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Peirce School

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Posted May 6, 2010

The teachers are careful to their children and take care of the intellectual development of their children


Posted May 5, 2010

The school is very good and has great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The Peirce experience reflects a community spirit and commitment to learning. The curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities foster a sense of responsibility; pride and sense of belonging. It takes a village...and Peirce has a fabulous village with its teachers, families and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Peirce is a diverse and exciting place for children to grow and thrive. Everyone is working towards helping students do their best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

A wonderful, small school where I feel my child feels very much at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The community feeling at Peirce is welcoming. Everyone knows each other , it's a wonderful feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The great teachers make learning fun and engaging for students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My daughter started the Peirce in Kindergarten and my son started in 3rd grade. I have never met a group of caring teachers, faculty or staff members under one roof! The school environment is more like a family setting we all know each other and we all pitch in to help each other whether it is regarding a personal matter or rallying around our school. I feel really privileged to be a part of the Peirce school community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Peirce is a wonderful neighborhood school that is a big part of the community. Great teachers, wonderful staff, and super community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Peirce is the home of 'Peirce Pride' !!!! Peirce is a small community school nestled in the northwest corner community of Arlington, The school is a big part of our community and lives. We are proud of our school and give it top grades!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Very committed, and caring teachers. Great environment for our kids' learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Peirce is a wonderful school because of our dedicated community. Our principal, teachers, parents and kids make our school really special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Great school. Wonderful teachers. Excellent after care programs. Principal is very supportive and nurturing. Good feelings all around. Great community of parents too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My son loves his school, teachers, classmate! He's the best endorser!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The coomunity that makes Peirce School work is amazing. I have never had my child at a school that was so loved and taken care of by those who both run it and attend it. It really is a model for what a community can make a school and how a school can rally a community. It is a little nest of love and concern that nurtures its nestlings until they are ready to fly the coop as it were
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Peirce has a great spirit of volunteerism and a strong school ethic. 'Peirce Pride' is teaching the children about core values. Our principal, Karen Hartley, is a cheerful and devoted presence, and our teachers are a very talented and dedicated group. Recent initiatives include the school's science garden, the bottle & can recycling drive, the 'Galatic Travels' reading fair, the annual PTO spaghetti dinner and talent school, to name a few. Peirce is a small elementary school with a great big heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I love Peirce because my children arrive with a smile on their face each day and leave with that same smile. They learn new things all the time while having fun at the same time. The teachers and pricipal are always friendly and helpful, along with most of the staff. Keep up the great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The community spirit at the Peirce school is palpable. There is a way that it has been a second family. The care and dedication to learning and development of the teachers, the principal, and the families are unmatched.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The Peirce School is a fabulous environment for the kids to learn; both academically and personally. The size of the school allows for students and familes to interact and get to know each otehr. The staff are an incredible group of talented, creative people that are always striving to give their all to the students and families. The Peirce School has fosterd a genuine community in the neighborhood; a community of people willing to come together and work together to help the kids learn, have fun and be themsleves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My daughter has had a good experience in kindergarten. She has learned a tremendous amount and has a very kind and thoughtful teacher. The current principal is also great. They have done many creative events in the school to engage children and help them learn.
—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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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73%

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79%

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79%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
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 53% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
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%
Female72%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I33%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female64%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities60%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female67%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities30%
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 Students79%
Female92%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female77%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female93%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I75%
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 (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.

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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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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

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

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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50%
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26%
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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 70% 67%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 5% 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 17%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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