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Pierce

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 665 students

 
 

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Posted June 3, 2012

My son (soon to be in the 5th grade) has done very well at Pierce. We moved to Brookline from the South Shore 'burbs when he was in the 2nd grade. After a rocky start (it's VERY different -- in a good way -- from the suburbs), I'm happy to say that he's thrived here and has become very independent, for ex.: it's safe enough for kids to walk to and from school here. We love being able to walk/bike/take the T to get around. Much of the school has an open floor plan, which concerned me at first because my kid has ADHD, but the services here are excellent. It's also turned out that the openness of the school works well for him, because he can take a break unobtrusively when he needs one. The school also is, as another reviewer has noted, economically and socially diverse, and offers a welcome break in that sense from the suburbs. Your kids will meet children at Pierce from around the world and from different backgrounds. Pierce is a vibrant urban school that emphasizes and encourages earning, reading, critical and creative thinking. Parents are also encouraged to be involved in the school. I would say there's a very positive atmosphere overall. Come visit and see for yourself! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

Pierce is an excellent school in every aspect. The location is great and so are the teachers. My daughter and son are very fond of school life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is socioeconomically and racially diverse.
—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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

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 78% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female81%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities54%
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 Students56%
Female63%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female60%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
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 Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female71%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female58%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian61%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
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%
Female91%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial86%
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female81%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
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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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 54% 68%
Asian 21% 6%
Hispanic 9% 15%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 7% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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