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Paul Chatfield School

Public | PK-5 | 451 students

 

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2012:
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Posted February 16, 2014

I love this school. I love that the administration is not afraid to stand up for their policies even though some parents don't like them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

I dont like to throw this word around easily and wont get into details so this isnt blocked but my child has been bullied by one child in particular and has got to the point where she has been "sick" due to the stress from this other child and her teacher and faculty does nothing about it. I have called several times and its swept under the rug. I am just disgusted with the faculty in this school and have heard horror stories due to negligence and plan to write a LENGTHY report on my issues with this school so this "surprise visit" happens that was mentioned below. It also seems like the same parents are asked to be involved not letting newcomers into the mix. The communication from the reverse 911 calls and school alerts are helpful I will give them that. I dont know if this is just an isolated incident, other teachers may be great but my daughter feels she cannot go to her teacher for help or to talk. She is also flighty and cant seem to keep her stories straight when we speak so I am not impressed by any means with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

This school is way too focused on the CMT scores. They stress the kids out over them with high pressure, quick punch reviewing that is test specific - and then try to pump them up for the tests with manipulation. Principal Olechna aggressively seeks to minimize parental involvement, refusing help from parents in areas where they clearly need help. And student/teacher placement is awful. The teachers are a mixed bag - some good - some awful. I have one son who is thankfully done with Chatfield this year. I completely agree with the reviewer who put 0 stars and said this school should get a surprise visit. On the whole, Seymour needs to wake up and clear the Board. Seymour schools used to be among the top in the state and are now among the lowest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

I have 2 children at chatfield and have nothing but good things to say. The teachers are very caring and the kids receive a very good education. I was skeptical about "public" schools.... but I have no complaints about the seymour school system at all. Great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

I have nothing but good things to say about this school. Teachers care, Principal both past and present are available and willing to talk. Kids are kids anywhere you go. I feel that my son is given the attention he needs. My son is on an IEP and the team has done very well with my son's plan and adapting as things arise. I can not say enough about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

Math is too advanced for the children. These subjects are not appropriate for such young children such as; geometry, algebra , and division before knowing many of their timetables. This is not an exaggeraton. Looks good on paper for the teachers. Very frustrating for the kids. Someone investigate this school with a surprize visit !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

Great school not very culturally diverse however. But it's excellent and we were treated well proving that not all white schools are racist. My 5/6 year old and I were treated with the up most respect from faculty and teachers who really cared about my child. I did not care for the principal however and her kindergarten teacher ws always helpful to us and very sweet. My little one loved her experience there. I didn't want to send my child to a Black School because we look mixed and the Black schools are not good anywhere we go so we had to give my child a 'white education' however the immediate community where the school sits is made up of more educated whites and we were very happy there. It is a fun learning enviroment and we wer treated with respect. this is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

Very happy with this school! Teachers really care, up-to-date curriculum, excellent PTA organization, very clean, everything is great! My son is very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


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 67% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
92%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
85%
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 72% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Reading

All Students52%
Female48%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Writing

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Reading

All Students77%
Female76%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students74%
Female81%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students83%
Female82%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students54%
Female48%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Writing

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
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 84% 62%
Hispanic 8% 19%
Black 4% 13%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School end time
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51 Skokorat St
Seymour, CT 06483
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