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Amesbury High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 609 students

 
 

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Posted July 22, 2013

Amesbury school system is consistently one of the worst in Massachusetts. What baffles me is why we have the highest property tax rates in the states and the worst school system. Shouldn't our tax dollars be spent on our childrens education rather than an overly staffed and unnecessary police force? Rather than sending our children to private schools we moved out of Amesbury to a much better district. The public has been waiting 20+years for an improvement in the school system but it has never come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

I would never put any child that wants a normal high school experience at amesbury if the administration doesn't like you they are out to get you. I would suggest going to the town next over newburyport because it has better academics and a much stronger athletic program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

I love amesbury high school because it has the best teachers! I learned so much from each and every one of the teachers I have had (I graduated in 2009) but I really miss high school! The teachers I had senior year not only taught me how to do math problems, how to write essays, and laws, but they taught me about life. I learned that no matter what situation I am in, even if I am unhappy, I need to make the best of it and try my best in order to make the most of the situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2009

Poor quality instruction, unhappy teachers I transfered my child to Newburyport in her sophomore year. She actually learns things there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

Most of the teachers at this school are dedicated,interesting professionals who strive to deliver a quality education.The principal is too lenient though on smoking in the bathrooms, petty theft,etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

The staff aren't particularly knowledgeable and are uninspired. There are also significant disciplinary problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2004

I found the staff and the Principal very approachable. The Principal has brought many new programs to the high school and put more emphasis on academics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2004

The Principal is never involved with anything that had to do with the school he is always in his office never getting in with the student to see what they need.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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87%

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83%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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79%
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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 Students94%
Female97%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female74%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities12%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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66%

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76%

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74%
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.

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Tech/Engineering

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

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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 Students80%
Female78%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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%
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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

70%

Average SAT score

1575

Graduation rate

85%


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 94% 67%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
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 21%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5 Highland St
Amesbury, MA 01913
Phone: (978) 388-4800

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