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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted February 27, 2014

I have read the negative reviews here and I want to say that I have had no issues like they are complaining about. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I am very happy with her education and I love her teacher. I am a very involved parent when it comes to my child's education and I have regular communication with the teacher and she always responds quickly, even on weekends! The only complaint I would have is that I feel the amount of schoolwork and homework is excessive for Kindergarten, but I also understand they are keeping up with the requirements that they have to teach the kids by the end of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

This is a school with high expectations. Many of these negative comments are from parents who do not follow the schools policy. I have seen many parents out of pocket and it is because they do not want to read the policy. The school is not in danger of being closed therefore, students are learning. The special education students are not socially promoted so they raise the bar. Public school just pass them on. Speak of your own experience and take accountability for your actions. These comments are very interesting to read. They are not the majority experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

If you are considering this school I would strongly suggest that you research all your options. Communication is poor and faculty is extremely rude when it comes to serious matters. Your child will not be treated with respect or cared for as you would expect from a school. It is truly about the money that they are given and that you provide. The well being of your child will not be considered. I am very disappointed in the quality of this school and the carelessness that they provide to the children especially the principal. It saddens me that this type of leadership is responsible for a school full of children. I look forward to transferring my child to a better school and environment next school term. Please do not send your child there. You will regret it. From a parent to another it is in your best interest to go for another option
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

I have seen this school over the past 4 years go from a school trying to provide a great education to their students, to a school who is making good on their promise and delivering an excellent education. Its elementary school could be a model for other schools to follow. Its middle school has become a school that emphasizes discipline and a positive climate for students to learn. Overall, I would recommend this school for any parent who is looking for a great place for their children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My child attended the elementary school in the fourth grade an struggle with the overwhelming amount of school work. When I reached out to the assistant principle and administrative assistant, no response. When my child entered the fifth grade (middle school) the scholastic experience became worse. The communication with the principle, guidance counselor, and dean of students is terrible. My child was bullied, fought back in self defense and was suspended. When I tried to reach out to the guidance counselor and dean of students to look further into the cause of the fight, they were non-responsive. The teacher turnover rate is ridiculous. My child went months without a permanent Science teacher and never brought science work home the entire year. It appears that English and Math are the only important subjects (DCAS testing). The school is disorganized and after chaperoning a field trip, I can see the lack of control over the student body. I know a few other families who have not returned back to this school for the following year. Its a good concept, but a poorly executed school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

All sound very good on paper but the discipline needs to improve, not just on the hallways but the girls bathroom is their club house and staff allow it. Bathroom doesn't have toilet paper much but soap definitely haven't have almost on the entire year! I guess those essential are not being part of the crucial hygiene protocol, the food in the cafeteria is pretty bad, and again no hand washing reinforcement especially if they know there is no soap in the students restroom! Te recess is hardly any supervision and if any if more to protect their stuff but not necessary watching the kids specially for bullying, my daughter is begging me to not send her back there, on the bus there is no control, kids can stand while the bus is driving around, they can be listening to profanity on the bus radio with unappropriated music or at the drivers music device or listening to the drivers unappropriated conversation...quality of student must be address. They have some good teachers but others teachers should be review and check on, many yell at the students and loose control of the classes...I was expecting more of a FAMILY and its FOUNDATIONS but sadly is very disfuncional
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

My children both attended the FFA elementary up until this point I have had minimum complaints. I recently received a call from the Co-Director whom I have never spoken to. Her deliverance of the message she was trying to convey was very demeaning and rude. She then pursued to inform my children's teachers of my personal situation which I feel is very inappropriate. Accountability is one of their core values, when I addressed her with my issues she became condescending and patronizing and would not own her part of the situation. How can you be in a position to impact our most valuable asset and enforce something that you can't even do. -Highly disappointed parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

My experience with FFA has become less than desirable.The school lacks the basic resources needed to fully implement the curriculum. There seems to be a high turnover rate with the staffing at FFA. This leaves the children with a feeling of instability, which is extremely important at this stage in their lives. Two of my children are now on their 3rd math teacher this year.I find most of the teachers and staff to lack professionalism and compassion for their students. Children are denied bathroom breaks, are told to shut up and request to go to the nurse go unnoticed. One teacher told the students they don t have any rights . Three weeks ago, my son was grabbed by his shirt collar by a teachers assistant; I have yet to hear back from Dr. Brewington regarding this.This No Bully Zone policy is the biggest joke of all. Students are constantly bullied and nothing is done about it. When students are not being bullied by other students, they have the teachers to worry about; the biggest bullies in the school. They will not be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

My daughter is a 5th grader at this school and i must say I'm not too happy with this school. The staff is very unprofessional and I couldnt believe the atmosphere and environment of the school. The school as major behavior issues and do not know how to control the students. They also advertise clubs, and extra activities thy are going to have and they do not follow through wiht it. When you ask the teachers or the staff they have no idea what you are talking about. One of my daughters teachers walked out in quit in the beginning of the year. she was one of the teachers having a hard time controling the class. the staff does not commmunicate very well with the parents. I could go on and on about this school. my daughter will finish the year at this school but we will not return for the following year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

I was a teacher there and I have to agree with the last two reviews. The teachers have a lot of heart and want to help the students, but there are very few experienced teachers. Many teachers are recent graduates, and they have very few veteran teachers are be able to offer support and guidance. Also there are a lot of teachers who are burned out. The class sizes are not small. When I left, there were 30 students in one first grade class! If your child needs special ed services, this is not a school to go to. The special education department is weak because there are not enough teachers to give attention to all of the students who have IEPs. I am not surprised at all to hear a parent say her child was getting great grades, but not reading or writing on grade level. Unfortunately, it is all about perception, and many parents assume their child is doing well because he/she gets good grades, but that is not always the case. Please do your research and make sure that you are sending your child to the school that can offer him or her a quality education with well trained staff who are working in a supportive environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 12, 2011

My child attended the school with the notion that it would be beneficial for academic growth (smaller classroom setting, handwriting, etiquette classes, etc.). Well, unfortunately this didn't happened. The school lacks the appropriate discipline (constant bullying) and curriculum needed to help my child flourish. Instead, my child report card showed her doing above par when in fact she wasn't learning (she couldn't READ or WRITE). When she went back to public school she was behind a whole grade academically and it took lots of money for tutors to get her on track. Be full warned!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

The expansion of this school has not been handled well. The school has lost its gym/cafeteria and is now losing their playground. The teachers are good, but the administration micromanages everything driving the best teachers away. Administration does not address concerns of parents or members of the legislature, especially when it comes to student safety. This school used to be something that I was proud of, now this school is just like every other elementary school in the Colonial District, a BULLY ZONE with too many problem kids taking up everyone's time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

The school has some wonderful teachers that care about the well being of there students .My son is doing great!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

They are a pretty good school but have a few dicipline issues
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2009

Great Mission they just need a little help in putting it all together. my son did well the first year. but i dont think they had enough experienced teachers. Special ed is no more so i think that they will have to get more teachers who have more than a degree but practical experience as well
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
16%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students54%
Female58%
Male50%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I54%
Special edn/a
Regular ed52%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students55%
Female45%
Male64%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I55%
Special edn/a
Regular ed55%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English54%
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 Students78%
Female84%
Male73%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I78%
Special edn/a
Regular ed82%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I76%
Special edn/a
Regular ed78%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English76%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I88%
Special edn/a
Regular ed92%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students62%
Female57%
Male65%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I62%
Special edn/a
Regular ed65%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English61%

Math

All Students75%
Female68%
Male79%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I75%
Special edn/a
Regular ed75%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students36%
Female33%
Male37%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status31%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I36%
Special edn/a
Regular ed37%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English36%
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 Students73%
Female82%
Male67%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status64%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I73%
Special edn/a
Regular ed78%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students54%
Female50%
Male57%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status44%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I54%
Special edn/a
Regular ed58%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English54%
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 Students69%
Female75%
Male65%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status69%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I69%
Special edn/a
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students46%
Female44%
Male48%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status41%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I46%
Special edn/a
Regular ed51%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English47%

Social Studies

All Students37%
Female22%
Male49%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status31%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I37%
Special edn/a
Regular ed41%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English38%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 80% 32%
Hispanic 13% 12%
White 5% 50%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 1% 3%
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 28%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1101 Delaware St
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 324-8901

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