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Nessacus Regional Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 441 students

 

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Posted November 20, 2012

Teachers and Faculty do not take the time to listen. They think just because they have tought for many years that makes them good. Not the case. I am very disappointed with the school and it's ability to help students and parents who need their help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

I feel that some teahers were not open to help people in need of help. Dissapointing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

It's almost too numerous to list....The faculty is wonderful. The opportunities are endless...currently there is an excursion to the Grand Canyon...this experience is such an education on so many levels. The Music Program (Thanks Mr. Garcia, you rock) is awesome. I could go on and on.....I'm proud my child is in Nessacus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

i love the school i think it's a great learning enviorment for kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

The teachers care about their students and offer so much support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

The teachers and staff are often willing to go out of their way to help the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

My nephew is in the school band & jazz band. The music department is just phenomenal! Kudos to Mr. Garcia for putting this out there for the kids to have yet another opportunity to thrive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

The teachers really seem to care about their students. My daughter really likes it so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

This School is a good school, but the kids here at Nessacus are drifting too far out of control of the staff, and I think the discipline needs to be boosted up a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

They have the best band/music instructor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Nessacus has a dedicated staff of professionals interested in helping students succeed. Strong and Excellent Music Program.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2009

Nessacus Regional Middle School has so many programs to offer the children. It is a safe learning environment in which our son has thrived! The music program is phenomenal! We are so grateful to be lucky enough to have Nessacus to ensure his education, get him ready for high school & we owe it to all the dedicated staff & volunteers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Nessacus has dedicated, fun and energetic teachers. They make learning experiences relevant to real life, and engage the students in activities outside the typical academic day. Their music department is outstanding!


Posted October 14, 2009

I'm proud to say that both my children have attended Nesssacus. The teachers and programs are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

My children are a second generation and am amazed at how consistant this school has been. They do a great job and feel that they are getting a wonderful education and a sound back ground in music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

nessacus is a greta school with excellant teachers, students and administrators


Posted October 14, 2009

the teachers are excellent, the facilities are awesome, the class size is small...and.. my daughter likes going to school each morning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

nice school with nice teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Principal and teachers really great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Our students are the best! Every morning I wake up and I'm excited to get to work with them. I've been a teacher at three other schools over 18 years of teaching and I have found my 'home'.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

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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 67% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%

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

All Students66%
Female75%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I19%
Students with disabilities26%
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 Students69%
Female79%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I15%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students55%
Female64%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I8%
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students76%
Female88%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female59%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I4%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female35%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I0%
Students with disabilities0%
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

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 93% 67%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Black 1% 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 33%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Dalton, MA 01226
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