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Westbrook Middle School

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Posted April 28, 2010

My experience at the Westbrook Middle School is that special education student s needs are not met. Mr. House is not involved and never attends any meetings; he defends teacher s bad behaviors instead of correcting them. The lack of supervision is evident as teachers blatantly do not follow IEP or 504 recommendations. How is it possible for a child (and there are many in this school) to receive all F grades years after year without any intervention. Isn t this school embarrassed at all or blaming the parent is the answer to all their problems because then they don t have to put in the work to help kids? Environment speaks volumes and the demoralization and bullying in this school by some teachers creates an environment of aggression and violence which parents are aware. The budget asks for more special ed teahers, but without support for the cause what is the point?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

In my experience I found that special education student s needs are not met. Mr. House is not involved and never attends any meetings; he defends teacher s bad behaviors instead of correcting them. The lack of supervision is evident as teachers blatantly do not follow meeting recommendations. How is it possible for a child (and there are many in this school) to receive all F grades years after year without any intervention. Isn t this school embarrassed at all or blaming the parent is the answer to all their problems because then they don t have to put in the work to help kids? Environment speaks volumes and the demoralization and bullying in this school by some teachers creates an environment of aggression and violence which parents are aware. tThe budget ask for more special ed teachers, but whatst he point if the leadership does not support the cause?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I love my school! And this is coming from a student. We have so many sports, and activities to do as well as different classes. The school is fairly new and I haven't yet met a teacher I would consider mean. I love Mr.Pennella, Mrs. Sanford, Mr. Baxter, and Mrs. Overchuk. Mr.House(principal) is really nice. (if you are a good kid) My classes are: Science > History > Gym > Break > Math > Spanish > Lunch > Family Consumer > Language Arts. P.s. the person who tom burns wrote a review about is one of my friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2009

I have a young daughter in 6th grade who has spent her last two years at the middle school and she loves it. The classes are challenging and the school atmosphere for a middle school is second to none. Mr. House has done a great job and has built a very positive learning environment. Kudo's to Ms. Overchuk who is phenomenal---This town is the best---Tom Burns
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

Westbrook Middle School is not a bad school. However the principal is unreasonable about any change. Special Ed children are not able to get what they need and it is definitely because of Mr. House, the principal. He is a very black and white lined person. Unless there is change in positions, It will never be a good school.


Posted August 14, 2008

Still lacking administration that will follow through. Communication extremely poor. A handful of teachers that are very good, yet some so poor it is mind-bending. Persistance as a parent is key. The school has a philosphophy of punishing all for the poor behavior or choices of one or a few. Not happy with this school as a parent. No problems with the grammar school & no experience to date with the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

Big changes have been happening and since long overdue are being well received. More policies and procedures are being followed from the other 2 schools that have better results and provide district consistency. Sept. 2005 a new school building will be open for 5-8 grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

The Westbrook Middle school is a fun, great place to make friends,have a good time with teachers, and still learn with a stress free environment without smaller brothers and sisters annoying you. The principal and the staff are very protective and make students feel comfortable there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2004

Lacking administration that follows through, Reacts to pressures of individuals threats resulting in unfair treatment to students.excellent teaching staff. Non supportive administration.
—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 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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97%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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88%

2011

 
 
81%

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84%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

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

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

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 Students93%
Female88%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Writing

All Students95%
Female100%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students90%
Female85%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%

Writing

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students90%
Female100%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
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

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Reading

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students92%
Female88%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Writing

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
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 89% 61%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 13%
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 16%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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156 McVeagh Rd
Westbrook, CT 06498
Phone: (860) 399-2010

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