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West Side Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 248 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 16, 2013

West Side went through a big transition last year when another middle school in Groton was closed due to budgetary concerns. The student population is now much larger than it was in previous years. Nonetheless, this has been handled extremely well by the principal and staff, and the increased diversity in the student body has actually improved the quality of the school. My third daughter is now a seventh grader at West Side, and I feel that she is getting the same excellent quality of education as my two older daughters who were West Side Students. You could not find better teachers anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

This school gets a bad rep. My daughter is currently in the 6th grade and excelling. The second she starts to fall behind, teachers are calling me to make sure she is ok and inform me on her performance. On top f that, you can monitor your kids performance online, where all homework grades and test scores are updated regularly. it doesn't matter if my child gives me her report card or not, caus all i have to do is log in and check it out. Bullying is not tolerated, this school and most in this district have STRICT zero tolerance when it comes to bullies. All the 6th graders were issued iPads and are implenting a new learning system which seems to be a success so far. Teachers are attentive, and when there is a problem they are quick and eager to resolve it. Yes, there are 8 periods, lots of homework and different schedules every day, but they are preparing the kids for highschool, which is a good thing! My daughter had a little difficulty in the beginning with the changing schedule, but they were very forgiving of it, she now has complete hang of it and will be ready for 7th, 8th and beyond. I'd prefer her to be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

I just was graduated from this school in June, by the end of the day, i was crying buckets cause i didnt want to leave. this school was great. they provided great academics and help if needed. They had nice clubs and teams. they had amazing volleyball team that i was in and a great soccer and basketball team. I made so many great friends from my first day of school when i went to West Side. Amazing. ! (: This school was amazing and i would wish to go back in the beginning of the year when i was in 8th grade.


Posted January 21, 2010

Two of my children graduated from West Side - the most recent in 2009. I strongly disagree with the comments of the poster who states that there is too much homework and that the schedule is 'confusing.' Did your child come from private school, or an elementary school that did nothing to prepare him/her for middle school? Neither of my children ever had a problem with the schedule or amount of homework. The sixth grade team of teachers is absolutely outstanding - you could not find a better groups of teachers anywhere. Middle schoolers should not be 'babied and coddled.' They are there to prepare for high school, and they need to start getting used to a higher level of instruction, and more demands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2009

West Side has some very dedicated teachers, but overall is not student-centered. There is an overall lack of consideration for how confidential info is passed out, too many daily class periods (8) (and no homeroom to allow the students to review their schedules, which change every day), and an oppressive, discouraging level of homework (for 6th grade). I almost took my child out to homeschool her. Enroll your child at another school if at all possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

I have been very happy with West Side in general. My daughter has had some learning issues because she was adopted at an older age and did not speak English. The school has always made every effort to help her, and to accommodate her needs. The principal and assistant principal are extremely concerned with student safety, and disciplinary matters are well handled. It would be nice to see more field trips, more extracurricular activities, and classes for parents and students on bullying and internet safety. But overall the school is outstanding.
—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.

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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 70% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
46%

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%

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 Students55%
Female47%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%

Reading

All Students60%
Female59%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Writing

All Students41%
Female52%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
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 Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Writing

All Students61%
Female84%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
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 Students39%
Female38%
Male39%
Black22%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%

Reading

All Students62%
Female64%
Male61%
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students40%
Female43%
Male37%
Black24%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%

Writing

All Students61%
Female76%
Male48%
Black58%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
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 42% 62%
Hispanic 27% 19%
Black 23% 13%
Asian 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Two or more races 2% 1%
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 64%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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