School Details

Prairie Norton Elementary School

117 Norton Rd, Columbus, OH 43228
(614) 801-8450
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 617 students 24 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

59%
74%
78%
62%
73%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South-Western City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
79%
78%
83%
85%
88%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South-Western City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Prairie Norton Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Prairie Norton Elementary School is Michael H. Gosztyla, whose e-mail is mike.gosztyla@swcs.us. 617 students attend Prairie Norton Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 31% of the 617 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 84% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Prairie Norton Elementary School is 24:1. Darby Woods Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 68%
Hispanic 33% 13%
Asian 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 57%
Economically disadvantaged 31% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I had my daughter in this school for Kindergarten only.. Ms Oney was a great teacher very involved and she went out of her way to schedule a meeting with me that fit my schedule. The academic program was good. The only i do not like which is the district not the school is that there is not all day kindergarten 5 days a week. My daughter struggled abit getting used to going she loved it i just wish she could of went every day

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Prairie Norton Elementary. I went here when I was little and now my son goes there. The teachers are great and the staff is friendly. My son was a little behind the other kids at the beginning of his Kindergarten year and his teacher helped him get caught up. The only bad things I can think of is the school is old communication isn't always great between staff and the kids are taught at a slower pace then other schools. My niece goes to a school in a different district and was learning much tougher things than my son was (they both are in the same grade).

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in 1st grade this year and it has been horrible. The teacher he has this year pretty well told me to take my son to the dr. and put him on meds. He is a great kid and is incredibly smart. He never has behavior problems at home other than the norm. I am a nurse and have seen kids with ADD and ADHD and I know my son doesn't qualify in that area. They had me so convinced there was something wrong with him I agreed to get him counseling. When I met with the counselor she told me he was one of the best kids she's ever seen. Then one day he was held in the building without contacting my husband or I and when I went in to find him they told me if he didn't listen next time they were going to make him hold their hand and take them around with them. So they were going to restain my son for playing. I'm angry and am going to do something about it. I also don't appreciate that when I was there to meet the teacher about my son tying his shoes together yea I was rudely interrupted by the receptionist ? passing me by to speak spanish to a guy that just walked in. Great customer service. NOT. I would never let my child go to this school again!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has scored great on state report cards! Great staff! To the previous parent. Some of your comments range from unfactual to laughable. There is no rule about using 1 sheet of TP. How would that be enforced - yuk. Since 30 percent of the school and community are ESL then it makes sense that they would have some special services. Federal law requires ESL services and pays for it. Don't be a bigot. Lots of kids get special services at PN and if you volunteer at the school some time then you will find that out. The building is old and due for a rebuild. It has 2 restrooms per floor but yes newer would be nicer. They have nice flowers in the front. It is not trashy but being near a busy road they do get some trash blowing in. It gets picked up to my satisfaction.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with the above writer Prairie Norton focuses on the ESL students often ignoring the other students. If your child speaks English well then they are on their own teachers are too busy with ESL. Some of the teachers are fantastic while others are well below average. There are no extra activities to keep children busy and no field trips either it is just work and that is all. The schools constant focus on foreign students makes other students feel left out. Maintenance is terrible at this school bathrooms smell really bad and nothing is ever fixed trash is never picked up and bad words are never removed from objects. This school has strange bathroom rules you are only able to use 1 piece of toliet paper in the bathroom.

  • (4 years ago)

    Prairie norton does have caring teachers but they are so overwhelmed by ESL (english second language) students that they did not properly help my son with AUTISM the ESL students got more extra help then he did and they qualified for 5 day kindergarten where my son with a genuine disability did not.

  • (4 years ago)

    I recently moved from Wa. State were the funding for public schools is totally different therein making for better schools. I like PNE for several reasons. I like that the students are treated fairly especially because the racial diversity is huge not just Hispanic. The teachers are amazing despite poor working environment (mostly because there is no air cond.). The Principal is also constantly working to make the school better. On the other hand I the school is derelict the grounds very poorly kept there's only 1 girls bathroom no handicapped accommodations made. All this because the voters don't want to fund their schools. To the voters just remember these kids are your future too.

  • (4 years ago)

    PNE has excellent state scores and a caring staff. All students are treated with respect and individual attention is given regardless of their background. PNE has about 30% Hispanic or ESL students not 75% like another parent claimed. I think that is about equal to the other schools in the area. The building is old but has its charm and it is well maintained. The principal is friendly and fair with parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school does extremely well considering 75 percent of it's students are Hispanic and speak broken English. The test scores continue to improve every year even with the district constantly making cuts. For a building being over 50 years old it is in good shape and well maintained. The staff works to the best of their abilities considering they have such a diverse student population and a wide array of up bringings.

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