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Byam School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 490 students

 
 

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Posted November 9, 2010

Great school, great community feel. Teachers think out of the box to keep students challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2010

When my spouse deployed, the staff ,from the principal to the aides, made sure my children had every resource to help them during the adjustment. The Town has a Military Task Force to help deployed service members' families (found on the Town's website under Boards).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

I never recommend this school.If the family wants to loose their happiness,piece,freedom this is the perfect place to put their child.I don't think anyone need this. Kids has to loose their freedom .They have to be dumb and deaf then only they like .If any kid is active they can't accept that.They are always behind him/her.For each silly thing they will make big issue,they are experts in that.Even if the child did something accidental mistakes they will show that in magnifying glasses and mentally they will torture your child and your whole family.Mentally and physically your family will suffer.Why do you need this torture. 'My child is very active and smart (before joining in this school)' we used to say this to everyone before,but now we are saying 'once upon a time my child was active and smart' .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I've had several communications with the inter-disciplinary staff and the principle regarding my child at the school over the past couple years. The teachers and staff have been wonderful and supportive in our needs and the extra follow up phone call we received from Dr.Gilmore really showed she cared. Teachers and staff present themselves professionally and work hard to benefit the needs of every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

My children were redistricted and sent to the Byam from the Harrington. Initially, I was extremely disappointed, however, we have been there for a couple of years and I now see this change as a wonderful opportunity. My children have developed a love of learning and have consistently excelled. I have been impressed with Dr. Gilmore on several occassions. She sets fair and consistent limits with students and genuinely cares about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

This School is horrible. The Pricipal Mrs. Gilmore never responds to any problems. The Staff is mean and the schools falling apart. I went through heck with this school its ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

Great school. The school authorities care about all people and not just religious bullies and fanatics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

Take your kids out of this school and fire dr. Donald yeoman the superintendant and bring back Christmas, . Stand up for your rights people, can't you see what is going on here. If you let these radicals rule you have lost the fight. Taylor


Posted October 3, 2009

The Byam is a great school with lots of people that volunteer, and has a great staff. They work hard at keeping the kids active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2009

This school is an absolute train-wreck. The kids don't even get a real lunch anymore! I agree with the person that said the young teachers dress like hookers, and because of the economy my 2nd daughter has fallen through the cracks at this school. The principal is average at best but she has been there way too long. An absolute failure and I do not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

I think compared to Center School, Byam is a complete disaster area. I was happy with the education my first daughter recieved there, but my second daughter has learning issues, and this school has only made them worse. The teachers are now a hit or miss, and the 'young' teachers dress like hookers with their mini-skirts. Hopefully Parker will be better for my daughter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

Our daughters at Byam have thrived socially and academically. The Principal is interactive, keenly aware and accessible. Teachers are great but parents are not encouraged in the classroom.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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76%

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80%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
73%

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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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities37%
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%
Female64%
Male64%
African American40%
Asian71%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female64%
Male80%
African American60%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities29%
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:

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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 73% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Black 8% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 2% 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 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Chelmsford, MA 01824
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