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Julia A. Stark School

Public | K-5 | 532 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2013

My children just ended another terrific year at Stark. I am so very pleased with the principal, who is very visible and very approachable. When I go to the school for events (which is often), he is friendly, shakes hands, knows students' names, and approaches parents. We miss the long time Ms. Macchio who retired last June, but the new assistant principal is wonderful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Our PTO is active and involved. There is a great effort to reach out to the families and community, and a strong parent involvement. We have night time events, daytime events, amazing assemblies, great after school enrichment opportunities, informative PTO meetings, and school information meetings on special topics to get parents more involved and informed. It's unfortunate that this terrific neighborhood school gets an unfairly desired bad rap due to state test scores, but the school is so much more than that. Rankings should look at the rate of student improvement, not just flat scores. There are hard working students at this school, and happy, hard working students, including two of mine, and one more entering kindergarten in the fall. We love Stark. Spread the word!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

We were extremely impressed with the school and how well my daughter did in Kindergarten. We heard terrible things about the school and always got that look from people when we told them our school district. To our great surprise, this is better than a private school and my daughter reads like a second grader. The prinicple is a hands on guy who stands outside every morning and organizes the drop offs! What principle does that? My daughter finished school today and is so sad to have it end. What an incredible first year she has had. I can't say enough about the school. Also, they redid the auditorium chairs! Great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2013

My child attends Stark. This school is much better than the greatschools rating which doesnt accurately reflect all aspects of a school. Take a look at the standardized test scores over the last 3-4 years. The scores are improved year over year and trending upwards. This reflects a rededication to improvement from everyone. My child started K this year. I cannot imagine a school having a better staff. Everyone is genuinely concerned about every child`s success and the atmosphere is warm and cordial. Importantly, parent involvement is very high. The reason I gave the school 4 stars instead of 5 has little to do with the school itself. It is just that I feel it could be funded better by the city and state for necessary repairs and upgrades to the building and facilities. For instance, there are broken chairs in the auditorium. Things like this are disconcerting because it indicates a lack of pride in the school infrastructure itself. The PTO has tried to help by raising funds through special events (the PA system in the auditorium was added through these efforts). But without proper funding from the government the needed upgrades sadly will not take place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

Everyone's heart is in right place here. The ranking does not tell the whole story. It is by no means a perfect place. The teaching approach is a wee bit traditional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

Just like so many other parents, i was skeptical of the school due to ratings when my son had to start Kindergarten last year, but i decided to give it a try anyways. And I am so glad I did!! This is a good school!! The teachers here are so dedicated and the emphasis is always on learning. Just recently, I've had a chance to observe my son's classroom personally (and regularly) and it has been a wonderful experience. The students are all at different learning levels and from diverse backgrounds, but the the class teacher does such a phenomenal job at keeping them all interested and imparting education at the same time. Each morning, all the kids look so happy to be in the class and ready to learn (and this was case when my son was in KG too) and the credit goes to the teachers. Stark s strength is its teachers, be it the classteachers or the assistant teachers. DO NOT go by the ratings. If you as a parent do your part, this school will not disappoint you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

Dont go by the ratings here....they are ages old........Stark is one of the best schools your kids wd ever go to.........they give individual attention to every kid........I couldnt be happier
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

My daughter attended Stark for kindergarten and first grade. We had a good experience. The student body is extremely diverse with very few behavioral issues. There was a noticeable emphasis on manners and both the teachers and principal were committed to the students' growth and development. My daughter won an award given by the city when in kinder and the principal attended the awards ceremony just for her. Don't let the low test scores scare you away. The curriculum is great. My only complaint is that I didn't think they let the children have enough recess time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I have 4 children; 1 graduated from Stark, 2 are there now and 1 will go there. I have friends in most Stamford schools and the difference at Stark is the teacher dedication and respect. Although the overall test scores may seem poor, Stark has the highest individual growth score gains across the district. Teachers care and work hard to help students. Compared to other schools, Stark does not have any major behavior issues. I notice some of the reviews from 2005 and earlier remark on poor leadership. There is a new principal now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

We were on the verge of sending our daughter to private school, because Stark didn't look good objectively, NCLB, Greatschools rating, etc. We visited the school and were encouraged by what we observed. Thank goodness! Every single teacher and administrator we've encountered has been fantastic. We couldn't be happier than we are with the school. I'm so relieved that we didn't leap into private school without trying Stark first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2007

I love Stark School! The teachers are incredible and the kids are very kind and respectful to one another and to all teachers and staff. My kids are doing incredible! Would not choose to go to any other school. Stark School is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

This is an amazing school. I have 5 kids and they all went here I am sad to to see my fifth child graduate. Choose this school if you are undecided
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 5, 2006

We are having a great experience at Stark School. The teachers are wonderful and very enthusiastic about teaching all kids. There don't seem to be the same discipline problems that we had to deal with at the school we transferred from. Kids at Stark seem to learn respect for others in addition to the '3 Rs'. We're very happy to have transferred here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Administration needs to come into the 21st century. Maybe it needs new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

We had three children attend. The oldest did 'just' okay. The second did fine till 5th grade. The youngest who has speech and hearing issues did not do well at all. We finally placed her out of district for the remainder. Some teachers are excellant, others fair to poor with negative attitudes. Not a 'modern' thinking facility compared to where we are now... We found Stark does not have the assistance from the Board, not adaquate staff, minority ratio out of balance amoung other things (not making progress with the NCLB Act).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2004

My child had attended there for almost 2 years..I am not at all happy with the school. My child faced many many obstacles within her classroom. I had requested to have her class switched and they said it was not possible due that all the classes were crowded. Though a switch with another student was possible but they insisted it couldn't be done. My child went from A's & B's to D's..I was in meeting from the first month of school until the end.. I felt they were very unfair and wasted an ENTIRE school year for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

My kids have been attending Stark school for 5 and 3 years respectively and they're doing very well. I've been consistently happy with the quality of the teaching staff and the principal is approachable and maintains a high level of safety in the school. We love the fact that Stark is a neighborhood school and most of the children attending live close enough to walk. You get a real community feeling at Stark School.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
77%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%

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 72% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
73%
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 Students55%
Female58%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic53%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English62%

Reading

All Students58%
Female58%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic54%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Writing

All Students51%
Female59%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic46%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English61%
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 Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic69%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic44%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%

Writing

All Students48%
Female51%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
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 Students70%
Female74%
Male66%
Black45%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%

Reading

All Students63%
Female63%
Male63%
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students55%
Female57%
Male53%
Black21%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Writing

All Students54%
Female63%
Male45%
Black46%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
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
Hispanic 44% 19%
White 23% 62%
Black 22% 13%
Asian 8% 4%
Two or more races 2% 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 60%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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398 Glenbrook Rd
Stamford, CT 06906
Phone: (203) 977-4583

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