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K-3
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East Greenwich, RI
Students enrolled: 369

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1100 Frenchtown Rd
East Greenwich, RI 02818

(401) 398-1402
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December 08, 2014
I am proud that my child goes to Frenchtown. This is a school that focuses on safety as well as a loving, supportive environment for each child. Teachers have always been available to meet with parents. Various intervention groups have been created to meet the needs of all students. Special monthly events are provided so parents can be engaged in fun, interactive activities with the students. This year's PTG is really thinking outside of the box! The Principal has created various opportunities for parental involvement and always makes herself available to meet with parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
Frenchtown is a wonderfully enriching and supportive elementary school! My son attended it this past year and we had a terrific experience. The Principal, teachers, and paraprofessionals were very proactive in helping my son in the areas he needed (OT, speech, extra help, etc.), as was I. He actually enjoyed going to school--which is a major feat, since things do not come easy for him. We received more support from Frenchtown than we ever did paying for expensive private schooling. I believe we are VERY fortunate to have Frenchtown in our community!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2014
Absolutely one of the worst schools to send your gifted child to. East Greenwich school district ignores the high-achieving students' needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Frenchtown school has provided a very individual based and nurturing enviroment for both of our children. All concerns are met with care and support from the teachers and staff. Our children love their Principal and she is committed to meeting the needs of all. She is always present in the education of our children.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Frenchtown Elementary School has been a wonderful, positive experience for all my three children and with my last child graduating, I am sorry to leave! I found that there is great opportunities for the children as well as parent participation. My children speak fondly about the principal as well as all of the teachers they have had at Frenchtown. The learning environment is nurturing and each child has been challenged and engaged in the classroom setting. Parent involvement is welcomed and there are many opportunities during the school day and through the active PTG. Our family feels very fortunate to have had such a positive "first school" experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
I have sent my 2 kids to this school and I've spent 7 years with them together. They had amazing teachers and great great staff that supported a healthy environment all around. I am so thankful for everything they've done and I am sure my kids will remember their years here as very happy ones. They have learned "enough" and they've made friendships that will last a lifetime because the quality of the families in this community are world class!! Yes, they could have learned more, they could have been "pushed" to exceed their expectations a little higher but we are talking about K-2nd grade and my expectations are to be HAPPY kids that want to go to school every morning!! And both accomplished that and more...

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
I am a retired teacher who has worked at the four elementary schools in East Greenwich. I have had mostly positive experiences with the students, the administrators, and the parents. My last position was at Frenchtown School. The years I spent there were rewarding. My colleagues were totally committed to all students, and the principal was dedicated to making sure that each child receive the support and best possible education he/she deserved. Teachers and paraprofessionals were expected to stay on top of their game, and to create an environment in which students were respected, nurtured, and given a quality education. The principal worked hard to build an atmosphere of professionalism, and also camaraderie, among the staff. I am fortunate to have worked at Frenchtown School with so many individuals devoted to helping children.

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2014
My son went to Frenchtown k-3 and I was very happy with the teaching staff, front office, and all of the safety the school has in place. This is a great school and the staff is always willing to work with you.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
After leaving Frenchtown Elementary and sending my child to a private school in Massachusetts, I can write a more accurate review and wish I can retract my previous post. We appreciate the professionalism of the principal at Frenchtown, but our negative experience with one of the kindergarten teachers there left us feeling nothing but regret and bitterness because of what we had to endure. Our bright, enthusiastic (though not always angelic) child who began reading at the age of 3 was repeatedly sent to the principal's office for misbehaving. The teacher constantly made inappropriate jokes and comments about me, the parent, and my child, which prompted me to discuss the matter of the teacher's intolerance and unprofessionalism. It saddens me that an adult can be so cold towards young children. At my daughter's new school, the director, faculty members and staff are warm and nurturing. The tuition is worth investing in the academic growth and emotional well being of our child, whom we love unconditionally as any parent should. For homebuyers who are interested in moving to EG, I would highly recommend checking out Meadowbrook Elementary and Montessori schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We came from the southern state too. It was school district s policy that all students will learn at or above the grade level; all students will reach their learning potential. We were very happy with the schools there. East Greenwich school district spends nearly double the money on every student. Frenchtown only offers a basic grade level education.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
Reading the comments below, it seems to me that those disappointed with this school had set unreasonably high expectations. Frenchtown is by no means a "world-class" school, nor do they advertise the school as such, as far as I can tell. This is a "Rhode Island-class" *public* school--the teachers and principal perform adequately (if not always enthusiastically); they follow the curriculum as dictated by the state, and make sure that the kids achieve decent scores on standardized tests. The last part is made easier by the built-in selection bias of the EG community/parents. They have limited resources for "special education" and, apart from minimal "bonus material" provided by some teachers, they certainly will not go out of their way to accommodate a gifted child. For "world-class" education, one would probably have to commute to Boston (e.g., Milton or BB&N) and accept a lower school tuition of about $30k. For our gifted child, we have chosen the alternative of a decent public school (Frenchtown) supplemented by tutoring at home and at independent learning centers.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2013
I am very angry after I read the previous parent's comment about "personal plan to address his/her children's learning strengths and needs". There was no personal plan to address my children's learning strengths and needs. I discuss with teacher several times. She told me that she discussed with the principal. It went nowhere. Does this school treat every child the same? Why did some children have a personal plan but not the other? At the time my children left Frenchtown, they didn't learn ANYTHING in subjects they were good at. Their weakness was still their weakness. Eldredge is a much better school. My children grow in Eldredge.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
I hope that as you read this, you realize that people look for a forum to voice their personal gripes. This school has been wonderful for each of my 5 children. They have each had personal plans to address their learning strengths and needs. The principal leads teachers in looking at student learning and redesigning the environment to meet those needs. The principal also takes time each week to meet with each grade for a Town Meeting, discussing what's relevant to the culture of the learning environment. Each Principal in RI has alot on her shoulders these days. This is one who loves children and it shows! Test scores are comparable to Meadowbrook and district scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I am surprised that the East Greenwich community has tolerated the poor leadership of this school over the last 7 years - especially given the diminishing performance of the school in the overall state rankings. In 2008-2009, Frenchtown was ranked 12th out of 171 elementary schools. In 2001-2012 it was ranked 22nd out of 173 schools. The principal at this school is controlling and dictatorial. The teachers are great and do the best they can within the environment but they have little freedom. Test scores are not everything but given the climate at this school the results are not surprising.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
Frenchtown does not live up to its reputation. This is a No Child Left Behind and No Child Can Get Ahead school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
I am new to EG community. I agree with the previous comment about "Sadly, this school teaches to the test (NECAP)... and NOT to the individual.". As a parent, I don't care about NECAP. It does not tell me anything about how my kids are doing today and if they are learning anything in the school. It is a grade level test and it only tells me how my kids did three quarters ago. Grade level education is not challenge enough for kids above 75th percentile. I am very surprised that EG community thinks it has a world class education. I have personal experience with education in several countries. My kids attended public schools in other states too. My honest words to EG community is that if I rank 10/10 for excellent public schools in other countries, I would rank 8/10 for excellent public schools in other states in US and I would rank 5/10 for Frenchtown and EG public schools. I do have to acknowledge that there are very few good public schools in RI. Frenchtown is a good public school in RI. Parent Teacher Groups in Frenchtown and EG schools are very different as other schools. They have meetings in the morning. Only none working parents can involve during that time.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
I have to laugh at the parent who thinks the Principal is autocratic, I believe I know who that parent is and she is part of the "special interests" group that the Principal does not cater to. The principal is a wonderful women who has the interests of the children at heart. education, learning and safety. It's just a shame that those who have lots of money can't throw it around at Frenchtown and get their way! Kudos to the Principal and staff for keeping the children first!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
The mission of the East Greenwich Public Schools is to maximize individual potential in pursuit of personal and academic excellence. There is no academic program to support this mission. East Greenwich public schools perform well on grade level assesement tests. It is because East Greenwich is an executive community. Most of the parents have done a lot of work outside the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
Agree and disagree. I have been a parent in this school for many years and I have seen how the faculty and staff has grown with great leadership. This principal leads district and state changes at this school that benefit ongoing improvement. I have seen her develop and participate in teams that improve student learning. She focuses on what's in the best interest of the children and the school. She rremains focused on those goals and here role and does not engage in the agendas of the "special interest groups".

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
The principal is not a leader and is very unfriendly to parents. She has an autocractic leadership style that discourages creativity and innovation which is reflected in classroom. If you move to EG, Meadowbrook is a better choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
I went to this school and I had a great time! The teachers were beyond outstanding and they still are! The school and like a flower and all of its students are the bees-as in, the students take some knowledge from the teachers so then they can apply it to their own lives. I would definitely recommend sending your child to Frenchtown Elementary School.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2010
This school is great - I disagree with the comment regarding teaching to the tests and expecting boys to be docile - my son is a very active child, full of energy, and is thriving at Frenchtown. He is learning new things every day. They offer additional programs and go out of their way to include parents and communicate with parents -it feels like a community. My only complaint is also that the Kindergarten is only a couple hours - I know this is being looked at and I hope it is changed to full day for the benefit of my other children and because full day K has been proven to be more effective.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
My daughter loves her new school. Our only complaint would be that kindergarten is only a couple hours each day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
The teachers are dedicated and go the extra mile for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
Unfortunately, I have a different view than the existing reviewers. I have 2 children in this school and it has been... less than a 'great' experience. Boys especially, are not able to learn in a sytle more suited to boys. But rather are expected to behave as docile, unimaginative, and almost latent individuals. My boys have been uhappy from the get-go. They are kind, respectful boys yet they have stressed out thier teachers because they do not follow the plan well... Sadly, this school teaches to the test (NECAP)... and NOT to the individual. We are very happy to be leaving!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
Best place for kids. Focus on meeting the individual needs of all children through differentiated instruction and extra support through intervention plans. My children have had all of their needs met. Staff has open-door policy. Families are a part of the best plan.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2008
Everyone at Frenchtown is focused on making this the best place for kids!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
Great school. Focus on continued school improvement. Emphasis on safety and security of all.

- submitted by a parent
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Frenchtown School
1100 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI  02818
(401) 398-1402
Last modified Frenchtown School is a Public school that serves grades K-3. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Frenchtown School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top