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Chipman (W.T.) Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 977 students

Standards Based Instructional Model Driven by Data and Student Needs
 
 

 
 
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Posted September 4, 2013

I was a resident of the Lake Forest district my whole life, grew up and graduated from LF. It was just an ok school for me yrs ago and it is now what I would consider one of the worst districts in the state. My son who is an accelerated student was bullied constantly and complaints to the administration were basically ignored. He had two good teachers for 6th and 7th grade, the rest could have cared less. My daughter was in 4th grade last year (Central Elementary) and it was a total waste of a year. Needless to say, they are now enrolled in a much better district and are attending the 2 top rated schools in the district. Their attitude in the early days is all I need to see I made the right decision. If you are considering moving to this district or choicing based on the fluff the superintendent puts out be advised you will be making the biggest mistake ever!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

Both my kid's have been in Lake Forest since they started school. W.T.Chipman is the worst school ever for bullying both my children have been bullied there. They show favoritism and treat some children unfair. They need to spend more time on reading and writing instead of reviewing for state testing, maybe if they taught it well in class they wouldn't need to spend so much time reviewing. Who ever heard of getting in trouble for going to the bathroom, that's a bunch of bull . If students need to wear a uniform why doesn't teacher's? My son got out three years ago and went to Polytech ,where he has done awesome since he has been there and I can't wait for my daughter to get out of this school and go to Polytech where she can actually learn something. Polytech is a great school where the teachers actually care about their students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

I think that there is a good administration who is trying to do good things for this school. My son has been very happy here. I do think the curriculum may be behind the last state we lived in but I do know accelerated classes are available if your child needs a challenge. There is a lot of encouragement for parents to be involved that I have not always found at the middle school level. Of course there are some teachers and students that are less than stellar but that's everywhere. I disagree with the students having limited bathroom breaks and not being allowed to have a water bottle those are things that should be changed. Stay involved and I think you'll be happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

I agree with the last review! My children also have been a Lake Forest since they started school and I am also very concerned about the my children's reading and writing skills. Esspecially writting. From what I have seen they are at least two grade levels behind. The class sizes are much to large. Polytech is the place to be. I only wish they had a middle school. The attitude of the students and teachers is wonderful. The chilren are treated like poeple not numbers and they can actually use the bathroom when they need too. Imagine getting a referral for using the bathroom. Sounds like a rights violation of you ask me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

My children have been in this school district since they started school and are currently in 6th grade. They have very poor reading skills and poor writing skills. The teachers also spend too much time giving the children candy. So be prepared for your children to have to go to the dentist. Too much bullying going on in this school and not enough teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

this is an awesome school with a lot of students and sports oppurtunities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2009

this school is o.k. i think that the uniform is pointless we still have kids beig picked on not because they clothes they wear but how they wear high-waters .....so i personally think that there is no need for uniform ...!
—Submitted by a student


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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial88%
White83%
Other race88%
Low socioeconomic status73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Special ed42%
Regular ed86%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
White80%
Other race81%
Low socioeconomic status67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Special ed39%
Regular ed82%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial91%
White86%
Other race90%
Low socioeconomic status78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Special ed35%
Regular ed91%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male83%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial86%
White85%
Other race87%
Low socioeconomic status74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Special ed23%
Regular ed90%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English82%

Social Studies

All Students73%
Female72%
Male74%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial77%
White77%
Other race71%
Low socioeconomic status63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special ed29%
Regular ed79%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Special ed38%
Regular ed87%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Special ed50%
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students50%
Female46%
Male54%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status37%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed54%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 68% 50%
Black 1 22% 32%
Hispanic 2 5% 13%
Two or more races 2 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2 0% 0%
Source: DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Behavioral health specialist
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Superstars In Education Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • Brown, Douglas
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • W T Chipman App Free Download App Store
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (302) 398-8375

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Meet the Challenge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Behavioral health specialist
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • During the 13-14 school year, W. T. Chipman students performed above state targets in the areas of Mathematics and ELA. WTC had 80% in Reading and 80% in Mathematics of students make Proficiency in accordance to the Delaware Accountability System. Our students outscored the overall state average in the DCAS assessment in all 3 grade levels and each Sub-group!
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Central Elementary School

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Lake Forest High School
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