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Walsh School

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Posted May 29, 2014

Now I have recently moved from NYC to waterbury ct my son is in special education since we came from NYC he will be repeating kindergarten but I already knew that before my arrival to this school. I'm hoping their staff of teachers can help my boy out but what i do know is thier is no Honor role in any grade in this particular school. I asked because I wanted to work on getting my son out of special education into a regular class and work on getting into honor role. He is in special education because of speech only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I have 3 children who currently attend Walsh and all 3 are honor students. The teachers are wonderful and compassionate. My children love their school and the challenges it comes with. My only negative thought is the parking situation while picking students up at the end of the day. It definitely needs improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2013

I wish people who have commented below would come visit and see the school now.


Posted November 4, 2011

I am a parent at Walsh School. I have two daughters who attend one in second grade and the other in kindergarten. They love the Principals. Every morning I stay to hear what they will say at Morning Meeting to motivate the children before they go to class. I feel revved up myself before I go off to work. I am a single parent who does not always get time to take a walk in the woods with my children and talk about nature. The second grade teachers took my child on a trip in Wolcott where that did hands on activities that my daughter still talks about. These teachers go above and beyond everyday. I was afraid to send my daughters to this school because I heard such terrible things. Now I am one of their strongest advocates. This Principal changed the school since he has been there and my daughters are safe. Best decision I ever made. It is clean, safe and my children are learning. They love their friends and morning meeting is the best. Sometimes they have special guests. They have announcements and helpful hints for parents. You get to hear from the Principals everyday. I love this school because it is safe, my daughters are learning, clean and is close to my house.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

I am a community person that lives around the school. I hate that schools are judged by Mastery Tests. I have watched this school soar in the last 6 years under great leadership. Students are well mannered parents are actively involved. I volunteered my time in the school to get what was happening inside and found the atmosphere warm and inviting. Teacher totally consciencious and involved with their students. Strong disciplinarians. Extremely professional office staff and the cleanest school you will ever see. Actually, I watched the most caring and hardworking teacher work with handicap children as she and other teachers brought them to lunch. There is a lot of blight around the school and it is on the side of town that is often forgotten. I know because I live there. But, the school is the shining light in the neighborhood. I have seen movies about principals that do what this one has done. I expect this one will be coming soon. This guy has taken on the entire city to get the job done. He has done an awesome job! He hired the best teachers in the world and togther they are changing things. Community support is the best of any school in the state. Five Stars!!


Posted March 4, 2011

The lack of concern for borderline special needs students is upsetting. The fact that they don't do much except sweet talk kids who are bullied and tell bullies to 'stop' and nothing else is even more concerning. They do not follow the state or federal anti-bullying laws. I wonder if the current 'administration' (and I use that word lightly because they are nothing but a joke duo)will be able to sleep well at night if one of their bullied kids end up being a student that loses it and ends up doing something like the Columbine incident. They don't think of the long term effects of their inactions in dealing with the bullies. They tell the bulled kids THEY need to change rather than deal with the bullies and their parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

This school is always in the news. From DCF issues to destoying the morale of not only the students but the community that Walsh is a part of. No longer are present the administration and staff this school once pocessed 5 years ago. Waterbury has many incompetent administratos, that are voted out by the staff but they still remain. Politics you think?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

I have had children in Walsh for 10 years, I love this school and the drive the principal and staff have to make it the best school for our children.I rate this school with a five. I'm glad we are part of the original magnet program because I wouldn't want my children in any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

As a parent I feel the quality of academic programs is lacking. The content may be developed, but the inexperienced teaching staff should be replaced with veteran teachers who have experience in methods and strategies to deal with the complex problems that surface throughout the day. I was disappointed this week to find out that in each of the grade levels of Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and fourth have lost 2 or more teachers who have left the distinct or building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2007

I was very concerned because my son had gone to Maloney Magnet from Pre Kindergarden to 5 grade and I wanted my daughter to also go there. When she had to go to Walsh I was scared in the quality of the education there however, she's been there going on 2 years and I must say I'm impressed with the schools ability to teach and maintain structure. I do not feel she will be delayed at all because of attending at Walsh. I'm most proud of how much my daughter s vocabulary has improved, although she has always had great vocabulary for her age, I just feel the school has definitely help to broadened it. She comes home with a new word or a new safety tip from Mr. Brown whom is her 'favorite principal'. I think they are doing an awesome job so far in my experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

As a parent I feel the quality of academic programs is lacking. The content may be developed, but the inexperienced teaching staff should be replaced with veteran teachers who have experience in methods and strategies to deal with the complex problems that surface throughout the day. I was disappointed this week to find out that in each of the grade levels of Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and fourth have lost 2 or more teachers who have left the distinct or building. The district alone had to hire 120 teachers, mostly Ist year teachers. Two of my children who were entering 2nd and 3rd grade were looking forward to teachers their brothers and sisters have recently had. There gone too! Safety is another issue not addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

This school finished last in the district for CMT results. The staff is always changing. Vetern teachers leave at a rate of 13-15 a year. As a parent this concerns me because experienced teachers are needed in a school like this. Many parents including myself want to volunteer but find a lack of interest from staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

My daughter has been a student since Pre-k and is in 4th grade now and will be transferred to Maloney. I had mixed emotions about this because I can't say enough about the teachers. They have taught her so well. She loved them all. Keep up the good work Mrs.Baker,Mr.Calabrese,Ms.Kizis,and Mrs.DeSanto. We will miss you.
—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 83% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
24%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students60%
Female57%
Male64%
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%

Reading

All Students35%
Female37%
Male31%
Black44%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic21%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%

Writing

All Students48%
Female55%
Male36%
Black50%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic43%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
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 Students37%
Female37%
Male36%
Black43%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%

Reading

All Students28%
Female26%
Male31%
Black39%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%

Writing

All Students56%
Female65%
Male44%
Black67%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
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 Students39%
Female41%
Male37%
Black28%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic46%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%

Reading

All Students39%
Female46%
Male31%
Black38%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic42%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%

Science

All Students38%
Female36%
Male40%
Black26%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%

Writing

All Students59%
Female72%
Male43%
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
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
Hispanic 55% 20%
Black 36% 13%
White 8% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 96%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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