Jillian Feeney, Hadley Colman, Briann Bergin

East Providence High School




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East Providence High School was opened in 1884, with the primary goal to provide and support
rigorous curricula, in order to prepare our graduates for college or career readiness.According to the
EPHS website “Today, EPHS upholds this tradition of excellence and maintains a strong sense of
community. We strive to move forward in this changing world and meet the challenges of the
Twenty-First century.” Students are expected to uphold academic, social,and civic expectation
“demonstrating behavior that contributes to a positive learning community.”


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East Providence High School is under the supervision of Principal Shani Wallace and is
located on 2000 Pawtucket Ave. East Providence High School is proudly educating over 14,000 students with a small but
dedicated staff of 163 teachers; 98% of which are highly qualified teachers. The information below includes facts, goals, and accomplishments regarding East Providence High School so that prospective students and families can learn additional information about the town of East Providence and the high school itself.

Community Background

Hadley Colman

East Providence is a diverse community. In order to get more information on this area, it is important to consider the income and poverty level, racial demographics, census-based indicators, economic well-being, health, safety, and education. Below, this information is presented for East Providence, Rhode Island, and the United States as a whole.

Income/Poverty

East Providence
Rhode Island
United States
Median Household Income
$48,521
$53,361
$53,046
Median Family Income
$61,170
$72,717
$64,719
Per Capita Income
$27,660
$30,469
$28,155
All Families Below Poverty Line
8.5%
9.6%
11.3%
All People Below Poverty Line
11%
13.6%
15.4%

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The above table and chart show that East Providence has an average lower household income and family income compared to the state of Rhode Island and the United States. The per capita income is also lower in East Providence compared to the state and the country. However, the percentage of all families below the poverty level is slightly lower in East Providence than Rhode Island and even lower compared to the United States. Additionally, the percentage of all people below the poverty level in East Providence is lower than both Rhode Island the United States.

The information regarding the racial demographics of East Providence is below:

Race/Ethnicity

East Providence
Rhode Island
United States
White/Caucasian
84%
81.4%
74%
Black/African Americans
5.8%
6.3%
12.6%
Asian
1.5%
3.1%
4.9%
Hispanic or Latino
4.1%
12.9%
16.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
0.4%
0.8%
Primary Language At Home – Not English
10.2%
20%
18%
Male/Females
Males: 21,748

Females: 25,351
Males: 508,400

Females: 544,167
Males: 8,926,000

Females: 8,993,000

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The above table and chart show that East Providence has a higher percentage of Caucasians compared to Rhode Island and the United States. The percentage of African Americans residing in East Providence is less than the percentage living in Rhode Island and significantly less than the percentage living in the United States. Also, the percentage of Asians living in East Providence is less than the percentage living in both Rhode Island and the United States. Additionally, the percentage of Hispanics or Latinos living in East Providence is significantly lower than the state and the country.

The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in East Providence is slightly higher than the percentage in Rhode Island, but lower than the percentage living in the United States. Additional information regarding the demographics in East Providence includes the primary language at home that is not English and the number of males and females. The percentage of homes that speak a primary language other than English is less than both the state and the country. In East Providence, the number of females is greater than the number of males and this is consistent with Rhode Island and the United States as well.

Information regarding the child population, children in single-parent families, median family income from 2009-2013, and the children living in families below the poverty threshold from 2009-2013 in both East Providence and Rhode Island is below:

Census-Based Indicators

East Providence
Rhode Island
Child Population
9,177
223,956
Children In Single-Parent Families
2,813
68,138
Median Family Income (2009-2013)
$55,127
$67,904
Children Living In Families Below The Federal Poverty Threshold (2009-2013)
1,592 or 16.7%
42,247 or 19.5%

The above table shows that the majority of children do not live in single-parent families because the child population is significantly higher than the number of children living in single-parent families. The median family income (2009-2013) is lower than the state median family income. Alternatively, the percentage of children living in families below the federal poverty threshold (2009-2013) in East Providence is less than the percentage of children living in families below the federal poverty threshold during the same years in Rhode Island.

The table below regarding economic well-being of children involves families receiving cash assistance, the number of students participating in the school breakfast program, and the number of homeless children in both the community of East Providence and the state of Rhode Island:

Economic Well-Being

East Providence
Rhode Island
Children in Families Receiving Cash Assistance
183 or 2%
9,077 or 4%
School Breakfast Program Participation (enrolled October 2014)
5,280 or 9%
141,959 or 22%
Homeless Children
18
1,023

This table shows that the percentage of children in families receiving cash assistance in East Providence is less than the percentage of children in families receiving cash assistance in Rhode Island. Additionally, the percentage of children that were enrolled in October 2014 for the School Breakfast Program is less than the percentage of children enrolled at the state level. In East Providence, there are only 18 children classified as homeless, which is a relatively small number compared to the 1,023 children that are classified as homeless in Rhode Island.

The following information in the table below describes the health of the East Providence community and the state of Rhode Island including medical assistance, births, delayed prenatal care, etc.:

Health

East Providence
Rhode Island
Children Under Age 19 Receiving Medical Assistance
3,850
104,532
Births to Mothers With Less Than A High School Diploma: 2005-2013
25
1,221
Number of Births To Girls Ages 15-17
38
1,286
Delayed Prenatal Care
240
7,047

The above table shows that there are almost 4,000 children under the age of 19 receiving medical assistance in East Providence which is a small percentage compared to the 104,532 children in Rhode Island receiving the same assistance. In East Providence in 2005-2013, the number of births to mothers with less than a high school diploma was 25 and in Rhode Island, the number was 1,221. The number of births to girls ages 15-17 in East Providence was 38 and in Rhode Island was 1,286. Additionally, the number of mothers that received delayed prenatal care in East Providence was 240 and in Rhode Island, that number was 7,047.


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The information regarding safety in the community of East Providence and the state of Rhode Island are listed in the table below:

Safety

East Providence
Rhode Island
Child Abuse And Neglect Rate Per 1,000 Children (Victims Per 1,000 Children)
12.1
14.5
% of Students In A Physical Fight At School In The Past Year (2013)
8%
9%
  1. Of Incidents W/Children Present During Domestic Violence Incidents Resulting In Arrests
96
2,018
  1. Of Children W/Incarcerated Parents
54
2,638
Total # Of Youth At The RITS (Rhode Island Training School – Juvenile Correctional Services Program)
20
482

The table above shows that the number of child abuse and neglect victims per 1,000 children in East Providence is less than the number of child abuse and neglect victims per 1,000 children in the state of Rhode Island but only slightly. The percentage of students in a physical fight at school in the past year (2013) in East Providence was 8% and the percentage of students in a physical fight at school during that same time period in Rhode Island was 9%; only 1% higher than East Providence. East Providence had a somewhat high number of incidents with children present during domestic violence incidents resulting in arrests compared to the state of Rhode Island. Additionally, the number of children with incarcerated parents in East Providence is 54 and that same number in Rhode Island is 2,638. In East Providence, the total number of youth at the RITS is 20 and in Rhode Island overall, that number is 482.

The information regarding the education of children, including programs, graduation rates, dropout rates, etc. in East Providence and Rhode Island is below:

Education

East Providence
Rhode Island
Children Enrolled In Early Head Start
28
527
Children Enrolled In Head Start
108
2,295
Children Enrolled In State Pre-K
0
306
Public School Enrollment (Total)
5,702
143,928
Public School Enrollment (% Low Income)
41%
43%
Students Who Are English Language Learners
4%
5%
Chronic Early Absence in Grades K-3
N/A
13%
Chronic Absence In High School
9%
25%
Suspension Rate
11
30
High School Graduation Rate
72%
76%
Dropout Rate
8%
8%
% Of 12th Graders Taking the SATs (2014)
45%
58%
High School Attendance Rate
93%
92%
% Of 11th Grade Students Who Scored At Or Above Proficiency (2013)
30%
36%

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The above table shows that the public school enrollment (% low income) is slightly less in East Providence compared to the state of Rhode Island. Additionally, the percentage of students who are English Language Learners in East Providence is very slightly less than the percentage of students who are English Language Learners in Rhode Island. The percentage of chronic absence in high school in East Providence is less than the percentage in Rhode Island. The suspension rate for East Providence is 11 students a year, whereas in Rhode Island, the number is 30 students a year.

The high school graduation rate in East Providence is is slightly lower than the state average and the dropout rate for both East Providence and Rhode Island is equal at 8%. The percentage of 12th graders taking the SATs (2014) was less than the percentage at the state level. Additionally, the percentage of 11th graders who scored at or above proficiency (2013) in East Providence was less than the percentage of students in Rhode Island. The high school attendance rate in East Providence is just slightly higher than the high school attendance rate in Rhode Island overall; with 93% in East Providence and 92% in Rhode Island.

Community Background


Now looking at East Providence High School’s district, we’ll examine NECAP scores and suspension rate. We will compare the findings with the findings from the Barrington and Central Fall school districts along with the entire state of Rhode Island.

NECAP Assessments
Rhode Island
East Providence High School
Barrington High School
Central Falls High School
11th Grade Math
35%
31%
79%
12%
11th Grade Reading
81%
82%
98%
53%
11th Grade Writing
66%
65%
82%
55%
11th Grade science
30%
45%
68%
15%

As shown on this table, East Providence High School, is right where it should be in comparison to the entire state of Rhode Island concerning their NECAP scores. Their eleventh graders averaged a 31% on math, which is similar to the overall score of the state of Rhode Island which is a 35%. On the reading section, East Providence High School scored an 82% which is one percent higher than the state average. On the writing sections, East Providence High School stayed consistent scoring a 65%, which is within one percent of the statewide average. And the eleventh graders even scored 15% above the rest of the state of Rhode Island in science, averaging a 45%.


State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Number of Incidents
15867
21.5 per 100
56
126

The chart above shows that East Providence High School does not have a history of a high suspension rate. Compared to Central Falls High School, which has 126 suspensions per year and Barrington High School which has 6 suspensions per year, East Providence is on the lower side, only having about 22 suspensions per year.


School Analysis


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Overall, we want to show you how East Providence High School compares to other schools
in the state. This includes, SAT scores, AP examination scores, attendance records, graduation rate,
and Student to teacher Ratio. We work hard, to give your children the best possible education and it is
reflected in our scores. We have a variety of different students and thats what makes our school stand
out and shine!

SAT Exams



State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Mathematics

Average
484
463
588
425
Reading Average
483
465
578
394
Writing Average
471
449
566
404

AP Exams



State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Number of Exams Taken
7237
183
544
134
Number of Students to Take Exams
4390
140
294
94
Exams Scored at College Level Mastery
4143
72
492
20
% Scored at College-Level Mastery
57%
39%
90%
15%

Attendance Records


State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Attendance rate High School
92%
93%
95%
88%
Absenteeism High Schools
24%
19%
7%
40%

Graduation Rate


State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Percent graduated within 4 Years
80.7%
79%
94%
72%
Percent dropped out
8.0%
8.7%
1.1%
12.6%

Student to Teacher Ratio

Qualifications and Teacher-student Ratio
State
East Prov. HS
Barrington HS
Central Falls HS
Teachers with Emergency Certification
1
2
0
4%
Teacher-Student Ratio (Classroom Teachers)
1:4
1:13
1:13
2%

Conclusion:

As you can see from that data above, East Providence High School is an average Rhode Island high school. They compare almost identically to the entire state of Rhode Island, from ethnicity of their students, to attendance rates, to test scores. There a few times when East Providence High School even scores slightly better than the rest of the state. Although, East Providence High School does not come close to beating Barrington High School in any aspect, they are by no means a bad school. They strengths are science and reading. And with a little improvement in math, East Providence High School is on its way to being an excellent school.

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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