Richardson Park Elementary School
 Date updated - Spring 2018
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District: Red Clay Consolidated School District Telephone: (302) 992-5570
Address: 16 Idella Avenue, Wilmington DE 19804 Web: Richardson Park Elementary School Page
Principal: Alice Sylvester
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2016-172017-18
Kindergarten10598
Grade 110295
Grade 29793
Grade 310896
Grade 410899
Grade 599108
Total619589


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School Promotion by Grade

2016-17
Kindergarten90.5%
Grade 197.1%
Grade 297.9%
Grade 397.2%
Grade 499.1%
Grade 5100.0%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2016-172017-18
African American23.3%22.8%
American Indian 0.2%
Asian0.5%0.5%
Hawaiian0.2% 
Hispanic/Latino54.6%55.7%
White19.9%19.2%
Multi-Racial1.6%1.7%


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Other Student Characteristics

2017-18
English Language Learner45.8%
Low Income62.1%
Special Education15.4%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2017-18)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$13,707

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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)




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Exemplary Programs
Parent Involvement: Richardson Park Elementary School's staff works diligently to create an environment where students and their families experience respect and dignity. At this community-oriented school, parents/guardians are encouraged to be involved in their children's learning through ongoing communication with the staff and frequent visits to the facility. An active PTA Executive Board promotes family involvement by sponsoring a variety of activities throughout the year; this body also serves as key fundraisers for the school's many behavioral/academic initiatives.

Park's academic programs are ground in effective, research-based school approaches. The results of state and local tests provide important data which is used to inform instruction and improve student achievement. Teachers stay current in their classroom practices through personally initiated study and focused staff development, both of which enhance student achievement.

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Curriculum Highlights
Reading Success from the Start/Soar to Success/Reading Assist:

The Reading Success from the Start Program is the backbone of Park's intensive literary approach in the primary grades. The program trains classroom teachers in the use of the successful RSS techniques to instruct children in decoding unfamiliar words. Small group and one-on-one intense emerging reading instruction (phonetic and literature foundation) lead to significant reading gains.

The Soar to Success Program is designed for students in the intermediate grades. The program trains classroom teachers in the use of proven strategies (clarify, predict, question, and summarize).

Smithsonian Science

Park has been fortunate to have a large number of teachers trained in and faithfully utilizing the Smithsonian Science approach. Teachers involved in this "hands-on" discovery-based approach to science instruction feel more competent and better prepared for the subject.

Park will be starting a new math series th

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