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Harborside Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 607 students

 

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Posted December 29, 2013

I do not understand the need for teachers to give assignments during vacations. Adds up to no vacation. A vacation is a vacation and may allow one's brain to take a break from structured learning and apply what was learned more freely, allow for natural instinctive response to our world, and frees one to allow for creative exploration. I do not understand how Milford schools function not allowing children to go outside daily.The fresh air is a human need. Stimulates senses. Revives and reminds us of our natural environment.I also do not understand why reading time is taking place at school.Teaching should be taking place.More effective if reading is completed outside and during school hours there are discussions about what was read.Literacy circles. enrichment can be for all.It allows experiential learning and most likely all students benefit and grow from this.Not sure why it is limited.I question how students are placed.Clearly not authentic and misses the boat. Teaching should be creative enough where different levels are orchestrated in the classroom making room for all differences and celebrating.This gives everyone a boost. Outdoor break during all weather conditions please.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

We love this school! Our teachers are top notch and dedicated; the curriculum is very challenging and truly up to date---I am so proud to have a child who is able to take Algebra I in 8th grade and I commend the Milford Board of Ed for challenging the students at all of our schools and giving them the opportunities to be in advanced classes as High School Freshmen. We could not be more satisfied with our choice to send our kids to public school here in town and would recommend these schools to all families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Excellent learning environment for my daughter---she loves it! TG
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

With so many school choices in this area it might be confusing to pick the right fit for your family and for your child. We are so fortunate that the choice we made for our kids has turned out so well. We are so happy with the Milford Public School System and feel that our children are receiving a very high quality education while learning to be part of the real world and learning to get along with children from backgrounds and learning styles much different from their own. Our children have learned to be respectful and caring---the morals we teach at home are reinforced by our teachers and staff at school. We love Harborside but feel that all the schools in Milford offer an excellent learning environment for children whose parents choose to send them to publc school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

This is a great school with an excellent music department, exceptional art and humanities teams and such an excellent,dedicated and highly educated faculty. The curriculum is very challenging and global and we could not be happier with the opportunities to be involved as parents. We feel very secure with the atmosphere and the zero tolerance procedures regarding disruptive students and feel there are systems is place to keep our children safe. We are so satisfied and proud to be parents at Harborside Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

Harborside Middle School has an outstanding music and art department. We are so proud that our son is a member of the instrumental band and we are so amazed at the level students have achieved when we attend one of the school's concerts. The visual art classes at this school are also excellent and are taught by very talented teachers and it is wonderful for us as parents to have the opportunity to view our children's work at the annual art show in town. We feel very secure with the safety guidelines in place for the school and feel confident that the zero tolerance for bullying or harassment of students is taken very seriously by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

We also transferred our daughter to Harborside from a Catholic School in Milford and were so shocked at how far behind she was as a sixth grader compared to her peers at her new pubic school! The curriculum is more challenging; a great deal of the responsibility is placed onto the child...this teaches them so much and encourages maturity; this was definitely not the case at our old school. I am happy to say that now that she is in eighth grade she is excelling with the help of many dedicated teachers over the past three years and she is an honor student. She loves the excellent art, math, and music classes... She has been accepted into a wonderful private school she has wanted to attend since she was a little girl and we could not be happier. We are so relieved that we finally took the plunge into public school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

Thank goodness we moved to Harborside when we did. Our son left a local Catholic School in town; he had attended that school since Pre-K. The curriculum at Harborside is much more challenging than at the Parochial Schools and thus, our son was miserably behind in most classes, but particularly in Math. The teachers have been so supportive and have helped our son come up to speed, although he still has a way to go to be at the level of his classmates. I cannot imagine what would have happened had we waited until high school to send our children to public school--it would have been much harder to get them to their class levels. The school has a very involved parent presence and we are very happy with the zero tolerance regarding troublemakers and bullies. We are very happy at Harborside and so is our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

It's a good school and the parents, students, and staff get involved in nearly anything that goes on. A wonderful school that I suggest to anyone thinking about sending their child here.
—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 86% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 85% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

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

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Writing

All Students93%
Female98%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students96%
Female94%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Writing

All Students94%
Female99%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities98%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Science

All Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
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 85% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 5% 13%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Milford, CT 06460
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