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Boston Arts Academy

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 384 students

 

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Posted November 4, 2009

Balancing arts with academics is a great skill to learn at BAA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

BAA students are passionate about what they do because they spend half the day making art. The school offers a well-rounded education, with passionate and committed teachers in every discipline. It is a true community where students, faculty, and staff help and support each other.


Posted April 29, 2009

Hello, my son is a freshman at boston arts academy I love the school very supportive of the parents and the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I believe that this school is good but i dont think they should just let students from the city of boston go there i think they should give other kids the chance


Posted May 18, 2007

As a former student, I owe so much to the Boston Arts Academy, the teachers and faculty there, the friends I made, and the training I gained. Going to that school was a life-altering experience...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2005

Im a former student of BAA. Academics here are very good you learn a lot in a little amount of time. You are already doing college work in 9th grade. The arts and activities such as community day are wonderful. Something each student waits for. The only thing though that in special cases in which you are medically ill in some way, they don't excuse you and try to accomodate you, they make choose between you staying a fifth year or leaving the school. They are not very understanding. Is their way or the high way but I have to say I do recommend it if you can handle it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2005

I am alumni, and I can definately say that I am where I am because of this school. The blend of interactive academic courses with the various art classes, is the perfect enviroment for any student. The 'at home' atmosphere that the school has achieved allows the student to feel nutured and loved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 29, 2004

I am a graduated BAA student. Parents should send their children to this school. It gives kids a chance to develop in a creative, passionate, and high spirited school. Teachers are willing to do anything and everything to see their students succeed. BAA truly has a staff of devoted teachers. It is also a school that prepares students both artistically and academicaly no matter what field. They challenge the student to think and act outside the box; it really allows a child to develop in a different setting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 28, 2004

This school is fabulous! If your child is talented in that special way, you should definetly send them here. They have acting classes, singing classes to improve vocal skills, dancing lessons, and many more. At this school, students can excel in what they love to do! This school is a high two thumbs up for me.
—Submitted by a student


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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 91% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students96%
Female100%
Male86%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title I96%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female68%
Male77%
African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I71%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female55%
Male56%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities45%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Students58%
Female58%
Male58%
African American35%
Hispanic71%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

72%

Average SAT score

1282

Graduation rate

85%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 39% 8%
Hispanic 39% 15%
White 15% 68%
Asian 3% 6%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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174 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 635-6470

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