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Dora L Small Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 341 students

 
 

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Posted October 7, 2009

The Small school has a fabulous community of teachers, children, parents and administrators that are all engaged in learning while having fun. We have some great gardens around the school. We also have a special place unlike many schools because we have no bus service for students who live 1 mile or less from school. 50 to 70% of our students and parents all scooter, walk or bike to school each day! This makes for a really special community each and every day! Neighborhood schools are one thing that make South Portland a great place to live and go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

A great school. Losers like the parent who rambled on have a grudge because their little precious baby didn't get to be with her friends in the same class. So ignore that readers. It's a wonderful school and the faculty are just outstanding. The only problem with South Portland schools is the leadership at the top. It's been that way for years. They are so far removed from the classroom and enjoy giving teachers more to do with no time to do it. And they believe in all this testing bull. My 2nd grader had to be tested and assessed and measured and reviewed and graded and blah blah constantly. The poor teacher couldn't teach! And it's not because of Bush or No Child Left Behind. S.P. has been doing this for years, waell before George Bush. I have an 18 year old and sat through a lot of meetings
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

Love the teacher and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

My impression is mostly favorable in the areas of enrichment, accessibility (speech/physical needs), and general education for the most part. The areas needing adjustment: parental roles children's teacher, & opportunities for discussion surrounding this issue. Instead, parents are not told of the teachers their child will have until last day of school yr for the upcoming school year. There is no consistency from 1 classroom teacher of the same grade level to the other classroom teacher in that the lessons can vary so vastly, with the curriculum being two grade levels below what one would expect for that grade level their child is at. This goes beyond the typical 'review' period following summer-early fall getting-to-know-you weeks into the new school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

Outstanding teachers especially at the lower grades. Teachers are open to parent involvement and talk with parents. Strong PTA which funds field trip. Great facility. We hope the middle schools of South Portland have the same quality. Not much before or after care options.
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%
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 88% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Two or more races 3% 1%
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 3%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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87 Thompson St
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207) 799-7676

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