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Bowe

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 432 students

 

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Posted January 31, 2014

I was unsure of this school from the reviews, and I called the main office in Chicopee to try and get my two boys into a different school. They told me that the new principal started this year, and was transferred in from the highest performing school. That made me feel much better, and so far the school has been great. The old reviews really are not correct anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

My son loves the school but I can't stand the principle he is rude and on top of that they let my 1st grader out of school the other day with on one there to pick him up my car had broke down thanks to another mother she saw him walking and she took him back in to the school til I got there and I had called to let them know I was running later so thanks to the other mom my son was safe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

I am very unhappy with this school and especially with the principal. He is uncaring, uncooperative and could care less if your child is progressing at their current grade level. He will pass them to the next grade level and tell you they are doing well when it is obvious they are not. The teachers will try to do what is right but Mr. Karlin will stop them from helping the struggling student. **Warning** if you are thinking about sending your child to this school! I will be pulling my child out of this underperforming school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2008

I couldn't be happier with this school. They offer a myriad of programs for all students. The innovative administrative team has worked hard to put together an innovative extended day program. My children love the staff at Bowe School. Yay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

If your child is a peer then they will succeed in this school, but look out if they have a learning disability. They seem to do as little as possible to help the kids that need some extra support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

The teachers try hard but have limited resources to work with. I am taking my child out of this school, as I am so disappointed with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

Principal hides in his office all day. Teachers do what they want. Uncaring,unproductive,unhealthy environment for children. Lowest test scores in the city. Do not put your kids in this 'school'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

This school is so focused on reading that they ignore the mathematical needs and science portions of a well rounded education. They offer no sports or art. Parents seem to be uninvolved as reflected by the PTO turnout each month
—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 57% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
22%

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 53% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
13%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
17%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
17%
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 Students34%
Female37%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female62%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I56%
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 Students24%
Female37%
Male11%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students23%
Female30%
Male15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I23%
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 Students38%
Female43%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students25%
Female31%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students7%
Female6%
Male8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
White10%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I7%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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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?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Hispanic 52% 16%
White 41% 67%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 74%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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115 Hampden St
Chicopee, MA 01013
Phone: (413) 594-3431

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