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Smith (Jennie E.) Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 549 students

 

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2013:
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Posted July 16, 2014

We were warned about this school when we moved into the neighborhood. Interestingly enough, all the information was coming from parents who had never had a child in the school. We've been pleasantly surprised with our experience. Both of our children are doing well, teachers for the most part have been excellent. Any concerns we've had have been promptly addressed by staff and administration. It's an older, sad looking building, many of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but I'd still send my kids there if I had to do it again. There's true learning taking place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Both my sons started this school in the 2013 - 2014 school year. My oldest son has come home almost every day stating that he is being picked on in one way or another. He has reported the other child to the teacher. The teacher states that she is reporting everything to the school counselor. However, the school year is almost over and yet it still seems as though nothing has been done to the other child. The other child picks / bullys everyone to the point even the vice principal knows him personally. I am very disappointed in the way the school handles bullying. They think handing out the Smith Stars for good behavior is enough. What about parent meetings or expulsion for excessive continuous bullying. I really think that the school needs to re-evaluate the consequences for the students who don't receive Smith Stars and who are out of control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My kids just started attending this school. I love this school the teachers, principal, and vice principle are so nice and respectable. My kids love it here and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

This school really focuses on its students as well as their behavior. They have a school wide behavior modification plan called Smith Stars which rewards children for their positive behaviors. The teachers are very friendly and committed to their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

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

All Students64%
Female63%
Male64%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I64%
Special edn/a
Regular ed66%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students65%
Female59%
Male71%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I65%
Special edn/a
Regular ed67%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English68%
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 Students76%
Female86%
Male68%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status76%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I76%
Special edn/a
Regular ed80%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status77%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I74%
Special edn/a
Regular ed80%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English75%

Social Studies

All Students67%
Female73%
Male62%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status68%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I67%
Special edn/a
Regular ed70%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English67%
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 Students77%
Female88%
Male70%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status79%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I77%
Special ed40%
Regular ed83%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students63%
Female56%
Male67%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I63%
Special ed13%
Regular ed71%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students31%
Female29%
Male32%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status29%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title I31%
Special ed13%
Regular ed34%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English31%
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 50% 50%
Black 2 22% 32%
Hispanic 1 19% 13%
Two or more races 2 5% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 0%
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 64%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Shelton, Daniel C.
Fax number
  • (302) 454-3487

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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