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North Mianus School

Public | K-5 | 461 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 10, 2014

As the parent of 1st and 3rd graders, we have had nothing but a positive experience at NMS. We have had great, engaged teachers at the various grade levels and the support staff has been wonderful. While the physical structure of the facility is definitely showing it's age, the classrooms maintain advanced levels of technology for learning in today's age. I think what I like most is the fact that the school maintains a small community feel to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Great school. I have three children going through North Mianus. I find the teachers to be caring and engaged. The school also develops skills for the standardized testing programs. I am also able to join my child for lunch and there are guest musicians on Friday's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

The class sizes have definitely gotten too big. My daughter is also in a class of 26 kids and its too much for her teacher to handle. There's also lots of teasing/bullying gong on and absolutely no accountability. We're very glad to be leaving after this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

I agree with the last review. Though I'm not sure about small classes, since both my children are in classes with 26 students. This school has classes that are too big and there are teachers who can't handle the class sizes. There are many great teachers at this school, but if you are not lucky to get one... well lets just say the standard must be low when hiring. My children have also had teachers in this school who would easily fall into what your child has run into. Sad when they don't feel that there is one single adult in the school they can turn to. Hence the huge bully environment. As for actual learning, your child better not stray from the norms, or you better find another school. There are teachers who actual believe that one size fits all!!!! Stay away from them, if you can. They teach to test. Test scores are everything. (CMTs that is) If moving into the area... there are better schools in the area. There are many parents unhappy with the quality of education their children are getting at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

The school is beautiful and the classes are small, but the "daily grind" and the impersonal environment provides no inspiration, no charm, no smiles. Recently, all parents got to see a daily activity in my son s classroom and it was surreal. Kids were pushing buttons on the SmartBoard and mindlessly reading information off the screen - I felt like I was in the middle of a futuristic sci-fi movie. I am sure this type of academic environment produces excellent standardized test takers but no creativity, no social development, no desire to learn. The other day, when I picked up my son from school, I saw that he wet his pants (for the first time in 3 years). His jeans were drenched all down the middle, but no one (including the teacher) noticed. To make things worse, when I asked him why he didn't just go to the bathroom, he told me he couldn't because they are not allowed to go back inside during recess. Even though he has been there and has known these teachers for almost a year now, there was still no one he felt he could turn to for help. I don t think high CMT scores are worth your kids thinking that they must obey at all cost and feeling like no one cares too Orwellian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

NMS is a great school - The Principal and Vice-Principal are excellent, as well as the teachers. There is a strong PTA involvement and community feel everywhere. I love the school and am pround to have my 3 kids there !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

The new principal has made an incredible difference over the past few years. Dedicated teachers, focused parents make this school the choice school of eastern Greenwich. The school offers an Advance Learning program and has an onsite after-school program via the OGRCC. Many people who origninally considered ISD as a choice elementary school are glad that ultimately they choose NMS. ISD has the name, but this is the elementary school to send your children to if you want them to have the core bulding blocks that will be needed in middle school and thereafter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

North Mianus is the best public elementary school in Greenwich. Strong leadership from the Principal and Vice Principal, excellent teachers in all grade levels, wonderful programs for both special education and advanced learning, a wonderful community of caring and involved parents, and an amazing PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

I don't think you get better teachers than those at North Mianus. Despite an overly politicized Board of Education and some too-large class sizes (over 19), the teachers at NMS find a way to give each child the individual attention he/she needs in order to succeed. The teachers here are simply incredible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I am the reviewer from October 2, 2008 and feel compelled to write again to inform any new readers of this site that the principal about whom I wrote previously retired at the end of last school year. We, as a school community are pleased about our new principal, as we hear all good things about her from parents at the school she comes to us from. Everything else in my previous review still applies - we are very happy at North Mianus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

Everything written here is accurate, however, the principal is obtuse and indifferent to the needs of children who are below or borderline grade-level. If your child falls into this category, prepare for the fight of your life, or go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

This is a very strong community school with a very strong PTA. The parents and teachers work together to help the students achieve at the highest potential. The staff are very dedicated and caring, they are always willing to meet with parents to discuss any issues. This is a very safe environment. You can feel certain that your children are in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

Awesome school- my kids love it. Huge parent involvement. Teachers very willing to work with kids to see them excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

I love North Mianus School, everyone is so nice and the community is just great! I would recomend this school to anyone!
—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.

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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students93%
Female100%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students93%
Female97%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
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
White 75% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Black 1% 13%
Two or more races 1% 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 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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309 Palmer Hill Rd
Riverside, CT 06878
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