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West Rocks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 670 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted November 21, 2013

They don't support it at all…they have no one trained in any research based reading program. My son actually went backwards in reading after he attended there. And he informed me that the aids were giving him answers on tests. The sad part is they underestimate the ability of children with learning disabilities…to the point they just pat them on the back and move them along. More disturbing is that they didn't even cover the curriculum. According to the school's subject pacing guide, out of the 35 weeks of school, they covered only 14 weeks of the social studies content.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

The teachers have a genuine love for the children at this school. The staff wants to see the kids improve, learn, and grow. Budgets are always a battle every year, and we have had decreases in budgets yearly for as long as I can remember. We need more books! The more the kids read, the better they get at reading. Please vote for West Rocks, the money will help us with supplies we need to enrich our children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2010

I can't begin to explain to you the horror that I have to deal with in this school. My son has been doing horribly in school and it takes the teacher almost 2 months to inform me of this and that is after I ask them how he is doing in school. The amount of arrests and ISS and out of school suspensions that goes on in this school is ridiculous. My son has gotten beaten up a few times now and as far as getting him the help he needs....forget it, it's like pulling teeth. They give the help but it makes no difference, half the time they don't even know what a child needs help in, either that or they just think that they can let him fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

I am graduating West Rocks this year and moving onto Norwalk High. The school was good. I used to attend Ponus and coming to this school was a dream come true for me. The majority of the teachers are nice and willing to help out. A few are abit obnoxious and weird. But the majority are good people. The guidence counslers are always there to help and Dr.Moore keeps the place in check. One thing about the school is that it is very clique-ish.Once you walk into the lunchroom during 8th grade lunch you will see that the skaters sit with the skaters,the jocks sit with the jocks,the populars sit with the populars,the nerds sit with the nerds. It is just a way of life at WRMS and you will get used to the social chart like I did. Good school overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

i love this school. the kind and caring staff is one of the great parts of west rocks. i have learned so many things this year and having an exciting time on the way! i recommend this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2008

Our child spent one year at West Rocks and received High Honors will virtually no effort. Much of the staff is caring and kind, however there are so many problem students at the school that too much time is spent on discipline which is a distraction for other students. Fighting and suspensions are the norm. The A.T. Program was rewarding and had some great teachers, but it is not enough to make up for the lack of challenge in the other classes. If you are looking for an academically challenging, competitive environment for your child, you should look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

We currently have 4 children at West Rocks Middle School. The staff is wonderful and caring. They go above and beyond to help each child achieve their full potential. The children are growing individualy and academically.
—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 70% in 2012.

222 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

221 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

229 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
39%

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.

208 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

207 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

212 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
68%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

202 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
69%
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 Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
Black21%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male68%
Black47%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Writing

All Students45%
Female60%
Male33%
Black25%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
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 Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
Black36%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Reading

All Students79%
Female78%
Male81%
Black66%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Writing

All Students56%
Female65%
Male48%
Black45%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
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 Students54%
Female57%
Male51%
Black21%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%

Reading

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
Black31%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students58%
Female63%
Male53%
Black19%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Writing

All Students48%
Female60%
Male36%
Black27%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
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 37% 62%
Hispanic 35% 19%
Black 23% 13%
Asian 4% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 47%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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81 West Rocks Rd
Norwalk, CT 06851
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