Chelsie Ritarossi


Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry

Mission Statement “Educational excellence… developing reliable, responsible, respectful life-long learners, one student at a time.”

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15 Foster Dr. Coventry, Rhode Island 02816


Introduction:


Coventry is a suburban town located in Kent County situated in the center of Rhode Island. The junior high school building that houses Coventry’s middle school students was built in ­­­­­the 1950s and previous to it being the middle school, it was home to Coventry High School until the high school made its permanent move across town in 1975. After a new high school was built the building was used as a middle school, named Knotty Oak Middle School, because of the road the school was nestled on. Now with financial support of Alan Shawn Feinstein the school was dubbed Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry. AFSMS is comprised of 95 teachers and ­­­1,236 students in a town of roughly 34,000 people. The school offers seven different sports teams for both male and female students to participate in throughout the school year as well as many other extracurricular activities such as cheerleading and jazz band. Parents moving to the area should consider the middle school for their students educational journey.


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Students working hard in gym class.




Community Background:


As of 2009, Coventry’s total population was 34,739 people. Coventry’s ethnic background is comprised 96.7% White, 0.1% Black/African American compared to Rhode Island’s percentage of 5.5%,1.3% Asian, and 2.8% Hispanic compared to National average of 15.1% (Census, 2009). Comparative to the state of Rhode Island as a whole, Coventry has a fairly low percentage of non-white ethnic groups making the population not very diverse. The average median household income of $66,476 compared to the state of Rhode Island’s median household income of $55,569 (Census, 2009). Coventry also has only 3.9% of families living below the poverty level comparatively low compared to the Unites States 9.9% of families living below the poverty level (Census, 2009). The town also has a 4% higher high school graduation rate of 87.6% compared to the Rhode Island average of 83.4% (Census, 2009).


Coventry
Rhode Island
United States
Median Household Income
$ 66,476
$55,569
$51,425
Median Family Income
$ 81,790
$71,037
$62,363
Families Below Poverty Line
3.9%
8.1%
9.9%
Individuals Below Poverty Line
5.6%
11.6%
13.5%
High School Graduation
87.6%
83.4%
84.6%

The state of Rhode Island has a population of 247,822 children, and of that amount there are 8,389 children in the town of Coventry. Of those children, 19% have single parent families compared to the almost doubled 30% of children in the state of Rhode Island. There is also a set of 2% of children living with grandparents financially responsible for their grandchildren. Coventry also have a very low percentage of teens not in school and not working of only 3.9% about 4 percent lower then the state average of 7.3% (RIKidsCount, 2000).


District Summary:

The school district of Coventry is comprised of seven schools, five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The property value per student in this district is $687,338.85 as well as per pupil expenditure is $13,027.45. These numbers are slightly lower compared to that of the district of Cranston whose property value per student is slightly higher at $687,338.85 and as well as per pupil expenditure of $13,960.14 (Infoworks, 2009). Coventry’s district as a whole, as of 2009, have scored averages above the state averages in all areas of the NECAP testing from 3rd grade throughout 11th grade. The district has outstanding attendence records in all three school groupings, both the elementary and high school have a sold 96% attendence rate while the middle school s a 95% attendence rate, with a cumulative 96% for the district, 6% higher than the states target of 90% (Infoworks, 2009).

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All three school groups have high attendence rates in the district of Coventry


Statistically Coventry is also on par with state with 97% of the district’s teachers being highly qualified by having at least a Bachelor’s Degree, holding full certification and demonstrating subject matter competency in the core academic subjects. Coventry also has a low well balanced student to teacher ration of 1:12 slightly higher than the states average of 1:11 (Infoworks, 2009).


School Analysis:


Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School has an enrollment of 1,236 students with a teaching staff of 95. ASFMS, is a well balanced school serving extracurricular activates for both boys and girls in all different areas of interest. ASFMS has also scored very well academically based of the scores from the NECAP testing that 6th, 7th and 8th grade students take every year. Specifically, the 6th grade students who took the NECAP tests in the year 2010 on average scored 66% in math, seven percent higher than the state’s average of 59% as well as scoring 75% in reading again another seven percent higher than the states average. Astonishingly the 6th graders at ASFMS have been scoring higher throughout the past three years in these two NECAP testing areas (Infoworks, 2009). These scores are moderately higher than John F. Deering Middle School, of neighboring West Warwick, who’s reading scores on average in 2010 were 60% and math scores that averaged at 70%. The below graphic taken from the InformationWorks! Page illustrates that the 6th grade students at ASFMS have scored higher in both math and reading in the 2008-2009 school year than they had in the 2006-2007 school year and scoring proficient with distinction every year in both categories (Infoworks, 2008).

Aside from the high test scores in the year 2009-2010 25% of students at ASFMS were eligible for subsidized lunch. The reasoning behind this could be because there is only one middle school for the entire town of Coventry who has a large population with families of all types of incomes. This percentage may seem high, but compared to that of Deering Middle School who’s 49% of students who are eligible for subsidized lunch, ASFMS’s average is on the low side even compared to the state wide averages.


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Score from the ASFMS 6th students from 2006-2009



Conclusion:
WIth a large teaching staff and being a well rounded school, creates an environment where students can create solid relationships with their teachers, allowing students to excell in academics. ASFMS also offers exceptional extracurricular activities for adolescences and has proven by high test scores that all students are ready to pass on the next grade at the end of every year. Besides soaring academically students at ASFMS have proven to also excell at sports, for example the ASFMS wrestling team won the state title in wrestling in the 2009-2010 season. Being the only middle school in the town, parents should not deture from having their children be apart of the Coventry public school system. Coventry it is an excellent establishment with high expectaions for the town's 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.


ASFMS State Champion Wrestling Team 2009-2010
ASFMS State Champion Wrestling Team 2009-2010

References:


U.S. Census Bureau Fact Sheet. (2005-2009). Retrieved from http://factfinder.census.gov

RI Kids Count: Indicators of Child Well-Being, Profile of Coventry, RI. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.rikidscount.org/matriarch/documents/Coventry_2010.pdf


Infoworks Live: Alan Shawn Feinstien Middle School of Coventry (2009-2010). Retrieved from http://infoworks.ride.ri.gov/school/alan-shawn-feinstein-middle-school-of-coventry






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states whether or not the school is meeting NCLB standards.
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states whether or not the school is meeting NCLB standards.
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compares most figures with relevant values and

states whether or not the school is meeting NCLB standards.
3 - Report includes at least six different facts in each section and

compares some of the figures to other relevant figures
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