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Community School

Public | K-5 | 688 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 14, 2013

I looked long and hard at private schools before deciding to send my now 5th-grade son to Community. I have had concerns over the years about the strength of the curriculum, but one thing with which I have been consistently pleased is the teaching staff. They are top-notch. Many email or post weekly updates of class activities, they challenge the kids, and they focus on teaching good behavior. I see signs that the curriculum is improving as well. The much-maligned Math Investigations is gone this year, and there is now more focus on core concepts. As one other poster noted, there is no gifted program, and high-achieving students are not challenged enough. Some teachers do creative things, such as tag-teaming to teach kids of different math abilities, but it has not been consistent from grade to grade. There is some use of computers but they don't actually teach technology. But I am very happy with the influence of the new principal and superintendent. For example, 5th grade teachers now pair up so that one can focus on math/science and the other on English/writing. The PTO is absolutely amazing. Bottom line is that my kid loves going to school and I do recommend Community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

My son is in his last months of kindergarten at this school. Although we don't have many years to review it, overall our experience here has been excellent. The expectations for kindergartners are high, but the challenge has been rewarding for him. The teacher has met with us a few times about his strengths and weaknesses and we've developed strategies together that have been a great benefit. The new principal is extremely dedicated to education and doing her best to allocate the schools limited monetary resources to making sure these students have what they need to succeed and to be challenged including new technology for the classroom. The PTO is very active offering many activities for the students that keep them engaged. I especially like the "Clean" after school enrichment program. Currently my son is learning about astronomy. If grades 1-5 are as good as grade K, I fully stand by this 5-star rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Community is a GREAT school. I was given all I needed in supplies. This is rare in our cash strapped days. I was also comfortable in what I had been assigned to do and what I would be paid for it.All teachers were very helpful. I would only have asked that admininstration (they do not deserve a capital A" were a bit nicer. Cumberland school admin. is not great in my opinion at this date 7/9/12
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 18, 2011

I've had the privilege of sending four kids through Community School. Two have graduated on to the high school and two are still at Community. We've had nothing but great experiences. The teachers are spectacular and parent involvement is always welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

My child is finishing up 1/2 day kindergarten as I write this. Pros: The school was very responsive to my request for help with my child's social behavior at school. Their teacher in particular, was attentive caring and set up a daily (PBIS influenced) plan. Parental involvement (CSA) at the school is very strong and they encourage all to help out, volunteer and be a presence at the school. Cons: If you have a bright child, they may feel "underwhelmed." There are no gifted programs at the school. Children are placed into groups (in the classroom) by ability level- but this may not be stimulating enough for a very smart child- I have my child given extra books and papers to do while waiting for other children to catch up/during downtime. We are going to see how well my child does here after full day school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

Disappointed with the school overall. It's certainly not school we heard so much about when and why we moved to this area.The general feel of a school starts w/ the principal, and the present one lacks command and direction. Mathematics is not strong. PTO is strong. Academics needs a boost. Great playground.An Ethics and Business class would serve the staff well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

Was not impressed with Kindergarten at Community. The teacher quickly chose favorites and shipped kids that she didn't favor out of the classroom whenever she got a chance. Principal was not helpful, and response from the school was painfully slow on all levels (responding to email weeks later or not at all is not acceptable). Glad my child is done with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

teachers are great, lots of extra curricular, principle is pretty concerned about the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

I wouldn't recommend it if your child is weak in math. Math Investigations can be a confusing program for some children (and parents). Traditional math instruction is left to the parents. Having a weak foundation, both of my children needed tutoring in math when they entered middle school. Otherwise, it's a pleasant environment and it has a strong PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

So far I am very pleased with the teacher quality, parent involvement and leadership. This school has a positive environment that is conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

It's a very fine school (depending on your values). They start sex-ed early, so we only used it for K twice. If the 'Safety and discipline' were split out to a Safety category and a Discipline category, I'd give safety a 5, discipline a 3. They have a hard time disciplining troublesome little boys (maybe girls too, but our experience was with troublesome boys). The community itself encourages parents to be involved, so even if your teacher doesn't, others in the area do. The school was always very clean and neat The teachers I saw always acted professionally and were approachable. No typical complaints for us, we just don't like the idea of sex-ed starting so soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Quality school. Went thru several principals, but now stability back with new one. Parents want to be very involved. Solid supportive PTA with the budget of a small business.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

Terrific school. Great teachers, admin, students and families. I've had the opportunity so far to send two of my children through this school from kindergarten to fifth grade and have had nothing but positive experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2004

Over crowded, and problems with bullying, makes this school a poor choice. The only kids that matter are the kids who are easy to teach. Parental involvement is not encouradged. Safety and displine are not a priority.
—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 60% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 59% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
62%
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 Students78%
Female75%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant78%

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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 Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female98%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female85%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female86%
Male57%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 65%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 21%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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15 Arnold Mills Rd
Cumberland, RI 02864
Phone: (401) 333-5724

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