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North Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 733 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted April 13, 2014

This school is a hostile learning environment. Staff yell at their students and at parents. I was yelled at during the pick up process after school and was literally appalled that they would yell at a parent that way. Appalled I had no idea they were yelling at me as by the way they behaved I thought it was at a child in front of me. The car rider pick up process is a disaster and they are completely unequipped and take their stress out on the children in stead of finding a better way to orchestrate the whole process. I am currently looking for a new home to get my child into a new school. I too have no clue how this school rates at a 9.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

Most teachers great. Principal power hungry and shows favoritism as I have been told. My child is out of North now but a neighbor keeps me posted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

I don't believe this school deserves any stars. I can't think of one good thing to say about it. It takes me an hour to drop off and pick up my child each way everyday. The teachers are terrible about communicating with, parents. The principal is even worse. The staff in the office is rude. Too many students per teacher. The teachers are not helpful, they never respond to me unless is them seeking me out. I have had nothing but problems. I am on the verge of pulling my child out to finish the year teaching him at home myself. He isn't getting an education at all. I have no clue why this school ranks so high. Its terrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Great school with excellent teachers . I really appreciate them in my son's educational & overall development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

My child started here this year in 4th grade. His current teacher is wonderful and so is the new principal. I am impressed by the academic rigor that is available, along with all the extracurricular opportunities. I never knew the previous administration from other comments but feel the new principal is very engaged with the kids and parents, and seems very well organized. We've been very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

The principal is the only thing standing in the way of excellence. Why she even continues to work is a mystery to most!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Teachers are very active and work long and hard, however administration at North leaves much to be desired. I so not know how teachers continue to work so well without leadership. The local BOE needs to investigate the principal at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2010

The principal here has no clue what she is doing. Everyone is waiting for her to retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

The principal here is atrocious. On the first day of kindergarten, my daughter and I cheerfully entered the building, saw the principal, introduced ourselves, she just stared, barely acknowledged me, and did not even say hello to my child. There is NO supervision as the buses pull up in the morning. NO supervision as the hundreds of kids pour out of school at the end of the day. The principal's leadership is non-existant from Day 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

This school is absolutely great!. My two daughters were new to the school in August 2008 and could not either understand or speak English, because we have just moved from our country to Morgantown. The ESL program is simply wonderful, and all teachers involved with my girls were excellent. North was like our second home in Morgantown, and the last day of school my girls cried because school was over. We will certainly miss North back to our country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

New to the school this year......This school has many outstanding teachers. I still have never seen the principal after 9 months!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

My son loves this school. The teachers are wonderful and the activities are good. I don't understand why there are no good storage areas for the older kids that carry more. The principal is not very friendly, but overall a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2009

I must say this school is really not as good as I was expected. The school environment is not friendly at all. Some kids even stole notebook and pencils from my kid. The more shockinglly, some teacher didn't care and just simply answered'It's not my fault!' This would indirectly encourage the kids who did the stealing. So what you can expect: Stealing, irresponsible and selfish teacher. Kids are our futures. They don't deserve that answer from a full -time teacher who should be a positive role model to kids. I really don't want to those kinds of things happen in my kid's school but this is so true. God! Please bless our kids!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

I simply love this school! The teachers are simply amazing and they work so hard with the students. The environment is very friendly and accepting. Both my girls go here and they will always cherish the time spent here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

Very attentive teachers, any concerns - everybody get together for help right away! Fill comfortable as a foreigner. Very nice International festivals and extra languages programs ( Chinese, Arabic) Very thankful to special needs teachers, they did an amazing job! Got me out from depression and my son from autism almost completely! Cook is excellent with gluten free and casein free and almost everything free diet :) Music teacher is very joyful! PEI teacher is full of energy and has an unbelievable memory of all kids names in the school (over 600) plus names of their siblings and their parents! Feel safe for my kids. Lack of after school programs. Not many male teachers. I'm going to miss this people! They did so much for me and my boys!!! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

My son absolutely loves school and he has learned so much in his time there. The faculty is wonderful and the school is very diverse in its student population, which is terrific. The curriculum is challenging but not overwhelming, and parent involvement is encouraged and indeed, required. We love North Elementary and look forward to our two younger children getting to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2007

My son loves going to school. He is doing excellant and the teachers are great. Lots of diversity and large school, which my son loves. They need a playground overhaul badly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

Great school! Cultural diversity ( 5 languages spoken in my 2nd graders class.) TAG program (Gifted program) Fun and educational. Parental involvement includes office help, reading to students, teachers aides for the day. But biggest plus is the approachability of not only teachers but the administration. Principal on down are friendly, listen and attempt to resolve any problem. Teachers are truly concerned about students and provide weekly feedback, Student problems are brought to the parents attention immediately if there is cause. My children love the school and my wife and I feel at home there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

My daughter went to school here! 'Wonderful school for international students and parents. Caring teachers involved in trying to help with individual students' needs. Great gifted program! Very nice parent involvement in creating opportunities for raising awareness about international cultures and people's ways of life. My daughter wasn't particularly fond of the school lunch - but that could be just her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

Excellent school. Lots of cultural diversity. Rated amoung WV exemplary schools each year. My daughter has never had a bad teacher! The student teacher ratio is about 22 to 1 but each class my daughter has been in has a student teacher or teacher's aide. Parents are greatly involved with hundreds of parents colunterring for various activities during the year. There is also an excellent afterschool program available.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
62%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2012.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I65%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities70%

Reading

All Students66%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities72%

Science

All Students57%
Black64%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities61%

Social Studies

All Students59%
Black36%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Black38%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities57%

Reading

All Students57%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities61%

Science

All Students45%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities48%

Social Studies

All Students47%
Black38%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities70%

Reading

All Students60%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities69%

Science

All Students61%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I61%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities68%

Social Studies

All Students54%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 92%
Asian 14% 1%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Hispanic 3% 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 32%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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825 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 291-9280

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