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Sunset Heights School

Public | PK-5 | 445 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 20, 2013

I am a former student of Sunset Heights and I loved this school. I didn't speak any english at the time and they worked well with me to develop my english. The teachers, and other staff members, were very patient and understanding with me. I would go back in a heartbeat.


Posted February 25, 2012

In response to the review posted yesterday - I'm sorry your kindergartner had a bad experience when he was there 2 years ago, but that does not sound at all like our principal Mr. Schappler. I know him as very caring, concerned and involved. My child has been there for 3 years and loves school. All the staff has been very caring and wonderful. On the 2 occasions my child has had an issue with another student, they have dealt with it right away. All the parents I know love Sunset Heights and dread when their children graduate and have to go off to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

We had a horrible experience at Sunset Heights in 2010. My kindergartner was hit by another boy almost every day he went to school, but none of the staff seemed to care. When we first started reporting the incidents to the teacher- she said she didn't see it (so couldn't do anything), I went to the principal and he said I was just having separation anxiety and that my son might be a little too "sensitive" for never having attended daycare. They never even contacted the other boy's mother, but told me they had. The mother never received any notice, except when her son BIT another kid. The teacher warned his tablemates to report any hitting by this boy, but denied any problem with my son. If your child goes to this school, good luck getting Mr. Schappler to enforce the no bully policy. My son even showed him how he blocks the bully's punches, but Mr. Schappler just imitated the blocks without concern. Other mothers have similar stories, but they are encouraged to "get a variance" if their kids have a problem. I got a variance to another school in Nashua with a very caring and responsive staff. Just my two cents- I wish I got a warning before putting my son in that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

this is the best !!! Please dont wast time anywhere else My son is in 2sd grade WE WAS on a private school and not happy we are so glad we moved to Nashua NH and found this shcool .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

My grandsons attend this school and I have been impressed with the nurturing community and emphasis on learning and self discovery


Posted October 1, 2009

My 2 children attend Sunset Heights through the No Child Left Behind Act. The school conducted it's very own 'Walk for Ethan' Fundraiser, to raise money for my son's medical expences. Ethan suffers from Relapsed Neuroblastoma. The school has gone above and beyond any expectations of that of any other school I know. They are caring and compassionate, and it shows in every way imaginable. Whether it's family night at a roller skating rink or meetings with teachers, you always feel warm and welcome. The added bonus is, both my kids love attending each and everyday!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Sunset Heights has been wonderful. My son has ADHD and they have reached up and beyond what I was hoping. They have reached out to him and made me feel comfortable sending him away every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

I see a change in curriculum, teachers are engaging parents to involve in daily home link activities, which I consider a positive approach in improving overall performace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

A+ in my book. The teachers and staff are first rate...We came from a private school where we got quantity not quality. Sunset Heights is the best kept secret in Nashua. Our family has never been more happier. Its a great feeling when I pick up my children after school and they are both smiling and can't wait to tell me about there day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

I went to this school and now my son does. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful school this is. The faculty is warm and caring of the students and motivates them to achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

i am a former student, and i must say that Sunset Heights is the best elenentry in all of nashua. Really great teachers, good food, and fun activities. Like pig races!


Posted July 27, 2007

My child really enjoys attending Sunset Heights. The Teacher and Staff care everyday as to the well being of the children in this school. I also find Parent involvement to be very high. Keep up the good work you are greatly appreciated.
—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 74% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
78%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 77% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 74% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
61%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students71%
Female61%
Male86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
White (non-Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students78%
Female69%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
White (non-Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant78%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students67%
Female70%
Male65%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant67%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female92%
Male72%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students73%
Female69%
Male75%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant73%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant65%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female54%
Male50%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant51%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 71% 90%
Hispanic 16% 4%
Asian 9% 3%
Black 2% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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15 Osgood Rd
Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: (603) 594-4387

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