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Redding Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 661 students

 

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Posted March 3, 2014

Coming from Stamford schools, we found RES (Redding Elementary School) to be terrible. This starts from the obnoxious notes written in imperative terms to the fact that in spite of kjnowing their legal obligations towards children with special needs, they move at their pace and don't seem to care about the legal requirements. Theyt also have a nurse on staff that loves to call DCF for baseless claims when a child has as much as a quarter inch scratch from playing with his sister (and they did this multiple times). Imagine when my child came home with rope burns around his neck when left with two other children unsupervised in the gym... We will be moving, this is a terrible school system and the Superintendent is a real piece of work whom endorses this type of conduct. Scores mean nothing when the experience as a whole is so terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

My daughter has diagnosed learning disabilities and I could not be happier with the support she is provided! I feel the staff genuinely cares about her and will do whatever it takes to help her achieve her best! My other daughter is a high academic achiever and has been continually challenged through gifted and enrichment classes! I can honestly say the very different needs of both my children have exceeded my expectations. In addition, the extra curricular music program which begins in 3 rd grade is far superior than many of our neighboring communities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

Although Redding Elementary has high ratings, we have found two issues since moving here this year: 1. There are no accesible after school programs. Nearly all surrounding towns (Bethel, Brookield, Danbury, Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton) offer an after school program through their YMCA or rec center. In Redding the after school enrollment is very limited and it appears that very few spaces come open each year. We were not able to get in the program. There are no other childcare options in this town for school age kids. The rec center does offer one hour classes and sports programs after school, but the schedule caters to either stay at home parents or nannies, not working parents. I wish we had known before we moved here. 2. This is the first year we have run into a teacher that my son does not thrive under. She doesn't seem to have patience for the age appropriate behaviors of the kids in her class. It has definitely curbed his enthusiasm for learning, so I am working at home to keep his curiosity alive. We are hoping for better next year and have really come to appreciate his prior teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

RES is absolutely one of the best elementary schools in CT, if not in the country!! The teachers and administrators constantly strive to make our children's education a fun, enlightening and well-rounded experience every day. They work closely with parents and the PTA to ensure consistency both in and out of school, and my children are always so happy to see the teacher's involved in after-school events and PTA activities like ArtFest and Big Science. The school system is the reason why we chose Redding, and we couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

This school is extremely wonderful in every way except for the Art department. The Art teachers are incredibly weak and at odds with each other. There is not even an Art show. This awesome staff deserves better. You will need to supplement with outside classes if your child is gifted in Art.


Posted June 25, 2010

Redding Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are very conscientious and friendly, and the parents are very invloved, by and large. My daughter is excited to go to school every day, and that really says it all.


Posted September 18, 2009

I'm so impressed with all that they do for our kids and the community. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The parent community is wonderful. You just get a good feeling every time you walk into the building. You know your kids are in the best hands and you feel lucky to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My kids love to go there -- that should tell all! They are so proud of 'their' school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Wonderful teachers and caring staff make sure my children get a first rate education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Let me count the reasons! The staff, from teachers to administrators to janitors, genuinely care about the children. As a parent, I am always welcome there. Although they strive for great academics, the goal is to help the children become kind and productive citizens of their community. Truly, one of the best Elementary schools ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

great town, great teachers, wonderful curriculum...kids who want to learn and involved parents!! I love RES!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love that we recognize each student as an individual. We have programs for children who are on, below or above target.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

With my 3rd child entering 2nd grade I have been in RES system since 2002. At best this school is mediocre. While I applaud administration's efforts to try new teaching concepts, they hastily abandon tried-and-true methods. I'm a huge fan of the extras - Music, Art, Art Appreciation, etc but a great number of RES students are pulled from class for remedial math and reading. A tremendous amount of time is devoted to teaching a state test rather than basic studies. If I had the financial status to put my kids in a private school I would. You certainly get what you pay for. That being said, I understand RES offers high-quality special ed services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

My bright but difficult son gets the attention he needs and gets taught at the level he rquires to keep him interested, engaged and learning. His teachers have been fabulous. But I do wish they taught a foreign language.
—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 67% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Writing

All Students76%
Female84%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students95%
Female92%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Reading

All Students92%
Female90%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Writing

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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
White 86% 62%
Two or more races 8% 1%
Hispanic 4% 19%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
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 2%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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33 Lonetown Rd
Redding, CT 06875
Phone: (203) 938-2519

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