FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following is a number of common questions asked by new parents.

 

How many students attend Rowayton Elementary School?

  • Approximately 450 students attend our school. We currently have four classes each of K-2 grades and three classes each of 3-5 grades. There are also two special education classes.

How many students attend Rowayton Elementary School?

  • Approximately 450 students attend our school. We currently have four classes each of K-2 grades and three classes each of 3-5 grades. There are also two special education classes.

What is the student / teacher ratio at Rowayton School?

  • The ratio varies by grade and year, however, in kindergarten, with a dedicated Teacher’s Assistant in each class, the average ratio is 9:1 students per teacher. The average ratio for the rest of the school is 21:1.

 

What are the school day hours?

  • The first bell rings at 9:05 and our school day is from 9:20-3:25pm.

 

I am a working parent. Is there an option to extend the length of time my child is at school?

  • Yes, for a fee, we have a few options. After the Bell before and after school program is available for your child from 7:00 am to the start of school at 9:05 am and then from the close of school at 3:20 pm to 5:45 pm.

  • There is also an opportunity to add enrichment programs such at Rowayton School Academy in the morning from 8:05-9:05 am.

  • Various programs such Chess Club, Math Enrichment, Grammar Games, Acting Workshops, and language classes are offered at this time.

  • The After the Bell program also offers enrichment in the afternoon including various crafts, gym games, baking, Science Adventures, Zumbatonics, camp games, board games, nature photography, and homework time.

 

Does your school have a strings program?

  • Yes, starting in third grade, all students have an opportunity to learn the viola, violin, bass or cello. This program takes place during school hours. Students will participate in assemblies and concerts arranged by the instrumental instructor.

 

What does your school do for music or theater?

  • Each year, our music teacher Ms. Kemeny produces various grade-specific musicals. The entire school watches these performances during school hours. Acting workshops are also offered at various times during our Rowayton School Academy before school program.

 

How does Rowayton School supplement the curriculum for academically accelerated or highly creative children?

  • Rowayton Elementary School offers both an Artistically Talented and Academically Talented program starting in third grade. Each child is assessed at the end of second grade and those who qualify are invited in the program for the fall. This program allows students to expand their abilities with enhanced learning and additional projects. Both programs take place during school hours.

 

Can my child learn a second language?

  • Yes. As part of our Rowayton School Academy, our morning academic enrichment program, LinguaKids offers a beginner and intermediate Mandarin (all ages), beginner and intermediate Spanish (all ages), and a beginner French for (4th and 5th graders only) for a fee.

  • Rowayton Elementary School is the only school in the Norwalk Public School District to offer an academically enriched morning program.

 

What if my child needs additional academic support?

  • As a part of the Norwalk Public Schools, special education services are available at our school for students with IEPs. In addition, the English Language Arts Support Team provides academic support within every classroom. In special cases, when early intervention is needed, children are pulled out of the classroom to work individually with the English Language Arts Support Team.

 

What other special services are available for my child to use, if needed?

  • Rowayton School has a school psychologist available three days a week as a resource for parents and staff.

  • A Social Worker is also assigned to Rowayton School full time as a resource for the entire school family. The Social Worker works with children, parents and staff on any personal or social problems affecting learning.

  • An Outreach Worker works within the community to foster more parental participation and conducts home visits at the request of the principal.

  • A Speech Pathologist is also available to provide language and speech services for students with IEPs. English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers work with ESL children who speak another language other than English at home.