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Frenchtown School

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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 19, 2014

I have had many children go through Frenchtown School. I have found that academic expectations are consistent and each of my children has had their needs met. The teaching staff work well together to share ideas and support each other. With the shift to new standards, the Principal met early in the year with parents to present grade level expectations, new assessments and the RtI process. The Principal has shared with parents how instruction is personalized to meet student needs through extra help in classrooms. Over the years, teachers have had the opportunity to work together and with parents, led by the Principal, looking at student assessments and designing instruction in response to my child's needs. The Principal meets with children regularly to discuss expectations and create a culture of learning. My children have loved Town Meetings. This is a PBIS school where social and emotional learning is nurtured, supported and celebrated. This year has brought about many positive changes including a wonderful Reading Fair, Transition Night, Fun Friday and many SIT opportunities. My family has felt very connected and invigorated in this early learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students85%
Female82%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%
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 90% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 22%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 8%
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 5%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1100 Frenchtown Rd
East Greenwich, RI 02818
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