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W.G. Rice El School

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Posted March 13, 2013

Having my child in Rice elementary has been an okay experience. Not to say that we have not had to stand up for our child a few times. Most of the teachers are very pleasant. The principle is not very helpful (says he will do things just to get you off his back, nothing is ever really resolved) or friendly, my child is always saying how upset/moody he seems when walking the halls, etc... The transportation for the SD is VERY hard to deal with, they can be quite rude and pushy. To get anything resolved, you MUST speak with higher ups. As for the office staff of the school, they are quite snooty...not sure why, this isn't Beverly Hills. As for the education aspects, I am mostly pleased. Although If my child needed special learning, I do not believe I would feel the same way. Lunch aids are nice ( :
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

As with any school, Rice has good & not so good teaching staff. Curriculum is average but there's a big focus on test scores rather than quality of teaching & the learning process. Parent involvement in the classroom is encouraged or discouraged depending on the teacher. Classrooms tend to be a bit overcrowded (21 or more students grades 2 & 3). The current principal leadership is below average; knowledge of what's actually happening in the school and parent concerns are not usually addressed in a timely manner, if at all. If you're not in the "click" you won't fit in. Average to below average "grade".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

Our child has attended Rice since first grade. Our initial experience was great but second grade not so much; the teacher had no enthusiasm and seemed very unorganized. Our child is now in 3rd grade & seems to enjoy school once again. The teacher seems very disciplined & organized. Most of the staff are friendly and understanding. The current principal and superintendant/school board however, seem to care more about test scores than student safety (to name two concerns- students are required to walk across a parking lot to access the playground & playground gates are without locks allowing anyone access). Although we're disappointed with several aspects of Rice in particular, we give it an average rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

My four children went through W.G. Rice Elementary School. It is truly a great school. The teachers, administration, and staff are all top quality. One child of ours is hard-of-hearing and another is moderately deaf. They provided an excellent education and individualized attention and dealt very well with special needs.
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Posted March 11, 2009

This school is amazing. I have observed there for college and it was by far my favorite school ever! The teachers are terrific and so the students are just phenomenal.


Posted January 29, 2008

My experience of this school is all positive, wonderful school with enthuaistic teachers which result in keen students who love their school. Very impressed by the way the school is run. Would highly recommend it to all parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)87%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female93%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 71%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Black 2% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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