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Francis Walsh Intermediate School

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3 stars

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Posted August 18, 2014

My 11 year old daughter goes to this school and last year she had many bullying issues. She went to her guidance conseler and this fixed her problem. I am very pleased because the year before that she was still in elementary school and the same problem occurred. No teacher helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

As a former student, i still resent having attended this school. Rampant bullying, favoritism, and a vice principal that did nothing about it. Special ed program very very lacking. The school was not safe, and should be condemned. No security!! Not what you would expect out of a small town school.


Posted March 31, 2013

I use to go to this school a very very long time ago. I still miss all the different people that had teach me so many different kinds of things here for sure. I also miss this school very much and that comes from my heart.


Posted October 29, 2009

Great school with wonderful teachers. My son loves going to school each day. The children all get along, no bullies!!! Wonderful A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Walsh is awesome and so are the teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

Walsh is a terrific school with wonderful teachers and a great staff. Dispite the issues with the building they have managed to creates a workable learning invironment. Peer issues are rare as the teachers and staff take all social and peer related issues seriously. My children love being at Walsh!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

it is a nice school with awsome teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

low social, academic, and behavioral expectations; many behavior problems; no program for high-ability students
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 16, 2007

Very little of what we know about how young adolescents learn best is reflected in the programs and structure of this school. The learning and social environment is chaotic; there are few opportunities for exploratory, interdisciplinary learning; although there are some high quality teachers, there is insufficient challenge for high-ability students. Parents who are able to consider other educational options for their middle schoolers should do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I love my school and I think it's perfect the way it is
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2005

this school does not offer any programs to gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

As a parent of two students one of whom is in eigth grade and one is in tenth I have found the overall experience of this school to be far below the elementary and high school experiences. There is a standard of mediocrity at Walsh which is accepted and expected. As an employee in a local school system we are viewed as substandard. Parental involvement is encouraged only as a politically correct position but in practice is deterred.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

The open classroom environment makes it difficult for the children to concentrate with all the noise and distraction around them. My child has difficulties focusing on the teacher and the task at hand. Several teachers use in class microphone systems to be heard above the background noise. Classes are too large for the space provided. The kids are packed in like sardines. Extra curricular activities are very good. Excellent arts program. Industrial arts area is well equipped, but safety does concern me. Over all, the staff does well with what they have to work with. It is a beautiful school and well maintained, but the open classroom set up does not work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

The teachers are very concerned about the students in their classes. While the open classroom setting is distractive, the students have created noise barriers with file cabinets and bookshelves. Some classes do have full walls as well. The opportunities for the students are great. The variety of classes offered in arts and language, along with afterschool athletics and clubs, allow the students to grow socially as well as academically. The fact that nearly all subjects (gym, music, etc) are graded is a tough transition for fifth graders. It would be better to grade only major subjects in fifth grade. The school did eliminate honor roll for fifth so that does help with the pressure. Overall a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

The biggest problem with this school is the noise level. It is an open classroom school and there is a constant rumble. Students can hear what's going on in the classrooms around them, making it difficult for some to focus on their own class. For some students this makes it difficult to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

very hectic with teachers seemingly disinterested and absent often.......open class/mall setting is very distracting. There is ABSOlutely NO security with the exception of students not allowed to bring napsacks to carry books, which would make things more organized and easier for kids.......Security should concentrate on anyone walking in school at anytime with anything including lunacy and weapons!!!.........Really disappointed in lack of communication with teachers and parents..Teachers don't seem to even want to help students, just get by the year and cram all the homework and work they can possibly cram each day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

This is a well built school. I can say that for the most part teachers are helpful, creative, and willing to go the extra mile for the student. The facilities are well-maintained, which include a pool, a large library of most appropriate genres, and an abundance of personal locker space. This is a most wonderful place for your child to learn and grow in.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 86% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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 85% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
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 86% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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%
Female93%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Reading

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students92%
Female98%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Writing

All Students89%
Female97%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 Students87%
Female91%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian American95%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian American90%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students79%
Female81%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian American90%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Writing

All Students85%
Female92%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian American90%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 88% 61%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black 2% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 21%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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