Mission Statement

The mission of R.C. LaPerche Elementary School, as an inclusive learning community devoted to high standards and best teaching practices for all students, is to inspire life-long learning and to develop responsible, self-confident children capable of effective communication and problem solving, through a collaboration of parents, teachers, students, and the community, which fosters a safe, respectful environment, recognizing diversity and individuality.

PARCC Testing Schedule

This year, LaPerche students will only take the PARCC state assessment once, at the end of April or beginning of May. At LaPerche our goal is to create a stress free environment during state assessments and anytime our students take a test. The students are well prepared for the assessments not because we teach to the test but because we teach the standards and base our curriculum on those standards. The PARCC test was created to test students knowledge of standards.

 Third, fourth and fifth graders will each have 4 sessions of ELA and 3 sessions of math. LaPerche students will take one ELA session in the morning and one Math session in the afternoon. After 3 1/2 days of testing, the grade level will be finished!

 Please do your best not to schedule any doctor or dentist appointments or vacations during testing to avoid the need for make ups. Student taking make ups will be missing institutional time in the classroom. If you have any questions about the testing schedule, please feel free to email or call Mrs. Dorsey at jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org or 231-6652.

 Third and Fourth Grade--Tuesday, April 26-Friday, April 29

Fifth Grade--Tuesday, May 3-Friday, May 6



Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Smithfield Public School system. Our school is dedicated to Raymond C. LaPerche, a former teacher, principal and superintendent in the Smithfield Public Schools for 41 years. LaPerche first opened its doors in 1968 and presently serves students in kindergarten to grade five.