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Center Elementary School

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Posted March 22, 2012

I find that the teachers at this school are caring and supportive. I am glad that my child is attending center school. School administration is very accessible. I have heard from some parents that their school system gives hardly any homework for the youngest grades. Every week, my child's teacher at center has a homework pack that must be turned in at the end of the week. I have few suggestions: 1) Remind drivers to stop when a school bus stop sign is activated, with perhaps some measure of enforcement. 2) Recommend that the school better identify and communicate needed areas of funding. For instance, colleges and universities allow people to donate online to well defined initiatives. A recommendation is to have a method for parents to donate for specific areas like school supplies and technology. 3) Instead of e-mailing survey notifications that can be sent to spam, perhaps the school can post an online survey, allowing for continuous feedback. 4) Encourage greater use of online posting of homework files. This would allow parents to review previous homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

We love the Center Elementary School because of the positive and pleasant principal, administrative staff and teachers. The active PTO. The beautiful sunny, clean and orderly school building. Great academics. Most of all because my daughter is learning. Likes going to school. Likes her classmates, her teachers and has a smile on her face when she comes home from school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

I have a 3rd and 4th grader at Center and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and thrive in this school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to making sure each child learns and is challenged. I also like that they all seem happy with what they do. The veteran teachers are still trying new things and still excited about what they do. The newer teachers work really hard and bring their excitement to the class. I have experienced both!!! There is a lot of parent involvements and I think everyone expects that you want to enhance your child's learning...so be prepared to learn along with your child!!! By the way, the flowers for the teachers are given by the parents and PTSO as part of appreciation week. Nice gesture and well deserved!
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Posted March 28, 2008

I wish Center school had better guidence support councel for the students. If the school system is having major money issues why are they ordering fresh flowers and plants for the office staff and teachers?
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Posted April 2, 2007

I have children in both 1st and 3rd grade in Center School and I'm very happy with the principal, the curriculum, the staff, and the teachers. Due to a dedicated PTO, there are many enrichment programs provided for all children throughout the year. There aren't that many offerings after school, but the town offers sports programs throughout the year, and the Chelmsford Community Center offers various programs. My children are very happy in this school, and I am confident they are receiving a high quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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67%

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74%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
77%

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87%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

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64%

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69%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
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 Students64%
Female78%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female76%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities40%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


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 78% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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84 Billerica Rd
Chelmsford, MA 01824
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