Just an FYI ... Some of these ratings are relatively old. If you look at the ratings that are 2006 or older you get a 2-star rating. Looking at the ratings that are 2009 and newer you get a 4-star rating. To me, this indicates change and improvement that might not be recognized by the overall rating of 3-stars. (as of 01-2014) Shouldn't these ratings be aged off the record or at least age weighted to better reflect how the school is performing now?
This school does very well for both the special need and exceptional student. It understands how to adjust the core curriculum to the student. It tends to attract a number of special needs students because of this. Thus, why it's test scores do not adequately reflect the true value of the school.
I'm an honors student at Maranacook Middle school, and it is not hard to be one. Maranacook classes are very easy and they teach you stuff you have already learned. NO one pays attention in class and yet we ace worksheets easily. People think Maranacook is a smart school, but really we just have easy work.
I am a teacher who has experience in other schools and work places. My family moved here in part because of the excellence of this school as a place for students to excel and as a place to work, if a person is willing to work harder them most any school. The level of comment here is very high. The looping and teams greatly adds to the well being of the students.
Unusually committed to the well being of students. The looping with students helps to build trust and I think makes for a health climate. Most of the teachers make a great effort. Some great material allows for kids to be challenged at whatever level they are at. I have never seen a school where teachers work harder. The principle is very open to input.
My daughters have made great gains at this school! Math instruction filled in the holes that they came with from elementary school. The integrated instruction was engaging and the project work incorporated many great skills from research and writing to presenting. I am very happy with their middle school experience!
My child has been in the Maranacook school system since Kindergarten. Elementary School was wonderful. High School is sufficient. The Middle School however was, and still is, lacking in many areas. This wouldn't be as much of a problem, if the staff, principal, superintendent and school board were willing to engage in an open dialoge with the community about the positives and negatives of the school and then be willing to make changes that reflect the values of the community. This middle school reflects the values of the principal which is very different from what the majority of the community want. I moved into this school system because of the wonderful elementary school and I stayed in the school system becasue I did not want my child to have to change schools (I had that experience and it can be very difficult). However, I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.
I think that the school is really good, and any parent that doesn't think their kid is learning enough isn't involved. The kids who do badly don't try or care about school. The teachers (at least on my team) are really involved and it's really hard to fail a class; they try to help all the kids, giving them more challenging assignments if they need it, and vise versa, and the sports are really good, even with the budget freeze. I have had a really great time in middle school, which is supposed to (or so I hear) be the hardest part in a kids life.