Learning Empowers All People
East Kingston Elementary School (EKES), located in East Kingston NH, is a kindergarten through grade five public school that presently enrolls about 150 students. EKES was built on its present site in 1971 and was originally just 4 classrooms. Over the years, 2 major additions have been added to the original building. To date, the facilities consist of 12 classrooms, a multipurpose room, library, computer lab, and extensive grounds and ball fields. The faculty is made up of 13 full-time and 3 part-time professional staff members. There are paraprofessionals filling a variety of roles from special education aide, Title 1 tutor/Reading Recovery, math tutor, to library aide. EKES is the only school in the East Kingston School District. East Kingston Students in grades 6 - 12 attend the SAU 16 Cooperative School District.
EKES has a reputation as an effective and caring community of learners in the town and across the region. The students are genuinely friendly, eager to learn and very supportive of one another. The staff is highly professional and determined to provide the best for each student. Parent volunteers can be found throughout the building on any given day and are tireless in their efforts to support students and learning.
EKES is committed to providing its students with a high quality education in a safe and caring environment. The school is proud of what its students are able to do and the type of community minded people they become. Of course, the EKES staff must continually challenge itself to learn and grow if it is to help students meet the demands of an ever-changing world.
Our school's commitment to continual growth and improvement requires us to collect and analyze ongoing data in order to understand:
- the current and future needs of the school, students, parents, teachers and community
- how well the current processes meet the needs of these stakeholders
- the ways in which the school and community are changing
- root causes of issues and problems
- the types of education programs and expertise required for future success
School personnel who utilize and analyze information about the school community make better decisions about what to change and how to institutionalize systemic change. Research shows that when school personnel understand the needs of their students and community, they are more successful in implementing changes and remain more focused during implementation. Information and analysis works hand in glove with a comprehensive school improvement process, and is a critical element in planning for and determining the effectiveness of change.
Types of information and analyses that assist with planning for and sustaining systemic school improvement include demographics, assessment of current and desired practices, perceptions of the learning environment, student achievement data, and problem analysis.