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Silvermine Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 428 students

 

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Posted October 1, 2014

My son is a 3rd grader at Silvermine Elementry. At an early age he was observed to having a speech impediment and had a hard time reading. The special education teachers are awesome and l can't give enough praise to the reading teachers who work with him weekly on his reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Silvermine Elementary school is an excellent school. I have had two children in the school and have been part of the Silvermine community for many years. The teachers are dedicated and creative. Our children have been in the dual language program learning in both Spanish and English since kindergarten. We are so glad that our children have had the opportunity to learn a second language from such an early age. The Silvermine school community celebrates the diversity of it's students teaching them about countries and cultures from around the world. Silvermine has wonderful gym, art and music teachers who enrich the lives of the students with their programs. As parents it has been easy to participate in and support our children's learning. We have been welcomed as volunteers and each year the teachers and principal have been very responsive to any communications that we have sent to them regarding our children. We are very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Silvermine Elementary School is a great school and my daughter loves her teachers and classmates. She is thriving at this school and I'm so happy we made the choice to be in the dual language program. My daughter is learning both Spanish and English and is immersed in both languages daily. This is a wonderful way for her to become a bilingual speaker and reader. I'm so excited for her to have this opportunity to learn another language at such a young age. She is challenged academically and has learned so much already. I also appreciate the diversity that Silvermine has to offer and all the cultures my daughter is exposed to. She has learned about many different cultures during their monthly cultural studies and culminating activity at the end of the year. There are many family activities that we love to attend such as a Spooktacular, Skate night, Family Picnic, Family Fitness night and many other activities. Silvermine is also located in a beautiful setting with a gorgeous field and river in the back. We love Silvermine and look forward to all the wonderful learning and memories that this school has in store for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

We have had a fantastic experience in the Mano a Mano program at this school. My daughter looks forward to going to school every day. I am thrilled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

The only school in Fairfield County to hold a dual language program grades K-5 English-Spanish. So happy with the teachers in the Mano a Mano program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

Great and friendly administration. Great Teachers. Good homework which you will not see anywhere in other schools. We were hestitant initially when we moved here but are quiet happy with our kid's development. The school and the staff is amaizng!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I can not tell you how impressed I am with this school. When we first moved into the Silvermine neighborhood I was warned by parents that the school was not up to par and I should consider a private school. Being the people my husband and I are we needed to see for ourselves and sent our son to Kindergarten. We love it, HE LOVES IT!!! He is in the Mano a Mano program and amazes us everyday with his Spanish. Also, he can read all by himself in both languages. Everyone we know is impressed with what he has learned in 1 year. The teachers are caring and responded very quickly to any concern we have had. We will stay!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I think Silvermine is a great school to send your kids to. The CMT scores are improving over the last few years. The treachers are dedicated toward bringing and making school standards one of the best one in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

I've been an employee of Silvermine Elementary for almost 2 years and I just love working there. I get up every morning looking forward to start my day at work. Since day one my colleagues have been very nice and easy going. The best decision I ever made was to work at Silvermine.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 25, 2009

The school is a great place to be. The teachers and the administration work hard to improve student's scores and expose them to the arts and other extracurricular activities. some people think that this school is just a bilingual school, but it has at least a dual language as well as a mainstream classroom in every grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

CMT scores have gone up and the school has a positive atmosphere now. My son loves his teachers and is continuing to learn spanish. The new principal and asistant principal are great and full of knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

Was a good school , but has degraded over last year. Number of students in the class is over 20. Special Ed. suffers a lot. lets hope new principal can turn things around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Awesome school! The 4th grade teachers are incredible. They are accomodating, outgoing and very involved. They go 110% and are providing progressive activities to keep the kids engaged. One teacher in particular can be seen playing sports with her kids during recess to build cooperation and self-esteem! Incredible stuff that you dont usually see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

My child has attended silveriness for four years,not by my choice,theres a hand full of great teachers there,as far as an open door policy forget it! The principle will stand up for her teachers right or wrong,without looking at the situation.And it was the principle who would not let me into a classroom without having to call the teacher to check it out if all was clear.This school rates with Bridgeport lowest and we pay a lot in taxes.Very Disappointed Parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

I think that the teachers in this school are wonderful, creative, and very giving of their time. My second grader has had a wonderful experience thus far. And to add, my child has always been able to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's because of the so called 'macarena MATH' song that she learned in kindergarten, which was a fun educational take on the original version.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

This school is a little to liberal for me, I do not think teaching kindergarteners the 'Macarena' is appropriate.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2005

My daughter went to Silvermine for just over 1 year. Her 1st grade teacher was wonderful. Very involved in her students' education. The auxillary staff (e.g., gym, music, art, assistants) were great. The front office staff was distant and rude and left much to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 83% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female75%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic87%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners76%
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students68%
Female65%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic62%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English86%

Writing

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female72%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students61%
Female55%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Writing

All Students86%
Female90%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female48%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic64%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Reading

All Students55%
Female64%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic44%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Science

All Students63%
Female56%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Writing

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 20%
White 18% 61%
Black 17% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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157 Perry Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
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