School Details

Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School

201 Park Deville, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3570
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 649 students 16 students/teacher (MO avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

54%
41%
42%
48%
38%
51%

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Columbia 93 School District average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
46%
46%
48%
34%
43%

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Columbia 93 School District average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
53%
51%
80%
53%
53%
68%
47%
48%

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Columbia 93 School District average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Columbia. The principal of Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School is Ms. Elaine Hassemer, whose e-mail is Ehasseme@Columbia.K12.Mo.Us. 649 children attend Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 23% of the 649 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School is 16:1. Fairview Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 20%
Hispanic 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 63%
Multiracial 6% 6%
Asian 15% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    All three of my children attended this school K-5. The teachers are remarkable and take the time to do what is needed to support students so that they are successful. While the school is structured they average 675 students and one would think these structures allow the school to remain safe and sane with that many children. While things have come and gone over the years it has not been due to the school or the teachers rather due to budget cuts. My oldest child loved the after school enrichment programs and the Science Club. This school has high expectations and prepares students for the next step into middle school.

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a wonderful school with amazing teachers. We've had nothing but the best experience with our kids the last two years there. The school earned 100% on its performance report (better than Mill Creek) and my kids have made great strides in their learning every year. I highly recommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a Paxton Keeley parent who has had a child there all the way through (is now in 5 th grade). I've been very satisfied with the teachers principal and administrative staff. Only once have I had an issue and the principal addressed my concerns promptly and satisfactorily. The negative comments here make me think that some people believe school is a paradise where every kid gets to do his or her own thing and that a teacher or principal is bad for expecting reasonable compliance from students. In 6 years affiliation with this school I have never seen a teacher behave inappropriately or place unreasonable demands on a student; I have seen them be extremely patient with the few students whose behavior puts them at odds with the rest of their classroom. This is a great school and I recommend it enthusiastically.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is too political. You have to know someone on the inside for your child to have a good experiance. They promote a healthy lifestyle too much to the point of obsession. Instead on a indoor recess the kids are forced to walk around the school halls in a cirlcle and they cannot talk. Missouri gets very cold in the winter and the kids are forced to go outside unless it is under 10 degrees they say freezing but it has been 15 degrees outside and they force the children outside. And when the children try to huddle close to the building to keep warm and out of the wind they teachers shoo them away towards the cold. The principle is very cold and very controlling. I had wished i had gone to a different school. I am a former student that went through K-5 of the school and had a unsatisfactory experience. Some teachers are good but its luck if you get the good ones.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is great.... for girls. It is NOT a great school for boys my son when there for 2 years and he was constantly in trouble. Was left supervised by a janitor on 2 occasions. Kids have to sit a certain way on the carpet and push in chairs a certain way. If your kid can sit still for 7 hours. Then Great! Also what a previous parent said about the admin not liking you questioning their authority is very true. We attended 2 years then transferred we've had 0 problems with our new school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i live this school the teachers are great

  • (8 years ago)

    When we dared to question the teachers & schools' we were treated like villains who 'offended' the teachers. The school's image is definitely more important than the students themselves. We're disgusted that only 1 of 5 teachers proved to be emotionally mature and sane enough to handle parents who questioned them.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to this school for 4 years and enjoyed each and every year. The teachers are great! They care about every child's success. The music and art programs are outstanding! Ms. Luetjen does a superior job teaching music and Ms. Stoddart is a wonderful art teacher. The school has 2 recesses per day that let kids unwind. The D.A.R.E program in fifth grade teaches students about drug awareness and protection. The security of this school is also excellent. I would recommend Mary Paxton Keeley to everyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been a Paxton Keeley parent for 5 years. I have been very impressed with the quality of the staff. My children have gotten the best education and are very successful students. The administration is wonderful with communicating their expectations of all the students. The art teacher is fabulous. The music teacher is outstanding and was just rewarded an award for outstanding teaching in the State of Missouri. Paxton Keeley also offers many extracurricular activities such as science club technology club honors choir orchestra and also a culture club. The parents at Paxton Keeley make this the best school to attend. The parents are very involved in every expect of the school the PTA is very active. I feel as though this is the best school in the district and would never send my children to any other school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am quite concerned with the emotional safety of my child at this school. It seems that issues that the children feel necessary to adress to the teachers or staff is consistently handled in a fashion that displays to the child that their concerns are not important. My child has complained about teasing numerously and it is not being handled apropriately. I agree with the first comment on the academic programs that they seem only for the average intellect and seem to only be concerned with their look more than the child. It has a basic music class but no instrumental classes such as band or orchestra. It has basic art and physical education. The first two years that my child attended I felt a strong 2 way line of communication however the following two years I have needed to consistently remind the teacher to communicate effectively and consistently with me.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe Paxton Keeley strives to help each and every child reach their full potential. The academic programs are very successful. I am impressed with the professionalism exhibited by the administration the staff and the faculty. The art and music teachers are incredible! Many of the teachers have been recognized locally and nationally for their abilities. Parents are very involved and are an integral part of this learning environment. Kudos to this elementry school!

  • (10 years ago)

    I feel that the academic programs are wonderful as long as your child is of average intellegence. I feel that other children are isolated and are not encouraged to succeed in their own abilities but rather they are encouraged to be average. I also feel that they are working so hard at developing a great image since they are a new school that they forget about the children. They have great features that they promote highly but forget about children. They do have music art and p.e. and that is nice. These extra classes are not bad but they seem to lack special quality. They promote positive discipline however I don't feel that subtracting recess for tardies is positive (when did children start driving themselves to school?). Lastly there have been many instances where they ask 'are you her mother' and then don't check identification and let them leave with you.

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