My child has had great teachers. They are always available for extra help. They praise my child's strengths. They are encouraging. They work hard for our children so they will continue to excel in the future.
The Seabrook schools have never had a great reputation, frequently testing at or near the very bottom on test scores. Things are improving, but very slowly. Parents who live in town have expressed satisfaction only after enrolling their children in one of the local private schools, which are decent. The School Board, on the other hand, continues to insist that the Seabrook schools have always been terrific, even when they ranked 131st out of 131. The sad condition of the academics here makes the strongest case possible for giving parents school choice.
Seabrook Elementary has come a long way. I temporarily put one of my children there 4 years ago. With full intentions of sending him to private schools. . .needless to say I now have 2 children there and a third will be starting next year. I can't say enough good things about the teaching and curriculum there. I have several friends that pulled there children out of private schools to attend SES for the education! Kudos to Jeni Mosca. . .a well rounded, caring principal that cares more about the school and her students than anything else. Oh yes and Kudos to the wonderful staff at the school. Keep up the good work!
How times have changed. A few years ago this school was struggling. Now test scores are coming up, and kids are being taught 'where they are.' My son was advanced in many subjects and his teacher gave him more challenging assignments. In the area where he struggled, she focused on the basics. Both his grades 1/2 and his 3/4 teacher did this. In his Iowa standardized tests he was averaging 8th grade level in 4th grade--something he could not have done if the teachers had used a 'one size fits all' approach. SES has added after school enrichments including languages, fine arts, science and games. The math program--which I was suspicious of 4 years ago---is probably why the kids are scoring above state average on the NECAP. Best of all is Principal Jeni Mosca who just won a well-deserved Milken National Educator Award.
They do not keep parents well informed about how the child is doing and what the child is learning and what the parent can do in helping that child learn what they are working on in school. I feel that they do not challenge the students that need that and do not help one on one with the students that need extra help. I feel the state needs to step in and do something or our children well be hurt in the long run.
I have 1 child in SES & another on her way into pre-k...and we are looking to move. The school not only has horrible test scores, but it doesnt get any attention as far as budget. I am exteremely worried that I am doing damage to my childs future keeping him at SES. I have considered private schools & other non strict style of learning schools. My child is pretty much past the curriculum that is standard for first grade, I think he needs to be challeneged. Thank you so much for this very informative website!
The bottom line: Seabrook Elementary is ranked in New Hampshire dead last in the Math NH Assessment. Both the third grade and sixth grade assessments are something to be concerned about. To be ranked 131 place out of 131 schools in New Hampshire is outrageous for 3rd Grade Math Assessment. And then to be ranked 125 out of 127 schools in New Hampshire is outrageous for 6th grade Math assessment. The bottom line: Seabrook, SAU21, is using Everyday Math curriculum and the children are literally Failing. Please help the children and bring the basics back and bring our scores off last place in the state of NH. The curriculum is not teaching basic math facts, math computation and the results are available for review on the NH education site for all to review. SAU21 is supporting a substandard Math curriculum and leaving this generation without the tools to succeed, a math education.