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North Star Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 700 students

All students receive a standards-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.

 
 
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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 21, 2014

North Star continues to shine as a school community filled with both heart and talent. Teachers advocate for each child's success, they believe in each child's potential, and they value each student for their unique strengths and personalities. Building administration is welcoming, positive, and responsive to concerns. Parents pride themselves on being truly involved partners in their children's education. This school is in a class all its own!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I have had a terrible time with this school. The teachers who assist with the after school car line are consistently rude and disrespectful to parents. Additionally, they give confusing inconsistent direction from day to day. The main office has also provided me with inaccurate information on several occasions. My experience with this school has been a major disappointment. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

Relative to other elementary schools in the district, North Star is top notch. I believe this has a lot to do with their amazing PTA and overall parental involvement. Through their fundraising efforts, resources and volunteers, they're able to fund extracurricular activities and supplies for the school and individual classrooms. The foster a wonderful sense of community and school spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

NSE is the best school ever. Our daughter is in 3rd grade and she loves her teacher and her classmates... The parent involvement is amazing where some schools have to beg parents to volunteer NSE has to schedule parent involvement for school trips because everyone wants to go.. Our children are very lucky to learn in such amazing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

We are very happy at North Star. I have two children there, and we have had excellent teachers, excellent opportunities, and lots of fun. The children are generally from good family environments, well-behaved, and intelligent. The parental support is tremendous and the financial support from the PTA enables a lot of technology most public schools do not have access to. My children have participated in numerous activities, classes, and groups, and loved every minute of it. They have excelled academically and socially. I have had a great deal of interaction with administration, teachers, and support staff, and found all of them to be top-rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

This review is to completely erase the April 16th posting(one star). I don't know what school her kids go to but it isn't North Star. The linden hill students WANTED to transfer to North Star, noone ever rode on their accomplishments! All of the children came from all over(catholic and private). These children are still excelling and all original students form linden hill moved up to middle school, so we know its the staff,Principal and students that make us excel! The principal is the main Key to making sure that all childrens needs are met. She is one of the best out there if your looking for a great education. Classrooms are full but no one is stuffed! class size is by the district not the principal! If your looking for a "daycare" , we do offer a wonderful before/after care program by the boys and girls club. I stay home& my kids beg to go there! Some kids use their allowance to pay for after care because they want to go but don't need to go! NO discipline issues. Obviously The "one star" parents child was the issue. North star is a highly ranked school with the best of the best teachers! aside from paying for a great education you get an even better one at North Star!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

I could not be happier with North Star. We wrestled with our decision to move our daughter from private, but I love this school better. The principal is amazing...she fires everyone up, both Ms. Patti and Ms. Scott have blown me away with their teaching skills and beyond the expected attention. The Parents are mostly very involved and the school always fares well in state wide competitions like Reflections, Odyssey, etc. I am so sad to have to move out of state and leave this treasure of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

North Star is average at best; riding on the accomplishments of the Linden Hill students that were matriculated there. Ifyou are looking for a'cookie-cutter' staff who is no more original than the ABC's then look no further. The sad thing is that there really is a very talented pool of teachers at this facility but they appear to be stiffled by the principal. The principal is obtuse and irreverant to anything but herself. With the recent turn in the economy I wonder how many more children can be stuffed into the classrooms. I find North Star just glorified day-care with a report card attached. The discipline issues that exist are troubling but ignored by the adminstrators. Buyer beware -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

This school is awesome. It has an amazing principal, great teachers, and a proactive, highly involved Parent Faculty Association. Parents and teachers are very committed and work together to give children the best possible education. I could not ask for a better school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 71% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
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 74% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
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 77% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
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 Students93%
Female>=95%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English>=95%
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 Students94%
Female>=95%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed93%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English90%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other race91%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed93%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English91%
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 Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English>=95%

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students77%
Female74%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Other race89%
Low socioeconomic statusn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Special edn/a
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English77%
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

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Educational diagnostician
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
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Special education / special needs

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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Thomas, Jenine
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (302) 234-7212

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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)
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Let Me Run
Girls sports
  • Girls on the Run

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Girls on the run
  • Lego League
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Student newspaper
  • tennis & soccer (Launch)
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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • NSE exists to nurture children's love of learning and celebrate the development of the whole child. In our family of learners, students, teachers, administrators, and parents work together to achieve success in a safe, challenging, and encouraging environment.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
HB DuPont Middle School
Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Conrad Schools of Science
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1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Phone: (302) 234-7200

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