William E. Tolman High School

Tel: (401)729-6400
Grades: 9-12

1,158 students

William E. Tolman High School serves 1,158 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the RI average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 36%.
William E. Tolman High School operates within the Pawtucket School District.
The school district's 60% graduation rate is lower than the RI state average of 82%.

Overview

The student population of 1158 students has declined by 9% over five years.
The teacher population of 89 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,158 students
William E. Tolman High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 49% Male / 51%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 89 teachers
William E. Tolman High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade William E. Tolman High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (RI) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 12:1
William E. Tolman High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
1%
3%
William E. Tolman High School Asian (1988-2012)
Hispanic
33%
22%
William E. Tolman High School Hispanic (1988-2012)
Black
16%
8%
William E. Tolman High School Black (1988-2012)
White
42%
64%
William E. Tolman High School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups William E. Tolman High School Sch Ethnicity William E. Tolman High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.69 0.54
William E. Tolman High School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
52%
38%
William E. Tolman High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
8%
6%
William E. Tolman High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 8,894 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 60% has decreased from 93% over five years.
School District Name Pawtucket School District
Number of Schools
Managed
16
4
Number of Students Managed 8,894 1,548
Pawtucket School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2012)
Graduation Rate 60% 82%
Pawtucket School District Graduation Rate (1996-2009)
District Total Revenue $116 MM $37 MM
Pawtucket School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $120 MM $34 MM
Pawtucket School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $13,250 $17,432
Pawtucket School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $13,714 $16,408
Pawtucket School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, RI Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Jacqueline M. Walsh School (0.6 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Joseph Jenks Junior High School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Agnes E. Little School (0.5 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Pawtucket Agnes E. Little School
    60 South Bend St
    Pawtucket , RI , 02860
    (401)729-6256
    0.5  mi  |  448  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Pawtucket Henry J. Winters School
    481 Broadway
    Pawtucket , RI , 02860
    (401)729-6272
    0.6  mi  |  426  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Pawtucket Joseph Jenks Junior High School
    350 Division St
    Pawtucket , RI , 02860
    (401)729-6520
    0.6  mi  |  314  students  |  Gr.  7-8
  • Pawtucket Jacqueline M. Walsh School
    350 Divison St
    Pawtucket , RI , 02860
    (401)721-2148
    0.6  mi  |  137  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Central Falls Central Falls Senior High School
    24 Summer St
    Central Falls , RI , 02863
    (401)727-7710
    0.7  mi  |  813  students  |  Gr.  9-12

School Reviews

  • Recommended June 06, 2011 - As a former student of this school I definitely would not recommend this school. But my review is not limited to just Tolman High. I would not recommend the majority of the public schools in Pawtucket. As a student there, I was constantly being talked into dropping out and getting my GED. Rather than actually dealing with any of the students' problems they try to get rid of you. I would never in a million years (even if you paid me a million dollars) put my child into this school system....Move elsewhere and save your children. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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