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Noah Webster Academy

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Posted April 20, 2014

Noah Webster academy is a fantastic school that does a great job at helping the individual scholar. The break out groups that focus on ability level are wonderful for my children and have helped them to thrive in each subject We have had some struggle with one child being teased last year and as soon as it was discovered it was taken care of immediately and there have been no other problems. They have also helped my child immensely with problems with anxiety. They have been wonderful and gone above and beyond to help them to be comfortable and learn coping mechanisms to deal with their problems. I have been nothing but pleased in the many years we have had children attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

This is a wonderful school with great teachers and staff that are quick to help when needed. My child has thrived at Noah Webster Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

this is a great schools for learning they keep up with students learning abilities. but they have a big problem with bullying in that school which no one takes seriously, and do nothing about it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

This school has been great for my daughter. She is able to learn at her ability level rather than by grade level. The school encourages parental involvement and listens to what the parents say. There is a positive air and many of the things they focus on teaching are a re-enforcement of what I teach at home. The school is not perfect, but I believe that each year they are striving to improve and they truly care about the scholars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I love Noah Webster. The curriculum is fantastic. My girls get to be taught at their specific level. Once they are assessed they are placed in the right reading, spelling, and math group regardless of the actual grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

We currently have two kids at Noah Webster (1st grade and 6th), and our oldest went from 2006 to 2011 before moving on to Orem Jr. High. I don't understand all the 1-star reviews for this school. Let's be fair: no, it's not perfect, but we sent our oldest to a local public school here in Orem (Suncrest) before putting her into NWA, and the improvement was really noticeable. She was no longer bored, and started learning a lot more. Our middle child has ADHD, and getting the proper help did require us to insist on an IEP, but that process was fairly smooth overall. Prior to that, some of the methods teachers used weren't satisfactory, but I don't think it would be different anywhere else. We worked with the school and got those problems ironed out. It's true that they have changed teaching methods from time to time, which is a good sign, to us as parents, because it signals a willingness to adjust and change if circumstances call for that. Kids follow a dress code, and things are fairly structured. The school works to keep parents involved with homework and how each student is doing. Overall, we've been very please with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

This is our second year at Noah Webster and I have been nothing but pleased. My daughter is ahead of her public school friends in every subject, and she loves going to school. I believe that the teachers are very well trained and invested in education. I had high hopes at first, and so far they have been met in every way. The changes they implemented last year have really helped my daughter, so I have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

I was disappointed to see some negative reviews of the school's new methods this year. I am writing this review because I know how much I relied on reviews by parents when making the decision to switch my kids to a charter school. I absolutely love Noah Webster and know that as a mom I have made a wise choice to drive my kids 20 minutes each way to get them the best academic and social environment possible. This schools has an amazingly diverse student body that has strenthened my kids views of life beyond Utah County. Academically they are also progressing much faster than in regular public schools because they are grouped by ability rather than grade level. The school's rules and processes are there for a reason and help create a safe and nurturing environment for my kids. I love the energy the newer teachers bring and the wisdom and direction from the school administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

This is the second year my children have been enrolled in Noah Webster Academy. Last year, for the most part, I was fairly pleased with the school. However, towards the end of the year it really began to slide, and in this new year it is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! They have implemented new "teaching strategies" that are not really teaching at all. They are scripted lessons. If you want your children to feel like they are being administered a standardized test at all times, this is where to get it. They have taken all of the fun out of learning! But worse than their new lessons, are the expectations they have of the children. I am pretty sure that inmates at the prison have more freedoms than the young children in this school. They are not allowed to sit by their friends at lunch, they have to sit in numerical order, and they cannot talk to the person sitting next to them, they can only use the restroom in the time they are walking from the lunchroom to the playground. Once out on the playground, or in the classroom, they are not allowed to go, unless the get a card flip (punishment)! My young son, once had a bloody nose and was not even allowed to stand up from his desk to get a tissue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

The other reviews are accurate descriptions of what my children have experienced at Noah Webster for the 2012 school year. It is very sad to see the lack of excitement my children have in going to school daily, based upon how they used to enjoy it. If you want your children to like school and enjoy learning, DO NOT SEND THEM HERE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2012

I was very pleased with the school in 2011, but they have changed their whole program this year (2012). Some of the changes are improvements, but the environment they have created this year is very hostile, frightening, and or stressful for the children. They have really increased the negative reinforcement this year (card flip extravaganza), Children are not allowed to sit with their friends at lunch time and they are not even allowed to talk to one another during some of their lunch time (they call it "chew time", during this time the little kids are expected to shut up and chew their food ). School is always somewhat stressful just because it is school, but they have added a lot of completely unnecessary stress to their program this year. The wait to pick up your kids at car pool has doubled as well (expect to spend 40-60 per day waiting in line to pick up your child). Half of their teachers left the school last year after the school announced their plans for this year. I am now starting to understand why. Many of the new teachers have never taught before. Principal doesn't seem open to feedback. If you are looking for a new school, my advice is to keep looking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

I can't say enough good things about this school. I have been driving my children 20 minutes to and from, in the morning and the afternoon, just to go to NWA, because it is by far the best choice for them. They are taught Covey's 7 Habits, they are expected to have good principles and morals, they are expected to be respectful and follow rules. I have been in other schools as a student teacher and it only reinforces my feelings that NWA is amazing. They have a wide variety of after school clubs; my first grader is in a service club, my fourth grader is in chess, mythology, and outdoor clubs. Both of my kids are reading and spelling 2+ grade levels ahead, and are one grade level ahead on math, with very little effort on my part. I love the Saxon math program that is used. One of the most impressive things to me about NWA is how serious they take safety. Bullying is not tolerated and their car pool process is highly organized. They also listen to all input from parents and make changes when they are needed, without having to deal with the political/governmental red tape nonsense that school districts and traditional public schools have to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

We have been in this school since the first year and have loved it. I have 2 children who have had speech IEPs and have loved the special ed program. This year they added a great tech class. I love that they put the children where the children will be most challenged (i.e. my 4th grader is studying 6th grade math)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

My child has trouble with reading and it has become such a hassle to get him enrolled in an IEP program. For the past two years i have been asking the teachers, the office staff and the princple for help regarding his reading and no one ever mentioned that they offer and IEP program, i had to find out from another parent who has their kids attend public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

The school is great, they may not have a music room, but that's so they can have another sixth grade class room. They have way more after school after activities than most schools. They have strong teachers and a good school, it may not be the best school, but it's good.


Posted April 25, 2011

If your child has ANY type of learning disability do not send him/her to this school. Just getting my child tested was a huge fight with NWA, getting an IEP or a 504 plan is almost impossible. This school has a huge bullying problem and the teachers are so fresh from University that any problems they encounter they don't know how to handle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

Good curriculum for math and reading. The teachers were very involved, proactive and caring. However, the principal/school leadership is terrible. So bad it almost cancels out the other positives. They have unreasonable expectations for young children. Unless your child is a robot or can sit perfectly still and not make a peep at all times, send them to this school. If however, they're like the rest of us who can't do that then I would rethink sending them here. If you have a child with special needs you're out of luck here. They have no resources whatsoever, no one on staff. Also, they're really lacking in the arts. They don't even have a music room. If your child wants to be involved with any extracurricular involving the arts you have to be in at least 3rd grade to sign up and there is limited availability and they're after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

Such a great school, that really cares about every scholar. Excellent curriculum and highly-trained teachers. After comparing this school to others in the area I would never attend a public school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

This is a fairly new school in its third year of operation. Given time it may prove to be what it set out to be. Currently I find a lot to be desired when it comes to getting consistent and accurate information, adequate teacher training, and accessible administration. For a school that claims to be about classical education and individual student progress it seems to currently be about special education and is unusually top-heavy in administrative employees. I hope to see them improve considerably over the next few years.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2010.

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67%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
90%

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65%

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71%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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81%

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75%

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79%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
87%

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83%

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79%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
84%

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83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 82% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

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The state average for Pre-Algebra was 67% in 2010.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 77%
Hispanic 15% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A48%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Orem, UT 84058
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