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Bowie

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Posted December 18, 2013

great school excellent office staff and compationate teachers. my daughter needed move of a challenge with her reading and the staff stepped up and helped with that. PTO is involved and keeps parents informed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

it is unfair to blame the teachers for being completely geared to MCAS, this is the state's doing, ALL schools in the state have become this way because unfortunately, they have to, if they aren't, then the students don't do as well on the tests and then the school becomes "under performing", I personally do not agree with the state testing for this exact reason. My husband and I both attended Bowie as children, my niece attends now and my daughter will start in the fall, in my experience the principal is wonderful (yes he was there when I was a child!), he's very involved with the children and from what I've seen they love and respect him. I do think there are a few teachers who probably shouldn't have decided to work with children at all but to be fair, every school has a couple! I think this school is fantastic and know my daughter will be in good hands!


Posted April 11, 2011

Until this year I would have gave this school 5 stars but my son entered the fourth grade. It all goes down hill from here. Fourth grade teachers are awful, the homework is ridiculous and they treat every student as well.as the parents like they are three years old. You have to sign every paper they bring home and if you forget they take it out on your child and make them stay in at recess. They are so driven to MCAS I think they are really forgetting about the kids. Also don't get me started about the monthly "bookreports" if you could call them that. All I have to say is thank you fourth grade teachers for making my son hate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

I agree with all the postings too! Sadley I am a student at this school. The principal isnt the greatest and forces us to do activities at school which we do not want to do, such as Tae Kwon Do..Hardley anyone at Bowie likes this activity. There are some good teachers, and more bad teachers. There is a lot of bullying, which the teachers and principal do nothing about. And they say 'Bowie school is a safe place, Teachers and Parents work together,We learn skills and manners...I dont agree with this mission statement at ALL! Thank god I am a fith grader...this will be my final year of tourcher at Elementary School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

I agree with all the postings. This school is ok but the principal is something to be desired. Because this is a performing school, I would not send my child if they have a learning disability. My child did have a problem and was not given all the resources that were availabe if we were at another schoold
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2007

While there are many enthusiatic and wonderful teachers at Bowie, the few that are below par can really make for a miserable year. Complaints to the pricipal are brushed off. He does not seem to take any parent comments, complaints, or suggestions seriously. Which is probably why the teachers in the school support him so thoroughly: he stays out of thier classrooms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

The only problem I have with this school is the principal... He is very politician like. He doesn't fix any problems at the school. This school, like a lot of the other schools in Chicopee are MCAS-driven and all of the lessons are planned around that. There is a strict schedule that must be followed with the lessons, which isn't good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2006

The last poster described Bowie to a 't'. There are some wonderful teachers, but, there are some who should not be in the profession. Any complaints made fall on deaf ears.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2006

I believe Bowie is an overall 'OK' school. I concur the other parent about Mr. Burgess. Nothing seems to bother him about the students or parent complaints. He in very 'oh well' attitude. I think the school is MCAS driven and not really focused on hands on projects. Some teachers are great and some are not so great. I think the school district in whole needs to step up to the possibility that there are other programs out there for learning and teaching styles and stop being so 19th century on their lesson planning. The school grade I give is a C+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Pretty decent teaching staff overall. My one major complaint is that I believe the school is losing site of teaching the students, and placing more emphasis on scoring well on the MCAS. My minor complaint, the principal Mr. Burgess...If a politician is what you consider a good principal, then he is your man. (hence the MCAS driven teaching staff) Any and all problems are answered the same non-commital way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

My family moved from southern California to western Massachusetts last summer. My daughter started Kindergarten at Bowie in Chicopee and I am glad I checked out the school on this website. My daughter has computer, art, and music class once a week. She loves science, reading and social studies, I am thrilled with her progress and the quality of her education. She wakes up every morning looking forward to her day at school; her teacher, Mrs Placzek, is loved by all of her students, plus she is always available to speak to me if I have any questions or concerns.
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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70%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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56%

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2010

 
 
75%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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26%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
39%
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 Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female69%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
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 Students26%
Female35%
Male16%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students31%
Female29%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
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 Students55%
Female62%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female50%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students31%
Female27%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
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

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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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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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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
White 77% 67%
Hispanic 14% 16%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 3% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 43%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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80 D.A.R.E. Way
Chicopee, MA 01022
Phone: (413) 594-3532

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