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Ottoson Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1026 students

 
 

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2011:
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Posted November 13, 2014

Good points: the teachers are excellent and dedicated. The music, arts, and tech programs are excellent. Bad points: there are way way too many kids in this school. Staff can be snarky. The building looks like a prison. Half of the Special Ed. department is terrific; the other half is awful. And worst for last, most teachers give ridiculous, insanely ridiculous amounts of homework. 30 minutes per subject, so they say. Kids aren't allowed in the library after school without signing up for an after school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

I think that the Ottoson Middle School has done a wonderful job with helping my child with his learning needs. My child is on an IEP at the Ottoson and when he started there in the 6th grade I was very worried that he would not get the same services that he did in elementary school but they have exceeded my expectations and he has excelled so much there. Yes the Ottoson Middle School defiantly supports any learning issues and they do it well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

This is my second year attending this school. So far its been a pretty awesome year. I have very nice teachers and they all give you a reasonable amount of homework, sometimes none at all. I am really gonna miss seventh grade.


Posted December 22, 2013

This school is just so -so.They seldom Listen to my child , don't give him help. so we feel very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

If I could, I'd give this school 3 and a half stars. I am currently attending my second year at Ottoson. Some of the teachers are very great and nice and fair. Others should be fired. Unreasonable dress code (seriously, who has shorts that are past your finger tips when your arms are at your side?). I know public schools aren't always supposed to be clean and tidy, but sometimes it's disgusting. I am afraid to sit on the toilet seat or even touch the door handle to the bathroom. Also, it's very disorganized because of gigantic class sizes. There should really be a second middle school in Arlington.


Posted October 16, 2013

I am writing in response to the post dated August 28, 2010, I think it is awful that you had to go through that type of bullying but I think at that time bullying was going on in ALOT OF SCHOOLS UNOTICED, and children in fear of talking about it but I can tell you now (with the new laws) OMS is very involved with ANTI- BULLYING they have seminars, they get our children involved as well. My son is in the 8th grade at the OMS and I have to say for a parent who was very nervous about Middle School, OMS has gone beyond my expectations, I have seen my son grow so much with the support not only from his teachers but his peers as well. The academic support they have is remarkable. I grew up in Arlington but went to the (Junior High East) which has closed down since so I had no Idea about OMS but if you are parent looking on this site about schools from one parent to another the OMS is a wonderful school, I am reading some reviews from the kids that attended OMS in regards to detentions, yes I am sure the school give detentions when needed. The teachers, staff, principles are all available to you when needed. I had a great experience with my son at OMS I will miss OMS next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I went to ottoson and got A and B and I still hated this school. This is my summary of the place half the teachers nice half mean. I failed most of my test in the summer because there was no air conditioner but that ok with the principles because they have air conditioners in there offices. I had terrible migraines but they would not send me home. I remember once getting left out in the rain and I went inside and they said I had to go back out so I was wet most of the morning and then they said over the speaker that morning " you can not just buy a ampm card just to go in the school and not get wet". First time I got a detention it was because of this "teacher said no more talking I said ok wait does me saying ok count as talking" and then I got a detention. I would not suggest this school.


Posted October 29, 2012

This school is awful. I always dread each day of it. The teachers are unorganized, and just plain unfair. They throw detentions at you left and right for things that aren't your fault. They give undoable amounts of homework and they act like they hate you.


Posted June 12, 2011

I personally think this is a good school. I am attending here and other than some bad teachers, I think it is an ideal middle school.


Posted April 22, 2011

responding to the January 6th post: What was the point of that post? To show how you don't like Lakeview? To try to be all dramatic by giving hints on who you were? To make yourself feel better by saying that you're popular (you're not) and trying to act tough by threatening people who say OMS is a bad school? This isn't the place for all that, so save it. Now, I should probably write a review about OMS. I personally liked it, my parents made me change schools cuz I wasn't getting good grades, but many people do well there.


Posted January 6, 2011

Okay let me set the record straight for anyone rading this. I am a 13 year old student currently attending Lakeview Junior High School in Dracut MA and I just transferred out of Ottoson Middle School NOT because of bullying or any of that other junk I transferred out bescause I moved. Now I can't use my name because the website won't post the review if I do but here's a little hint on who I am. On my last day attending OMS (11/3/10) I skateboarded down the hallway at approx. 2:20 I wrestled for OMS Wrestling Team. Skateboarded with friends in my spare time and just for the record I am/was one of the popular kids before I moved. Saying Ottoson Middle School is a bad school is a load of it. Come out to Dracut and see Lakeview Junior High it's 10 times worse. So everybody that says OMS is a bad school better smarten up before I have to find you.


Posted August 28, 2010

I have been to Ottoson two years ago. To be very honest the school in general is okay. My experience there was no so good. Being a target of bullying along with other kids. I had to lay low in fear of more bullying. As expected in any school there is some kind of bullying. But at ottoson there is a little more. Because of my terrible expierience i chose to leave Arlington Public Schools to go to Minuteman Career and Technical High School. Overall if your child is "shyer" than a regular kid. Your child will not like this school just because of the constant harrassment from other students. I hope this helped


Posted February 15, 2008

The teachers are out of control. It is a rogue middle school, and the teachers are attempting to run a reform-minded superintendent out of town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

this school is awsome... i think that we should have more school dances though because we need to socialize!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2006

Anyways, I'm an honor student. There are a lot of brilliant kids there too. Most of the teachers are cool. Once in a while kids get in physical fights, but then again, girls like me find them part of life. You can't shelter your kids forever. I have so much fun there. I think this is an awesome school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

The Ottoson Middle School is a wonderful public school. The staff are dedicated and so is the principal who communicates often with the parents. Parents are not as involved as in the elementary schools, but I think this is because the students no longer want to see mom and dad around at this age. There are some afterschool programs but they are over within an hour. The afterschool music programs are excellent. The afterschool play is a bit haphazard but also a good experience for the kids. There are no sports teams but there are afterschool sports activities that the kids enjoy. The academics are good all-around from what I've seen. They seem to reach out to kids at all levels of ability. The teacher's my child has had have all been devoted and experienced. Safety in school is excellent although there could be better road/crossing guard safety.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 71% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
African American44%
Asian90%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial92%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
English language learners65%

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male80%
African American39%
Asian83%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial79%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners65%
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 Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
African American70%
Asian91%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learners67%

Math

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
African American20%
Asian83%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners54%
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 Students93%
Female97%
Male89%
African American90%
Asian88%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female78%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial72%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female62%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial64%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
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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Reading growth at this school

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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 81% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 2% 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 12%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arlington, MA 02476
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