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220 Casho Mill Road
Newark, DE 19711

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(302) 454-2133
(302) 454-3483
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March 21, 2015
I love this school because of its diverse student pool, it's amazing Chinese immersion program, it's very active PTA, and the fact that my kids go to school everyday with a big smile!

- submitted by a parent
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
December 09, 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
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

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Some exemplary programs at Downes include the Shakin' Sharks Steel Band, Meaningful Economics, Lego League, After School Music and Science Clubs, K-Kids Club, Recorder groups, Robotics Team, Math League, and World Language Immersion in Mandarin Chinese. Our Positive Behavior Support program includes a recognition for students who meet the expectations of being honest, respectful, and responsible each month.

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Downes (John R.) Elementary School
220 Casho Mill Road, Newark, DE  19711
(302) 454-2133
Last modified Downes (John R.) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Downes (John R.) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews. Top