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North Smithfield Elementary School

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Posted June 12, 2014

Administrators at this schools and all North Smithfield schools use 80% of their budget for administration costs, like salary, pensions, benefits... Then cry poverty. They have NO accelerated programs and again cry its because they have no funding. Simply not true. The school will not think outside the box to come up with strategies to make it better. It is seriously like talking to a brick wall. The teachers union themselves issued a vote of no confidence in the superintendent and nothing ever happened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

This town underfunds its schools and I believe the children are being shortchanged. The school principal is not open minded and plays favorites, and many of the teaching staff members themselves lack good literacy skills. I find misspelling and errors on communications from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

While there are some very good teachers in this school, others are not so bright. The school lacks good administrative leadership. I have found the principal to be close minded and quite unfair at times. She doesn't always listen to all sides of a story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I have two children attending NSES. My 9 year old son has been there since preschool and we have had very positive experiences with the teachers and administration. We have found it to be a very nurturing environment and feel our children are getting a quality education. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I cannot express in words the serious need for reform this school needs. The entire administration and the majority of teachers and support staff (especially the new ones) present deplorable attitudes and a display complete lack of respect and little accountabillity. This school provides our vulnerable children with a hidious example of personal character. This school is in need of substantial, grave reform.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

We have children in kindergarten and 2nd grade attending NSES. The teachers are very good and we feel our children are getting a quality education. The school did have some issues with mold, leaking roof, water supply, air quality...but those problems have been fixed. The school committee and administration should have handled the problem better. The teachers are very friendly and work well with the kids, our children seem pretty happy. We used to pick our children up versus taking the bus, they could have been a little more diligent about checking IDs. Our children now take the bus and our driver and bus monitor are excellent. The school and classrooms seem to have sufficient supplies, curriculum is great, and the environment is clean and safe. With all that said, I think the school is very good, the administration just had some issues to overcome when the school was first built.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2004

The teachers & principal are excellent. My Child is more knowledgeable than other children in my family attending other top schools. No playground and no extra curricular activities available. Mold was a problem causing a delay in the schools start last year 2003. Administration office not quite together not very friendly. School is very clean and well maintained. Secure safe location off the main street. My child loves going every day. Bus rides very convienent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

Serious indoor air quality issues, lame administration, no communication with parents, overcrowded, water issues, the list goes on. Teachers are the only positive part of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2003

My child is in NSES. What a school! The Teachers are wonderful, they really care about the children. The Principal is equally as wonderful. The air quality issue is not what alot of 'people' believe it to be. Do the research, it says it all. I did...and my child has special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2003

I have two children at this school. I am proud to say that I feel that they are receiving a top quality education in a safe environment. The air quality issues that may have existed in the past have been remediated and the air quality continues to be monitored. It is a wonderful school with enthusiastic teachers who inspire our children!


Posted June 11, 2003

Lots of mold and indoor air quality/health issues.


Posted June 11, 2003

Fine teachers, no gifted program, poor air quality, no playground, poor administration.


Posted May 13, 2003

Indoor air quality issues are a big factor in this school.


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/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.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students75%
Female84%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
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 89% 64%
Hispanic 6% 22%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 18%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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2214 Providence Pk
North Smithfield, RI 02896
Phone: (401) 765-2260

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