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Sandy Hook Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 626 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2013

At the time of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary is academic performance ranked in the top 10%. This ranking is a testimony of the preeminence of star teachers and administrators not just teaching but teaching what the laws of the state and regulations requires and the mandated curriculum. Moreover, they follow the appropriate textbooks, which are aligned with educational standards of the state, as well as federal regulations. The school follows the eight principles or axioms of learning and believe that the brain's function is learning and it does not know how not to learn; and that all children are capable of learning the curriculum notwithstanding how rigorous. The school reached this meritorious ranking because it does not adhere to the inferior concept of "improving," but in the superior concept of maximizing or optimizing learning.


Posted December 14, 2012

A MESSAGE FROM GREATSCHOOLS: We are deeply saddened to hear of today's tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School community in Newtown, CT. Out of respect for the families, teachers, and school at large, we are temporarily suspending the publication of new comments submitted by the public about this school. You may still submit 'reviews' but please be advised that they will be held and subject to review by our editors for consideration at a later date. All reviews must adhere to our guidelines. Again, all of us here at GreatSchools, send our sincere condolences and sympathy to those affected on this tragic day.


Posted October 18, 2009

All of my 5 children have done well, overcome obstacles with the stellar teaching staff,and have always felt valued at Sandy Hook School. Every staff member holds the bar as high for themselves as they do for the students. There has always been a family like atmosphere, highly personable as well as professional. The school motto 'think you can, work hard, get smart, be kind' is integrated into all areas, and it shows !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

The teachers and staff are excellent. I am really happy my kids attend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

The entire staff at this school is terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

I would not want my children to have their elementary education anywhere other than Sandy Hook! The teachers' have the gift of teaching in a way that fully meets the needs of every child in the classroom regardless of the vast difference in the childrens' abilities to learn. It's amazing! The opportunities for the students, beyond just the regular curriculum, are abundant. SHS is a culturally diverse community and all backrounds are acknowledged and explored. The staff beyond the teachers are also outstanding from the office staff to the maintainence staff to the cafeteria staff. They all have the best interests of the children and SHS community at heart. There is no more rounded education at the elementary level than at SHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

I think SHS is a great place to have your child enrolled. Mrs. Donna Page is a wonderful Principal. The office staff, especially Barbara and Joanne are very helpful and kind to all the students. The school does a great 'One School, One Read' program. The kids and parents get involved with reading. The teaching staff is awesome. There is the Jolly Green Giant' fair each year that the kids look forward to. It is definitly a school that puts emphasis on parent involvement. Due to a relocation, my daughter left SHS, but is returning and cannot wait!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 67% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students91%
Female88%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students88%
Female84%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Writing

All Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 Students86%
Female82%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 90% 62%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 4% 19%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Sandy Hook, CT 06482
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