Kuumba Academy Charter School is located in Wilmington, DE and is in Charter-82 School District. It is a charter school that serves 253 students in grades K-6.
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Kuumba Academy Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Kuumba Academy Charter School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Delaware average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
As an educator in a nearby public school district, I am always amazed at the focus the teachers and administration maintain on academics at this school when I visit. The population of students come with different levels of ability and social/emotional readiness, so being prepared each day for this challenge can be daunting. This young staff does a great job and hopefully, they will continue to receive the attention of the community.
Kuumba used to be a great school until Dr. Shippen passed away. The school has gone downhill since then.[Content deleted by Education.com]. The teachers, not all of them, talk to the kids very rudely and unprofessional. [Content deleted by Education.com.] The principals that the school was originally built on are wonderful but the staff is horrible! I definitely would not recommend this school.
I think Kuumba Academy Charter School is good academic wise, but there are some behavioral issues. The students sometimes get too loud and distracting. When I was at Kuumba I was a straight A student. I had to switch classes once. But, overall it is good.
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This school was good with grades and learning but the kids were rude and mean to my little cutie and I took her out when she was going to third grade. I love you kuumba but it's the kids!
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I found Kuumba Academy to be a great school when my daughter was first enrolled there in the fourth grade. Her grades were decent and barely any behavioral issues. However, fifth grade was an entirely different story. I would contact her teachers and the administrative staff with questions and concerns and would not receive a response, my daughter would come home and tell me things that were said to her that I deemed as unprofessional by the staff, and the behavior issues in that school were horrific to say the least! We were barely half way through the school year and I was just wishing that I could remove her from that school. I told her things would get better and to stick it out. We finally made it and she graduated the fifth grade. Needless to say, even if Kuumba did not end at fifth grade my daughter would not had been returning to that school. They have some major issues to fix. Unfortunately, I can't see recommending this school unless you don't want your phone calls and emails answered, attitude from the office receptionist when you call to try to speak to someone, and dealing with certain teachers who feel they can say mean hurtful things to your child. Sorry
I think that Kuumba was an excellent school until this year with my son now being in the 4th grade. He did very well and his State testing scores where above the state average. This year is proving to be a bit different. I love Kuumba for children under the age of 9-10 years old.
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By stephanie L. Kennedy, a Parent on
I have heard great things about Kuumba. I have a seven year old son, who I want to attend Kuumba when he gets to the sixth grade. I see a lot of positive things that the school has done and is doing with the children. I am truly impressed with the school and the way that it is being operated. Great job!!! Keep up the excellnet work.
The Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) are annual tests used to measure a student's mastery of the state's grade-level academic standards.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Students are assessed in reading and math grades 2 through 10, in grades 3 through 10 in writing, and in grades 4, 6, 8, and 11 in science and social studies.
How is it Scored?
Students in grades 3-11 are scored at five levels: distinguished, exceeds the standard, meets the standard, below the standard and well below the standard. The goal is for students to score at or above meet or exceed the standard level.
TestRating 4 out of 10
The Education.com TestRating is a number (1-10) calculated by Education.com that provides an overview of a school’s test performance for a given year, by comparing the school’s state standardized test results to those of other schools in the same state. For Delaware, the TestRating is calculated using a school's 2009 Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) Results for all subjects tested.more...