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East Lyme Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 854 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 28, 2014

My 6th grader (new student) started apprehensive but in a week, he has flourished to be open, positive and loving towards his school. The leadership makes it a priority to be involved with the students, which shows me their dedication. The encouragement my student gets to aim high is subtle but strong and the outcome is a positive one. I am glad I made the decision to be part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

East Lyme middle school is one of the best schools for good education. The teachers are very welcoming, friendly and show interest on students inquisitiveness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

East Lyme Middle School is an above average school. They have won many awards including CAS Middle School of the Year in 2012. ELMS uses a unique Kiva system which has pros and cons. It also helps by making the school of 900 students feel slightly smaller which is good for newcomers. ELMS serves grades 5-8 and is very good about Life Arts. Unlike other schools you have a full range of 'specials' from Tech Ed to Band to Orchestra to Life Skills. The teachers are very well selected and are perfect. I rate this school 4 stars for great classes, excellent teachers. I have removed one star because the kivas can be restricting when your child is limited to seeing friends from other kivas. In addition, the principle is not the best. She can be overly strict and moody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

This school is the best one I've attended so far. I love the Kiva structure and I think most teachers are spectacular. However, I think there should be more options for children who are able to go to a more advanced class, as I find that many kids (including myself) are often bored. They do a great job with kids who are struggling academically, though.


Posted May 8, 2009

I love East Lyme Middle School, they make learning so much fun! The teachers are so nice. I made friends for life!!! The teachers will push you hard but it will be worth it! East Lyme middle school is also a beautiful building and a national blue ribbon school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

ELMS is a beautiful school based on a Kiva design which may not serve the children well when transitioning over to the high school. More importantly the administration is more concerned with cancelling halloween and school trips and enforcing dress codes instead of focusing on strengthening a very poor spanish program. At a time when the spanish language is dominant our children are just starting to learn colors and numbers in spanish and it doesnt improve much at the high school level either. There are a few great teachers which stand out and they are great resources. Overall it is a great school but again at the time of 'press 2 for spanish' our middle school needs to step up the program, and worry less about doing away with halloween parties and school trips.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

I think the school system is great. I moved here for 6th grade and i am learning so fast. I love ow they make kivas because that let new kids like me get to know a group of kids really well. One thing i would recomend is more time to get from class to class. East Lyme Middle School is a big school so it takes a while to get around. We get about three minuts to get places. I don't have enough time to get my stuff, change for gym, or even get from special to my kiva which is on the top floor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2008

Having two of my children having attended(ing) the Middle School, I'd have to say, it does not meet their needs. There is a dire need to look at the curriculum and overall school environment. The principal is not particularly 'present'. Both my children have stated boredom. The homework situation needs to be accessed also. Overall, regardless of class size and/or test scores, this school needs reassessment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

The new 'Middle School concept' of the East Lyme Middle School does not meet the needs of 5th graders (academically,socially, emotionally,or developmentally). The overall needs and capabilities of the child must addressed in order to teach and educate effectively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I think ELMS is a safe place to be. My teachers are let back and make learning fun because of the way that they teach. However if you goof off they will become strict. I am also a straight A student accept for B+ in L.A. I think the school isn't the best but I'd rather be here than somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2003

The administration has a habit of fostering bullying behaviour. they either ignore it, or allow it to go on rather than facing the problem. There was an issue with a student threatening thier classmates, and they swept it under the rug. In this district, if you have money, they will listen, if you don't, you will be ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 84% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

213 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 86% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students94%
Female97%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students96%
Female100%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities99%
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

Math

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial96%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial96%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students94%
Female98%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial88%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities97%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Reading

All Students96%
Female99%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Writing

All Students93%
Female98%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities98%
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 Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities96%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students97%
Female96%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Science

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities98%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Hispanic 4% 20%
Black 3% 13%
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 12%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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