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North Berwick Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 348 students

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted March 22, 2013

I love the North Berwick Primary School!!! My daughter started kindergarten this year and has been in the school for seven months now. I have been extremely impressed everyone at the school Her teacher as well as the other kindergarten teachers are fantastic. And the principal is outstanding as well. I was nervous at first sending her off to kindergarten beacuse all you seem to hear these days is that public schools need work. But I have found exactly the opposite at NBES. I have been very happy with the school. My daugther loves it and has learned so much this year. Excellent school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

The North Berwick Primary School (K-3) and the Mary R. Hurd School (4-5) make up the North Berwick Elementary Schools. Since arriving at these community schools in January, 2012, I have to say how impressed I have been at the dedication of all of our teachers and staff. Our parent community, including our very dedicated Parent Teacher Organization, is supportive of all our new initiatives and have expressed how welcome they feel in their community schools. Our students are respectful and will gladly share how they feel about their school! The North Berwick Elementary Schools promote and support school/community partnerships that are multi-generational and have a wide variety of community stakeholders involved as well. Come and visit our school anytime. Call or email ahead so that we can give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. -Respectfully, Ron Robert: Principal


Posted July 21, 2011

We've been very pleased with North Berwick Elementary for 3 years now. The Principal has made sure a class with a high student count got another classroom for next year; they emphasize character issues and not just scores; they ensure extra physical activities get into the school day at least for the youngest grades; they have held several free, educational afterschool programs; they show caring and connection to the larger world community (for example the children were involved in hosting a special fundraiser for Japan this spring); they communicate very well with parents (newsletters, phone calls, emails, etc.); and they are dealing appropriately with our child's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

This school needs help. Leadership is sorely lacking and really needs someone to come in and take charge and make it a community worth being in. I was in the this school for 12 years and finally decided to take my last child out and go to Berwick 5. Sad that my 4th child will not "graduate" from North Berwick but I just couldn't take another year of excuses and another year of putting actions off.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Black 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ron Robert
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (207) 676-3213

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Sports are all done through Pa
Girls sports
  • Sports are done through Parks

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Nature Journaling & Photograph
  • Recycling club
  • Special olympics
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school is a caring and child centered learning environment. We believe as our mission statement reads: "Learners Teaching Learners: It takes all of us to create caring citizens and lifelong learners."
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25 Varney St P.O. Box 609
North Berwick, ME 03906
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Phone: (207) 676-9811

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