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Web:
(302) 454-2133
www.christina.k12.de.us/downes
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Address: 220 Casho Mill Road, Newark DE 19711
Principal: Denise Schwartz
AYP: Above Target
District: Christina School District
Downes (John R.) Elementary School (School Year 2010-11)
School Demographics
Number of Students Not
Tested on ELA Assessment 1
Recently Arrived ELL Students
2011
Grade 2 95.8%
Grade 3 97.3%
Grade 4 100.0%
Grade 5 100.0%
Grade 1 94.3%
Kindergarten 98.7%
School Promotion by Grade
2010
Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2010-2011)
Other Student Characteristics
N/A 93.3%
6.4% 5.3%
35.9% 36.7%
1.7% 3.1%
Enrolled for Full Year
Special Education
Low Income
English Language Learner
2011 2010
Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity
2.5% 4.2%
65.4% 58.8%
8.1% 7.8%
5.8% 7.1%
0.4% 0.4%
17.8% 21.6%
Multi-Racial
White
Hispanic/Latino
Asian
American Indian
African American
2011 2010
Fall Enrollment
471 449
83 55
76 82
70 75
89 71
86 88
67 78
Total
Grade 5
Grade 4
Grade 3
Grade 2
Grade 1
Kindergarten
2011 2010
Student Achievement
Percentage of Students Meeting State Standards (2010-2011)
Staff Qualifications
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Our Staff
Some exemplary programs at Downes are Positive Behavior Support which includes a Cash Out Day/Shark of the Month Recognition for students who meet
the expectations of being HRR during the month, Math League, Meaningful Economics, Lego League, Shakin' Sharks Steel Band, String and Instrumental
Program for fifth grade students, Recorder groups, Robotics Team, Lunch Bunches for extra help in core academic subjects, Mentoring by Creative
Mentoring and other adult volunteers in our school community, After School Art Club/After School Music Club, After School Science Club, K-Kids Club and
more. In addition, we had a 1,000 Problem "Math Challenge" for first graders, Math A Thon for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Yarn collection for
RSVP, annual tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House, Read A Thon for Muscular Dystrophy, TREK for Juvenile Diabetes/Bake Sale for JD, Jump
Rope/Soccer for Heart, and a special program to Adopt a Platoon for our friends in the military.
Exemplary Programs
Librarians 1
Pupil Support 3
Total 36
Teachers 32
Number of Instructional Staff
2011
School Staff Per Administrator 48
Students Per Instructional Staff 13
Students Per Pupil Support Staff 172
Students Per Administrator 517
Students Per Teacher 16
Staffing Ratios
2011
White 94.4%
Asian American 2.8%
Hispanic 0.0%
African American 2.8%
American Indian 0.0%
Staff by Race/Ethnicity
2011
Percent with Masters Degree and Above 69.0%
Percent Holding National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 3.0%
Education Level
2011
Years of Teaching Experience (2010-2011) Percentage of Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers (2010-2011)
0.0%
% Not Highly Qualified
100.0%
% Highly Qualified
Elementary General 23
Total Classes
Student - School Safety and Discipline
Percent Days Present (2010-2011)
September 30 Enrollment 499
State Percentage 16%
District Percentage 20%
Percent of Students Suspended/Expelled 1%
Count of Students Suspended/Expelled 7
Number of Suspensions 7
Number of Expulsions 0
Suspensions and Expulsions
2011
Number of Reported Incidents (2010-2011)
Yes
9717 2787 19
1014 222 1
All School Safety Policy in Place
Department of Education (DOE) Offenses
School Crimes (Title 14, Delaware Code, §4112)
State District School
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AYP
White 100 100 95 95
Hispanic * * 95 95
Low Income 100 100 95 95
Special Education * * 95 95
English Language Learner * * 95 95
Multi-Racial * * 95 95
All Students 100 100 95 95
Hawaiian * * 95 95
American Indian * * 95 95
Asian American * * 95 95
African American 100 * 95 95
% Test Participation (2010-2011)
ELA Math ELA Goal Math Goal
* English Language Learner * English Language Learner
Growth Model (2010-2011) Original Model (2010-2011)
Only groups with greater than 40 students are reported
Our mission at Downes is to meet each child at his/her level and move them forward using interventions to remediate/challenge our students by
implementing a core group of mentors/volunteers to support students in small groups or on a one to one basis. At Downes some of our highlights are
Multicultural Night, 24 Challenge /Lunch Bunches, Meaningful Economics Classes, After School Art Clubs, World Culture Academy for Spanish, Lego
League, Math League, and a Robotics Team. We also have students from a local high school working with our first graders to place their stories on
podcasts via the internet. In addition, our music students learn to play the recorder and steel drums in third grade through fifth grade, and fifth graders have
the opportunity to learn how to play a string or band instrument. There’s a lot going on at Downes.
Curriculum Highlights
District Expenditure per Pupil (2009-2010):
School Finances
District Sources of Revenue (2009-2010) Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2009-2010)
$10,937
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School Salary Allocation
Instructional vs. Support (2010-2011)
Total 10.1%
Food Services 1.1%
Maintenance 3.7%
Secretaries 1.7%
Administration 3.6%
Instructional Support
2011
Total 89.9%
Instructional Support 8.4%
Pupil Support 7.5%
Librarians 2.5%
Teachers 71.5%
Instructional Service
2011
For further information and detailed reports, visit
http://profiles.doe.k12.de.us
or contact your local school district office.
John G. Townsend Building
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware, 19901 - 3639
Phone: (302) 735-4000
Delaware Department of Education
Glossary: http://profiles.doe.k12.de.us/glossary.aspx