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Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School

Public | K-5 | 478 students

 

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Posted September 23, 2013

Does your kid go to cathrine Kolnalski and eat breakfast everyday. Well then there's some things you might wanna know then. Due to budget cuts of 2013-2014 year kids might not get breakfast. Kids who take bus might get there last and get a cheap breakfast. I'm a parent who drops my kids off everyday and walk with them to get breakfast. Two weeks ago the last few kids got frozen muffins because they ran out of omelets and last week the last kids it only yogurt for breakfast an I kid you not. And as of today a teacher reached into the garbage and took out a carton of milk and a carton of juice an a box of cereal an told another teacher to put it back because it wasn't opened. This is disgusting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

My son went to CKMS for K. His teacher was assigned days before school started. We weren't notified of the change in his teacher until we came to the welcoming lunch. His teacher was inflexible and punative during the school year. My son picked up many bad habits from other kids. His skills were advanced compared to his classmates, when asked if I could send additional work for him to do after he finished what they were doing in class, it was not allowed. When my son started crying one day in class he was sent to the office and written up for "insubordination"! I couldn't believe it. When I called the principal, Mr. Basse, to notify him that I'd be taking my child out of the school, I explained my dissatisfaction and he hung up on me. The teacher then called a child study team meeting to ensure his next teacher would be aware of all of my son's "problems". If I could give this school a 0 instead of 1 star I would. If you have a choice where your child goes to Elementary school, do not choose CKMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

I agree with the last post. My son also went to another school last year and now is at CK. No more vocabulary words, no homework of any value, and the staff treats the kids like they are a bother. If I had another option, my child would not attend this school. I can not believe the lack of education he is getting. I find teachers saying they arn't allowed or haven't yet gotten the cirriculum finalized for teaching the second grade. Are you kidding. When might be a good time to get that done. How many kids are getting a poor education and that is OK because the teachers just haven't gotten it together yet?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

I find it incredible that the only comments here are good ones! I'm appaulled at the curriculum this school has offered my son since he began going to CKMS. He went to a different school in Groton last year and since the move to this school both the behavior and his education have plummeted! The teacher actually told me she isn't allowed to give them spelling tests or teach them cursive or multiplication tables. I am anything but satisfied with this school and academic rating!
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Posted March 30, 2010

My son started Kindergarten here in 2008... Now that we must move our only regret for leaving Groton is this school! The staff is extreemly helpful and understanding. They focus on the child and his learning experience. They have excellent programs. We had to apply for the lottery to get him in as it was out of our district, The school in our district was a turnstyle for military kids, not too much focus on the specific educational needs for your child. CKMS will teach your child healthy choices and they have wellness walks and give your child a great sense of self esteem in the process making being healthy fun. This school has set the bar for what we will expect for our sons education. I hope we can find something just as wonderful in our new location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

I am take admition for my daughter and i make right dicition because she learing very well she is improve her self becuse her teacher and school
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Posted January 21, 2010

My daughter has attended Kolnaski since it opened. You could not find a better administration and a more dedicated group of teachers. My daughter is hearing impaired and has some other educational needs. She has received a tremendous amount of help and all kinds of services to accommodate her needs. She is now reading at grade level. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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 67% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
69%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
74%
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 72% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students36%
Female31%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic21%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%

Reading

All Students29%
Female21%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic13%
White33%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%

Writing

All Students35%
Female37%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic28%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
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 Students59%
Female54%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%

Reading

All Students49%
Female46%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%

Writing

All Students57%
Female62%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic43%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students65%
Female61%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Reading

All Students52%
Female58%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%

Science

All Students49%
Female50%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%

Writing

All Students60%
Female73%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
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 35% 62%
Hispanic 27% 19%
Black 25% 13%
Asian 8% 4%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 65%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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500 Poquonnock Rd
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 449-5612

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