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Oak Haven School

2. PROFILE OF Oak Haven School

Background

Oak Haven School, constructed in 1963, is a suburban neighborhood school located in Coventry, Rhode Island. An addition, built in August 1990, includes a gymnasium and two student lavatories.

Oak Haven School’s professional staff consists of one school administrator, 15 classroom teachers, two resource teachers, one self-contained classroom teacher, two literacy teachers, one reading specialist, one full-time school nurse/teacher and one clerk. The paraprofessionals include 13 support and custodial staff, as well as six itinerant teachers. A part-time librarian also serves as a part-time Gates/Literacy/Technology coach. The reading specialist serves the Title 1 students and provides reading services to students in grades one and two.

Of the 340 students who attend Oak Haven School, 98% are white and 2% are black/Hispanic. Thirty percent of the students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. Sixteen percent of the students receive special education support services. A breakfast program is available to all students who attend Oak Haven School.

Oak Haven School provides a variety of programs and activities. These include an extended-day Kindergarten program, a writing and math after-school academy, a mentoring program for students, the Feinstein Good Deeds program, the Hunger Brigade, and several clubs including math, cooking, technology, yearbook, homework, chorus, keyboarding and safety patrol. Each of the six MCI classrooms is equipped with six computers, network printers, a scanner and a CD writer to integrate technology into the daily curriculum. Other classes have up to four computers, a printer, a CD writer and a scanner available for classroom use. Student teachers from Rhode Island College work in grades one and two in conjunction with teachers using the GEMS Kits. A monthly newsletter informs parents about upcoming events, as well as educational goals and activities in their children’s classrooms. Although state funding for a Family Center, through the Children’s Opportunity Zone, has been eliminated, the PTA provides funds to maintain this link between the school and the community.

State Assessment Results for Oak Haven School

This section of the school profile shows results from the latest available state assessment program four different ways: against performance standards; compared to similar students in the state; across student groups within the school; and over time. Assessment results create pieces of evidence that the visit team uses as it conducts its inquiry. The team uses this evidence to shape its efforts to locate critical issues for the school. It also uses this evidence, along with other evidence, to draw conclusions about those issues.

Results in relation to performance standards

The first display shows how well the students do in relation to standards in English/Language Arts and mathematics. Student results are shown as the percentage of students taking the test whose score places them in the various categories at, above, or below the performance standard. Endorsed by the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education in 1998, the tested standards can be found in the publication New Standards Performance Standards.

Table1. 2001-02 Student Results on Rhode Island State Assessments

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