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Amesbury Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 742 students

 
 

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Posted June 13, 2012

Not giving any positive reinforecemnt with a child with ADHD, involving Police and Dss about matters that the child isn't comprehending, he copied what he saw last year and now targeted at this school. We as a loving supportive family have unconditional Love and Go to any lengths to help a troubled Teenager or 5th Grader. His Medical records show all this and you ignore it and not have the ability to sit and talk with him, not talk down to him. We pray we find another school that doesn't bring up other family member's mistakes and helps him and my daughter, He is a constant target for the school and I have seen this all year.


Posted November 10, 2010

Our child is currently attending AMS school and we (child and parents) couldn't be happier with the experience. The teaching staff is exceptional and the administration is extremely organized and accommodating. Prior to attending AMS our child attended a local private school for 6 years. In the last year of attending that school our childs natural "love of learning" had been compromised; no had been lost! As parents we thought this change in attitude was the beginning of the difficult adolescent behavior years; boy were we wrong. The change in attitude toward learning had everything to due with school environment and teaching style. The teachers at AMS have in a very short time rekindled the "natural love of learning" and our child once again looks forward to going to school and is excelling more than ever, giving school work 110% and being rewarded for it!. I can't thank or praise the teaching staff at AMS enough. If I wasn't living this experience I'm not sure I would have belived it as I was one of those people that believed a private education was superior to a public education; boy was I wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

My son is on an IEP and the teachers are just simply wonderful -- One of his teachers even takes the extra effort in helping my son read -- She even uses her free time, every other day, to help my son work through the Wilson Reading Program -- How Outstanding and going the Extra Mile is that? :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I have two grandsons who attend this school and if the school can motivate them (as it does!) then it is doing a fantastic job with kids at a difficult age.


Posted November 23, 2008

my 2 children go to this school, it is not a welcoming school, & treats outsiders as horrible people, & go out of there way to make you feel un-welcome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2003

I think that this school has good potential for many years to come, they really keep the students involved in every day life, and most of the teachers are nice, well-rounded, good overall teachers!
—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 65% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female79%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female62%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
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

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
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

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Female85%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities16%
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

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Female91%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female66%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female46%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
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


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.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 67%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 28%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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220 Main St
Amesbury, MA 01913
Phone: (978) 388-0515

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