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Berkley Community School

Public | PK-4 & ungraded

 

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Posted September 22, 2012

There is one thing that parents need to know about this school and that is that it is an all female educator school and has been so for many years. I have had three children go through this school from 1997 till 2012 and beyond and I have noticed that there have been NO male educators hired ????? Maybe 1 or 2 in 22yrs if that????? Our children deserve the right to be educated by both male and female educators...... If you live in this Town and believe your children should be educated by both male and female educators you should inquire about this discrepency by contacting the Superintendant of Schools of the Town of Berkley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Excellent teachers they are really nice and I've liked all of my teachers there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

When it was time for my children to go to school, I moved back home to Berkley so that they could receive the same outstanding education that I did. Berkley has high standards for the teachers as well as the students. The staff and administration are very approachable and in my experience, all concerns are taken as priority. When we have needed any extra help, they have stepped right up and offerred it. This was the best move we could have ever done for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

BCS is a great school, its small, safe and issues of conflict are immediately addressed.it is a community focused school . no we dont have a lot of extra-curricular activites, but we have a lot of get togehters so we can meet our kids friends and their parents. our town has league sports which is inexpensive and fun. we also have scouting and numerous town activites. surround care is excellent and the kids love it. i have yet to have any problem with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

BCS has exceeded my expectations. Teachers and staff are very enthusiastic about helping children excel and keeping parents informed and involved along the way. Class size has not been an issue for me over the last 3 years. There are sports teams that are run through the town - not the school - that way all children can play. There is also a DI program and other specialized extracurricular programs during the year. Being a small town, we do sacrifice having an abundance of extracurricular activities, but we have the benefit of a more tightly-knit feeling of community. Both of my boys have loved their teachers and the fun yet disciplined environment in which they are taught. There is a strong emphasis on personal responsibility and respect. So far, my experience with BCS has been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

My daughter attends BCS and the teacher to student ratio does not seem right. I feel that the community isn't interested in adding extracurricular activities and that makes me wonder if I should change to a new school district. There are no sport teams at the school that I know of. I think students in small communities get cheated compared to larger communities. When I moved to Berkley I thought that a smaller town and school would be better but now I'm second guessing my situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

My family moved here from Dartmouth. We are tremendously pleased with the quality of the staff and academic programs. Parents are encouraged to be involved with their child's classroom and that gives me the opportunity to establish a closer bond with my child and those of their peers. The principal does a terrific job with supporting your child and offering advice and aid when needed. I honestly see that my children are happier in this school environment than that of the Dartmouth school system. Berkley Community School is an exceptional school, it truly is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

My three children are attending BCS right now. My oldest is in third grade, and so far I like the teachers/staff very much. I find them to be knowledgeable, caring and quick to address my concerns for their educational and social needs. IEP programs have been well organized and tremendously helpful to my children. I think what makes a good school is not just a knowledgeable staff but a knowledgeable parent who is willing to get involved in their child's education. So let's get involved in the MCAS and high school issues! Go to town meetings and let your voice be heard, afterall, our children cannot speak for themselves concerning these issues!
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Posted September 22, 2004

My son attended 2 years of pre school at bcs and he and i alike, loved the experience.Miss sue and miss diane were excellent teachers in our experience with them.He is now in the kindergarten program and so far so good.His teacher is miss alger who was my kindergarten teacher 30 yrs. Ago. I am so happy he got her as a teacher, and i am so glad he loves going to school.(That says something in itself)
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
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67%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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69%

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2010

 
 
63%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
67%

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48%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%

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

All Students59%
Female66%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
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 Students57%
Female64%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female48%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
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 (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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24%
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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

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 97% 67%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 13%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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59 South Main St
Berkley, MA 02779
Phone: (508) 822-9550

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