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Horace W. Porter School

Public | PK-8 | 524 students

 

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Posted June 21, 2014

Was totally unimpressed with this school. The teachers are ok but the curriculum is substandard. My child's feelings were not taken into consideration and it left us feeling like we were not worth the schools time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

I have nothing but positive things to say about this school, the teachers, staff and administrators. Great school in a great community. Glad to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

I went have gone to this school ever since pre-k until now. I love porter just being able to say youve been going to the same school for 10 years and counting is kind of comforting :) Porter is a big family. Just like any family we have little fights but then we only get closer and learn from our mistakes. I'm an athlete and porter sports have been amazing. i'm proud to say i went to porter and competed. You can not describe to big towns or people how great porter is unless youve gone there. Most people when they hear it is a pre-k through 8th grade school they think its bad. No its not... we are just close. We live in this tiny town that people barely know of but we love it. The teachers here are the nicest people ive met. it will be sad to leave them once i graduate. The teachers have only been encouraging to me. I have good grades (As & Bs) and that wouldnt of been possible without the extra help and understanding from the teachers. I wish every child would have had the oppportunity to grow up in such a GREAT enviroment. It was truly such an amazing experience being a porter panther for 10 years. I hope anyone reading this wondering if they should move here, do it!


Posted July 9, 2013

I came to this school from 2nd grade to 6th grade. The classes were not challenging AT ALL. The teachers were extremely nice but didn't really give the students the individualized attention that they needed. The teachers seemed to pick their favorites and there is not question about it. I transferred to a different school on the opposite end of the state because I wasn't challenged at this school. The students at times were very rude and I was bullied for at least half of the time I attended this school and so were my friends. At first, it seemed like teachers were really trying to eliminate bullying and that they were really trying. After a while, it was clear that they were kind of "putting on a show" and didn't really care that it was affecting some of the students. I remember taking a little "questionnaire" about being bullied and in my head I was thinking, "are you kidding me?" I understood that they were trying to help but it was just going over the same information over and over and over and there was nothing being changed. The teachers and staff seemed to have the mindset that if they ignore it long enough and put in very little effort that it would just go away.


Posted November 22, 2012

I went here and felt my needs were far from met. I have documented disabilities and this school used every excuse in the book to deny me services I required to succeed. They wouldn t even acknowledge I qualified for special ed until my mom brought in a lawyer. I go to Bolton High School now and it is mind-blowing how wonderful they are compared to Porter. Not only do they accommodate me as a student with a disability but as a person in general. They will move heaven and earth to help me and every student succeed while Porter wouldn t even lift a finger.


Posted October 4, 2012

The teachers all seem very nice and competent but I'm not impressed with the school as a whole. Almost every event I've been to seems haphazard and poorly organized. 4th grade is considered middle school at Porter so 9 and 10 year olds are thrown in with teens and your 5 year old will ride the bus with 14 year olds. The secretaries are the absolute worst communicators. They NEVER return phone calls. NEVER. Even the simplest question will go totally unanswered. I've never seen anything like it. You should also expect to work your butt off soliciting/fundraising from your family and friends unless you happen to have $500 to drop for the 8th grade field trip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

I have had 3 kids go through the Porter School System. Each of my kids are very different and required different learning styles. This school has hit the mark on every level of my kids learning and developing requirements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

We moved from Windsor a few years ago, and I have to say that what most impressed me about this school was the kindness of the children and staff. My children have had no bullying issues and feel safe here. I do have some concerns but I believe my voice (and that of other parents) will be heeded and the board will strive to make concessions with the best interests of the children in mind. Class sizes are growing this year which concerns me and lunch time is shrinking. I believe they should re-evaluate the budget that passed for this year and hire another K teacher if more children enrolled than they had anticipated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

My son started Pre K this year, and he is so happy there. Also the staff is very helpful and very qualify!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

I have removed my child from Horace Porter School because I beleive the school to be substandard. I do not agree with the type of math that is being taught, and the school needs to be run like a business and not an emotional entity. Unfortunately with the new members coming in as a result of the last election I do not see any improvements on the horizon. You would think with a school budget making up 72% of the town budget that they could do better. Sadly, this is not the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

I currently have 3 children in Porter. One of whom has special needs. For 9 years the administration has given my child every, I mean every service we requested. We showed reasoning, literature, and examples to support our requests and that has helped. Our other two children could not be happier at school. The teachers, administration, and students have been better the can be expected on all counts. God bless Porter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

This school doesn't care about my child at all. My child had some serious issues that were brought to the schools attention and they skirted around helping my child. They put off my concerns as a parent and then had the audacity to outright lie to me. My child is not learning to their full potential because the quality of education at this school is substandard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

With the new administration in place this past year, the school is moving in a wonderful direction. This is a very nice school with students who are nice and look out for each other. It is a true community and I am so pleased that both my children attend. Anyone who feels negatively should spend some time in the school and see how wonderful it truly is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

Everyone there is easy to talk to and discuss my child's education. I am impressed with how much they care about all of the children and the lengths they go to, to ensure that our children get the very best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

I am a parent and every time I have a concern, they give me choices of what my child's teacher can do to help, and also what I can do to help. Whenever I need to speak with the principal, superintendent, teacher, or anyone else, they are all very easy to get in touch with. I have never had to wait more than 3 days for a meeting. I have seen my child progress beyond my expectations in the last few years. Hats off to them!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2005

I'm not a parent but a former student. I would like to say this is a great school, and it would be my number one pick for my kids. I had a great time, learned a lot and got a lot of help on my weak areas. I also felt very safe at this school. The staff treated me great. So it made it easier to go to school because I was with fabolous people. You also won't find a better group of kids. I want to say thank you to every one at Horace W. Poter School for every thing you've have done for me.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 83% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

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76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

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 86% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Reading

All Students72%
Female83%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Writing

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students84%
Female78%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students90%
Female96%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Writing

All Students95%
Female100%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%

Reading

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students93%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
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 93% 61%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 13%
Two or more races 1% 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 12%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Columbia, CT 06237
Phone: (860) 228-9493

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