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Paul Cuffee Charter School

Charter | K-10 | 107 students

 

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Posted January 18, 2014

My child goes to the elementary school, and his experience has been very positive. He's had excellent teachers every year, and he is challenged, I do need to ask his teachers to give him more challenging work but they always accommodate him. What makes Cuffee special is its attention to social/emotional learning and its culture of respect for everyone in the community. In my experience, this is not true of most (if not all) of the Providence public elementary schools, where principals communicate with students using megaphones, and teachers yell at the students. My son says (even though some teachers are "strict") he always feels safe, and has never been bullied. The elementary school is the oldest, and the best-functioning of the three levels. I've heard the middle school is getting very good, but since the high school is new there seems to be some challenges. I hope these get ironed out before my son is ready to go to high school. I prefer a small school to Classical - the small size at Cuffee is a huge plus - everyone really gets to know each other and this gives the school a very 'homey' feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

Can I tell you that the nurses at this school are completely out of their mind? One of them gave asthma medication to my non asthmatic son without consulting me at all.The lack of good education is also something to be concerned about. My other son complains that his new classes at classical are hard and paul cuffee teaches you the bare minimum (no advanced classes for those who need them), useless maritime knowledge, and that other former middleschoolers (who attended public schools) are more prepared than he is. Socialization is another problem, kids are forced to be in a class with few students and cannot practice social skills as well as if they were in a bigger enivronment. Please consider the fact that just because it's charter, doesn't mean it's better. They take away necessary resources away from public school while giving students less than at public schools. Sure smaller class sizes are "good" but motivated smart kids will do the same (or better) if they were at public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Paul cuffee is a great school, my doughter went there from 3-8 grade, she were well prepare to go to Clasical hight school, now she is in her second year in URI ; thanks for the confidence that the the teachers from Paul Cuffee Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

all five of my kids go here. Great culture, friendly environment and the students are disciplined. Academically my children do very well here. I love the way my daughter (3rd grade) reads, thanks to her then kindergaten teacher Ms. Hill. My kids love the school and so does my husband and I. Great involved PTO. No child gets left behind at Paul Cuffee School. Funga Alafia...Ase Ase!!! Give us peace... Amen, Amen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

teachers and are awesome very good school student learn a lot and there teachers won;t give up on them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

It is a great school that encourages parent perticipation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

paule cuffee is a great school i should know i go there and all of the teachers will help you every step of the way its so great to have the privlige to go to paule cuffee school as i said its a great school thats getting better by the second so thats why i think this school is the best school i've ever been to in my life!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

Paul Cuffee is an amazingly diverse environment. Students are not only taught to excel academically, but they are also taught swimming and sailing. My daughter's teachers have been exceptionally strong!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

Paul cuffee is a great school, I am so happy I choose this school, for my daughter, teachers work very hard to work with the students as well as with the parents, in any area that you need help. I am so thankful with the teachers my daughter has had in these 3years, they always helped me daughter in any area of help that she needed and they also worked well with me to help me better assist her. I feel safe when I drop off my daughter every morinig, because I know that its a safe environment, and I like the structure that the students have at paul cuffee, in general its a great school, and everyone is friendly. The after school club is wonderful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

This school is full of committed and talented teachers and staff, dedicated to quality education for ALL kids in the school. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

This school demonstrates strength in merging current theory and best practice. The staff has developed an extensive understanding of reader s and writer s workshop, balanced literacy, differentiated instruction, inquiry based science and art appreciation. Teachers strive to work in collaboration with students, staff, and families within and outside of the classroom. This school was rated in the top 50 charter schools in the nation.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2007

This is a great school -- children from all backgrounds learning to work together and getting an excellent academic foundation. Good parent involvement, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

this school is such a great school.I have watched my daughter just one day started reading right before my eyes. The teachers work so hard and are willing to go that extra mile to help your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

Pual Cuffee is a wonderful school , the way that they teach the kids is awesome , the programs are great , there very attentive when it comes to students and parents , this school is number 1. I recomend it to every one . Thanx, Lucy R. Pierro
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
45%
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 62% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 59% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%
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 62% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%
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 59% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%
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 58% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%
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 Students61%
Female64%
Male57%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students53%
Not economically disadvantaged students78%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students68%
Female72%
Male66%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students62%
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant68%
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 Students68%
Female64%
Male72%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students57%
Not economically disadvantaged students94%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant68%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students59%
Not economically disadvantaged students83%
Title I67%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant67%
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

Math

All Students80%
Female86%
Male73%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged students79%
Not economically disadvantaged students81%
Title I74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant80%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged students79%
Not economically disadvantaged students86%
Title I77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female79%
Male61%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged students70%
Not economically disadvantaged students71%
Title I70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant70%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/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

Math

All Students60%
Female69%
Male52%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students55%
Not economically disadvantaged students82%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female65%
Male45%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students55%
Not economically disadvantaged students54%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant55%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/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

Math

All Students64%
Female63%
Male64%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students58%
Not economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Title I69%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students60%
Not economically disadvantaged studentsn/a
Title I69%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant65%
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 Students55%
Female65%
Male45%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students50%
Not economically disadvantaged students75%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant55%

Reading

All Students77%
Female93%
Male62%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students76%
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title I76%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant77%

Writing

All Students69%
Female86%
Male51%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged students67%
Not economically disadvantaged students75%
Title I69%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant69%
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
Hispanic 59% 22%
Black 23% 8%
White 11% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 76%N/A43%
Female 51%N/A48%
Male 49%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Phone: (401) 453-2626

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