the faculty, not just a job, and that is what makes it great! A ++ Howard The only two things I did not like as much is there is not a lot of parent involvement and the lunch period is pretty strict. I feel the kids should be able to talk to each other during lunch and for the first ten minutes they are not allowed. Otherwise it is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

This school is over all ok. Not the best thing in the world. The lunch ladies WILL harrass you with phone calls if your child is running low on lunch money. Not only do they call the parents they call the emergency contacts. When you show up with the money they give attitude and act like your a terrible person because you took a couple hours post the phone call to take the money to the school. I understand about calling the parents about a small matter like lunch money but calling my daughters emergency contacts aswell is completely uncalled for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

I have really enjoyed the teachers and activities my children have been involved in while going to Howard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

You will not find a principal that cares more about her students making it than Mrs Swafford. She is a great pricipal and person over all. The teachers at Howard are also wonderful, my son has been there for 4 years and its been great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

My 1st grader has severe ADHD. He transfered to Howard around the end of his kindergarden school year. His old school neglected him, labeled him, and made him feel less then his school mates. Howard school staff took the time to find out how to teach him and motivate him and he has made the most amazing turn around. They have given him a chance for a normal life. The staff there is amazing and make me feel welcome anytime I walk in the door. They care about their students and their family. Several months ago they found out my electricty got turned off and got together and helped me pay my bill and did not make me feel like a failure because I'm a single mom and having financial issues. They truely care about the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

This is my daughter's first year at Howard. It's also the first year, EVER, that's she's been on the honor roll. I am so grateful for the teachers and staff at Howard Elementary. You boosted my little girls confidence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

My son moved to this school in the start of his third grade year, because he could recieve more help with his learning disability. I was apprehensive about changing schools, Would he fit in? Would his problems become greater? and such. I am proud of where he is now as he completes his fith grade year and moves on to middle school. I am so impressed with the quality of teachers that he has had at Howard and how patient they have been to see his potential over the negative characteristics. Mr. Ipp is the greatest special ED teacher. The principal is so great, my first impression was that she was very stern. Mrs. Swafford is exactly what my son needed and me also. She cares about the students and knows most of them if not all of them by name and she has been patient with me as I have learned to be a first time parent of each grade we have passed. I would recommend this elementary school to anyone but especially to parents of a child struggling with a learning disability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

The principle is wonderful, she goes out of her way to talk to the children and get to know the parents. The teachers are wonderful, it is a very homey school. During a local bank robbery, the school was put on lock down with the teachers taking wonderful care of the students. We were kept well informed of what was going on and I felt incredibly blessed to have my children so safely protected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Howard is the BEST by far! EVERYONE there truly cares about the students. I could not ask for a better group of people for my sons to be with each and every school day. Thanks to each and every employee of Howard for all they do for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

the quality of the staff puts them above the rest


Posted April 22, 2010

Howard Elementary is the best run by the best! Awesome kids, awesome teachers, awesome school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Howard is a caring family. I have never worked with people who are so giving and kind! The children here know they are genuinely loved, which creates a leaning environment for each child to succeed. Everyone......from our principal... to assistants, to staff, to teachers... work together to encourage students to always do their best and keep a spirit of motivated learning. We have a wide range of ethnic and economic backgrounds here, and everyone goes 'above and beyond' to encourage each individual child. Everyone strives to set the example for our kids....to be responsible, polite, and constant learners. I get up on Saturday mornings and wish I could go to school to teach!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2010

Awesome Principal w tremendous staff and faculty. We love it. We feel very confident in the excellent care and education our child receives at Howard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The staff is very friendly, and goes above and beyond to help all students be successful.


Posted April 20, 2010

Howard it a school that has a very loving and caring atmosphere. All faculty and staff go above the norm in order to promote student success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I am amazed by the care, attention and education that my children receive at Howard! I know they are safe and will be well prepared for the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Great school! The teachers really care about the all around well being of every student! Mrs. Swafford is amazing!


Posted April 20, 2010

Howard Elementary has a caring atmosphere that is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to all students.
—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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading/Language Arts

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading/Language Arts

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading/Language Arts

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

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 Students57%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students52%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities92%
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 Students42%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students39%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students44%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students87%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
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 Students61%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students47%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 67%
Black 21% 23%
Hispanic 14% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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