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Charlestown High School

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Posted October 9, 2010

this school has a great sports team great teachers that really try hard to help all students even if they have some problems learning they care and thats what counts


Posted November 8, 2008

Charlestown high school is great it is the best bps school in my opinion i am a 9thgrader and i love charlestown high !!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2007

Charlestown High School has been a wonderful surprise. We received a warm welcome by the principal, teachers and staff. Our phonecalls have always been returned and we are able to log in to the teachers' web sites to check on our child's grades and attendance. The teachers are wonderful and you immediately understand that they are highly qualified. Our child is very happy at the school. We find Charlestown High to have a very nurturing environment. If your child is ready to do the work, Charlestown High is an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

Charlestown high is a good school for children to learn the teachers are excellent the kids are school oriented. I've visted the school for 4yrs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

The school has virtually no disciplinary policies which are follwed on a daily basis. Each individual faculty make their own rules on a case by case basis. They do not notify parents when children are absent, regardless of the number of absentees. They do not as a whole work well with parents who want to make the education system work for their child. There is no structure. Children come and go as they please, hang in corridors, go out to eat, to the store, play music and make out in the hallways. I've visited 5 times and each time, I witenessed the same. Parent phone calls are not returned. Charlestown High desperately needs a complete, total makeover and it should be closed down until that process has been completed. It should begin at the top!
—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 91% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
30%

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

All Students62%
Female72%
Male54%
African American70%
Asian58%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners42%

Math

All Students53%
Female57%
Male51%
African American39%
Asian83%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners54%

Science

All Students23%
Female18%
Male27%
African American12%
Asian54%
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Title I23%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners32%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
24%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
0%
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 Students14%
Female18%
Male12%
African American0%
Asian40%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I14%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners24%

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 Students23%
Female17%
Male29%
African American15%
Asian30%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title I23%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners23%

Tech/Engineering

All Students27%
Female17%
Male35%
African American19%
Hispanic30%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I27%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners14%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Massachusetts. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

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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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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

58%

Average SAT score

1157

Graduation rate

52%


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 37% 8%
Hispanic 37% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 6%
White 5% 67%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Design
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (617) 635-9928

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Performing arts
  • Dance
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240 Medford St
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 635-9914

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