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Grinnell School

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Posted April 28, 2014

Grinnell Elementary in no way compares to the other elementary schools in the district. They are extremely understaffed and what good teachers they do have wind up leaving for other schools in the district. Their pta is subpar at best. Their special ed department lacks in the fact that they just don't have the ability to properly care for all of their students currently in special ed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Grinnell is a fabulous school. I have two children who are currently enrolled. The teachers work tirelessly to ensure all students are taken care of. I am not sure why a parent would review it otherwise, clearly as they indicated they took school choice so they would not know how involved the administration is or how great the special education department is!!! One of my students is identified and I feel the special education department goes above and beyond! Big Kuddos to Grinnel!!! Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

You walk into this school and the air is so thick with poor morale, you can hardly breathe. The administration is not involved or ever seen around the school. A new administration and better special education department would help turn this school around... Otherwise, I'm sending my kids to school of choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2010

I couldn't be happier with Grinnell! The teachers are fabulous and the principal and assistant principal are also wonderful. I have one son attending Grinnell currently with another going in another year. We were given the option of sending our son to another district school, but I wouldn't change if you paid me. My son is flourishing at Grinnell and even though sometimes the school is depicted negatively, don't believe it. Go Grinnell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

Grinnell is a wonderful school and I was very happy with the kindergarten program. Mrs. Wilson was an excellent and I felt my daughter was very lucky to have had her this past school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

Grinnell is a wonderful school, Our oldest daughter went there but since has moved on to west running brook. We have two other children the go to Grinnell and if anything things have improved over the years as far as better teachers, stability for the children, safety. My children feel safe and at home at school which is more than I could ask for. Mrs. Hill and Mr. Duchame, handle the school with and Iron fist and all the children that go there are considered as their children. I would not want my children in another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

I thought Grinnell was a great school at first. Then my son started having trouble in reading. His math scores were incredible, but in reading he struggled. Because he was diagnosed with hyperactivity (not ADHD) his teacher was pushing to have him medicated and coded - unnecessary by my son's doctor's medical opinion. But its still an issue. I would also like to comment on the PTA. I work the overnight shift. I also have a foster child, plus my son. I sleep about 4 hours a day. I would love to participate more, but such is life. Some people need to consider that. However, I don't think Grinnell pays much attention to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

Grinnell is an INCREDIBLE school. I am very pleased with their attention to the students. They have a great special ed department! The class sizes are small and the teachers are fabulous!! I have had 2 of my children go from 1st through 5th grade there and I now have a daughter in the 3rd grade. I was contemplating on moving but decdided gainst it until my daughter finishes at Grinnell. Mary Hill, the principal, is a great listener and always willing to help out where she can. The PTA at the school is one of the best in the area. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants the best education for their child along with a great feeling of self esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

This school is awesome. We now have two daughters that go there and it has been a wonderful experience. They've been involved with the Post Office program, chorus, some advanced classes and after school programs. The teachers and staff all seem to really be on top of all their students. If you're moving in to the area, I would suggest making sure you're in the right spot to go to Grinnell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

Grinnell is awesome, I have no complaints what-so-ever about the teaching staff. We love that school and are so glad that our children are a part of it! However, The PTA claims that you can just 'sign up and not do anything else'. But I took that last review as a dig. Some of us have to work, whether it be full time or part time, not all are lucky enough to stay home and donate all of their time to the school as much as we would love to. We have our lives at home and devote that time to our children. I know that we never miss an event our children are involved in, but do not have the extra time to help out at other events. The PTA has definitely done great things, but if that's the attitude among them, then I don't want any part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2003

Grinnell is one of the best elementary schools in Derry. There are some very committed and involved parents who comprise most of the PTA and all PTA related volunteer hours. Approximately 25% of the parents are very involved with the remaining 75% slightly to not involved at all. Many of the teachers have been there for years and volunteer much of their 'off' time to help out the PTA. The administrative staff has a great working relationship with the PTA and the PTA is welcoming to new members it is not clicky or snobby, which is nice. The worse thing I could comment about Grinnell would be the parents who are not involved with their children which affects all of us.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female51%
Male69%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Title I program (current)35%
With educational disability20%
Without educational disability68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Title I program (current)9%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant56%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female62%
Male64%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Title I program (current)43%
With educational disability19%
Without educational disability76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant64%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female72%
Male68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Title I program (current)30%
With educational disability31%
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant70%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female65%
Male58%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant61%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female73%
Male54%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Title I program (current)25%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students39%
Female61%
Male19%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Title I program (current)0%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant39%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 89%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
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 35%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6 Grinnell Rd
Derry, NH 03038
Phone: (603) 432-1238

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