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Mary C. Dondero Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 307 students

 

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Posted March 12, 2014

Dondero has been a great school for my son who has attended kindergarten and first grade there. The teachers challenge the students but also allow them to have fun while learning. My son's teachers have always returned any emails I have sent promptly. I am so glad I bought a house in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

This School is awsome for my child because lots of fun activities and good play ground and really good principal and teachers. Math and reading is not good at this school because of few newly joined teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

I'm not sure how you can make a judgement about a principle who's been in her job for one year. Particularly when you're using standardized test scores to do it. I think test scores have suffered here for a number of reasons Two of the biggest reasons are demographics: Dondero enrolls far more transient students than the other two elementary schools. The second reason is that I notice a parental affectation with things fun and frivolous which were indulged by the last principle. I think the new principle has taken steps to refocus Dondero on academics and when you tie that to the wonderful things like neighborhood, facility, community, class size, parent volunteers, etc ..you end up with a very fine elementary school. When NCLB came floating out of Washington, we all knew that some schools would suffer based solely on socio-economics and the fact that rightly or wrongly, some parents just don't have the time and the resources (and yes, sometimes even the motivation) to back the schools up every night and Summer at home. Dondero shoulders that burden very well in my opinion. We are all in this together and I can tell you that what I've seen is a whole lot of hard work at Dondero.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

I think the last reviewer had a personal issue with the principal, because this school is Fantastic. The principal is great, being young has nothing to do with competence- I have seen more seasoned principals do far less for their students. I interviewed the principals from all 3 elementary schools before we decided on which we would send our kids to- test scores alone definitely do not paint the whole picture. This school has great teachers, great facility/location, and is not overcrowded- which means each student gets the attention they need. You get the whole package at Dondero.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

This school is in a nice, quiet location, and has a large field and a nice outdoor play area for the kids. Physically, it's great and about as all-American as you get. However, the staff are incompetent and the test scores highlight this incompetence. We moved into this district thinking it was a great school. What we've witnessed is a school run by a young and clueless principal, and teachers that are equally incompetent. We can't wait to move our child out of this school for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

i love all the staff here and jill is awesome, you all went out of your way to help my learning disabled daughters in every way possible and i even got home phone numbers incase i needed any questions answered at nite my girls love our new home but miss you all and wish they could have took you all with us,thanks for all you've done for my girls and miss your open arms and educated teachers,and your staff right down to the janitors are all excellent..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Great school. They have full day kindergarten (as of 2007).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

My daughter is going to kindergarten.I am very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

Very good and satisfactory level. But only problem is for 'K' its only 3hrs, if it would have been full day then it would have been better. There is no extended care available at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

I have a daughter going into 3rd grade and a daughter going into Kindergarten, we love Dondero not only for the excellent education but the emphasis on high values and morals. The children look and act like children instead of little adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

My daughter is about to start 1st grade at Dondero, she completed kindergarten at this school and my over all feeling about this is school is very good. I feel this is the best school in this area.
—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.

About these ratings

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 74% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
67%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
77%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
35%
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 Students76%
Female66%
Male88%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant76%

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)71%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant84%
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 Students76%
Female88%
Male66%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant76%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant77%
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 Students76%
Female70%
Male83%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant76%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female58%
Male37%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant49%
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 81% 90%
Asian 7% 3%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 1% 2%
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 25%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Portsmouth, NH 03801
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