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John F. Deering Middle School

Public | 1, 6-8 | 799 students

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Posted May 30, 2014

My daughter goes here and the teachers are horrible, all they do is whine about how "they don't have time" to do this or that for students but yet the English teacher let's them listen to an audio book while she plays on her phone. If my daughter does badly on a test she gets a chance to "revise" it every time. More for the teachers's benefit than the students I'm sure. The teachers at this school are lazy and only there for a paycheck. My daughter's handwriting, spelling and grammar are terrible due to the fact that it is not a "focus". I asked the teachers to email me weekly about my daughter's classwork and behavior and they said they didn't want to be obligated to do that unless I specifically emailed them first to ask. I grew up with teachers that really cared about their students and wanted to teach children more than the bare minimum and make a difference. The teachers at this school are nothing like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Horrible school. Mostly due to do lazy administration. Principal, vice principal, and many (not all) teachers show little interest in the children as far as education and especially problems that can arise. I've had children in this school for the past 10 years, it's only gotten worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

I have had several associations with Deering Middle School and I have found it to be extremely parent friendly school. The school administration does not insist on suspension as means to distribute retribution and rather the emphasis is to keep children in school as far as possible. They are highly innovative in using extended detention instead.There are several initiatives in place to ensure safe and congenial atmosphere.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2011

My daughter is a new student this year and she absolutly loves Deering Middle School.The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 is because of her math teachers.She has two in one class and from what all the kids say and my daughter all they do is yell at them.I dont think this form of teaching is healthy for a student!Some of the things they have said and done I cant belive they are even teachers.If my daughter comes home with a bad grade(again)because she didnt understand the math problem and is too scared to say anything to the teachers isnt that what they are there for?Im suprised the school allows such teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

I've attended not only Deering but West Warwick Public Schools my entire life. I find the views below me to be rather negative and personally believe the more a students gets involved, the more they will get out of the school experience. I had no problems for the three years I attended Deering Middle School and found myself very prepared for High School. I have now gone onto college and am doing well there too. I'm sure everyone is different but I did enjoy my years attending this school and would recommend it. As for the future, I know the school is taking measures to improve and I'm interested to see where the school will be going in future years
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

My child goes to Deering Middle School in West Warwick,R.I., and I find the teachers worked very well with me to do what was best for my child. I'm new in the area, coming from Cranston, I was very concerned about the school system due to what some parents had told me. I was pleasantly surprised how well we worked together and the education my child received. Keep up the good work! I believe parents have to get more involved so they can see how dedicated the principal and teachers truly are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

West wariwick schools are of the lowest quality and this is probably due to the inability of the leadership at the top to be productive. With time and the right personel in the right places there is great hope for this district but until then i find it very unappealing and apethetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

I am very disapointed with the over all school system. My children where switched a month after school started from Coventry to West Warwick.The difference in the standards are horrific.I have found very little challenge or encouragement, much less enthusiasim for the students or their educatin. My daughter has no books,and very little to look forward to each day.She had been in a hands on science program in Coventry, but in West warwick there is barely even movment because the teacher is required to teach math as well. Fine in Elementary,but for preperation for High school and possiable college it proves to be a down fall for the students success.I don't knock the town,just the education our children are recieving.I wish I could afford to move to a better educatinal motivated town!Being a single parent that has been involved, it is very disheartening.Watching my child suffer hurts so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2005

I went to this school for sixth grade (2003). It was the worst school experience I have ever had. The teachers are so repetative that kids litterally fall asleep durring class. Children are given pointless homework and projects because teachers teach so little that there is nothing for the kids to do. The environment in the school is horrible. Kids smoke before and after school... on school grounds! There are serious bullying problems that create fear and worry in the student body. I would not recomend this school to anyone.If you are looking for a good public middle school, I would highly recommend Archie R. Cole Middle in near by East Greenwich.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2005

I attended this school for only six months in 8th grade. Needless to say I was horrified when I entered that building and was overcome with the disgusting stench of saw dust due to terrible ventilation. Also, I was shocked to see children throwing things like chairs and books at one another while the teacher sat at her desk and cried. This school is pathetic. Administrators need to stop focusing on the high school as the problem because it is without a doubt the middle school's fault for kids doing poorly in high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2004

I went to John F. Deering during the past three years and they were the best three years so far. The teachers are funny but realistic and get their lessons through to the students with hands on and interesting activities. I remember when I first met my science teacher mrs. drechsler I thought the world was over but even tough teachers have their own bonds to be formed with students. I also wish the teachers didnt have to buy supplies with their own money but other than that I was happy there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2004

I used to go to John F. Deering Middle School and that school was the best years of my school life. The teachers talk to you and not at you, most of the teachers are very kind and funny, and Ms. Shannon my old principal was very pleasant.I would agree that the school should have more books and supply more classroom supplies like paper, so the teachers don't have to buy it with their own money. Overall I think John F. Deering is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 7, 2004

We are parents of a Jr.High student.I am very disappointed at the fact many students do not have books for various subjects because the school can not purchace them. And some of the books I have seen were there when I was in school. This is a tragedy! How can they learn of present history, when the history books end at Kennedy and M.L. King? Some other classes simply do not have books!
—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 62% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
13%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2014.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged students53%
Not economically disadvantaged students65%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant58%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female81%
Male67%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged students67%
Not economically disadvantaged students81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant73%
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 Students53%
Female57%
Male48%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged students42%
Not economically disadvantaged students69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Not migrant53%

Reading

All Students70%
Female79%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged students61%
Not economically disadvantaged students81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant70%
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 Students59%
Female62%
Male57%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged students51%
Not economically disadvantaged students69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant59%

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male65%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged students63%
Not economically disadvantaged students85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Writing

All Students60%
Female74%
Male48%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged students50%
Not economically disadvantaged students70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant60%
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 81% 64%
Hispanic 12% 22%
Black 4% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 54%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:30 a.m.
Gender
  • Coed

Programs

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Therapeutic
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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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Parent involvement
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2 Webster Knight Dr
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: (401) 822-8445

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