220 Casho Mill Road
Newark, DE 19711
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
8/
10
Top 30%
Downes (John R.) Elementary School serves 413 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
Downes (John R.) Elementary School placed in the top 30% of all schools in Delaware for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 66% (which is higher than the Delaware state average of 42%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 58% (which is higher than the Delaware state average of 53%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Delaware state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is lower than the Delaware state average of 58% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 413 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 30% in DE
  • Math Proficiency
    : 66% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 58% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Downes (John R.) Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Delaware for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Downes (John R.) Elementary School's student population of 413 students has declined by 14% over five school years.
The teacher population of 33 teachers has grown by 10% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
Total Students
413 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
33 teachers
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School Rankings

Downes (John R.) Elementary School is ranked within the top 30% of all 204 schools in Delaware (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Downes (John R.) Elementary School is 0.71, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
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State Level (DE)
Overall Testing Rank
#41 out of 204 schools
(Top 30%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
66%
42%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
58%
53%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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American Indian
1%
1%
Asian
12%
4%
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Hispanic
13%
18%
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Black
18%
30%
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White
47%
42%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
9%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.71
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
30%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (12-13)
3%
5%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Downes (John R.) Elementary School's ranking?

Downes (John R.) Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Delaware for: Highest math proficiency (Top 10%).

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

66% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 42% DE state average), while 58% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 53% DE state average).

How many students attend Downes (John R.) Elementary School?

413 students attend Downes (John R.) Elementary School.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

47% of Downes (John R.) Elementary School students are White, 18% of students are Black, 13% of students are Hispanic, 12% of students are Asian, 9% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Downes (John R.) Elementary School?

Downes (John R.) Elementary School has a student ration of 13:1, which is lower than the Delaware state average of 14:1.

What grades does Downes (John R.) Elementary School offer ?

Downes (John R.) Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Kindergarten-5

What school district is Downes (John R.) Elementary School part of?

Downes (John R.) Elementary School is part of Christina School District.

School Calendar

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Date
PK-12 Schools Closed - Grading Day/Paraprofessionals Professional Development (Offices Open)
January 27, 2023 (Friday)
PK-12 Schools Closed - Professional Development (Offices Open)
January 30, 2023 (Monday)
PK-12 Schools Closed - Parent Conferences (Offices Open)
February 13, 2023 (Monday)
PK-12 Schools Closed - Professional Development (Offices Open)
March 10, 2023 (Friday)
PK-12 Schools Closed - Grading Day/Paraprofessionals Off (Offices Open)
March 31, 2023 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 413 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 30%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 66% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 58% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

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