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Downes (John R.) Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 450 students

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Posted December 13, 2012

Downes is an amazing schoolwith great kids,parents,and teachers!!!!! Ihave had nothing but positive experiences throughout the years. If you are aninvolved parent and regualry visit the school you would know how great the school is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2012

My children have all hated this school. I have heard teachers yell at students, call them names, ask them if they've taken their "meds today?" My child was bullied and the school denied it to the point of the principal telling me I am enabling my child. I've seen other children traumatized by being at the school, sitting at the front door, crying and screaming, refusing to go in. At lunchtime the kids get yelled at the whole time to ship up and hurry up. All of my children have been not allowed to use the bathroom. They also made a big deal about me wanting my kids to wash their hands before lunch. I was told there are too many kids for hand washing so my kids were given special permission to wash their hands. This year there is a new principal so hopefully it will be a little better. Although, my son was recently sick and was told my a teacher that he was faking. The only reason I send my child there is because his controlling, abusive father insists on it and we are currently in court about it. Don't send your child there, it's like a jail. They think they own your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

I only give four stars as my children have just started at Downes in Jan 11 and things could change. I have to say that everyone has been welcoming. I see no truth to an earlier review regarding the principal. She's been very communicative and approachable. My children have minor special needs and everything is being addressed and then some by many teachers and staff. There is a team spirit here i did not have in my former school in NJ. The PTA is very busy and involved lots of programs for the children to participate in. So far it has a very good feel and I am happy about the diversity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

I love Downes School because all my children and now some of my grandchildren went/go there. All my children received a great education there and developed a love of learning that has seen them through coolage and for most grad school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

I saw the one low score for the principal at Downes & I totally disagree. No one works harder to make sure the school is the exemplary school that it is. She is a strong leader for the staff and a loyal supporter of the PTA. I volunteer at the school several times a week and I see all of the good work that is being done there. The banners in the cafeteria honoring the school & the teachers point to the level of commitment of this principal & staff. Finally, check out Downes' DSTP scores to know that this school is rated E for Excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

I love Downes! The staff is excellent and work hard to help each child excel. They are consistantly rated as a 'Superior School' and their DSTP scores are usually at the top of the state scores. There are opportunities to participate in activities, such as the Steel Drum Bank, Science Fair, International Day, Talent Show, Fun in the Sun, TREK, and Walk to School Day. There is a very active PTA who even support the students with field trip money when families can't afford to pay. I am very pleased with the education my children are receiving at Downes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

Downes Elementary lacks principal leadership. The present principal does not seem to take parent issues/concerns seriously. She tends to want to go with the flow rather than ruffle any feathers. There are some outstanding teachers in the school; however, there is no consistency or accountability from teachers year to year. I have found the communication to be very poor depending on the teacher. In addition, we find that there is no focus or assistance for kids that are scoring below or average on the MAPP/state tests. I wish the schools in the state would model the schools that are doing well (testing, after school activities, etc.), as this would benefit everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

Downes Elementary truly has it all. My first-grader benefitted from a committed team of teachers who worked together to provide each child individualized, differentiated instruction. He also benefitted greatly from the school's diversity in both ethnicity and socio-economic status. There is no trend away from recess, music, or art here, and there are no rolling carts. We love Downes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2007

Downes is a fantastic school. There is active parent involvement and a true nuturing spirit here. Every teacher my children have had has been wonderful. This school has it all. Diversity, academics and loads of opportunities for personal enrichment. Any family would be welcome here.
—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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

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

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status91%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title I95%
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status91%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title I95%
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English95%
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%
Female86%
Male74%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status66%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title I81%
Special edn/a
Regular ed84%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students77%
Female84%
Male71%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I77%
Special edn/a
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English77%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female86%
Male67%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I77%
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

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Female91%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status66%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title I83%
Special edn/a
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I77%
Special edn/a
Regular ed89%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students67%
Female66%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status52%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I67%
Special edn/a
Regular ed74%
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

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  • Prettyman, Patricia
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220 Casho Mill Road
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