Providing students the ability to learn in SMALL LEARNING GROUPS is a fundamental program to NESF. Research overwhelmingly supports that when students work together in small groups their learning improves, their problem-solving skills are enhanced, social relationships improve, and they have a more positive attitude towards school. NESF facilitates small group learning time through the Response to Intervention program, also known as RTI. The RTI Program employs FIVE additional full-time credentialed teachers and one full-time Kindergarten aide. These teachers rotate through all grade levels and classrooms working in small groups according to skill and ability level focusing on the key subjects of READING, WRITING, and MATH.

Since introducing the RTI Program to Newport Elementary School, test scores in these subject areas have risen. The proven success of the RTI Program and the small learning group model is the reason why NESF directs a significant amount of funding toward this program.


In a technology based society that is constantly changing, it’s important to provide students with the skills and resources to be creative, think strategically, and innovate. NESF provided funding for a STEAM space (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) known as the COLLABORATORY. Students learn to think creatively in a hands on approach solving problems using iPads, robots, and other tools in the space. Students are encouraged to brainstorm, collaborate, and invent to solve real world problems while using science and math technology.


This includes ART classes for every student, additional LIBRARIAN hours, and at home ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES to support math and language arts beyond the classroom.