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Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

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2011:
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Posted August 27, 2013

Some very hard working teachers, but terrible classroom management on the whole, which is a disservice to this predominantly high need student population. The unusually high rate of teacher turnover at the elementary school is due to the nonstop curriculum changes and out of touch administrators who have no ability to hold difficult students to high standards of behavior. The school would do well to have fewer specialists and more quality classroom teachers who are looking to enter teaching as a profession rather than as a quick step to becoming a school leader.


Posted May 27, 2013

PHA recently obtained a gold star rating. It is not a perfect institution by any means - they know that and are continually looking at their strengths and challenges. It would be easy for them to pat themselves on the back, but that is not who they are. I am a parent and I would not send my child anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

The way the Dec 31 post characterizes the afterschool options is entirely inconsistent with our experience. Note that the three campuses function quite differently, so this is one aspect in which they may vary. At the Upper Elementary Campus (grades 4-6), the afterschool program (OST = Out of School Time) is run by extremely nice and caring folks who work hard to make it both fun and enriching. My child often asks to be picked up LATER than normal so as not to miss out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

PHA is OK with academics but really lacking in anything extra like field trips, clubs, art, music, PE once a week, and limited sports. They only offer one language, Spanish, and even in high school only offer a couple electives. They spend a lot of energy practicing lining up and entering classrooms. Before 9th grade students have almost no opportunity to interact socially with anyone outside their homeroom other than at recess. Even lunch is eaten with their homeroom. The main after school activity is detention. They have five types. If you are interested be sure to ask a lot of questions. Teacher turnover is very high. The students seem really unhappy and the academics are really driven by standardized tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

I would absolutely agree with the post from 9/4/12 as to the level of (dis)organization at the school with regard to things such as paperwork and scheduling at the whole-school level. My son is starting his second year at the PHA Upper Elementary, and I've been frustrated by this myself. That said, my frustration on that front is more than made up for by the warm, caring and consistent classroom environment we've experienced. The consistency of expectations across the school has worked extremely well for my son, and we've found the academic challenge comparable overall to our experience with the public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

Thoroughly disappointed...My husband and I enrolled not one but both our children here. One is in the Early Childhood Campus and the other in the Upper Elementary Campus. So far we've been given the same paperwork to fill out 4 separate times and rules have been given to students that aren't even enforced by the staff who have created them. But sadly and most devastating - my daughter who enthusiastically applied for a position in a role at school filled out an application as required and ahead of time only to go to an interview that was poorly organized, not on time, and felt ashamed for accomplishments anyone should be more than proud of. My daughter does nothing for recognition but for the innocent satisfaction in success from hard work and an honest desire to make a difference. I feel sorely disappointed in the events that have lead up to today and am already looking for another school for my children. Visit before enrolling and ask lots of questions...good luck to all of you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

As a parent of a student at the elementary school I have mixed feelings about my child's experience at Prospect. The Spanish curriculum is lacking, science equally poor, music was questionable, and the teachers hired for specialties are lacking the quality and education necessary to engage, instruct and propel the students forward both intellectually and creatively. Although the Massachusetts Department of Education does show that Prospect Hill Academy as a whole consists (or consisted of at the time) and over 90% highly qualified teacher rate, my experience with the lower school has proven otherwise. I suggest a necessary shift in lower school leadership, a discerning look at teacher quality, and a focus on improving the school to better serve the children. There are some great teachers at the lower school who go above and beyond their call of duty but it's not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

My son started at prospect Hill Academy in January 2011 his in k-2. I'm more than pleased with his progress academically. His doing math, reading, and more. Everyday this little man comes home with somthing new. I'm glad I enrolled him in that school, next year his going to first grade then my second son will entered k-2. Yeah!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2009

This is my daugther's first year in this school. (1st grade) They give her class more than one homework per night, and that include weekends. I like it that way, because I know my child is not wasting time learning. I am very proud to see how advanced my daughter is. This school is the Best!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Great school, great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

This school has all the means for a child to successed in school. They have extra help if needed, they don't waste time. Attention is there for every single member of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I love Prospect Hill Academy Chatter school because is a very good school, very culturally oriented and the majority of students that graduate from this High School go to College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

My child started at PHA with an IEP for a learning disability. Within 2 years she was consistently achieving high honor roll status without any need for SPED support :) She's now in her 4th year, with high self esteem and good friendships with both adults and peers in the PHA community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

WOW! PHA Middle School is truly an excellent school. The quality of the work given to students exceeds what I have seen at the 'best' private schools. This school defies all stereotypes and disparaging statistic relating to 'urban' schools. PHA is top quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

I have been very impressed with PHA. The leadership shown by Jed Lippard and the school principal is stellar. They are organized and focussed on their goals, as well as caring and supportive. My son has come so far academically and I feel he is being prepared for any challenge ahead. They are now working on improving parent involvement with the acknowledgement that it is one of their weaker aspects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

Pha is a great school for learning, but it is a very strict school.Though we have things like spirit week in april.It's a pretty good school so come join us i guess though i wouldnt be here if i had a choice but its a really great place for learning andfit prepares you for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2008

My daughter graduated from PHA three years ago. She is in college right now and is doing pretty well. The quality of education is fantastic. Teachers are well invested in your child's education. School has great ways to engage parents in their child education. The multi-cultural environment allowed my child to understand her classmates's culture and the richness in it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

I went to PHA for all of elementary and middle school. I transfered out to BB&N, a cambridge public school, and felt that I was well prepared for the work load. The diverse environment and the close knit community helped to round out the more priveleged and expansive view of the private school. I feel I am a better prepared for the world having seen both ends of the economic and social spectrum. As long as one is willing to take advantage of the young and enthusiastic teachers and the programs available, PHA is a wonderful place to grow up.
—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 57% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
33%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
36%
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 91% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
66%

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

All Students30%
Female30%
Male30%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students43%
Female45%
Male41%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities22%
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 Students29%
Female42%
Male21%
African American25%
Asian54%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I29%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
African American27%
Asian42%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities9%
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 Students63%
Female63%
Male65%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female43%
Male50%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female32%
Male38%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities30%
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 Students68%
Female72%
Male63%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female63%
Male56%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities9%
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%
Female85%
Male72%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students43%
Female39%
Male49%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities19%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male80%
African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title I87%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students55%
Female58%
Male51%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female40%
Male45%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I42%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I75%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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n/a

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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.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students64%
Female74%
Male54%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

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

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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 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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50%
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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

64%

Average SAT score

1438

Graduation rate

89%


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 55% 8%
Hispanic 21% 16%
White 15% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/A51%
Female 50%N/A49%
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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50 Essex St
Cambridge, MA 02139
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