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York Middle School

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Posted September 5, 2014

i came here for 6th grade and was mamed by a tiger, licked by a cat, and bitten by a dog
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

Went through a full four years here. I am now at the high school. Middle school I have to say is the worst EVER!!!! The teachers are horrible and complain about their job and how they don't get paid enough. They don't follow through with rules and are really immature. You can go to any other school in York and it's wonderful but the middle school is just not good


Posted May 17, 2012

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—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 26, 2012

This school is horrible!! I am currently a 7th grader and they are horrible with grading too. When my dad went to school he he would get a 70 and it would be a C here you get a 70 and its a D-. That is crazy!! They don't trust us they treat us like kindergarteners!!! NO INDEPENDENCE!! If you have an issue you see the guidance counselor right? Well the ones here just say there is nothing we can do about it. OR lets just talk. If someone punches you in the face YOU PUNCH BACK but if you punch back you get in more trouble then the person who punched you because you punched back.. This school doesn't make sense.. I have to stay here 1 more year then seriously I am going to a private school if they even let me in with the grades I'm getting because of this school. All I have to say is this is just a wacked up school.. I'm sorry but this school wasted 3 years of my life and it's gonna waste 1 more year because were looping. We are having the same teachers that we had this year NEXT year.. God.. this will be greate


Posted March 31, 2011

This school is horrible bullying happenes and teachers don't care! No there is no wrist cutting I am a student there and I am begging my parents to let me go to berwick academy. They might not let me in because of the horrible teaching I am getting low grades I don't get bored they just don't explane stuff to get kids to pass. They just asseume u know it all. It isn't right!


Posted April 13, 2010

I just moved to york middle school in 7th grade and I think its a good school, I love the schedual and the laptops and the recess, I just don't vary much care for the grading system, which is if you get below a 70 you fail. Besides that, I think its an awesome school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2010

I go to York Middle School, all I can say is the teachers are awful, with the exception of a very few. I know your probably thinking. 'Well he's just an angry kid.' I assure you it is terrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2009

As a former student and now a parent of an 8th grader with learning disabilities, I have to say that I am nothing but thrilled with the school. I feel that communication is great (thanks to e-mail) with all levels of the staff. Their athletic program is excellent and offering a bride array of options. The curriculum can be demanding, but being a previous student; I expect it and made the choice to raise my children in York because of it. With an education from York, Ivy League can eventually be an option that your child can feel well prepared for. I can not say the same for some of the surrounding area schools. I would absolutely recommend York to anyone thinking of moving, its a great community, school district and the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' is not lost here, but rather embraced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

Reviews on this sight are very inacurate. My two daughters just entered this school, from where we were living in Missouri. They love it! The teachers are all here to help and we keep in contact by email and they are always there to help. There are tons of after school activities. I volunteer at the school and let me just tell you.. Drugs? Wrist-cutting? No they are not problems!! The kids at YMS are very well disciplined, respectful, and get a great education!! Don't send your kids to private school, its just a waste of money, when you can go to YMS for free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I believe that YMS has done an ok job. Some of the teachers have done a fantastic job, while many have not. Many of the teachers bend over backwards to help, while most just threaten the students aobut there grades and by telling their parents about how awful the student is doing. And, many of the students are very clicky. Not all, but a few. They see themselves as a group, leaving many students out. Says my daughter. I bet with some work, we could make this a safe learning enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

i'm not to impressed with YMS. The principal doesn't think of whats best for the students. The teachers are very harsh with grading. I personally think the school asks for too many things when the things they have are in absoulute perfect condtion!!! YMS isn't a great learning enviorment for the early adolesence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

The new principal has made quite a difference in the quality of communications within the school environment. The parents are as involved as any middle school child will allow. I have been impressed with the support and encouragement children receive at this middle school. There are classes for children who have special challenges, as well as those who excel. There are wonderful extra-curricular activities like sports, theatre and music. Their marching band is quite impressive. If you're looking for a safe, supportive and involved community to raise your children in, then you will be very happy in York, ME.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

Unfortunately, the school does a very poor job with the transition from 4th grade to 5th, which is part of the Middle School. Due to this fact, the majority of the kids do not meet their potential in a timely manner. I have been very unhappy with the lack of control the teachers have over the badly behaved children, lack of discipline, combined with mediocre skills in the classroom. I would not recommend this school to anyone who has the option of another choice. My kids both go to private high school, expensive and w're not rich, but it's worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

I am largely displeased with York Middle School. My son transferred from Noble where he was a High Honors student. He barely is passing this 8th grade year and received mostly D's and F's due to boredom. I never heard from teachers, principals or guidance counselors other than at scheduled parent teacher conferences where I would be blindsided by bad news time after time. I tried e-mailing the teachers and sometimes was not even answered. Nothing is ever done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

The reviews on this site underrate York Middle School. People should take care not to personalize and project their situations and to look at the whole. The school has many good teachers, and many good programs. The problem is, middle school, or junior high school, is just terrible whether you live in Maine, NY, Kansas or on the moon. The students who attend middle school are in the midst of great changes in their bodies, their minds, and their social abilities. It is an age of great confusion, for parents and for kids, and I think that compared to the rough area that I grew up in, this school is like living in Mr. Rogers neighborhood. That being said, I do feel that the school suffers from weak leadership, and poor communication with parents. If these problems were addressed, it would be a really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

My daughter barely passed 7th grade despite having standerdized test scores averaging 91%+. She claimed that she was bored and that many teachers weren't available for extra help. (A few do bend over backwards to help) The principal seems ashamed to post honor roll results, although I'm sure it would give many students a little more incentive. Teacher conferences are scheduled after grades close, too late to fix problems. I keep intouch by e-mail, but it seems like the classes she struggles the most with, I don't get responses from. There are a few excellent teachers, but many seem to go through the motions and don't care if a child succeeds or fails. I think many potentially good students are falling through the cracks. Ther is a huge lack of communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2004

I am quite displeased with York Middle School. When my daughter entered YMS, she was in the top 98th percentile in math and english. When she 'graduated', she moved down to the 57th. We tried everything in our power to stop this from happening, but it was inevitable with a school like YMS. Discipline is a major problem and other various issues that the teachers choose to ignore. The principle is rather inept and does not have in mind what is right for the students. All in all, we should have sent our child to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2004

Overall, we are not impressed with YMS. Our academically motivated child was bored silly. Drugs, wrist cutting, and the lack of discipline are problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have found the teachers and staff highly responsive to parental concerns. The environment is safe and wholesome. The curriculum is challenging and prepares the students for further education.
—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.
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%
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 64% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 1%
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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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30 Organug Rd
York, ME 03909
Phone: (207) 363-4214

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