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Mccarthy Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 915 students

 
 

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Posted March 20, 2014

Excellent school, teachers and education. My son loves his teachers, and they have a great anti-bullying program, link on their website. 7th grade offers technical engineering classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

I have taught at several schools in my career, and consider myself fortunate to be at McCarthy. The principal is supportive of the staff, their special needs programs are integrated and well-funded, and the school, students, teachers, administration, and other staff work to achieve a sense of community that can only be created through conscious effort.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 26, 2009

i love it here! they make sure if something goes wrong they fix it, and they have a big bullying policy that is actually used. the teachers are very smart and friendly, and the schedule is easy to follow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

I do like going to McCarthy...there are a lot of bullying programs held at our school. I am on the split team as an 8th grader but I can't say that it is a bad thing. My favorite teacher is definitely Mr. Asselin.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2007

Its awsome and I love going there with all the smart teachers especially mrs. Kelly
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2007

I have one daughter in the 8th grade and another in the 5th grade. Although we're now on our 3rd principal in 4 years, the school has consistently supported our daughters in their learning and development. The music program has also gone through as many changes, but it is still very good. I agree with the other parent, that Mr. Gallagher, now grade 8 Algebra, is a fantastic math teacher. Also, the guidance department and all teachers work with the whole child, always available to answer parent questions or concerns. A great school with a professional, caring and responsive faculty and staff. Now if they can just fix the heating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

My son is in his 2nd year at McCarthy and he enjoys going there. I like the music program and the extracurricular activities. We attended both his concert and the play he was in. I agree with the other reviewer that the school does need to be updated for air conditioning. The school is beginning to show its age. I feel comfortable sending my child there each day. I met his teachers and like them. The PTO is involved here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

Excellent leadership, the music curriculum (orchestra and chorus) has suffered the past year but Mr. Gallagher (7th grade math) makes up for it! Especially pleased with how the whole district handled the end of 05 'dizziness' episode. They did great keeping the kids safe and keeping parents informed via the automated phone system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

Ok school. Needs much improvement! update classrooms,needs airconditioning! those poor kids in the summer are roasting!!good teachers! especially gr5.{Ms dowling, mrs.P, mrs grady. Never mind about the pretty new windows just in front. What about the classrooms too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2004

I am very happy that our child goes to McCarthy. She has improved 200%. Thanks
—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 65% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
African American73%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male67%
African American45%
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female71%
Male68%
African American45%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
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 Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female84%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
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 Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female69%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
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 Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female50%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female41%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian62%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities11%
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%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 87% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 10%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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250 North Rd
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: (978) 251-5122

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