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Mount Pleasant Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 816 students

 

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Posted August 28, 2013

This is great school. Our child goes to the gifted program here and thoroughly enjoys every day! The curriculum is challenging and kids can advance pretty quick based on their capabilities. The method of teaching is also very different and refereshing. Not recommended if you consider being advanced in reading and math is too geekish! The public school environment is also a greatly enriching experience for all the children. Wish more educated parents chose public schools and gave the future of the country some thought :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

This is my old school and I can just say that it was awesome. I learned so much, but now that I moved, they are teaching they exact same thing. In the fifth grade right now, I'm learning what I did in 2nd grade there.


Posted May 7, 2013

Highly recommend the gifted program. Teachers are energetic to challenge students and provide a healthy competitive environment in a fun way. If you or your children are afraid of ranking and put on challenges, this is not the right place. Period. Gifted program is not for every child and parent, but more for a ready mind. Don't blame school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My daughter attended this school for four years, K through 3rd. Although not everything is perfect, this is one of the most well run schools I have had is contact with. The teachers were all very capable in diversifying the curriculum to meet individual needs. Yes, there was a lot of research and independent study in the gifted program. That is how gifted students learn best. I was amazed with the quality of the projects presented by the children each year, beginning in kindergarten. My daughter thrived in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I have a child in the gifted program and I am really impressed with the program. The curriculum is more challenging and if your child is not ready for challenges, this might not be the best option for the child. Overall, this is a good school, the environment is a positive learning environment. The staff members are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

Not sure the last parent is qualified to critique the gifted program, given that he/she is clearly challenged in even writing basic English. I have two children in the gifted program; one who is currently in 6th grade at Claymont, and one who is in Mt. Pleasant. Having spent the last 4 years within the program, I can highly recommend it. The subject matter that is taught is more rigorous than in regular public school in Wilmington, and the peer group is motivated and eager to learn. However, your child must be mature enough to do the work; it's not just about being smart, but about having the discipline to stick with the assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

My child was in the 1st grade gifted program. I STRONGLY advise against sending your child here. The curriculum is not at all rigorous, though it is supposedly 'enriched.' Instead, time is wasted on busy work, such as projects at the expense of crucial fundamentals, such as addition and subtraction. There was very little teaching. It seemed more like independent study. Lombardy is much betteer than this supposedly great gifted roogramm. Be The staff is wonderful, but tcan not make up for the terrible curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

over the years the school ahs lost its focus and control over the kids. I don't feel its safe nor that they are learning what needs to be taught to be prepared or succeed during testing or in life for that matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

My child attends this school, and I was impressed at the onset, but as the year progressed, my outlook has changed. I believe the gifted students are given more priveledges and afforded a better enviornment than the regular education students. The teachers seem to be overwhelmed due to lack of special education. There are some students with behavioral issues that should be placed in a program that will address their needs. Overall the teachers are pleasant but some lose sight due to the distractions of their pupils and prefer to have everyone on the same level verses challenging those that are getting it. Would only reccommend if your child is gifted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2007

I am very happy with this school that I am attending. Although, there has been some problems with the teachers, staff, and student obedience, I am overall pretty happy with this school, and next year when I go to 4th Grade I will miss all of the respectable teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2007

My daughter is in her second year at Mt. Pleasant. We know many families who have chosen to send children to Mt. Pleasant rather than attend the neighborhood school or a private school. I have never seen a school that runs as well as Mt. Pleasant. I am most impressed with how the staff works to build a community. The kids are treated as kids, not gifted kids, at-risk kids, typical kids, and special education kids. At the same time, the academic instruction meets every kid where they are and helps them grow. This should be a model school for the district and the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I've got an idea for the parent that wants teachers to stay after school and give more personal time to their child as a tutorer, after putting in a ten hour day, including weekends.....DO YOUR JOB. MPE teachers and parents give 110% to fostering the academic and social growth of the individual child.I have seen MPE teachers be involved with after school tutoring, parent courses, information nights, and PTA events. I have know idea what that parent is talking about. At what point do we as parents step up and play an active role in our children's future as learners. I have two words for that parents ridiculous request......parent accountability. MPE teacher meet the needs of the 'individual child', I've seen it! You will find that no where else in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My daughter has been going to Mt. Pleasant Elementary since 1st grade. Her reading and math skills have greatly improved. I have met most of the teachers at the school and all are so pleasant and easy to reach. You are able to email the teachers and even the principal and they actually respond! I was so impressed with the school, I choiced my son into the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

I am impressed daily by the program at Mt. Pleasant. The population of the school is very diverse in ability, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level. Instruction is given to each student at his or her skill level throughout the day. The discipline program used throughout the school keeps voices kind and gentle. I am not sure why the previous parent is angry. Teachers work and care for the children 7 hours a day. I would never expect them to donate another two to three hours a week of their time. That is just unreasonable, and something no school does. There are two programs in the building that do offer afterschool care and homework help- the YMCA and the Edgemoor Community Center. There are many, many after school enrichment programs for students, such as art and science classes. There are parent academies throughout the year to help parents help their children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

My daughter has been attending Mount Pleasant since 1st grade and she is developing well above her grade level. The teachers and staff members are very friendly and helpful. The only thing that I see as a potential problem would be to much homework during the week. My daughter doesnt get much 'playing time' during the week. She has to do about 2 hours of homework a night. I think that this is a little unfair to the kids. They need time to play before bed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

There is no after school help for students that may need extra help in academics or activities. There should be someone a tutor or the teacher to stay after school at least 2 days a week to help these kids. There are too many kids in one class with one teacher there needs to be aides and these should be teachers that care about everyone of there students education not to just get a pay check!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
25%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status62%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title I84%
Special ed33%
Regular ed89%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African American47%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Other race95%
Low socioeconomic status52%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title I77%
Special ed24%
Regular ed83%
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 Students76%
Female89%
Male63%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status74%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I76%
Special ed76%
Regular ed76%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students74%
Female78%
Male70%
African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status74%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I74%
Special ed94%
Regular ed69%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English74%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status61%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I63%
Special ed59%
Regular ed64%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English63%
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%
Female82%
Male75%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status77%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I77%
Special ed63%
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status69%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I69%
Special ed71%
Regular ed68%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students28%
Female33%
Male25%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status24%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title I28%
Special ed24%
Regular ed29%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English28%
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
White 1 47% 50%
Black 1 39% 32%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 5% 3%
Hispanic 1 5% 13%
Two or more races 1 4% 2%
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 45%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Duncan Road
Wilmington, DE 19809
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