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William J. Underwood School

Public | K-4 | 195 students

 
 

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Posted January 15, 2013

We're military, there for 1.5 years. School is ok if you have normal kids. If you have kids with an IEP, or needing one, watch out & steer clear. Unofficial policy is to get all kids off IEPs (whether they should be or not). Theory is to save money - don't need special educators if you don't have IEP kids. 2 months before our move to a new state, they wanted to remove child's IEP eligibility. Said goals were met (they were not), no new goals could be written (they could), child made "tremendous progress" (no data was collected). Had a 6 month battle involving advocates & outside evaluations (paid by us), husband moved while we stayed 4 months to finish this, only to show what was already in IEP & need for it still exists. District supervisor still wanted to withhold IEP, saying child would be fine. We fought, got IEP and moved 2 days later. After, District said they learned they should have had us sign permission to change our incoming IEP to something they would want to do. Now, another family in that school is having the same troubles. Only this time, school had them sign an IEP change (learned for our experience), and now that new family has a harder time than us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Underwood is all you could ask for and more. I know not only is my sone being taught the prescribed curriculum, but the other important things in life each day (like being kind to others, not hurting feelings etc). The small class size is great and all teachers knowing the kids is nice too. The principal is wonderful; she is aware of all that is going on. I have had 3 children now go through Npt Public Schools at the elementary level and have been extremely pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

This is not simply a school. It's a family. The staff cares and nurtures every child. As a parent, I genuinely feel the staff has a vested interest in my child's future. There is a positive energy at this school that is unmatched.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2011

My sons attended Underwood for one full school year and one partial year. One positive comment I can give this school is that it has a favorable student to teacher ratio. My third grader had 15 kids in his class and my first grader had 16-18 kids in his class. The school also deals well with the high turnover rate of students due to a large military population in the area. Other than that, I was not impressed with the quality of education that is offered here. The academic standards were not rigorous and my kids, who are above average in their studies, were not challenged. Furthermore, I did not feel like the school was receptive or responsive to changes to the school environment that are important to me, e.g. teaching the kids about good nutrition, providing adequate opportunites and space for recess, nuturing creativity in school projects, and establishing a school garden program. In their defense, the school is functioning with a severe shortage of space and are trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Finally, I feel like this school spends entirely too much time on standardized testing, though I could probably say this is true for any public school nowadays.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

My daughters both went to Underwood and we loved it. The teachers were terrific. My younger daughter had the best kindergarten teacher ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

I'm worried about this school after they joint with Carey School kids. Underwood is a great school with very nice children and nice teachers. I'm so glad that my child got a chance to go there. Hopefully, they will continue to keep a great school for all the children in Underwood School next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

We are a military family and have been involved in several schools. I am also a teacher and have very high standards for the schools that my children attend. Underwood Elementary is a fabulous school. The faculty is extremely qualified and caring. The Prinicpal, 'Mrs. G' is marvelous. The curriculum is challenging my children (grades 1 and 5) in ways that they have not been challenged before. I would highly recommend this school and the Newport school district to any of my friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

The teachers at Underwood are outstanding but the facility and ability to meet the needs of special education students leaves much to be desired. We are a military family and have experienced schools/school districts in CA, VA and KS and by comparison, the facilities at all the Newport schools are truly substandard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

I have a son in the fourth grade and had a daughter go through Underwood and will attend college next year. Underwood's base education was great 12 years ago and under the present principal and the updated curriculum the school has improved tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

My daughter has been attending this school for the past 2 years.The entire staff is wonderful.My daughter came to this school with learning disabilities and the teachers that work with her are great.I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2005

My son has been going to Underwood for 4 years and I have been a Volunteer for the entire time. They have the best Teachers at this school who really keep the Parent up to date on what is going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

I am absolutely thrilled with Underwood School. I can't believe it even crossed their mind for it to be permanetly closed!! Well, Please help me protest against Underwood shutting down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2004

I have been overly impressed with the staff here, however, the lower school, in particulat grade 1 seems not to be on the same page as the rest of the school. Grade3 and 4 are perhaps the best classrooms/teachers in the entire district.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%
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 Students79%
Female75%
Male84%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged students58%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged students55%
Not economically disadvantaged students97%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%
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 Students72%
Female64%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged students55%
Not economically disadvantaged students88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female76%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged students59%
Not economically disadvantaged students96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant79%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 65%
Hispanic 16% 21%
Black 8% 8%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 39%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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