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B.F. Norton Elementary School

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Posted August 27, 2014

Fortunately the best of the best teachers work at B.F. Norton. My children have attended other Cumberland schools and hands down the most dedicated staff can be found at B.F. The principal seems to genuinely care about the school, the students and the teachers. I feel the test scores and hence lower "Great Schools Ranking" is largely due to the much higher percentage of English as a Second Language students. Which brings to mind another positive of B.F. which is the diversity of the student body. This prepares students to respect other cultures, religions etc. Great school, I would fight to keep my kids in B.F. if they tried to redistrict and I think that says it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

The kids are kids to each other.my son and daughter have the best teacher of the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

The diversity of children and the caring, fun loving staff!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

BF Norton is a great school with a wonderful staff! The students' learning and needs come first at our school and everyone is willing to do thier part to insure a well rounded education for all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2010

I have worked in BF for 6 yrs now and thru the years I have learned how closely everyone works together to make sure each childs needs are met to the best of their ability, I love the caring of BF staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Day in and day out the faculty and staff do so much with so little, it would be nice to win the money and get some much need technology and other resources into our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

This school is composed of the most loving and hardworking children and teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2010

I love it because of the people who together create such a positive learning environment. Students, their families and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Collegiality among staff is professional, loving and ongoing. Most staff begin their careers in this building and retire from BFN. We work the most at-risk students in our community. Having the most at-risk population in our district, and the pressure of high stakes testing no one wants to leave BF and teach at any other building. Rather, teachers from other schools want to come to us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

It has been my experience that the entire staff at B.F. Norton School is extremely dedicated and supportive to all of its students. What they contribute to each student's education at this school, goes well beyond the average school day. It is not an uncommom sight to see staff working well beyond school hours. This school is also very supportive of literacy. Their Family reading Club is awesome! It is a family oriented school that offers many family events, mostly at no cost. This school offers a student body of great diversity, which is proven to produce more well rounded children.If the parental involvement was increased here, the possibilities would be endless. We are very fortunate to our child attend such a great school and we are looking forward to another great year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

B. F. Norton students are very fortunate to have such an outstanding, professional staff that totally dedicates themselves to providing the best education possible for each and every one of their students. Not only do they take an active interest in each child and use the best techniques available to get their lessons across but they also bring a very special ingredient into the classroom love. What lucky kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

the teacher's are the best!


Posted March 26, 2008

This school has excellent dedicated teachers, but desperately lacks parental involvment. It has a small but active and passionate PTO. It's members (about 10 parents) take on the responsibility of doing everything extra at the school. If we had more parental involvment, this school would thrive. Teaching begins at home and it is clear that in most cases, this does not happen at this school. Not just academically, but morally either. This is a wonderful developing school, and with the help of parents (as it is their first responsibility to teach their own children) would be a top 10 school as well as the other Cumberland schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

My daughter just finished the first grade at BF Norton. I have to say, she is advanced in her reading and her teacher went the extra mile to make sure she was challenged each and every day. She was able to attend an upper grade class for her studies. They were very accomodating to her needs. She came from that school even more advanced in reading then when she started. I have nothing but great things to say about the teachers that I have met and their commitment to the students. Any child lucky enough to be in this school's district will excel with the help of BF Norton's fine teachers. We are looking forward to her four more years at this school and my other daughter's upcoming five years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

I worked the YMCA after-school program at the BF Norton school for 5 yrs and I have to say that the staff at the school were wonderful. I saw how the teachers interacted with each other (professionally) and how they interacted with the students. They care so much about their school and what is going on. Alot of school teachers are out the door as soon as the bell rings and the students leave, but there were many times as I was leaving at 6 PM to go home, some of the teachers were still in their classes preparing for the next day. Mrs. Desjardins did a wonderful job as pricipal and knew each and every one of her students and did what she could to make everyone happy.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 16, 2003

My son has gone to BFNorton now for 3 years and it is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! The teachers really care about there students and Mrs.Desjardins (who is retiring this year) is the best!!!!!! The are always doing great things to get the parents involved in the school and keeping the community aware is also another strong point to this school....in my opinion BFNooron i sprobbaly one of the best schools in the state of Rhode Island.....Go Jaguars


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 60% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
29%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 59% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students57%
Female58%
Male57%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged students54%
Not economically disadvantaged students61%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant57%

Reading

All Students71%
Female81%
Male60%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged students67%
Not economically disadvantaged students75%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students62%
Female54%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged students52%
Not economically disadvantaged students77%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant62%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged students59%
Not economically disadvantaged students82%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant69%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students59%
Female67%
Male52%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged students58%
Not economically disadvantaged students61%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant59%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female84%
Male46%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged students55%
Not economically disadvantaged students73%
Title I61%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant63%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students42%
Female62%
Male24%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged students36%
Not economically disadvantaged students49%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Not migrant42%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 64%
Hispanic 26% 22%
Black 5% 8%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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364 Broad St
Cumberland, RI 02864
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