Shields (Richard A.) Elementary School
 Date updated - Fall 2017
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District: Cape Henlopen School District Telephone: (302) 645-7748
Address: 910 Shields Avenue, Lewes DE 19958 Web: Shields (Richard A.) Elementary School Page
Principal: Jennifer Nauman
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2015-162016-17
Kindergarten9687
Grade 1102108
Grade 2117109
Grade 3130133
Grade 4139133
Grade 5123147
Total707717


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School Promotion by Grade

2014-15
Kindergarten98.1%
Grade 1100.0%
Grade 2100.0%
Grade 3100.0%
Grade 4100.0%
Grade 5100.0%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2015-162016-17
African American8.5%8.5%
American Indian0.3%0.4%
Asian3.4%3.1%
Hawaiian0.1% 
Hispanic/Latino10.2%10.5%
White71.0%71.1%
Multi-Racial6.5%6.4%


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Other Student Characteristics

2015-162016-17
English Language Learner3.0%4.1%
Low Income23.7%25.9%
Special Education8.7%9.7%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment6


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2016-17)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$15,481

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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
Shields Elementary is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School where our staff continues to implement exemplary programs that meet students' needs in a variety of areas resulting in a well-rounded learning experience. In addition to outstanding instruction in the core subject areas, efforts are made to address positive reinforcement through PBS (Positive Behavior Supports), academic enrichment, technology in the classroom, and integration of regular and special needs students. HOSTS reading program uses community volunteers to support reading instruction. Parent volunteers are welcomed and are present in the classrooms. Furthermore, our school unites parents and teachers to challenge our students with Odyssey of the Mind. We incorporate the arts through band, music, choir and an annual school musical and art show. Our school motto is: “Having Fun, Dreaming Big, and Always Growing!” We are #ShieldsProud!

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Curriculum Highlights
Shields uses a Balanced Literacy Approach using the American Reading Company for english language arts, Investigations for Math instruction, and the Smithsonian kits for Science instruction. The staff will use Learning Focused Strategies (Thompson, 2008) for lesson planning and implementation. Shields has placed technology in all classes including state of the art computers, IPads, Smart Boards, and document cameras. Integration of curriculum and technology including a coding curriculum is necessary when providing a quality education for our students. Furthermore, a full-time Reading Specialist and Math Specialist provide direct services to students on both ends of the achievement spectrum allowing all students to be successful at Shields Elementary School. A Cape Accelerated Program (CAP) teacher was also added to support our highly-abled learners.

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