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K-3
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Middletown, RI
Students enrolled: 375
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315 Forest Ave
Middletown, RI 02842

(401) 849-9434
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May 28, 2014
Forest Avenue exceeds in every area! My son and daughter have both attended this school and not only did they love it and feel welcomed but so did my husband and I. The teachers were always helpful whether it be a concern with academics or peers. Every employee deserves credit for making this a school I was proud to send my children to. I have never seen a principal as involved as Mr. Ponte. As we are military we will be moving this summer and I am sad to say I may never find another school as great as Forest Avenue.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
We love Forest Avenue and recommend it to any and every incoming family! From the committed, compassionate and professional educators, to the Principal, Mr. Ponte, not only knowing each child's name, but promoting physical activity, we can't say enough about Forest Ave. As a Navy family, we were touched at the constant inclusion of not only military families but our international military families as well. The Parent Teacher Group is very active planning fun family nights, and the teachers! We just love the teachers! I highly recommend this school and am so glad my sweet little kindergartener started her school career here. 5 Stars all the way!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Forest Avenue School, Middletown RI has exceeded in the success of our daughter graduating this year, and is ready for her next school years.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Forest AVe. Elementary schools is exceptional. The environment is one of caring, nurturing, and rigor. Students and staff share in the highest standards and expectations. By far, Forest is the best elementary school in Rhode Island!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2013
Forest Avenue is a wonderful elementary school full of dedicated staff and faculty, engaged families & yes, sweet & curious students! I am so excited to be part of this Professional Learning Community! Kristen Ramsey Art Educator Forest Avenue Elementary Middletown, RI

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2013
Great teachers and great staff!!! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Teachers are caring and support their students in any ways possible! Everyone goes above and beyond to help our kids learn!!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Forest Ave has been a wonderful new school home for our kindergarten! The teachers, principal and fellow parents are enthusiastic and engaging with the students. Our daughter comes home excited to tell us about all the neat activities and cool things she is learning each day.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Forest Avenue School is a very comfortable and nurturing school for all families. We have a high population of military families and overseas families who are studying at the local War College. I have had 3 children complete their elementary years at Forest Ave and one in third grade now. All 4 children have had positive experiences and they all love to go to school every day. The Parent Teacher Group has monthly activities at the school to get families involved in their child's school experience. I recommend this school for all!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Forest Ave. School is a perfect example of what a neighborhood school should be. The principal knows most of the children by name, he plays kickball during recess with them almost every day. The children love Mr. Ponte, and also respect him very much. The teachers are dedicated and caring professionals who are committed to doing whatever it takes to meet the needs of their students. I have 4 children and have had at least one child attend Forest Ave. for the past 11 years - they are so lucky to have had such a positive elementary experience!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I am sure you can check out the outstanding academia of Forest Ave. without me telling you in this review. Here are some side facts that you may not know. It's located in a naval town, get quite a bit diversified student body. It's off main road, no traffic noise to interfere lessons during school. The lunch menu is great. For elementary I think they have a wide range of healthy balanced meals. The bus ride to/from school isn't long and the drivers are very nice. The principal, teachers, even the PTG are very active and supportive of the school's operation. Beside normal school hours, they offer fun events to bring school, parents, and students together like a social gathering.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Forest Ave school is an amazing learning community. The faculty, staff and parent volunteers truly care about each and every student in the school. There is a strong focus on academics, as well as community and character-building.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This has been our first experience with public schools and we have been very happy so far. The teachers are great, ours kids love going to school and feel very comfortable there.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Forest Avenue School is the most amazing school not only for the quality of teachers and staff but also by the atmosphere is had. It's incredibly warm, inviting and refreshing to see my child grow and learn the love of education. She is a great student who is always striving to do better and it's welcomed by her teachers. She looks forward to returning to school every September and can't wait to see what new teacher she'll have. I wish every school was as inviting to parents as Forest Avenue has been to my husband and I.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Kindness and responsibility seem to be the cornerstone of the school community. My first child just started kindergarten and we are already thrilled to be a part of the school. The principal has such great energy that is contagious! Positive reinforcement appears to be a hallmark of the school. There is a Forest Avenue School rap and school songs about sharing and other important qualities. The principal plays kickball on the playground everyday at recess. There is even a kickball night on Sunday - student vs. principal and parents. I have never heard anything other than glowing reviews of the teachers and staff at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Forest Ave. is a wonderful, caring environment. My children love being there. On the first day of school this year, I asked my 3rd grader if he liked his new teacher. He said "I Loved her." Mr. Ponte, the principal, knows most children on a first name basis and serves as a wonderful role model for the children. He is outside daily at recess playing kickball with the children. The teachers are constantly giving their time to create great enrichment opportunities during and after school to the children. They not only teach reading, math, and the usual subjects, but they teach a sense of community. A organic garden whose harvest is given to local shelters is one way Forest Ave gives back. I am a teacher and I am proud to have my children go to Forest Ave.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
Both of my sons have attended this school and we love it! The teacher and staff are great at communication and Mr. Ponte the principal is awesome! The boys love Mr. Ponte! He knows all the children by name and you can tell he cares for the children. Being in the military and having to move can be hard on children but at Forest Ave the transition is so easy and refreshing. The school appreciates the military families and welcomes them with open arms!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
We are U.S. Coast Guard and moved to the area in 2008. My first experience with Forest Ave. was on the first day of school I did the drop off which moves very smoothly. As I was sitting in my car waiting for my turn to pull up to the sidewalk I watched the principal Mr. Steven Ponte say good morning to each child and get high fives from every student. From then on he has done nothing but amaze me. From the office staff and the classroom teacher to the janitors this staff is here for you and your child. They are always doing something special and parent involvement is huge it is great to see so many parents helping out. They do a dedication day to the Military children that will bring tears to my eyes every time I think of it. The Military is a big part of this community and they make you feel important. Forest Avenue Elementary school is one big family and I love it. We will be leaving at the end of this school year and that makes us all very sad to say good bye. My children will always have great memories of the beginning of their school careers because of Forest Avenue and their dedicated staff. Thank You for EVERYTHING Forest Ave. The Dorsey Family

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
Phenomenal school for military families! From day one, we have felt included in the school community - just a wonderful, welcoming group that has made it clear our kids are their highest priority. We will be sad to move on, but are so thankful that our son had the opportunity to attend Forest Ave, and especially that he was fortunate enough to be in Mrs. O'Neil's class!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
I cannot say enough positive things about this school. Our son was very fortunate to attend Forest Ave. Mr Ponte, the principle, is amazing. He know all the students by name. He is very involved in their daily life. He plays kickball before school and at recess with the students. All the staff is wonderful and truly do care about your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
We are very impressed with the school and all of the staff that works there. They go way and beyond to make sure all of our needs/concerns are met. My child loves to go to school so much that he is sad when there are vacations, breaks, etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
What a great school! The principal Mr. Ponte knows every kid by name and greets them every morning. The front office staff is very helpful and friendly. The teachers are dedicated and willing to go above and beyond for their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
Great school! Being a military family and moving here in the middle of the year Forest Ave. has been awesome! They have wonderful teachers and a excellent academic program. The principle, Mr. Ponte is great! He meets and greets the kids every morning. We just celebrated Military Child Month and had a great assembly-over 100 parents of military children attended! About 40% of the kids are military which made it easy for my son to transition because other kids could relate. They are extremely supportive of our military children and parents. I can't say enough. I highly recommend living in this school district to have your children attend Forest Avenue! They even have an "circle of friends for military parents" that meet once a month at the school! Great programs!!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
Forest Ave is the best elementary school! I have been so pleased with the staff and students at this school. My son felt so loved and welcomed. Being a military family and moving around a lot, Forest Ave stepped up to the challenge of making my son feel welcomed and right at home. He has been so happy there and I am deeply sadden we had to leave. Any kid who attends Forest Ave is truly lucky! I can't praise Forest Ave enough! Wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
You just can't find a better school than Forest Ave. The principal is truly one of a kind - he knows every student by name and strives to make each one feel special. He has amazing energy - he even went so far as to go skydiving in front of the entire student body to reward them for reaching a reading goal. His enthusiasm is contagious and clearly evident through the entire staff. The teachers are excellent and seem to know how to bring out the best in every student. The front office is equally amazing - efficient and welcoming. Five stars just isn't enough to rate this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
I could never say enough wonderful things about this school!! What a warm and friendly environment to learn! The teachers and office staff are outstanding and parental involvement is highly encouraged! And if I could give the principal a 6th star, I would! It is an extremely friendly environment for military families as well! We are only here for one year and our son is in EFMP with Autism. I can't imagine a better school for him!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
Great school, friendly staff, caring, and great educators! I feel safe with my child(ren) going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2009
This a great school. My 3 children never had so much fun doing so well. From the principal to the teachers. This is a 10 in my book.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2009
This is school is an excellent school, great staff and a wonderful Principal. My son attended this school for three years and I never had any problems with the school. Also being military was not a problem, they schools deals with military families regularly, we always felt comfortable and well taken care of. Better than Private school.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
This is an amazing school. The staff is well educated and involved in providing a safe educational environment. They are experienced with military families and make sure all kids feel welcome!! Many days the principal greets the kids (he even knows thier names) at the buses. The best school my kids have attended...better than private.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
This is a superb, family oriented school for elementary children. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to be active and involved with the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2008
This is a great school with friendly teacher and staff and a great educated principle

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2008
Five stars Great school Great expereienced and caring staff The best public elementary school around

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
My two children have attended Forest Ave for over a year now and have adjusted quite well to the new environment. The teachers are well organized and highly educated; with many having more than a decade of reputable experience in the teaching community. The faculty are friendly and courteous, the class schedules are well-structured, however, the most notable characteristic about this school is the principle. Here is a man who not only remembers the names of almost every student, he participates with them in team sports and activities nearly every day before school and during recess. He is very responsive to the children and has an open door policy to anyone needing counsel. The school itself is nestled in a quiet, woodsy type neighborhood off a side road between Middletown's two main streets. It has a country charm and a small town atmosphere to comfort even the shyest of children.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
Great school. Great teacher, parent interaction. Principal really cares about his students. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
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Forest Avenue School
315 Forest Ave, Middletown, RI  02842
(401) 849-9434
Last modified Forest Avenue School is a Public school that serves grades K-3. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Forest Avenue School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top