School Details

John F. Deering Middle School

2 Webster Knight Dr, West Warwick, RI 02893
(401) 822-8445
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 1, 6-8 799 students 10 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

53%
53%
62%
73%
73%
72%
58%
58%
59%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • West Warwick School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
58%
62%
73%
73%
73%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • West Warwick School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
53%
59%
70%
68%
70%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • West Warwick School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
59%
58%
73%
73%
77%
60%
60%
65%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • West Warwick School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John F. Deering Middle School is a public middle school in West Warwick. 799 children attend John F. Deering Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 54% of the 799 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at John F. Deering Middle School is 10:1. Islamic School of Rhode Island is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 80%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Multiracial 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    The curriculum is one grade higher which is good but aside from that This is not a very good school. this school has a rude and untrustworthy principal with many prejudices and many of the staff members are tied in with those qualities the school does not have a very good form of special education and I would not recommend ANYONE working in this public school or attending as a student. this school needs a new run of staff who are determined to give their students an education and are accepting of anyone and everyone who may be attending.

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter goes here and the teachers are horrible all they do is whine about how "they don't have time" to do this or that for students but yet the English teacher let's them listen to an audio book while she plays on her phone. If my daughter does badly on a test she gets a chance to "revise" it every time. More for the teachers's benefit than the students I'm sure. The teachers at this school are lazy and only there for a paycheck. My daughter's handwriting spelling and grammar are terrible due to the fact that it is not a "focus". I asked the teachers to email me weekly about my daughter's classwork and behavior and they said they didn't want to be obligated to do that unless I specifically emailed them first to ask. I grew up with teachers that really cared about their students and wanted to teach children more than the bare minimum and make a difference. The teachers at this school are nothing like that.

  • (1 year ago)

    Horrible school. Mostly due to do lazy administration. Principal vice principal and many (not all) teachers show little interest in the children as far as education and especially problems that can arise. I've had children in this school for the past 10 years it's only gotten worse.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have had several associations with Deering Middle School and I have found it to be extremely parent friendly school. The school administration does not insist on suspension as means to distribute retribution and rather the emphasis is to keep children in school as far as possible. They are highly innovative in using extended detention instead.There are several initiatives in place to ensure safe and congenial atmosphere.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is a new student this year and she absolutly loves Deering Middle School.The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 is because of her math teachers.She has two in one class and from what all the kids say and my daughter all they do is yell at them.I dont think this form of teaching is healthy for a student!Some of the things they have said and done I cant belive they are even teachers.If my daughter comes home with a bad grade(again)because she didnt understand the math problem and is too scared to say anything to the teachers isnt that what they are there for?Im suprised the school allows such teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've attended not only Deering but West Warwick Public Schools my entire life. I find the views below me to be rather negative and personally believe the more a students gets involved the more they will get out of the school experience. I had no problems for the three years I attended Deering Middle School and found myself very prepared for High School. I have now gone onto college and am doing well there too. I'm sure everyone is different but I did enjoy my years attending this school and would recommend it. As for the future I know the school is taking measures to improve and I'm interested to see where the school will be going in future years

  • (6 years ago)

    My child goes to Deering Middle School in West Warwick R.I. and I find the teachers worked very well with me to do what was best for my child. I'm new in the area coming from Cranston I was very concerned about the school system due to what some parents had told me. I was pleasantly surprised how well we worked together and the education my child received. Keep up the good work! I believe parents have to get more involved so they can see how dedicated the principal and teachers truly are.

  • (7 years ago)

    West wariwick schools are of the lowest quality and this is probably due to the inability of the leadership at the top to be productive. With time and the right personel in the right places there is great hope for this district but until then i find it very unappealing and apethetic.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am very disapointed with the over all school system. My children where switched a month after school started from Coventry to West Warwick.The difference in the standards are horrific.I have found very little challenge or encouragement much less enthusiasim for the students or their educatin. My daughter has no books and very little to look forward to each day.She had been in a hands on science program in Coventry but in West warwick there is barely even movment because the teacher is required to teach math as well. Fine in Elementary but for preperation for High school and possiable college it proves to be a down fall for the students success.I don't knock the town just the education our children are recieving.I wish I could afford to move to a better educatinal motivated town!Being a single parent that has been involved it is very disheartening.Watching my child suffer hurts so much.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to this school for sixth grade (2003). It was the worst school experience I have ever had. The teachers are so repetative that kids litterally fall asleep durring class. Children are given pointless homework and projects because teachers teach so little that there is nothing for the kids to do. The environment in the school is horrible. Kids smoke before and after school... on school grounds! There are serious bullying problems that create fear and worry in the student body. I would not recomend this school to anyone.If you are looking for a good public middle school I would highly recommend Archie R. Cole Middle in near by East Greenwich.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended this school for only six months in 8th grade. Needless to say I was horrified when I entered that building and was overcome with the disgusting stench of saw dust due to terrible ventilation. Also I was shocked to see children throwing things like chairs and books at one another while the teacher sat at her desk and cried. This school is pathetic. Administrators need to stop focusing on the high school as the problem because it is without a doubt the middle school's fault for kids doing poorly in high school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I went to John F. Deering during the past three years and they were the best three years so far. The teachers are funny but realistic and get their lessons through to the students with hands on and interesting activities. I remember when I first met my science teacher mrs. drechsler I thought the world was over but even tough teachers have their own bonds to be formed with students. I also wish the teachers didnt have to buy supplies with their own money but other than that I was happy there.

  • (10 years ago)

    I used to go to John F. Deering Middle School and that school was the best years of my school life. The teachers talk to you and not at you most of the teachers are very kind and funny and Ms. Shannon my old principal was very pleasant.I would agree that the school should have more books and supply more classroom supplies like paper so the teachers don't have to buy it with their own money. Overall I think John F. Deering is a great school.

  • (11 years ago)

    We are parents of a Jr.High student.I am very disappointed at the fact many students do not have books for various subjects because the school can not purchace them. And some of the books I have seen were there when I was in school. This is a tragedy! How can they learn of present history when the history books end at Kennedy and M.L. King? Some other classes simply do not have books!

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