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Athol-Royalston Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 456 students

 
 

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2 stars

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2012:
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Posted March 6, 2014

As a graduated student of Athol Royalston Middle School, i am now attending Athol High School and i am proud to be part of the district. As a student at the middle school i attended through grades 6-8 an i recived nothing but respect and a great education. The teachers were friendly and did their best to prepare us for the MCAS testing. Now dont get me wrong I was never an A student infact i was more of a B-C student but the teachers did their best to get me through the rough patches. Both schools have their faults but they are definetly under rated.


Posted December 8, 2013

I am anxious to get my children out of the Athol-Royalston school district. It concerns me that it is a level 4 rated school and they are more concerned with a "shiny" new building than fixing the real problems plaguing their system. Spend and tax strategies will not work here and frankly I am ashamed to have these people inadequately educating my kids. However I am grateful for the intelligence my wife and I are blessed with and can pass on to our children to fill the voids. If they do get their new brick and mortar school it is going to be a huge financial burden on Athol's working poor, after you get your tax bills recognize who pushed for it and vote accordingly at election time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

The school has helped my step son like school tho he struggles he truly has made great improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Not only did this school fail my son in numerous ways last year, but are still failing him before school even starts. I had signed him up for a Virtual School because I had enough with these schools, I was going to make sure his education was first! Well the school has failed to send back the records requested to finalize his application, resulting in no room as of now! I am ticked beyond belief about this! Something really needs to be done about these schools, if you move here DO NOT let your children go to these schools, they take NO responsibility for their actions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

Favoritism and bullying run rampant in this school. How can one expect students not to bully when some of the teachers do it? The education is fair as to be expected for a public school and there are some really great teachers which outweigh the few nasty ones. The school administration should try discretely observing the behavior of some of the staff as some are less mature than the Jr high school children they are teaching. Singling out one of two kids out of a group or making an example out of a student over something trivial is absolutely uncalled for. As a teacher, you cannot base your actions towards a student due to your personal feelings or opinions about a family or individual student. It is your job to treat each student with respect and dignity, regardless of income, religion, household status, gender or sexual orientation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Reading the other reviews....seems like a great deal complaining made by parents who give vague generalizations. I have had 2 children attend and I have had a varied experience. I feel that the teachers are exceptional and very dedicated to the students. Lots of hands on learning and innovative ideas. I have not been especially impressed with the school dress code, as it does not reflect other district schools. Overall, I am pleased with the education my child receives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

I am very disappointed with this school. This is why I am taking advantage of school choice and getting my child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

Academic performance is fair. The sixth grade tachers are really good and my child loves to go there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2004

I happen to think that this school is a very nice school,and my child does very well at this school. All problems that he has had have been solved in a timely fashion with good results all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

This school is terrible! They have no clue how to discipline their students and they don't care either! Vice Principle was fantastic, but the principal needs to find another school. They are unable to deal with Special Needs students and forget all about EDPLANs that they are required by law to follow. Child safety is not a priority and they could use some intervention to teach their staff about bullying.
—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 65% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
31%
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 Students30%
Female30%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students26%
Female22%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students13%
Female12%
Male14%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White13%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Title I13%
Students with disabilities14%
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 Students52%
Female68%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title I52%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students57%
Female68%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities27%
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 Students53%
Female57%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students38%
Female44%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities11%
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 Students67%
Female85%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I67%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students28%
Female37%
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Title I28%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students32%
Female28%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Title I32%
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

Below Average

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 90% 68%
Hispanic 4% 15%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 8%
Asian 1% 6%
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 54%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Athol, MA 01331
Phone: (978) 249-2430

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