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Ralph M. T. Johnson School

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Posted March 24, 2014

This school is way below average in my opinion. I would think twice before sending your child here. The academics are terrible, especially their reading and math curriculum. I want my child to be successful in life, both academically and socially, and neither seems possible at Johnson. I have been debating pulling my child out all year, but my decision has recently become very clear over the past few months-this is no place for anyone's child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

There is close to zero discipline at Johnson. my oldest went to Johnson 3 years ago, and then it was an average school. Since, everything has gone down hill. I believe my daughter is slightly above average academically, but she is unchallenged and learning the same information she learned last year. She put close to zero effort in her studies, yet receives straight A's since the material being taught is so far below her grade level. There are a few children who really struggle and should be getting individual special needs classes, but they are not, and all the teachers attention is given to them, leaving the rest of the class to fend for themselves. I would to recommend this school to anyone. unfortunately, I know from other parents that the middle school is worse and are exploring other options for my child next year. I will not let the bethel public school system ruin my child's chance of being successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

In my opinion, It is very difficult to get your child to qualify for Special Education in the Bethel Public Schools. It took 3 evaluations to FINALLY get my child some help. Once qualified, the school is great about embracing children with special needs. They could do a little better on providing an Individualized education plan for each child instead of trying to cookie cutter the plans. Also, they could do a better job LISTENING to the parents ideas and suggestions at IEP meetings. These are just opinions based on my experiences. Other people may disagree or have better experiences there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

I have had three children go through this school. I have been very happy with the quality of teachers and especially with the quality of Dr. Gombos. She is an excellent, concerned, motivated, and conscientious principal. She has four children of her own, so she doesn't live in the land of theoretical education. The music program is amazing. The vocal concerts put on by Ms. Carpentier are far better than the concerts at the middle school. Ms. Genuario is a committed band and instrument teacher. If one child won't be challenged by group instrument lessons, she manages to find the time to give that child individual lessons. I really can't say enough about the music program at this school. Academically, this school doesn t really have any programs in place for gifted students, but the expectations of the teachers are high. The Winter Blues Classes provide after-school mini-classes in fun things like knitting, cake decorating, or sports. Technology facilities are modern. The school boasts multiple concerts (vocal, band, orchestra), a science fair, Black History Month Night, an Art Walk, Odyssey of the Mind and a large variety of other activities outside of school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Reading

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Writing

All Students90%
Female95%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic93%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic87%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Writing

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 61%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bethel, CT 06801
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