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The Amigos School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 318 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted February 28, 2014

Amigos is a really great school. Our kids are learning in Spanish and English and thriving. Teachers genuinely care about what happens in the classrooms. We are friends with many parents and the school community is motivated and involved. The Amigos community school offers amazing afterschool classes including bi-lingual homework help. We feel very lucky that our kids are going to Amigos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Our son loves going to Amigos every day! The atmosphere is happy and energizing. The school climate is joyful, respectful and supportive. Teachers and other staff work hard on improving things for the students. The teachers love each other and learn from one another. We have met other wonderful families that share our love of learning and belief in social justice. Amigos is a really fun place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

My child has been at Amigos since 2008. She loves going to school. We have had wonderful teachers, and my child has made great friends. She has learned a LOT of Spanish. Her favorite is social studies.. Some highlights have been projects about the Wampanoag tribe, Antarctica, and puppet plays. She loves having reading as homework and Writer's Workshop.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

My son is in his second year at Amigos. So far our experience has been amazing. Noelle, the JK teacher is one of the best teachers I've encountered for that age group ever. She builds a strong community among the kids. Every weekend my son would come home asking when he got to go back to school. He's starting to speak some Spanish at home as well. He seems to be having a great year so far as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

I need to get more information about this school..my granddaughter attends KG there...is there a way to get updates? .


Posted September 10, 2013

My kids are having a great experience at Amigos. They make friends, learn and enjoy everyday going to school.It is incredible to see them reading and writing in English and Spanish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

My child is on the waiting list at Amigos. We called to request a tour and were treated rudely by the receptionist. She seemed to think that since we hadn't yet gotten in, we didn't have a right to inquire or visit. She also disparaged the kind teacher from another school who recommended we visit. I do hope the rest of the staff has better manners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

My youngest just graduated. They went to this school and (mostly) enjoyed learning Spanish (our family is English speaking). We felt very lucky to have a free public school that is bilingual immersion. The school has to do more to address classroom and playground behavior - but so do all schools. Definitely worth looking at - and getting all your friends to join.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

This school was a disaster-- no classroom control, rote learning, disorganized administration. The parent who described this school as "unsafe" was absolutely right. We pulled our kid out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2012

We had high hopes for the Amigos School & were extremely disappointed. One day a parent came up to me apologizing for her sons participation in a situation that had occurred four days prior. I had no idea what she was talking about. She told me that her son was 1 of 6 kids that had cornered my son during recess and took turns hitting him, taunting him, etc. This parent was surprised we didn't know & suggested that we talk to the principal about it. She herself & 2 other parents had a conversation about the incident with the teacher & principal. When we approached the principal she said she didn't tell us about, but planned on doing so after she completed her "investigation". We talked to our son and asked him about the incident &... he just didn't want to talk about it. I believed I was sending my child to a great school & did not realize I was sending him to an unsafe environment where there is lack of supervision. Things didn't get much better after we called the superintendent of schools. Well... at least the school let us know when two other kids took my child's glasses off his face and threw them into a neighboring homes yard. We pulled him out immediately!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

We pulled both our kids out of Amigos. We were very disappointed by the poor quality of instruction (both in English and Spanish), uninvolved Principal and lack of appropriate social skills displayed by the students. It has potential to be a fantastic school, but I am afraid it will never live up to its expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

My son loves Amigos! All the teachers he has had so far have been absolutely great! He grew up with both languages and is proud that he is in a dual immersion program. Wonderful principal as well. The librarian knows the kids by name and has a sense of what they like to read. The playground is great. I was a bit worried about the public elementary schools when I moved here, but have been impressed with Amigos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Amigos is a Spanish-English dual immersion school and children graduate bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

2 language immersion schools enable students to celebrate learning and appreciate different cultures as well get the skill of speaking 2 languages. Amigos is welcoming, challenging and cooperative.


Posted May 29, 2008

My daughter was recruited by a prestigious private school as she graduated the AMIGOS School and recently graduated college with outstanding grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2004

Our daughter feels happy to go to school each day. The small class size and warmth of the teachers and administrators exudes love and stability. Amigos is a public, two-way immersion bilingual English-Spanish school. Half the children are native Spanish speakers, and half are native English speakers. My Anglo daughter speaks, reads and writes in Spanish as if she were a native speaker, and it is very strong part of her self-esteem. She also has a broader knowledge of the world around her - economics, politics and history. This program is more challenging than traditional schools but the payoff has been well worth it. I feel it has strengthened her knowledge and facility with her first language - English. The principal is an outstanding administrator. She garners the support and resources she needs so no child is left behind. Some grades are also getting Chinese instruction on a part-time basis.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%

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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
30%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female75%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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 Students77%
Female86%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female67%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
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 Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female82%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female65%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
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 Students75%
Female80%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students50%
Female40%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
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 Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female64%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
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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50%
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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
Hispanic 48% 15%
White 34% 68%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 7% 8%
Asian 3% 6%
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 30%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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