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Agawam High School

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Posted May 18, 2014

Ive gone thru Agawam schools and now so has my child. The guidance department is awful, they dont care to take any time actually helping students as far as picking the right classes and prepping for college. very disinterested. the principals play favorites such as 2 kids commit same offense, one punished, one not. Bullying and drug use is rampant, kids go to school high very often. there are a handful of very good teachers who care but the rest.... one was lauded as teacher of the year after he told me he didnt have time when staying after school to actually help students, thats what books are for. really. he also used an overweight girl in class,math,and her weight as an example embarrassing her, principal did nothing at all. if I could have taken my child to a better school, I would have in a heartbeat. very disgusted with the very old,crumbling building too. zero landscaping,look for yourself, and old lockers, bad track,small rooms,not enough bathrooms etc... glad we are done with the Agawam school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

This school is the best, great learning experience, one of the best high schools in western mass.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2013

Speaking as a former class of 2000 student from AHS the school was decent at best.. The teachers I had were old school ,set in there ways and favored certain students over the rest and didn't hide the fact. Some people think that because its a suburban school that it's better but that's not always the case.. Hopefully they have some younger more attentive teachers that show compassion and want the students to prosper, not just push them through grade by grade sweeping them under the rug.. The saying is true, these children ARE the future, don't we want to give them every chance possible to fully succeed in life?


Posted April 3, 2009

I have graduated from this school, and now my daughter is a Freshman at AHS. The two experiences could not be more different. When I was a student, the learning structure was aweful, the teachers had very little interest in their students, and all the extra curricular activities centered around sports - there were not many options if you had other interests. However, my daughter has joined several clubs and has had a really positive experence with each of them. The teachers are much younger than those I had, and have a fresh take on how to communicate with teens and keep them interested in topics covered in class. The teachers that I've met of hers have taken a real interest in her progress and advancement. This school has come a long way in one generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

i went to this school and it is much to strict. There are barely any activities for the students to attend. they need to loosen up. other that that it is not a bad pschool to attend
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2008

The school has changed a lot for the better. Kids have more freedom (not too much) and are respected. Great things are happening at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2006

I think Agawam High School is a wonderful school. I'm currently a sophomore at AHS, and its been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. If theres ONE or TWO teachers that are bothering you or your son/daughter based on bad teaching skills, then you need to understand that 1.not everyone is perfect, and 2. you are allowed to go to guidance and have them switch your teacher but take the same course or another course depending on yours or your son/daughter's grades at any point in the year. I did that with 2 of my teachers freshman year, and I'm very glad that I did that. All teachers are more than willing to help anyone.If you don't work hard in this school, you won't succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2006

This is not a very good high school. I wish I had been lucky enought to attend another school but alas, funds prevented that. I would say that if you can, find an alternative for your kids. This school seems stuck in another time as far as teaching methods and isn't terribly inspirational.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 16, 2006

Agawam high school is an excellent school to attend. It is challenging and offers a wide variety of clubs and after school programs. The parents seem to be really involved in their childs education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2006

I graduated from AHS in 2004. My brother is currently a senior at the school. The atmosphere was very uninviting. The students have to wear nametags everyday. I am all for student safety safety, but i dont think name tags being displayed is the way to do it. I was never worried about my safety when i was enrolled at AHS and i didnt wear a nametag. I think something else has to be done. On the other hand, students were rushed through the curriculum in order to cover everything on the MCAS. I think deciding weather a student graduates should not be determined over a single test.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2005

I don't know what you people are talking about who say that it's like a prision. AHS is a great school that allows you to excel in education and life. The teachers are great and are always there for their students. I am a student so take it from me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2005

I think that overall the school is, okay. Other than the fact that there is more drama at AHS then anyone that I have ever talked to has ever experienced.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2004

The AHS I knew is no more! I have lived in this town for 40+ years and gone through the whole school from K-12.My 15 year old daughter is now going to the AHS and I'm disturbed by what I'm hearing is happening there.Many of her teachers are acting inappropriately ie: applying makeup in class during the session,eating their lunch in front of them in class,actually swearing at them as well. This can be validated if you ask your kids! What I want to know is 'Where is the Principal and where are the adults who are leading our kids?'I have found talking to faculty has done nothing to resolve issues with my daughter and have found that they support their peers over the people they are there for--the students! - An Angry Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2004

My child came home everyday from school believing that it was more of a prison than a school. While I can appreciate the fact they want to keep our children safe, they should be more woried about educating them than what clothes they are wearing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2004

In comparison to the other schools in Western Massachusetts, the school offers one of the best learning environments if a student wishes to excel. However, if the student is just going to school because they have to, they will be pushed along from grade to grade. But, for students with the drive, teachers are more than willing to make sure your child is challenged. Outside the school, I must say the community and its citizens are absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2004

This school is terrible. It is like being locked up inside a state pennitentary. Principal needs to give the kids some freedom once in a while.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female70%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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81%

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94%

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33%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
66%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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22%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students77%
Female84%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students63%
Female55%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Students46%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

73%

Average SAT score

1496

Graduation rate

92%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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760 Cooper St
Agawam, MA 01001
Phone: (413) 821-0521

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