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Cumberland School Department is an above average, public school district located in Cumberland, RI. It has 4,675 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
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Cumberland School Department Reviews
The Cumberland School department has undergone a great change as of recently. Safety precautions have been enacted to protect students from outside threats. The curriculum has been altered to help kids succeed, while also making it tougher. The high school has started to use standard-based grading. Instead of seeing if answers on quizzes and tests are right or wrong, the teacher can now award points based on the student’s work shown. Many teachers throughout the district have received the Golden Apple Award as well! Significantly, teachers make sure their students understand the material before assessing, which is a great help for students. Recently, the high school has started offering much more AP classes to the students, now at a total of more than 20 AP courses! The enforcement is great, and the faculty do a great job. Food is great, but custodians could do a better job with bathrooms. Sports are a big part of Cumberland culture, birthing many all-state and all-division awards.
The Cumberland school department provided me with a great education, memories, and friendships that will last me a lifetime. I attended Cumberland public school my entire life and don’t regret anything. I met many great people and made relationships with the faculty and administration that helped me when it came to my future and while attending the school. I also played sports at every level which allowed me to become involved in the town and with other kids who I now call my friends. The faculty at these schools treated their students like adults and with respect. The only issue I had while attending Cumberland was the many changes to the grading curriculum. The standard based grading made it difficult to apply to colleges as they didn’t know what a three or a four meant. It would make it easier if they went back to a grading system similar to one in college. However, Cumberland school department was fantastic and highly recommended to any who does not already attend there.
Overall my experience in the Cumberland public school system was pretty good. They have updated buildings and a high standard of academics. Throughout the years there were many changes to the system such as the standardized tests, as well as a change in principals, which can be tough for students because kids thrive on routine and regularity. Other than that my experience was good. The only complaint I have about Cumberland is the lack of budget for certain activities such as the arts. Each year I went to school there was another art class or after school program taken away, which really upset mme. Additionally, I had some teachers that were more passionate about what they do than others. You could tell who really cared about the students and the teachers who just viewed it as a job. I found the schools to be safe environments and would consider putting my kids through these schools if I had any in the future.