PROFILE OF RAYMOND C. LAPERCHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLRaymond C. LaPerche Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Smithfield Public School system. The 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.
Of the 225 students who attend this school, 93% are white, 1% are Hispanic, 4% are Asian and 2% are African American. Fourteen percent of LaPerche students receive special education services, including speech and language including students in our new intensive special education program. There are no students who are limited English proficient, and eight percent qualify for free or reduced price lunch. The professional staff of Raymond C. LaPerche School consists of one administrator, 11 classroom teachers, four special educators, a reading specialist, an enrichment teacher and a speech and language specialist. The itinerant teachers include three physical education teachers, one art teacher, one music teacher and a librarian. In addition, one social worker, one school psychologist and one occupational therapist and a physical therapist serve the school.
Several new school-wide programs and initiatives are underway. School based professional development presently is focusing on technology and the Common Core Standards. This year the district initiative is Understanding by Design and implementing our new Numeracy program, Math Connects. Professional development generally includes in-school workshops and site visits. Job-embedded professional development opportunities exist to support teachers in the implementation of initiatives.
Students participate in a variety of school programs. The school-wide enrichment program supports activities such as the L.I.S.T. Science Fair, the 100 Day Museum, geography and spelling bees, Reading Week and spirit days. The school celebrates character education initiatives at monthly town meetings conducted by participants of the Grade 5 student council. Beginning in grade, 3 students participate in TalkWorks, an anti-bullying program. The PTA sponsors fund raisers, cultural events and field trips, as well as supports LaPerche School in many ways, including funding for the library, science, guided reading and extra classroom supplies and equipment.
Raymond C. LaPerche is a Regents Commended School and is categorized as high performing.