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Otis Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 375 students

 

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Posted September 23, 2013

This school tirelessly to create a challenging, nurturing environment for their students. Great teachers and Staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

I think that the school is well run. The teachers work hard. My child has done great so far. Nothing to complain about!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

I love my school. I love my teachers too. I do not want to go anywhere else to school.


Posted July 5, 2007

My child attended James Otis, and we both loved the school. The teachers were wonderful and extremely loving. The learning atmosphere, was very fun and educational. The principle and vice principle were great people who cared very much about there students. A few years ago they updated the outside part of the school and the playground area and it now looks beautiful. The involvement is great, because there are always things going on, whether its field trips, making plays or having music concerts. There is also a wonderful bilingual program that is offered for Spanish and Portuguese speaking children to learn to read and write in there home language. Our years at James Otis were priceless and I recommend this school for anyone.
—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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
16%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
23%
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%
Female43%
Male15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners14%

Math

All Students57%
Female68%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners39%
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 Students29%
Female42%
Male15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I29%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners26%

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I60%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners56%
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%
Female78%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners50%

Math

All Students76%
Female66%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners60%

Science

All Students28%
Female28%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners10%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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
Hispanic 84% 15%
White 12% 68%
Black 3% 8%
Asian 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (617) 635-8376

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
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Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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