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Beecher School

Public | PK-8 | 469 students

 

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Posted October 21, 2011

I think the staff is wonderful. Yes, the administrative staff is somewhat slow to respond but you can get that even in the most open of businesses no matter what the business. Custodial staff needs to be more up on the cleaning but then students should be able to clean up papers from the floor themselves in older classes and not be such pigs in the bathrooms, then maybe the classsrooms wouldnt be so bad off. The staff has been very responsive to any assistance they can get and with all of the cutbacks by the city of New Haven it is a wonder why anyone would want to send their child to any school in the city. Being and interdistrict parent I think they do as well a job as most other schools and work hard to work with children that are most often rude and disrespectful and that speaks more of the parent than the teacher. I do not bring my child up to talk back to adults yet I see it all the time in the school, what are parents teaching their child, dont forget teachers are not the only teacher in a childs life, what about the parents that you never see unless something is for free. Parents are not active in the education process anywhere let alone at Beecher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

We've been at Beecher for 3 years and have tried to transfer to a better magnet school ever since day one. Unfortunately, we're in Beecher's district and get stuck on other school's waiting lists every year. So much for the "school choice" sham. Beecher's teachers are wonderful and devoted. Overall, the staff members are caring and helpful. However, the principle and vice-principle have to be the two most unprofessional and unresponsive administrators I've ever come across. Good luck getting ANY assistance from the main office. School event notices (if they are sent at all) will often go out AFTER the event has already taken place. The sanitation conditions are so deplorable that children routinely contract stomach bugs throughout the school year. Beecher has good potential, but needs administrators who care more about addressing parental and student concerns than demanding that people don't park in their unmarked spaces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

My daughter is a pre-k3 student at Beecher...im surprised to see all the bad reviews....so far in my opinion and experiences the staff at Beecher is very loving and inviting...my daughter is a ball of sunshine when she walks into the building teachers and other staff love her and she (my daughter) definitely feels comfortable there...I think she would be devastated if I were to remove her from the school...*beacuse I have been considering Davis Magnet for Kindergarten...but my daughter loves the school she knows most of the staff by name...hey if she likes it i love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

My children were there for 2 yrs and it was the worst experience of their lives. The academic curriculum is far below CT state standards, the main office staff need major attitude adjustments as well as some courses in professionalism and communication and many times it seemed as if the students were in control of the school ( very disrespectful ). This school IN MY humble opinion sets up these children for failure. Don't let the beautiful exterior fool you... the money that went into building a new school for Beecher should have went into better staffing and security. So happy I took my kids out. One of best decisions we have made. They have some nerve labeling this school as a "magnet" now, that's an insult to the true magnet schools in Connecticut.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Simply put, we REMOVED our children from this school due to the incompetence of the staff. The I agree fully with the parent stating the staffs lack of supervision skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

My son attended Beecher School K-1st. The first class he was in was over crowed and under staffed. The children were completely out of control and difficult to manage. My son, who was 5 at the time and generally well behaved,followed suit. The lack of supervision and concern ran straight through to his 1st grade class. I was very involved and available to the staff and they all knew my family. I have come to understand that the blame falls more on the staff and their disregard for the behavior. My son excelled academically due to his family, but the sufferring he endured from other children caused great issue for him, an issue the school disregarded. They had a shining star in their midst, but we have moved to another town to be in a better school system. This school should take a hard look @ themselves
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

I have been a straight A student at Beecher school for 8 long years and I must say I love it.The teachers that I am surrounded with all day long are so loving an supportive.When I graduate this year I really don't know what I am going to do .I will miss L.W Beecher school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2007

I am a parent at Beecher school for over 8 years. I was PTO president for 6 years. I have seen Beecher School go through many changes and it has still come out on top. I like to think of it as a little known secret! We are going magnet soon so the secret will be out. There will be MANY more opportunities & activities with the magnet status. The level of parent participation is currently not as high it should be but it is really getting higher. We have a brand new state of the art 50 million dollar building. Beecher is making history. The staff and principal Mrs. Russell-Beck are so invested in the children. It is an enviroment that needs to be seen for yourself to truely understand!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

L.W. Beecher has made wonderful changes in the past couple of years. As a whole the changes have been very positive for the students. I have 1 child in there now and another who will be going to kindergarten next year. My oldest child graduated from Beecher last year. There is no other schol i would send my children too. The staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
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 Students64%
Female50%
Male77%
Black54%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male32%
Black33%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%

Writing

All Students64%
Female73%
Male55%
Black54%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students37%
Female38%
Male36%
Black29%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%

Reading

All Students39%
Female33%
Male46%
Black32%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%

Writing

All Students68%
Female78%
Male57%
Black62%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
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 Students56%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black54%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students49%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black41%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Writing

All Students83%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black82%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students62%
Femalen/a
Male67%
Black53%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Reading

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Male50%
Black45%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Writing

All Students79%
Femalen/a
Male73%
Black74%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
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 Students51%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black39%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%

Reading

All Students69%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black56%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Writing

All Students70%
Female95%
Malen/a
Black60%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students58%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Reading

All Students83%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black77%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black32%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Writing

All Students86%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black89%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 65% 13%
Hispanic 17% 20%
White 16% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 64%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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