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Stall Brook Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 250 students

Our school is best known for it's committment to teaching and learning.

 
 
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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted March 28, 2014

My son's teacher at Stall Brook is amazing! She has been involved, intuitive, and concerned. I am an elementary school teacher in a nearby district with a better reputation, but I have found the teachers at Stall Brook to the best of the best. They care about the students and their needs. They go above and beyond to reach the needs of all students. Overall, the parents in Bellingham are not very involved in their children's education, so the school's reputation seems to suffer because of it. As a parent of a Bellingham student, but a teacher in a "better" district, I struggle with the idea of moving my child to a school district with a better rating. However, as a teacher and a parent I know that it is up to parents to push their children to strive for their best and respect the knowledge and experience of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

My son's teacher at Stall Brook is amazing! She has been involved, intuitive, and concerned. I am an elementary school teacher in a nearby district with a better reputation, but I have found the teachers at Stall Brook to the best of the best. They care about the students and their needs. They go above and beyond to reach the needs of all students. Overall, the parents in Bellingham are not very involved in their children's education, so the school's reputation seems to suffer because of it. As a parent of a Bellingham student, but a teacher in a "better" district, I struggle with the idea of moving my child to a school district with a better rating. However, as a teacher and a parent I know that it is up to parents to push their children to strive for their best and respect the knowledge and experience of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

First of all, the "4 out of 10 stars," which is the current rating for Stall Brook, I attribute to a glitch on GreatSchools since there are only 5 possible stars. Second, Stall Brook is a 5 out of 5 in my book. From the principal on down, everyone in this school cares about the students. I comment to my spouse and to any parents that will listen that this isn't the prototypical elementary school of our childhoods. We as parents are actually involved in what happens in the school (aka our kid's education). I've personally been at the school more in the last 2 weeks than my (quality) parents were throughout my entire elementary school education (aside from parent-teacher meetings). Stall Brook is an inclusion school, and I personally believe that teaches about compassion and, as the word says, "inclusion." Granted, the school faces the same challenges as others in terms of teaching to the MCAS versus teaching for a complete education, but you can't blame that on Stall Brook. In sum, I'm a big fan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

This school has been really wonderful for my children. There has been so much support and every teacher they have had has really cared about their education and their learning. There are so many great programs and traditions at this school. It is truly a school that cares about its community. My daughters have only wonderful things to say about the school and every experience they have had there. I do not think it is fair that this website rates it as a 4 out of 10. With small classes, individualized education, wonderful programs, and caring staff and administration, it deserves a 10 out of 10. Yes, there are some children who struggle with MCAS scores at Stall Brook but what is more important, a perfect MCAS score with no traditions or powerful childhood memories, or a school that will give those children the best education they can while working towards a better MCAS score as part of a great curriculum. You can send your kids to a school two towns over with higher MCAS scores but you will get 10 more kids per class. I think I will stick with the better overall education at Stall Brook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

The teachers at Stall Brook are wonderful!! Every child is known, respected and very well taken care of. In a school where we were one of extremely few military families; the teachers went out of their way to help my children when their Dad was deployed - they asked for suggestions how to help military kids and even made them feel special as military kids. The school is truly a community. I wish Stall Brook went to 6th grade - I would love to have my kids be able to continue attending Stall Brook. The school and its hard working, dedicated teachers deserve better than the rating being given. Stall Brook will always be in our hearts, and we still keep in touch with many of the teachers because of the close bonds formed with our family of our time there with our two children. They are the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

My children have found a great sense if community at Stallbrook. We have seen learning growth and confidence built with the supportive staff at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

I have had 2 children pass through this school and they were wonderfully prepared for middle school. The ratio of teachers to children is great and our current Principal Carolyn Rafferty is wonderful, caring, committed and dedicated... I have a child in kindergarten and the knowledge they are teaching them is impressive. Every child is an individual and their lessons are taught with that in mind. I could not be happier with an elementary school. Together the parents, teachers, staff and Principal are preparing our children to be strong well educated members of society...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

The teachers and principal are responsive to every need I have had. It is clear that everyone is committed to making this school a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

Stallbrook provides A+ education and guidance to students and parents. Every teacher genuinely wants the kids to succeed. Principal Carolyn Rafferty provides leadership which is transparent and has a truly open door policy. My daughter is very lucky to be here at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

We have 3 children that have gone through the Early Childhood Program attached to Stall Brook. The people involved in that program are beyond amazing. They did a fantastic job preparing our kids for school. One of our kids has special needs and has continued into Stall Brook elementary as this school is set up to handle the special needs students. Although we feel that some things could be better, the elementary staff does a great job helping our child integrate into a regular classroom, while also providing one-on-one instruction to help overcome some developmental delays. We can only hope that our child will receive the same great help when moving on to the higher grades in the Bellingham School system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Stall Brook has been the best school any of my 4 children have attended. They have been there for my son, who has needed a lot of support and they have been very responsive to me whenever I have needed, whether by email or phone, with no hesitation with setting up meetings to discuss how everyone can help make my sons experience a good one. This has made him love school and his teachers and I honestly wish he could stay at Stall Brook for the rest of his school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Although our experience with Stall Brook is based on a short time frame, our son is in K, it has been extremely positive. His teacher is getting the most out of him, the principal has communicated wonderfully, and the school as a whole has been trying to create a sense of community. We look forward to seeing what our future experiences bring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We have been continually surprised by the wonderful teachers that our kids have had. They (our kids) would no doubt give the school a 5 star rating. They absolutely love their teachers and the school principle. As parents, we feel that the school continues to improve and is on the way up, instead of the other way around as was apparently the case a few years ago from reading some of the older reviews.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

I think Stall Brook provides an excellent learning environment for the kids. I have had two kids go through the school and one in the final years and all three have received great support from the teachers who are caring and experienced. The principal communicates very effectively with the parents and is available at anytime. The school fosters a sense of community with the families by providing great after school activities for the children throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Stallbrook Elementary has been a diamond in the rough for our family. We recently relocated from another state and had concerns regarding the move. Stallbrook has exceeded all of our expectations from the principal, teacher, and the education program. We feel our child is receiving a top notch education and is in an environment that promotes acceptance of all children. We will forever be grateful for Stallbrook Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

I have had children at Stall Brook for the last six years and have been delighted to see the school get better each year. All of my kids' teachers have been engaged, enthusiastic, and caring. The kids love their school. And events like the Pumpkin Stroll, Ice Cream Social, and Movie Night leave my wife and I with good memories, too. Our new principal, Carolyn Rafferty, has done a great job so far rallying the comunity and keeping busy parents informed of school happenings through Facebook and other media. My only concern is that my children sometimes seem underchallenged. Often, they're done with homework before they walk off the bus, so I wish the district would do more to stretch them academically. For example, the school-wide weekly math challenge was a great program. I'd like to see more initiatives that try to make "extra credit" fun and inject healthy competition among classes. Better test scores will follow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We love Stall Brook School The teachers & staff are wonderful and are truly committed to the success of each and every one of their students .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I have one child attending Stall Brook and I have to say I have been extremely happy with our school. His teachers have gone out of their way & kept the lines of communication with me to help keep my son on track. In addition, they have great events that help bring us all together as a community. I am proud to say I am a part of Stall Brook and I look forward to my daughter attending as well. They are continually striving to improve everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I have two boys at Stall Brook and couldn't be happier. We love this school, the staff , the principal and the curriculum! We were new last year and have been so pleased with everything about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

This is my third year dealing with Stall Brook as a parent and I absolutely love it. Last year I had an issue with my child not wanting to go, and the staff was there everyday to help me. Meetings, emails, phone conversations were a part of my daily schedule. This year, her teacher is so in touch, caring and encouraging with all of the students my daughter LOVES school. I can't say enough about her teacher, she's wonderful. She has positive ways to encourage the kids to perform in class to the best of their ability, from behavior to reading, to math.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
56%

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 53% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
39%
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%
Female28%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female41%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities22%
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%
Female69%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students33%
Female37%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities16%
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

Below Average

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 88% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 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 21%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Carolyn Rafferty
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (508) 966-4679

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • YMCA
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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342 Hartford Ave
Bellingham, MA 02019
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Phone: (508) 966-0451

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