Mary C. Dondero Elementary School
Portsmouth, NH 03801
About This School
In 2011, Mary C. Dondero Elementary School had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Hampshire average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Mary C. Dondero Elementary School Reviews
High Marks to Dondero School
As a mother of two children that have attended Dondero School from K-5th grade, my view of this school is that it is nothing but exemplary. I strongly disagree with a previous review that states the principal is "young and clueless". The principal is dedicated to the school and is quite knowledgeable of her job responsibilities.
I have spent countless hours in many classrooms as a parent volunteer, substitute teacher, and teaching student observer. Each teacher that I had the pleasure of working with has been a professional in the classroom and a dedicated teacher to each student in her class. Again the previous review of the teachers being "incompetent" is way off the mark.
I feel privileged that my sons received their education at Dondero School.
This school is in a nice, quiet location, and has a large field and a nice outdoor play area for the kids. Physically, it's great and about as all-American as you get. However, the staff are incompetent and the test scores highlight this incompetence. We moved into this district thinking it was a great school. What we've witnessed is a school run by a young and clueless principal, and teachers that are equally incompetent. We can't wait to move our child out of this school for next year.
My daughter has gone to this school since the beginning of this school year (2008-2009) and has really excelled in most subjects. The teachers and other staff are very helpful and friendly.