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Alma E. Pagels School

Public | PK-4 | 360 students

 
 

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Posted October 21, 2010

It is a school about equal opportunity for all children, including those living with disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

My oldest son attended Pagels and is now in high school and doing very well. He has fond memories of Pagels and his teachers. My youngest son is currently a student at Pagels. Mrs. Lutsky is a tremendous 1st grade teacher who cares very deeply for her students and is a knowledgable educator. Mrs. Prisco has been a welcome addition to the school community - she brings new life to the building and excitement for learning. I think the school and staff are top notch and I am proud to be a Pagels School parent! --Parent and Educator in another town
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

Both of my children had wonderful experiences at Pagels. We found the teachers to be dedicated, caring and always there to help. Both music teachers are exceptional as well. The lunch aides are watching 60+ children per lunch wave and do an exceptional job of keeping the children safe - not an easy task!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My children attended Pagels and found the staff to be great. The teachers are very caring and many including the music teacher will got well out of their way to help any student. The only problem this school has is other parents who think that attending parent teachers night 2 times a year counts as being involved with their child/student. This school is an old fashoned neighborhood school that gets a lot of support for the local neighborhoods which is where much of the staff comes from. I highly recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I've always found the teachers at Pagels to be really nice and caring. The lunch aides do get a bad rap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

Both of my daughters attended Pagels a few years ago and I am a former President of the PTA, and also served as Corresponding Secretary for many years. I want to say that my daughters experiences at Pagels are what started them off on their positive experiences at both Bailey MS and WHHS. I can not say enough positive things about this school: the music teacher? Absolutely one of the best: one of the most positive infulences in my daughers lives. My daughters both think the world of him. The past Principal I worked with for years in different capacities and he was a caring man who put the needs of the students first and was always available to anyone that needed to speak to him. It upsets me to hear negative things about Pagels; The staff and teachers gave so much to my daughters;I can never thank them enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I love Pagels.My son has been in Pagels for 4 years.Withthe help of the excellent teachers and staff he has moved from Sepcial Ed to a mainstream classromm and is doing exceptionally well. My only complaint would be the music teacher and the lunch aides.But overall the schoolis excellent!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

I have been very disappointed with Pagels. My son has been placed more than once with a 'more seasoned' teacher for his reading comprehensive skills. Their idea of more seasoned is someone who is near retirement, lacks patience, and new creative ideas to spark the child's interest. The prior Principal appeased parents but did not take control of his staff. The lunch aides are horrible and it was expressed by a multitude of parents stemming from each grade in the school and was ignored. The school needs to enforce more safety as to who comes and goes at the school. If I had the finances I would pull him out and place him in a private school.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

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

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students86%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%

Reading

All Students75%
Female83%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%

Writing

All Students80%
Female92%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students88%
Female81%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Reading

All Students76%
Female65%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 49% 61%
Black 24% 13%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 4% 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 44%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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26 Benham Hill Rd
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 931-6840

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