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Francis Walsh Intermediate School

Public | 5-8 | 1040 students

 
 

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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 72% in 2012.

231 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

229 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

268 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

277 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

240 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

250 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

249 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students74%
Female81%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Writing

All Students67%
Female84%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students73%
Female80%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students71%
Female74%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian American85%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian American80%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Writing

All Students60%
Female74%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asian American40%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students78%
Female81%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Science

All Students78%
Female76%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 80% 62%
Asian 8% 4%
Hispanic 8% 19%
Black 3% 13%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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