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South Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 615 students

 

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Posted March 13, 2014

This is a pretty good school, but they need to take care of those special needs kids A LOT more than they already do.. They let them wonder off in the middle of class, and they go up to people and bother them. Seriously? Keep them AWAY from students, this is so disturbing to others. They are just pathetic acting sometimes, so WATCH THEM.


Posted October 18, 2013

Amazing faculty and wonderful student body! The school is extremely organized with the web system where you can access to see your child's school progress. There is frequent PTO meeting or discussion group for the concern parents, or those who have questions. School is situated in a wonderful residential area with large athletic field, and plenty of parking lot for the parents. Lots of teachers are from Braintree including the school principal, and some of their extended family members are either have attended or currently attending the Braintree schools. It is a wonderful school for my child and it is a true gem of the town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

So far so good. My son loves this school. The teachers really love what thet do and care about teaching the students so that they are able to learn, and to me that's very important. My son has lots of support from the school and I love being able to check my son's grades in all classes. I love being able to get in contact with the teachers so easily!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2009

South MIddle is a great school. The principal has good handle of the students, is very visible and approachable to the parents and students. The teachers have advanced degrees either Masters or PhD and are involved in the school life. The South is not a huge school but is big enough for the students who come from much smaller elementary schools and it makes the transition to Braintree High much easier. Kudos to teachers and the principal of South MIddle for a job well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2009

This is my fourth year with a child at South. Teachers are very involved with students and responsive to parental concerns. Lots of opportunities for creative learning and community/team building. Very happy with the education being received!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

The teachers give you alot of attention and the MCAS scores are higher than average. 8th Graders go on a trip to Quebec if they choose French as their language elective. South is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2008

Wow, no reviews for South Middle. It's a great school, with great teachers. They have wonderful activities. 6th graders just went on a Natures Classroom Camp, not many schools take time to care. I went there myself about 20 years ago from a Catholic school, and I am happy to send my children there
—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 67% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
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 71% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
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 78% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

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

All Students74%
Female83%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities32%
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 Students92%
Female98%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female69%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
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 Students90%
Female96%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female65%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities36%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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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

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
White 86% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Black 1% 8%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 14%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Fax number
  • (781) 380-0164

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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232 Peach St
Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: (781) 380-0160

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