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Paul A. Smith School

Public | K-4 | 452 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2010

My son is coded with speech and developmental delay, he's in first grade at the school, and went to Kindergarten there as well. The teachers are so 'on it' and involved, always available to connect with and my son has done amazing at this school. The class sizes are small, teachers KNOW their students. It's great to see so much involvement at this level. The school is also clean, the playground is large, there's plenty of room for kids to run around and get exercise. I am very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

Very involved and talented teachers. The school's addition is beautiful. This is one of the few schools to make AYP in the state and their literacy program is awesome. The Special Ed Teachers are very caring and do a wonderful job. This is also a Reading Tails school with a collie dog once a week for children to read to.
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Posted June 25, 2007

I must say as my first year experience with the Paul Smith Elem. School I am very pleased, it is a change from private preschool, however being a public school I feel they do a great job at keeping parents informed on extracurricular activities, as there are quite a few things throughout the year for parent involvement. The communication between parent and teacher could be improved, the teachers aids are not well known or introduced to the parents. The staff does a wonderful job adhering to any special needs or allergies a child might have. Kindergarten in my opinion should be all day, there is not enough time for all that they need in 3 hours, this includes academic and extras, the day is to cramed into a short period of time. Overall we are satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

When my husband and I had to enroll our son in Franklin I will admit that we were skeptical. It turned out that our worries were to be halted. Although the school itself could use some updating, the teachers and staff that were around him are phenominal. He is very comfortable. The school goes above and beyond to involve parents in student activities and there are constantly letters going home with the children asking for parent input. The reading ability of most passing students is far above the states requirements and the extra curricular activities are present. The school works with the local rec. program to let parents and students know each available activiy. The local library also has on-going activities, with additional ones focused on the school children's interests during the summer vacation. Overall all, yes there is room for improvement but for now the school is maximizing its potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

I am really frustrated and angry with the Franklin School System. In my opinion, a plan should of been made well in advance.I love Franklin, This city has great potential, but the school system has been neglected since I can remember as far back as 1989. I didnt graduate from Franklin, I graduated from WRHS. We had community leaders and school officials who really cared about our future. I dont want to see Franklin or my children lose out.
—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 70% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%
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 Students54%
Female53%
Male56%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I program (current)56%
With educational disability15%
Without educational disability62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Not migrant54%

Reading

All Students63%
Female69%
Male58%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I program (current)64%
With educational disability23%
Without educational disability70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant63%
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 Students65%
Female69%
Male60%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)66%
With educational disability18%
Without educational disability72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female68%
Male61%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I program (current)65%
With educational disability9%
Without educational disability73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 89%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
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 57%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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W. Franklin, NH 03235
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