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Engineering - Science University Magnet School

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Posted October 10, 2013

My son is in his 2nd year year at ESUMS, and he loves it! For the first time ever, he really enjoys going to school every day. The science, math and engineering classes are amazing, and they are taught by excellent teachers who want your kid to succeed. They are now in the process of building a new school for ESUMS. If and when that happens, the school will be a 5 out of 5 stars, since right now the lack of a building is the only thing holding them back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

ESUMS is a great school that really cares about their students education and also their future. Teachers are good and I love to have access online to my son's grade level, homework and class work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

My daughter has happily attended ESUMS for 6th - 8th grade. The school has a small-school feeling such that the students, parents, teacher and staff are familiar with each other. The students are grouped according to ability allowing those who require more work in a particular area to spend additional time with it while students who excel can move forward. The STEM focused program supports achievement in those area regardless of sex; female students are encouraged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics equally to the male students. The only drawbacks are that 1. arts related studies are diminished, the students are allowed 1/2 year of "art" and 1/2 year of "music or band" (students may need to seek additional music or arts studies outside of the school setting) and 2. there are limited after school programs/clubs which require (parental) pick-up during hours most parents are at work, making the clubs inaccessible to students of working parents. These items I consider to be areas that could be improved, however; despite the room for improvement, our family has found this school to be far superior to any other school my daughter had attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

The school is great, the teachers let you know what is going in the classrooms and the my son enjoys the teachers and his friends. My son is not bored in his classrooms but he is taught how to think out of the box, which I really like. The school keeps you well informed of activities that are having, I enjoy the PTO meeting along with the community meetings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

I have two children at ESUMS, and my daughter loves it even more than my son does. She has found a community of girls who are supportive, interested in academics, responsible and fun. The advanced classes are terrific, the teachers and staff are wonderful, the field trips have been great, and there seem to be many opportunities ahead (classes at UNH for example). The criticisms of the school's organization have a grain of truth: it is a fairly loose environment, but that makes it feel friendly and cooperative. The school has a commitment to "non-violent communication." If you're used to a more authoritarian model, it might take some getting used to, but everything academic is handled very, very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

Terrible Organization. I had to pull my child out. Principal needs to prepare for these students..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

ESUMS is a great school that is only going to get better. Right now they are in a somewhat difficult position of having the lower grades in one school with the higher grades in another. Once the new building is completed I know it will be a wonderful place. The teachers here are excellent. This is a tough academic environment that values creative thinking and hard work. Kids that aren't willing to give 100% will not succeed here. It is also an engineering and science based school, if a child is not interested in these areas they won't be happy. Many of the students here are from gifted programs in other suburban schools and it shows. That said, this is a school in transition which means there will be issues associated with that. As the school changes and grows parents have a lot of input into what the school is going to look like in the future. Parents that are involved can get a lot of out that, parents that are looking for a completely stable environment may find it difficult. We intend to send both of our younger sons to this school as well for the excellent academics. I can't recommend it enough if academics are your focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

We could not be happier than with our choice to pull our son out of. Op suburban school system and enroll him at ESUMS. Our son has always been a straight A student who never had to work for his grades and was never truly challenged but bored with school. At ESUMS he is challenged in each class. He participates in many labs and hand on assignments that excite him and make him want to learn. He is doing pre-algebra in 6th grade and to be honest, after helping him with his homework, it looks more like algebra 1 to me. The teachers are so motivated to help these kids excel. They are very willing to work with parents, and most respond to parents emails the same day. The staff are doing wonderful things for these kids, and the cirriculum challenges and teaches the kids to be innovated and think for themselves...not just to study for a test. If your child has an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) and is willing to do a good deal of homework to have MANY doors opened for them, then ESUMS is the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

ESUMS is a great school. Yes, they currently have the lower middle grades in one school and the higher grades in another while they build a state of the art school to house them all. And yes, this is not a perfect scenario. However, every single teacher and administrator I have met has been wonderful. They are very caring and focused on the mission of the school. The kids are excited and the program is fantastic. As the parent of a gifted child my son was floundering in the regular school system. Now he has a specialized curriculum and is actually happy to go to school. He is very excited that he can stay here all the way through 12th grade. Really, I can't stress enough how good this school has been for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

WE LOVE LOVE LOVE ESUMS!!! As the parent of a 6th grader who was bullied throughout elementary school, I am thrilled that my son has found a place where he not only loves going to school- he can excel! He looks forward to school every day and has a great team of teachers helping ease him into the middle school environment. They help to keep him organized, provide a schedule for his days, and hwlp in hundreds of little ways. I am incredibly impressed with this school and have seen this child blossom with confidence and knowledge. ESUMS is by far the best choice I think I've made as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

ESUMS is in need of help from the board of education. This is a new school with no structure and no staff support. I sent my child there as he loved math and science. The school is in utter chaos. Each year they are adding a grade to go thru high school and right now they do not have enough staff to help the children they currently have. The school is based in two different places they do not even have a permanent school yet. I had to pull my son out of the school as it became an unsafe and unstructured environment. I would hope that in a few years from now the school will be a better learning envirnoment for the children once they are in their own space and have all the grades completed. Right now I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

ESUMS is a first class school with an outstanding curriculum. If you are looking for a school that will provide a good foundation for higher learning, this is the one. Bright kids are not put in a corner while the rest of the class catches up, they are embraced and allowed to soar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

We have a son in the 6th grade and he too loves going to school. During the weekend he actually says that he "can't wait to go back to school." The teachers are absolutely amazing, and the curriculum far surpasses what he was doing in his other (top) New Haven Public School. ESUMS teaches children how to think and how to problem solve. It also pushes students far beyond the standard levels of achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2010

This is a fantastic program and the staff and principal are excellent. My son has absolutely flourished here. This school has the potential to be the best in New Haven. It is still a very new school with some kinks to work out, but we don't regret moving our son out of Amity ( which is a great school district too) into ESUMS. It was the best move we ever made. What we really need to reach the top is more parents getting involved and making education a priority for their youngsters. Good behavior starts at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

Fantastic curriculum, terrific teachers and administrator, amazing hands on activities. My son looks forward to going to school- how many parents of teens can say that? I love the open lines of communication, the before and after school tutoring, the after school programs and the MANY opportunities offered to these students. The staff all work tirelessly to make sure students get a great education. The school philosophy emphasizes experience over rote learning and application over memorization (though at times they employ those as well as part of a larger lesson), which makes for a more meaningful and long lasting educational experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

True, excellent teachers and program. The school is in its second year and the test scores are very good. Has the potential to be the best high school in the district and will likely be just that. I see an improvement in the behavior of the upper classmen which I hope will continue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

Excellent teachers and program. Lack of discipline in the classroom is the biggest problem. In my opinion, it would be the best school in the district if they could get the students under control. Until then, I wouldn't recommend it.
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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 86% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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91%

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89%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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88%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
81%

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88%

2010

 
 
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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
66%

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n/a
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black83%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black88%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
Black81%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Reading

All Students89%
Female96%
Male87%
Black77%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Writing

All Students81%
Female88%
Male78%
Black64%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
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 Students91%
Female100%
Male88%
Black82%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students86%
Female100%
Male81%
Black79%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students79%
Female96%
Male72%
Black65%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%

Writing

All Students87%
Female100%
Male82%
Black81%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
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
Black 49% 13%
White 26% 61%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
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 61%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • Engineering
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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