Cunningham School

Summary:

Cunningham School is an elementary school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, serving 383 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low test scores, high rates of economic disadvantage, and a low ranking compared to other schools in the state.

Cunningham School has a diverse student population, with a higher percentage of African American (37.6%) and Hispanic (35.51%) students compared to the state average. However, the school's academic performance lags behind nearby schools in the Pawtucket School District, such as Nathanael Greene School and Francis J. Varieur School, which have higher test scores and better school rankings. The racial makeup of Cunningham School's student population is also significantly different from the nearby Saylesville Elementary School in Lincoln, which has a much higher percentage of white students (70.65%) and better academic performance.

Despite spending more per student ($15,489 in 2020-2021) compared to the state average, Cunningham School's academic outcomes have not improved, suggesting a need to examine how resources are being utilized. The school's relatively low student-teacher ratio (13:1 in 2022-2023) could be an asset in providing more individualized attention to students, but this has not yet resulted in better academic performance. Overall, Cunningham School faces significant challenges in supporting student learning and closing achievement gaps, and further examination of instructional practices and resource allocation may be necessary to address these issues.


Detail:

Public K-5

 40 Baldwin Street
       Pawtucket, RI  02860


(401) 729-6262

District: Pawtucket

SchoolDigger Rank:
148th of 167 Rhode Island Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,489 Help


Students who attend Cunningham School usually attend:

Middle:    Joseph Jenks Middle School
High:    William E. Tolman High

Student/teacher ratio:  13.0 Help
Number of students:  383

Racial breakdown:

African American:
37.6%
Hispanic:
35.5%
White:
19.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.3% Help


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Compare Details Cunningham School ranks worse than 88.6% of elementary schools in Rhode Island. It also ranks 9th among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Pawtucket School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 14.67. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Cunningham School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (37.6%), Hispanic (35.5%), White (19.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cunningham School is 13, which is the 5th best among 10 elementary schools in the Pawtucket School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cunningham School is $15,489, which is the 3rd highest among 10 elementary schools in the Pawtucket School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Cunningham School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Pawtucket:

SchoolDigger ranks Pawtucket 45th of 59 Rhode Island school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cunningham School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 10.86 144th 169 14.8%
2010 12.43 144th 169 14.8%
2011 19.79 142nd 165 13.9%
2012 17.02 144th 165 12.7%
2013 30.52 129th 165 21.8%
2014 17.32 136th 159 14.5%
2015 17.94 145th 169 14.2%
2016 17.43 147th 170 13.5%
2017 20.83 138th 168 17.9%
2018 20.01 142nd 169 16.0%
2019 18.88 139th 169 17.8%
2021 9.26 162nd 166 2.4%
2022 9.26 161st 166 3.0%
2023 14.67 148th 167 11.4%
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Data source: test scores: Rhode Island Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Cunningham School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 392 27 3 98 1 n/a n/a 0 521
1989 399 26 4 101 1 n/a n/a 0 531
1990 390 50 3 117 n/a n/a n/a 0 560
1991 403 61 5 139 0 n/a n/a 0 608
1992 446 67 3 127 0 n/a n/a 0 643
1993 395 73 2 137 0 n/a n/a 0 607
1994 393 95 4 168 2 n/a n/a 0 662
1995 218 162 2 192 2 n/a n/a 0 576
1996 218 162 2 192 2 n/a n/a 0 576
1997 182 183 3 209 4 n/a n/a 0 581
1998 164 192 3 191 7 n/a n/a 0 557
1999 151 191 2 199 7 n/a n/a 0 550
2000 146 198 1 196 4 n/a n/a 0 545
2001 133 181 1 233 4 n/a n/a 0 552
2002 114 199 5 227 3 n/a n/a 0 548
2003 114 199 5 227 3 n/a n/a 0 548
2004 124 199 4 228 4 n/a n/a 0 559
2005 95 215 2 220 1 n/a n/a 0 533
2006 90 185 12 179 7 n/a n/a 0 473
2007 80 193 10 195 9 n/a n/a 0 487
2008 71 200 7 207 7 n/a n/a 0 492
2009 70 210 10 176 7 n/a n/a 0 473
2010 82 218 8 178 11 n/a n/a 0 497
2011 63 183 8 219 3 2 48 0 526
2012 67 208 5 217 2 2 51 0 552
2013 73 206 1 211 8 5 51 0 555
2014 81 203 4 198 7 5 55 0 553
2015 87 195 3 173 6 5 63 0 532
2016 87 187 3 204 6 2 47 0 536
2017 119 170 6 174 7 2 47 0 525
2018 138 158 5 141 3 2 44 0 491
2019 157 167 5 102 5 1 31 0 468
2020 131 169 3 111 4 1 29 0 448
2021 106 131 1 124 2 2 22 0 388
2022 97 150 1 130 2 2 22 0 404
2023 75 144 1 136 3 2 22 0 383

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Cunningham School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 521 n/a n/a 58.2
1989 531 n/a n/a 65.9
1990 560 n/a n/a 60.7
1991 608 36.2 16.7 51.2
1992 643 38.0 16.9 59.1
1993 607 38.0 16.0 62.6
1994 662 41.0 16.1 56.8
1995 576 35.0 16.5 69.6
1996 576 35.0 16.5 69.6
1997 581 32.0 18.2 75.6
1998 557 33.5 16.6 82.8
1999 550 32.0 17.2 78.5
2000 545 33.0 16.5 78.5
2001 552 38.2 14.5 81
2002 548 n/a n/a 85.8
2003 548 n/a n/a 85.8
2004 559 29.0 19.3 91.1
2005 533 43.0 12.4 90.8
2006 473 46.0 10.3 87.9
2007 487 31.0 15.7 88.1
2008 492 35.0 14.1 89.2
2009 473 33.0 11.5 90.7
2010 497 32.0 15.5 93.2
2011 526 34.0 15.4 94.9
2012 552 36.0 15.3 88.8
2013 555 43.0 12.9 85.2
2014 553 39.0 14.1 88.6
2015 532 34.0 15.6 88.7
2016 536 35.0 15.3 91.8
2017 525 34.5 15.2 86.9
2018 491 35.5 13.8 59.7
2019 468 34.8 13.4 86.5
2020 448 33.8 13.2 76.8
2021 388 32.6 11.9 77.8
2022 404 32.6 12.3 78.5
2023 383 29.4 13.0 66.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Cunningham School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 521 n/a n/a 58.2
1989 531 n/a n/a 65.9
1990 560 n/a n/a 60.7
1991 608 36.2 16.7 51.2
1992 643 38.0 16.9 59.1
1993 607 38.0 16.0 62.6
1994 662 41.0 16.1 56.8
1995 576 35.0 16.5 69.6
1996 576 35.0 16.5 69.6
1997 581 32.0 18.2 75.6
1998 557 33.5 16.6 82.8
1999 550 32.0 17.2 78.5
2000 545 33.0 16.5 78.5
2001 552 38.2 14.5 81
2002 548 n/a n/a 85.8
2003 548 n/a n/a 85.8
2004 559 29.0 19.3 91.1
2005 533 43.0 12.4 90.8
2006 473 46.0 10.3 87.9
2007 487 31.0 15.7 88.1
2008 492 35.0 14.1 89.2
2009 473 33.0 11.5 90.7
2010 497 32.0 15.5 93.2
2011 526 34.0 15.4 94.9
2012 552 36.0 15.3 88.8
2013 555 43.0 12.9 85.2
2014 553 39.0 14.1 88.6
2015 532 34.0 15.6 88.7
2016 536 35.0 15.3 91.8
2017 525 34.5 15.2 86.9
2018 491 35.5 13.8 59.7
2019 468 34.8 13.4 86.5
2020 448 33.8 13.2 76.8
2021 388 32.6 11.9 77.8
2022 404 32.6 12.3 78.5
2023 383 29.4 13.0 66.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Cunningham School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $794 (6.6%) $11,229 (93.4%) $12,023
2019 $1,200 (8.9%) $12,328 (91.1%) $13,528
2020 $1,719 (12.2%) $12,326 (87.8%) $14,046
2021 $2,466 (15.9%) $13,022 (84.1%) $15,489

Data source: Rhode Island Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Cunningham School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 139th of 169 Elementary schoolsRanks 148th of 167 Elementary schools
 6.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Cunningham School)16.911.5
 5.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pawtucket)36.726.3
 10.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)47.936.5
 11.4%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Cunningham School)14.919.7
 4.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Pawtucket)28.725.2
 3.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)36.134.5
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Cunningham School)16.910.8
 6.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pawtucket)24.619.8
 4.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)37.233.3
 3.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Cunningham School)35.925.6
 10.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Pawtucket)2428.5
 4.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)32.636
 3.4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Cunningham School)21.65.1
 16.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pawtucket)24.821
 3.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)39.135.1
 4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Cunningham School)20.715.5
 5.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Pawtucket)21.122.6
 1.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)30.130
 0.1%
All Grades English Language Arts (Cunningham School)18.57.1
 11.4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pawtucket)24.317.2
 7.1%
All Grades Mathematics (Cunningham School)23.320.8
 2.5%
   All Grades Mathematics (Pawtucket)17.816.9
 0.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students468383
 18.2%
African American167144
 13.8%
American Indian53
 40%
Asian51
 80%
Hispanic102136
 33.3%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White15775
 52.2%
Two or More Races3122
 29%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.5%66.3%
 20.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cunningham School

Students at Cunningham School are 38% African American, 36% Hispanic, 20% White, 6% Two or more races.

Students who attend Cunningham School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Joseph Jenks Middle School
High : William E. Tolman High

Cunningham School ranks in the bottom 11.4% of Rhode Island elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 383 students attended Cunningham School.


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