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High Plain Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 527 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

We are extremely happy about this school because since the first day of school our kids came home talking about how the teachers and the students welcomed them with a lot respect and friendship . I really like the fact that the homework is completely different from the others school they had attended. They provide a lot of help individually to the kids whom need help in any subject. We as a parents are extremely happy with the new school we had chosen for our kids . :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

We moved to Andover last year - yes, for the schools, lovely town, and "better" house for the money (as compared to Newton, etc.).We have two children at HPES and feel we have made an excellent choice. The teachers and staff are wonderful. They expect a lot from our kids and give back as much and more. I'm not sure where the negative reviews are coming from - perhaps we are lucky with our teachers? I don't think so from what I've seen and heard so far from other parents, but I'm thankful for the experience we are getting. They do have challenging coursework (even so at the K-level) and a family feel to the place. I like that and the fact that my kids are excelling academically, physically, and socially - good stuff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

Sadly, after moving to Andover with high hopes for an excellent education for our children, we have been disappointed. It seems that in certain areas this school does well, but don't expect an excellent or balanced education across the board. While there are many warm, well-educated, creative and dedicated teachers at this school, there are just as many who are cold, disengaged and just doing what is needed to get through the day. Leadership could turn this around, but unfortunately those in charge are not leading by example. It's not all bad - if you are lucky enough to be one of the students to snag a great teacher for the year you will be given the opportunity to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

This Andover public school (and most likely all of them) draws from the same labor pool as the rest of Merrimack Valley (Lawrence, Dracut, Haverhill,etc.) and/or southern NH. Therefore, many of the teachers and some administrators were educated at schools that are lower ranking and thus they receive only a very average education themselves. Our oldest just had a teacher last year who can't spell ... unbelievable. Look at sources like the Boston Magazine and you will find that the ratings of Andover have been sinking. Some of the parents that are over the moon about this area grew up here so they are not objective. While many of the parents and kids here are above average in many ways, the school is not and a wiser investment in housing and public education for a savvy family would be for them to buy in some of the higher ranking towns nearer to Boston -- even if it means the house purchased won't be as high end. Don't be fooled by the out-of-date reputation that the realtors are still pushing. Lastly, be aware the presence of Phillips Academy has no bearing on the quality of the local schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2011

I have three children that attend High Plain Elementary. This school has the BEST community of families I've ever witnessed. We were new to the area when my eldest started at HPE and we were welcomed and felt like we belonged within days. The teachers were handpicked from Andover's best for this school and you can see their commitment to education and the children when you enter the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

Both my children attend High Plain, and I cannot rave about it more. The teachers are excellent, the staff is dedicated, and Brenda O'Brien, the Principal, is the most passionate and dedicated educator I've ever met. As I parent, I have had ample opportunity to get involved, both during and after the school day, and I feel both my children AND myself are having a wonderful elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Leadership is critical in any organization. Brenda O'brien, the principal is an absolute phenomenon...she is fantastic with the students and parents--and she is respected by her staff. The children seem to excel as a result of a strong curriculum that encourages and rewards achievement. Mrs Stein, the music educator with 30 plus years puts on class plays and musicals--the children love music which helps them in their academics...Mrs Schiff who runs physical education is able to identify children with motor skills issues early on..another pro....computer, art, are all well represented. The PTO and parents are very involved as one can tell by trying to gey a parking space on the night of an open house... Definitely the best school in Andover.... a lot of love....Brenda O'Brien's passion make her in my book one of the best principals in the state
—Submitted by a parent


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 57% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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81%

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72%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
80%
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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

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
81%

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63%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
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 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students76%
Female83%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I70%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities21%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities23%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I73%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I18%
Students with disabilities44%
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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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 68% 68%
Asian 23% 6%
Hispanic 6% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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333 High Plain Rd
Andover, MA 01810
Phone: (978) 623-8900

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