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Thompson Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 321 students

 

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Posted July 13, 2012

Wonderful school with highly committed teachers. We love the diversity, and the more realistic environment this school provides for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Thompson is a gem. Except that it is going to be rebuilt over the next few years, it has everything going for it: principal, parents, teachers, community, diversity. We love our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

We loved this school. the teachers were great and the parents are very involved. The diversity is unparalled. Soon, they will will be giving it a major facelift which is important but not really the most important thing in my mind. My daughter got a good academic start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

I went here as well as my daughter and soon new child. It's still the great community it was when I was young. Parents and teachers are very involved. The extra activites are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

Volvo or not This Principal is amazing! We moved within Arlington with 2 kids in Thompson to another school district - and hurried back to Thompson after experiencing unexceptable behavior by the principal of one of the newly updated schools in the 'better' neighborhood. Arlington allows school choice and it is worth the short commute to drop off. There are essentially no busses - all neighborhood schools which really builds community. The diversity is unparralled. And this principal goes out of his way to honor every important event in the town relating to cultures represented in his school. Which is the reason they play down the major Christain or American holidays. Why make people feel like they are 'different'? They have made a big sacrifice to leave their families to relocate here. I for one applaude this tradition. Thompson School Rules in Arlington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2004

Thompson school needs major updating in appearance inside and out. It's ironic to observe when the principal drives a brand spanking new Volvo and parks it right in front of a very old and decrepit school. Other than that, the principal is very involved with the school. The parent involvement is unbelievably high and the school encourages it. There are a few things other things that I am guessing is a result of public education that I have problems with: timed (with a cooking timer) parent/teacher meetings -it made me feel rushed and unrelaxed; not getting into the hoidays wether it be christmas, hannukah or halloween; the ease of putting a child in 'special program' because the teacher doesn't want to spend extra time with a particular student - I'm guessing this is a result of high student to teacher ratio.
—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.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
55%

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 Students83%
Female84%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female96%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I80%
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

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female80%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I17%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female61%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I8%
Students with disabilities20%
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%
Female84%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learners66%

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners42%

Science

All Students77%
Female72%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners50%
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%
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Math growth at this school

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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 65% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 6%
Hispanic 8% 16%
Black 5% 8%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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60 North Union St
Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: (781) 316-3754

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