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Nichols School

Public | K-6 | 430 students

 

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Posted August 13, 2014

We love Nichols School! It is a smaller, community orientated place to learn and grow. The administration is VERY responsive and kind. Teachers are experienced and definitely try new techniques, tools and ideas. The PTA is active and parents are able to volunteer if they'd like in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Nichols is a wonderful school with awesome teachers, staff and a great principal. Everyone does their best with the resources they have and work hard. They are there because they love the kids. It's an awesome school and my kids love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

I have two children in Nichols School. we have just moved to Stratford from New York. I have seen improvenments in their all around academics improve by 10 fold. The entire faculty is absolutely Fantastic, and very understanding. They have made us feel like part of their family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I have nothing but good things to say about Nichols school. I currently have 2 children at Nichols. The staff have been wonderful every year. The principal is phenomenal. You can tell her staff respect her and it shows in their work. The support staff have been wonderful to my family and Nichols has a very dedicated PTA. I wouldn't want to send my children any where else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Very active PTA and dedicated staff! Great place for children to be.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 20, 2009

They have the best P.E. teacher ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

Wonderful school, the principal runs and tight ship and the teachers are very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

My daughter goes to this school and I am very happy with the challenges her teacher presents to her on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

I have three children that attend Nichols Elem. The school has been a wonderful place for my children to learn. It is very safe and the staff are no. 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

People may say whatever they want,but at the end of the day,who had the best improvement and scores in the district?In addition,Nichols has had excellent test scores not once,but twice in the last four years.This was during a time when it was completely underrated by all.My hat goes off to all the staff including the principal, who worked together to pull this off in spite of those whose agendas had nothing to do with what was good for kids.hurray for Nichols!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 15, 2006

I am a parent of a former Nichols school student.. I am very disappointed in all the negativity i have read on this web site... I have only good things to say about the teachers, the admininstrator and the staff... they were always supportive,interested and friendly.. my son enjoyed his years here at Nichols.. Is now a student at a prestigious college ... making the Deans list repeatedly... A teachers job can be difficult when manners and respect are not reinforced at home.. work with them not against them!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted September 14, 2006

I think Nichols School WAS given a bad rap do to it's Principal for the past 4 years. I do not have a child there anymore but wish I did because I see good thing happening for Nichols. Starting with a new Principal who wants to be involved and make the school feel like a family. And then there is the PTA at Nichols a GREAT group of people who are working hard to give your children what they need. My feelings are if you do not get involved in School and help in making the necessary changes you have NO right to complain about how it was done! Getting involved in your child's school is rewarding for both you and your child. Take the time to go to a PTA meeting and get involved. Give Nichols a chance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

My daughter started Nichols school this year and I was a little nervous, considering she had a bad year at a previous school. The first day the school placed in a friendship club for new students to help with the transition. After her first week there I saw such a big difference in her attitude towards school and homework. Her teacher is awesome and provides much encouragement. The staff is courteous and helpful. Even the school psychologist introduced herself to me as I walked into the school. The parents at the PTA meeting were great and it was an inviting atmosphere. Last year the school was given a gold star for improvement on the CMT's. The principal is very involved, informative, and kind. I am very pleased with the school and am excited about this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I am shocked to read what some parent's have written about Nichols school.I switched my child last year, to start 4th grade at nichols and what a great year we had.His teacher was amazing, the amount of homework increased, his academics was much better, the children he has made friends with come from loving families, and I thought the Principal was very friendly and approachable.This year my youngest has switched to go into 1st grade and she has another great teacher, we are having a good start to the year, homework every night for both my kids, which is fine.I went to my first PTA meeting and got to meet some dedicated parents both to their childrens education and to the school.Our new Principal is going to bring us some nichols pride!.I am one proud parent saying Nichols school is a great place for your children to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

My child has been in Nichols since 1st grade (now entering 5th) and I have to say I have been disappointed with the lack of encouragement via special awards and programs offered here. NBot only does this school fail to promote honor roll and other accomplishments - it looks as though our kids could learn more elsewhere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

My son has had a wonderful school year at Nichols. He has learned so much from his fantastic teacher and truly loves his school. I feel the experience each child gets out of his/her education starts out at home. Parents need to be equally involved for a successful student. The PTA tries hard to raise $ to make up for what the Stratford BOE cannot provide. I wonder if the other parents who have written reviews have gotten involved with the PTA themselves or just look to criticize. Lets work together and work to make Nichols an even better school than it already is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Since 1967 some member of our family has been going to Nichols School, beginning with my husband. Like all schools it has its good points and its bad. There are many teachers at Nichols that give their heart and soul to the students (the resource staff is outstanding), a less than successful PTA, and a principal who is truly involved. Changing morals, ideologies, and family structure has deteriorated so rapidly in this urban area that it is not the Nichols School of days gone by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

I am not pleased with the staff's attitude. The teachers & principal view this school & their students as just a job. They are not caring at all. I am very disappointed. The Stratford system had a great reputation, but Nichols cannot be included.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

We moved to Stratford in August of 04 and trying to enroll our children was lke breaking into Fort Knox. The secretaries in the office are cold and unfriendly. The principle however, seems to be trying, but has to work with the staff he has unforntunately. Bridgeport may have a bad rep but that is the children not the educational program itself. Parking has always been a problem, dangerous to say the least. This year the kids go from 8:15 to 2:25 leaving no middle school siblings to pick up the kids more parents are forced to leave jobs to pick up their kids with no parking to accommidate the change. Very Disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

I am not sure if i like this school very much. My daughter has been doing the alp tests since 1st grade and this school does not even do it until 4th grade and they don,t offer any attention to these type of kids who excede the classroom work.Also my son needs special needs and has not gotten it as yet and i am afraid that he not going to make it if it does nothappen soon.This school is very disappointing to me.I don,t think this even friendly most times it has a cold feeling even the nurse is not friendly
—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 83% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2011

 
 
82%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
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 84% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
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 84% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students80%
Female81%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic81%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Reading

All Students69%
Female68%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic60%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Writing

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic86%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Reading

All Students65%
Female77%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Writing

All Students79%
Female94%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
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 Students82%
Female76%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students65%
Female57%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students84%
Female67%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Writing

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students86%
Female82%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%

Reading

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 41% 61%
Hispanic 32% 20%
Black 19% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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396 Nichols Ave
Stratford, CT 06614
Phone: (203) 385-4294

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