Lindsey Martin and Jessica Altuch
Barrington High School
220 Lincoln Avenue, Barrington, RI 02806
(401) 247-3150


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Introduction
Barrington High School was established in 1951 and there are currently 1,055 students and 95 teachers who are teaching grades 9-12. U.S News and World Report awarded Best High School Barrington High School as of 2014. That is a prestigious award that a school can receive. The current superintendent for the district is Michael Messore and the principal for Barrington High School is Joseph Hurley.

The mission of Barrington High School is to equip each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a confident, cooperative, critical decision makers and ethical contributor to a competitive and ever changing world; this purpose is accomplished by providing an academically rigorous curriculum, diverse co-curricular opportunities, and effective instructional strategies which challenge all students to reach their highest levels of achievement.

Barrington High School will be compared to Central Falls due to the extreme difference in socioeconomic status.The mascot at Barrington High School is an eagle, who is strong and patriotic. The students are very involved with sports and team spirit! Continue reading to find out if this school would be right fit for your child!

Community Background
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Barrington High School Volunteer's for Relay For Life



Below we are providing the economic characteristics of the Barrington community along with Rhode Island, the US, and Central Falls.
Income/ Poverty
Barrington High School
RhodeIsland
US
Central Falls High School
Median Household Income
$103,696
$56,361
$53,046
$27,993
Median Family Income
$127,552
$72,717
$64,719
$33,439
Per Capita Income
$54,414
$30,469
$28,255
$14,074
All Families Below Poverty Level
1.6%
9.6%
11.3%
29.6%
All People Below the Poverty Level
1.5%
13.6%
15.4%
30.7%
(US Census 2013)

As you can see from this table, Barrington is above the median household and family income in comparison to Rhode Island and the United States. The median income of households and families in Barrington is almost twice that of Rhode Island and the US. They have a very small population that lives below the poverty level, where Central Falls is more than double that.


Below is the demographic statistics for Barrington, Rhode Island, the US, and Central Falls.
Race/ Demographic
Barrington
Rhode Island
US
Central Falls
White
93%
81.4%
74%
52.9%
Black/African American
0.7%
6.3%
12.6%
10.1%
Asian
2.6%
3.1%
4.9%
0.6%
Hispanic or Latino
2.2%
12.9%
16.6%
35.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
0.4%
0.8%
0.5%
(US Census 2013)

With 93% of the population, Barrington is predominantly White/ Caucasian. The percentage in the US is much higher than the African American/ Black Race in Barrington which is 0.7%. They are close to the average of Rhode Island and the US with the Asian race at 2.6%. American Indian and Alaska Native is 0.5% which is very similar to the US, Rhode Island, and Central Falls. While the Hispanic/ Latino percent is quite low to the average of Rhode Island and the US as a whole. These demographic statistics are useful in understanding the culture of the Barrington community.


Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
Child Population
4,597
223,956
5,644
Children in Single- Parent Families
13%
31%
49%
Children Living in Families Below Federal Poverty Threshold
2.5%
18.4%
41.4%
Children in Families Receiving Cash Assistance
<1%
4%
10%
School Breakfast Program Participation
2%
39%
65%
WIC Program Participation
39%
66%
79%
(RI Kids Count Census 2010-2013)

*There is a low percentage of single- parent families which tells us that the Barrington community is accepting of those who are single parents while also accepting of two parent households.* The amount of families living below the federal poverty threshold is very low. Which says that parents are providing for their kids to get the best education they can. There are very few families in Barrington community who need cash assistance. There are many programs that are available at schools to help benefit those low income families that need the support. The Breakfast Program which provides a meal when the students arrive in the AM as well as the Women Infants and Children program, which are federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, and to infants and children to age five.


District Summary
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In this section we will be looking at the student characteristics of Barrington High School compared to Rhode Island averages and Central Falls High School.
Student Characteristics
Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
Attendance Rate
95%
92%
88%
Chronic Absenteeism
7%
24%
40%
Percent Graduated within 4 Years
94%
80.7%
72%
Percent Dropped Out
1.1%
8%
12.6%
Percent Graduated in 5 Years
2.8%
3.8%
4.7%
Number of High School Incidents (per 100)
5.6
37.1
17
(InfoWorks RIDE 2009)

Most students attend school regularly with a low absenteeism rate. This shows that students care about their education and succeeding in the future. Barrington High School also has a very high graduation rate, almost 15% above the average of Rhode Island and over 20% higher than Central Falls High School. Very few students drop out of high school at Barrington, only 1% of all students and they also have a very low number of incidents compared to Rhode Island and Central Falls.

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Barrington High School Varsity Track Team

Health
Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
Children under age 19 receiving medical assistance
348
96,215
4,695
Births to mother with less than a high school diploma
1%
15%
36%
Teen birthrate ages 15-19 (per 1,000)
3
23.3
73.4
Women with delayed prenatal care
9.0%
13.7%
15.5%
(US Census 2013)

Rhode Island as a whole is receiving a huge amount of medical assistance while Barrington doesn't seem to need the extra medical assistance. There is only 1% of mothers who have birthed their child with with less than a high school diploma while more than a third of Central Falls have mothers who less than a high school diploma. The teen birthrate is very low in Barrington which will help ensure that kids continue their education onto the college level.


School Analysis

In this last section, we go over standardized testing and how it compares to Rhode Island and Central High School.

NECAP Assessments
Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
11th Grade Math
79%
35%
12%
11th Grade Reading
98%
81%
53%
11th Grade Writing
82%
66%
35%
11th Grade Science
68%
30%
15%
(InfoWorks RIDE)
SAT Exams
Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
Mathematics Average
588
484
425
Reading Average
578
483
394
Writing Average
566
471
404
(InfoWorks RIDE)
AP Exams
Barrington
Rhode Island
Central Falls
Number of Exams Taken
544
7,237
134
Number of Students to Take Exam
294
4,390
94
Exams Scored at College-Level Mastery
492
4,143
20
% Scored at College Level Mastery
90%
57%
15%
(InfoWorks RIDE)

These charts allow us to see how the students at Barrington High School excel in standardized testing. The NECAP assessments for Math, Reading, Writing, Science are all exemplary. Rhode Island in comparison to Barrington blows the assessment grades out of the water. The SAT Exams shown above allow you to see how proficient and prepared the students of Barrington High School are going into state administered exams. Along with the AP exams there are a big portion of the students who want to excel in class and get college credit. Not only to they want the credit but they take these tests with flying colors!


Conclusion
Barrington High School has proved to be a spectacular school for all around student excellence. Whether it's above and beyond testing scores or graduation rates. Barrington High School has shown a well-rounded comfortable learning environment for incoming students. We want our students to push their limits and shoot for the stars. Anything is possible for the young student mind!

References
Ri kids count. (2012-2013). Retrieved from http://www.rikidscount.org/matriarch/default.asp

United states census bureau. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/

Votta, P. (2013). Info works! rhode island education data reporting. Retrieved from http://infoworks.ride.ri.gov/

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