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Indian Lake Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 565 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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Posted March 25, 2014

My grandson has attended Indian Lake Elementary school from kindergarten, this here is in 5th grade. The teachers are the best trained, equipped and caring professionals. My grandson calls them his teacher mothers. The principal is so devoted to the success of each child. We moved from Nashville looking for the best elementary school in middle TN. We have not been disappointed. We love Indian Lake Elementary School in Hendersonville..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

I love this school. We moved here from East Nashville because of it when our daughter started kindergarten. The parental involvement is terrific, and the teachers, assistant principal, and principal are wonderful and very dedicated to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

I could not agree more in regards to the lack of diversity at this school. We had one of the worst teachers (educators) I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. We "fit" the mold at ILE but just found the teachers to be mediocre at best. I know from many others that they are poorly prepared and unwilling to help any child with special needs. We have moved to a different public school in Sumner County and the difference is night and day. Honestly, I have never been more disappointed with any institution public or private in my entire life. If this was a private business it would have been gone many years ago. We still live in the area and love both the area and our many friends in it but would not return to ILE unless forced and then would probably look to move if that were the case. I hope others have a better experience and usually don't take the time to post a negative review but felt compelled to express my opinion to help save someone else the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

We also moved to the area because of the great reputation of Indian Lake Elementary and have been there three years. We have had two amazing teachers, one good teacher who had a bad year, one okay teacher and one mediocre (at best) teacher. The principal seems to be very dedicated to her job and genuinely love the kids. That's why they get 3 stars. Their special education program is really sub-par and students who struggle may be refused help without a formal education plan requiring a medical diagnosis (!). The kids who can't keep up are punished by missing recess to complete work. Most of the teachers rely heavily on worksheets and assign yet more worksheets to be completed as homework. Children who "don't fit the mold" and their parents will not be made to feel particularly welcome at this school by either the teachers or he other parents. This school is mediocre and getting worse because of budget cuts and state mandated curricula. Their test scores are not due to great teaching, but having children of wealthy, educated parents who can pour money and time into the school. Now we have paid more to live in this district and will have to pay for private school, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

We, like others who have posted, moved here so that our child may attend this very well rated and highly recommended school. At first glance, the schools seems all this and more. However, after our 2nd year here, we now know that the truth is, this school is all hype and pompous hot air. My child has also been slighted by teachers and the experience has turned my once happy go lucky kid into a surly one who detests going to school. There is no diversity. If you are of a different race, color, creed, or even if originate from anywhere north of Mason-Dixon Line, you're in for some rude looks and cold stand-offs. If you raise your concerns to the teachers, they either downplay the issues or they just ignore it altogether. The only reason I even give this school two stars is because of the new principal, Mrs. Mitchell, who actually does seem to love her job and all the children in her charge. Unfortunately, its not enough to make this school worth putting my child through torture. We are now going to home-school our child until we can make our move out of this area next year. This place simply isn't worth the hassle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Indian Lake is an exceptional school! I have been impressed from our first day on the campus. When we moved to this area a few years ago, we chose a house specifically for the wonderful reviews, test scores, and word-of-mouth praise given to Indian Lake Elementary. The school has lived up to our expectations and exceeded them in many areas. The principal is a great leader. She expects a lot from her teachers, but gives a lot in return. The teachers we have been blessed with have been amazing. The parent involvement is tremendous and the PTO goes above and beyond to give Indian Lake many advantages not available to other schools in this county. Indian Lake is comparable to any private school in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

No returned smiles in the hallway from teachers OR parent's, some of the moms deliberately speaking within my earshot about the price of their homes and how it's a 'shame that some of the property in the area has become rental',( Assuming that because I was African-American, I rented) my child/myself not being informed about talent day and being overlooked for the grade specific school presentation when she was perhaps one of the most talented, well-behaved and THE most advanced reader in her class and likely her entire grade. A caricature with exagerrated features of Aretha Franklin as the ONLY acknowledgement of our newly elected president ,being asked in a very suspicious, what are you doing here tone by the principal, 'May I help you?' while sitting in front of the school in my car...An environment that is psychologically crushing for black children, and setting their kids up for social falure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I noticed that the parent who posted immediately after the May 2nd post stated that Indian Lake 'has a great reputation and aims to keep it that way', which suggests to me that they were referring to and confirming what I believe to be intentional practices, namely by the principal Mrs. McGhee,that discourage families/children of color from attending/thriving at the school. What my niece experienced at this school was reminicent of the early days of intergration. She came to the school with numerous records of previous testing from a different County and multiple top private schools that all unanimously confirmed her giftedness-wasn't placed in the gifted program until the school year was nearly over-and only due to our frequent inquiry about them dragging their feet. It was clear through the downplaying of her talents/awards,the mishandling of records, blatant mistreatment in the classroom, and the collective cold shoulder-that something bigger was occuring


Posted September 22, 2009

We bought a house zoned for this school just because of the reputation of the school. However, we have been severely disappointed. I am considering private school as an alternative. The atmosphere is not nurturing at all. Most of the parents with glowing reports are just trying to impress everyone else. Mrs. McGhee is one of the most unyielding people I have ever met. Do not fall for the hype of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

This is an excellent school that challenges students and also welcomes parent involvement. It has a great reputation and it seems they aim to keep it that way. I have never seen teachers more well taken care of nor such great success with fundraising in a school. This community is active and supportive of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

I am extremely impressed with all aspects of ILE. The PTO gave the library $6,000--and the county gave another several thousand-- to update and expland all selections. More than 1,100 books have been purchased the past 2 years, and the librarian is continuing to update all selections. The SMART boards are an incredible asset in the classrooms, allowing the teachers to pull information (and incredible visuals) from the internet to complement and enhance learning. And I don't think there are teachers anywhere in the state that are as well-cared for as the ones at ILE. They receive monthly luncheons, special treats, funds from the PTO for purchasing supplies and well-deserved recognition. Both of my children have had great experiences since moving here two years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

My two children just completed one school year at ILE, and I cannot give as glowing a report as the other reviewers. The more diverse 'city' school they attended in another state had more appropriate priorities regarding money and fundraisers. $67,000 for smart boards (?) but $4k for a library that cannot accomodate the needs of a first grader reading at an advanced level. The father/daughter and mother/son breakasts were cute, but teacher appreciation week passed with minimal fanfare. Just one mom's opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

I can echo the other comments here. The school is really good. The principal has been there 13+ years, and runs a very good program, and the teachers are first rate. Parents are very involved - PTO meetings are usually standing room only. The school has 28 classrooms with more scheduled to be built. Currently around 500 students in K-5. There are before and after school programs administered by the YMCA Fun Company. The students consistently test very well in standardized tests, with scores in the 98th percentile or better nationally. There are computers in every classroom and a large computer lab. They recently purchased smartboards for some classrooms with more scheduled to be installed. There are programs for music and foreign language. The school is in the middle of a quiet and safe residential neighborhood, right across the street from a fire station.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I have 4 children, my oldest went 1st-5th there and my son just started kindergarten there.His teacher is new but even so I'm very impressed. My daughter's experiences there were memorable and very pleasant.She was/is an honor roll student and she never complained about her teachers or going to school. The parent involvement is superior! When my daughter was there I worked FT in Nashville so for me it was a bit difficult to be as involved and volunteer as I would have liked. I did feel a bit of stress due to this because as a parent you never want to be the one who didn't show...especially when so many there do show up, mostly moms but even dads too.I am fortunate enough to stay home now and have 3 to still attend there and I wouldn't want them to be anywhere else.Academically great-much like a private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2005

I have two children at ILE and have been extremely happy with the school. The teachers are amazing and the level of involvement from the parents is unsurpassed. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

we have had 3 children attend ILE, and could not be happier. The academic standards are very challenging, yet it is a nurturing, conservative environment for the children. Lots of parental involvement encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

This is an excellent school. They are a Blue ribbion shcool which is the top 1/10 of 1% for the nation. I would recomend this district and this particular school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

This is a wonderful school with a very educational focus with great parental involvement. The principal is a very hands on leader and they say it is public 'private school'.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading/Language Arts

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading/Language Arts

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

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n/a

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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading/Language Arts

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

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Writing

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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 Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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
White 94% 67%
Asian 2% 2%
Black 1% 24%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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505 Indian Lake Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075
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