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Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted December 4, 2012

The teachers for the most part are fine I just don't like the extra unnecessary things that go on in the school.


Posted May 16, 2012

I have 2 children attending Mahoney this year, and I am very disappointed in the school. I feel my kids are not receiving a good education for a few reasons - first, thanks to 'no child left behind', the curriculum seems dumbed down - my eighth grader is completely bored because she is not being allowed to do harder work (reason: it would make the other kids feel 'inferior'), and my 12 year old - who needs pushing - is not being challenged. Second, there are major disciplinary problem with students, who disrupt classes and sabotage the learning process for those who want to learn. My daughter told me today that one teacher, tired of the din, now just sits at his desk and ignores the chaos. NOT acceptable! Third, the school seems more interested in their music program than the academics - when the music/band classes have stricter standard, rules, and mandatory attendance for concerts than the English, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes, that's a problem. I've tried to be an involved parent - something the school claims to want - but my comments and complaints have been ignored. With one child now off to high school, we are seeking private middle school for our other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

This is a decent middle school. The teachers, for the most part, are great. You can tell they really care about giving us an education. A lot of the kids there like to goof off in the middle of class. The school itself is fairly old, and I think it needs a lot of stuff done. Overall, the teachers are great, and the students are okay.


Posted May 14, 2011

I hate this school because the teachers are horible and the students are out of control a good population of the students at Mahoney do not try there best get bad grades and cause drama or problems and i think some of the special ed staff that help kids with special needs even tought the rule is to work with ALL students most of them just focause on the special needs students! Lunch is gross the put out moldey grapes !the lunch ladies do not ware hair nets and when a student brings up a problum with the princable they do nothing all of the drama is spread by girls mostly and kids with disabilties get bullied and piicked on for the way the look and act and the things they do i just think that this school neeeds better teachers and better wealchair exsesabilty this school has not been fixed sence the High school the atatorum belcaney seats still say SPHS on the back so as you can see this school in my opinion is nothing but bad trash


Posted October 16, 2009

Mahoney has a great community. The teachers and administrators at the school are very accessible and very open. They know all of the kids and the atmosphere is very welcoming at the school. Middle school age is a challenging time for kids and they do a great job helping the kids navigate through those 3 years and get ready for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Mahoney is great school where all students are treated equally,and each teacher's priority is to help all students reach their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Mahoney is a great school housed in a fun old building. Great administration ,great teachers and great kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I love Daniel Mahoney Middle School because the teachers are very nurturing, but also expect excellence from the students. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They are also educated about adolescent behavior, and therefore do not fault the children for being developmentally appropriate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

They do alot of communitee work through the reach program they also have a great program at working with kids with learnng disabilities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Mahoney Middle School is a great place for kids tio grow and achieve. The teachers are great and really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Mahoney Middle School has a wonderful art and music program lead by teachers who truly care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Mahoney is a great school! I am very happy to go there everyday! The teachers are so polite and very nice. I like all the staff. The lunch is great too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

Mahoney is really good ! Way better than memorial...=P We get 3 elementary school 6th 7th and 8th Graders (Small School, Brown School, and Kaler School) And memorial gets only gets Skillen and dyer students! Im not trying to be mean or anything...SORRY!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2006

I have found Mahoney to be a Very good school! The teachers have All been very proactive and have been in touch with me every time there has been a concern about my daughter who is 13 going on 25! typical I'm told! Honestly, all of her teachers up to and including the Principal have all been wonderful to deal with! Feel free to contact me for any details at chrisinme2001@yahoo.com
—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 64% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 92%
Hispanic 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 4%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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