« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
PK-5
Public district
Cambridge, MA
Students enrolled: 485
 

Contact this school

850 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

(617) 349-6540
(617) 349-6548
Nearby homes for sale
Map of King Open address.

March 11, 2015
King Open is a school with dedicated and engaged teachers, and this review is in no way meant to take away from the effort that they put in. That said, the school has a principal, Darrell Williams, who cannot anticipate problems or address them, does not listen to the concerns of parents, and who has an improbably low bar for educational and behavioral standards. Principal Williams has failed to address ongoing disciplinary overreaches on the part of his staff that include a child being put into a locker as punishment, children being physically forced to run, do pushups and sit-ups as punishment, and a systemic approach to collective punishment that results in children who are behaving well being punished regardless because of the behavior of their peers. In addition, he has overseen a catastrophic failure in the management of the current 5th grade which has resulted in six children transferring out of a class where his limited and ill-conceived efforts to support the class entirely failed. During his tenure the academic performance of King Open has gone down. If you can possibly avoid it, do not send your kids to this school while Principal Williams is the head master.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 17, 2010
Can't imagine more dedicated, intelligent, hard-working and idealistic faculty anywhere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2009
Is a wonderful school. A very large immigrant population that is being served well. They could use newer books, facilities and repair work. The school is crumbling. They also have a very good skills assessment program for kids with learning difficulties. Great community involvement. Wonderful After School Programs.

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2009
The GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 is probably a reflection of, as other posters have mentioned, low standardized test scores in part due to families that boycot the MCAS. My kids graduated from King Open in the past few years, but the 12 years we spent there had an enormous impact on all of our lives. The faculty is amazing, the curriculum is rich, and the community is diverse. King Open taught all of us -- including (especially?) me -- so much about school, learning, and being a member of a community. My kids still speak adoringly of the school and the lessons they learned there have stayed with them. I can't say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2005
KO is a excellent school. Parents are involved in activities and classrooms, the teachers are great. When Cambridge consolidated KO with Harrington school and moved its location 2 years ago, many families met the news with trepidation. Yet the school's core appeal has been sustained, thanks to the remarkable efforts of the faculty. The school,which organizes its curriculum around a theme of social justice, has scores which don't reflect the academic excellence of the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2005
King Open is an excellent school. Parent involvement is high and encouraged at all grade levels, as is its focus on social justice. It is very good academically, in spite of its somewhat low test scores. Many K-O parents oppose this kind of testing and have boycotted the tests, which has skewed the results. In spite of budget cuts, the school provides good extracurriculars, which are bolstered by an very active neighborhood program. It's teachers are simply wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness

BASIC

Want to improve this school's profile?

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!
for Parents
for Schools
 
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook

Find out what parents are saying about King Open

http://www.facebook.com/pages/King-Open-Elementary-School/121192097937012

Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: April 2, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

King Open
850 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA  02141
(617) 349-6540
Last modified King Open is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
King Open Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews. Top