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Harlan (David W. ) Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 387 students

 

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Posted August 7, 2013

My child attended Harlan ES for one Yr. The school itself is very nice and my child was fortunate to have a great teacher. But the experience was far from good. My child was being bullied and the environment was very unhealthy. Very poor communication by the administration dept. This school requires much improvements in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Harlan is a great school with great opportunities for its students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

Harlan , at first look, harlan with its very clean and air-tight interior is quite impressive yet,upon further scutiny it exposes many flaws. first, there is yet another new principal, more new teachers, and a dictinct feeling of dis-organization within. I asked if miss thorpe [the last principal] had gone to ,, a woman in the office simply had no idea she was even gone. more teachers didn't have the slightest idea who she even was since its the 'llittle things' that can define the difference between a average school and a good school . harlan simply lost me by its lack of direction. sadly, i went shopping for yet another school in dealware
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Harlan is an exemplary school. It is small so the staff get to know students on a first name basis and develop rapport with them. Teachers are very collaborative. They use an innovative way of making time for team planning every week, and ensuring the kids have time for 'specials' - band, art, PE, etc. The new principal is hands-on. He is always outside to cheerfully greet the kids by name in the morning and afternoon, and often in the halls interacting with the kids and teachers. He is unusually accessible to students, parents and staff. Staff turnover is low. They are constantly renewing their skills, highly credentialed, and clearly focused on the students. The district demands dramatic increases in student performance so professional development, collaboration, innovation is mandated. Harlan's teaching teams are setting the pace. BTW, school pride is quite high, including cleanliness. The building is spit-polish clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I am a substitute teacher and have worked in most of the public schools in the Wilmington area. Harlan is an exceptional school with great teachers and admisistrators. The children are some of the best behaved I have seen in Wilmington.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2005

David W. Harlan Elementary School is one of the best schools in the state. It has maintained a level of excellence for many years under the leadership of an extremely visionary principal, Anita Thorpe, teamed with an extraodinarily capable assistant principal, Lincoln Hohler. This results in a staff of teachers whom exemplify teaching quality. Student achievement and moral in this school are consistently high. A recent multi-million dollar renovation to the historic building is impressively attractive. I would highly recommend this school and its staff to any parent or student interested in quality public education at the 4-5-6 level.
—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.

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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
36%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
39%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
<=5%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
15%
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 Students52%
Female58%
Male47%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Special edn/a
Regular ed62%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English53%

Math

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I56%
Special edn/a
Regular ed64%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English56%
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 Students53%
Female74%
Male38%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I53%
Special edn/a
Regular ed62%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English53%

Math

All Students36%
Female46%
Male29%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I36%
Special edn/a
Regular ed44%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English36%

Social Studies

All Students27%
Female35%
Male22%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I27%
Special edn/a
Regular ed33%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English27%
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 Students55%
Female56%
Male54%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I55%
Special edn/a
Regular ed61%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English55%

Math

All Students29%
Female20%
Male37%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I29%
Special edn/a
Regular ed29%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English29%

Science

All Students<=5%
Female<=5%
Male8%
African American<=5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status<=5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I<=5%
Special edn/a
Regular ed<=5%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English<=5%
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 2 85% 32%
White 1 7% 50%
Hispanic 2 6% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1 1% 3%
Two or more races 2 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Davis, Marqueia
Fax number
  • (302) 762-7117

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3601 North Jefferson Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
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