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Berlin Memorial

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 213 students

 

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Posted April 5, 2014

Small class sizes, great teachers, full day kindergarten. We are very happy with the school, and our kids LOVE it! Afterschool program is also wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

Smaller class sizes than you get in private school. Some really great, dedicated teachers. New principal and superintendent, still getting the hang of the town, but there are some very involved parent groups, and communications seems to be improving. Curious which teacher complained below, because if a bad teacher isn't tolerated, I think that's a plus to the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2013

Full of bullies, from the parents on down to the staff and the students. If you are not a traditional small town person, who will follow blindly you will be ostracized and treated badly. The new principal has the audacity to say there is not bullying in the school. Talk about a blind eye. I thought it would be better when the last principal left, but nothing has really changed. Sad, because the size is a plus and a hindrance at the same time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2013

BMS is a small school. This can be a + or -. It depends on your family. For us it works well. We have had consistently good to amazingly wonderful experiences with our children's teachers. There are some truly dedicated and fantastic educators in the school. We've been very fortunate to have our children well matched with their teachers. All have communicated with us both in person and via email when we've had questions or concerns. Communication overall with the school has not always been good but the administration has always been open to hearing our concerns and shared the reasoning behind why they do what they do. Sometimes changes have been made and sometimes not. The things that have most impressed me about our school are possible only because of the small size. Each and every child is given opportunities to get up in front of their peers right from the start. It is my sincere hope that this will help my children avoid the paralyzing public speaking anxiety I have grappled with all my life. They also get tremendous opportunities to participate be it in music, art, or physical education. It's not as easy to lose yourself in the crowd as would be possible in a larger school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

Anyone considering moving into the town of Berlin should be happy to learn that Berlin Memorial School, the elementary school for the town, is a wonderful place to send your children to. The small class sizes (my two boys have had classes ranging from 12-17 in the past four years) make for a wonderful teacher to student ratio, and allow for differentiated and personlized instruction. The teachers truly care about their students, and the principal is hands on, engaged, and knows each student by name. Do not be fooled by test scores or numbers assigned to a school. This is a wonderful school, on par if not better in some ways than the higher ranked Northborough schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

BMS has caring teachers, strong leadership, involved parents and a supportive community. Any school, excellent or otherwise, worth its weight should always be working towards continuous improvement and BMS leadership recognizes its strengths and works to improve on its weaknesses consistently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

We have lived in beautiful Berlin for 17 years and currently have two children in grades 3 and 4 who attend Berlin Memorial School. We have found it to be a safe learning environment, where the children are connected with many different adults throughout the building. The classroom sizes are perfect, and actually a big attraction, more direct instruction. I know because we've also attended private school in the past too. The parent organization LINK is a fantastic forum for families to find out what is happening throughout their school community and an opportunity to voice an opinion or make a suggestion for the greater good of the school. The principal and teachers are very willing to communicate and meet with parents about any concern you may have about your child's education. Berlin Memorial School provides a top notch education! They are friendly, family & community oriented. We are very happy with the competitive education our children are receiving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

BMS is an excellent learning environment for the kids, due in part to the small class sizes that you would normally only find in an expensive private school. Because it's a tight knit school the teachers and staff (including the principal) really know your children and create individualized learning plans for each student. The school may not be able to offer all of the specialty programs, like foreign language, that you might get in a more expensive school district but you really couldn't find a much better environment than BMS for your child to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

This school meets the needs of all children. I have two boys who attended BMS and one is currently there. I can offer an interesting perspective because my boys are on totally opposite ends with respect to their educational needs. One is above average and needs to be challenged and the other is below his peers and needs extra help. My oldest son was in the enrichment program at BMS and tests high in math. When he got to middle school BMS's preparation allowed him to take a high school math course in 7th grade. BMS does offer bright children extended lessons that allow them to work to their full potential. He currently attends Tahanto Regional High School and is getting high honors. My younger son has a learning disability and BMS willingly did everything necessary to get him an IEP and accommodations. I ve never had to fight for him because the professional staff at BMS are helpful and caring. The staff and I are a team working together for what is best for my son. They truly listen to my concerns. My son gets A s and B s with the support in place. If he didn t have help he would most certainly be failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2011

I went to BMS from preschool up to fith grade. I then went to AMSA Charter School, a very challenging school with a great staff and is a great school. BMS was way too easy, not challenging at all (even the Enrichment program was wicked easy). BMS didn't teach me very much, and it was so BORING! I was originally left in the dust at AMSA, but I got a lot better and I'm now doing well.


Posted February 9, 2010

Wonderful light, bright new school with very caring teachers & staff. Great values taught and lots of extra activities like art, music & more. Great set of well behaved children. Like a private school without the cost!
—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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

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 53% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%

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 Students59%
Female54%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female72%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
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

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Female61%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students37%
Female45%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White38%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged41%
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

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
Femalen/a
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
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 Students78%
Female86%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female86%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
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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Math growth at this school

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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 92% 67%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
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 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (978) 838-2395

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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