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Eastern Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 793 students

 
 

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Posted March 27, 2014

Okay so I attended this school for 3 years in the 1980s when it was still 7th-9th grades. So maybe my views are out of date. At the time, it was one of the best public middle schools in the country and the top of the 3 middle schools in the area. Academically it was strong, bullying was not tolerated (I was bullied and boy it was handled). Sports were encouraged, computer science was at the cutting edge (and this was the 1980s remember). If we moved from CA to the East coast, this is where I'd be sending my own kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

Spoiled kids, entitled parents, mediocre teachers at best. Where else in the US does a public school plan a $1000 per student field trip every year????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

I absolutely love eastern. The teachers are really smart and nice, the food is fantastic, the administration is amazing, the classrooms have lots of new technology, it's in a very convenient location, and the students are really really nice and friendly. I'm in 6th grade and my brother just graduated 8th grade, we both love it. If you are considering moving, move to greenwich! eastern is by far the best middle school in the state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2009

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EASTERN. The teachers are really smart and nice, the food is fantastic, the administration is amazing, the classrooms have lots of new technology, it's in a very convenient location, and the students are really really nice and friendly. I'm in 6th grade and my brother just graduated 8th grade, we both LOVE it. If you are considering moving, MOVE TO GREENWICH! Eastern is by far the best middle school in the state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

I just moved from private school to EMS and I love it! At private school nobody got along, but at EMS everyones friends! No fights or anything! Even though the teachers usually teach from testbooks, many make it very interesting. It also has many classes that private schools do not. And Mr Mayo is AWESOME!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2006

I am a parent of 6th grade children new to EMS. I am very pleased with the staff and their attentiveness to the children and their needs. I feel EMS is the best school around, compared even to the private schools. Offer a lot, in both academics and outside interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

I am a former EMS student who graduated three years ago. Reflecting on my experience, I feel that the school did me a disservice. The teaching methods applied were extremely outdated and the faculty members generally were very unhelpful in identifying learning disabilities in students. There seemed to be a negative attitude of 'Blame the student, because his parents will believe us more then they will believe him' whenever a conflict arose. Ultimately, Eastern Middle School is probably the weakest link among the greenwich public schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 1, 2005

Very few teachers at Eastern care enough about their job as to teach in a stimulating, intriguing, and challenging manner. As teachers from Eastern teach straight from the book, our children's educational experiences are limited, and thus the students never have a chance to broaden their horizons and obtain a genuine zest for learning. Eastern also prides itself on high standardized test scores, which are simply a reflection of a child's natural intellect, not a reflection on how well the students have been taught. Lastly, a few rules and many narrow-minded teachers at Eastern discourage student individuality, while in general I have found that the hard work of academically talented students has gone unappreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

I love EMS, and as an eigth grader, I do not look forward to leaving, this school. Eastern Middle School is such a wonderful school with great teachers, and kids who goes to EMS gets a great education and practically a garentee that everything gets covered in the year. In many schools, not all material is covered. However, eastern makes it possible. Any kid who goes to EMS is the luckiest kid in the World.
—Submitted by a 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 70% in 2012.

238 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

239 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

250 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 66% in 2012.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

255 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2012.

257 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

257 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
96%
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 Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American96%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Writing

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian American93%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian American100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Reading

All Students94%
Female97%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian American95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students90%
Female97%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian American85%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Writing

All Students90%
Female97%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 81% 62%
Hispanic 9% 19%
Asian 8% 4%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Black 1% 13%
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 3%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Riverside, CT 06878
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