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Neighborhood House Charter School

Charter | PK-8 & ungraded | 400 students

 

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Posted May 25, 2010

In September I will send my youngest of 4 boys to start in k1. The school is outstanding. They truly care about each individual and try thier best to serve the needs of each child. My oldest graduated last year. My next son will be graduating this year. And although he is a bright student . he is having difficulty getting it together this year. The stress is unbearable. But the teachers @NCHS have gone over and beyound to see my son succeed. I am ever so grateful to all the staff for caring for my son at a time he seems not to care about himself. I know he too will look back and realize this someday. And finally my 5 year old will move on to k2 . I would recommend NHCS to evryone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

This school is in a league all there own!! Th tachers are so involved You can tell they really love there job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The school provides the extra help that a child might need. The staff is caring, nuturing and they show it all the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

The school has a lot of activities, parent involvement and an open door policy. Everyone is friendly and supportive, my son loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

I have three daughters that are in the 2nd, 5th and 8th grade. We all love this school. the teachers and staff show alot of support and communicate effectively to keep you up to date with their progress. I especially love the support that is given when a child needs extra help the teachers make sure that they receive that help that is needed. Thumbs up to all the staff of NHCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

I have 2 kids in K1, 1 4th and 1 in the 7th grade. I could not have made a better free educational choice. The one-on-one approach is like the quote 'it takes a village to raise a child'. From the principal who takes the time to introduce himself to the kids, the deans who stand at the door every morning to welcome the kids, to the maintenance staff who assist with traffic flow it really shows that no child will be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

I have a 2nd and a 5th grader and a nephew in the 8th grade in this school and we love it. The staff is very caring and nuturing. My brother and sister-in-law graduated year ago from NHCS and they loved it also. My kids are doing great in school. My son was in public school prior to the transfer and I must say that the public school system leaves a LOT to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

The quality of the school has gone down. MCAS test results are subpar. If you have any legitimate complaints about anything and make those complaints known, you will be shunned by school staff as they seem to gossip about individual parents. Teachers in lower school are two-facec and incompetent. The principal encourages teacher's aids to become teachers but those aids seem to lack professionalism and a love for children. They brag about having a long waiting list but this list is the result of desperate Boston Public School parents who think that these charter schools are better than the public schools but they are not necessarily. My son is in k2 and he gets a week's work of homework that he completes in one day. I definitely do not recommend this school. Don't believe the hype that this charter school is better than a regular public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My daughter is currently the 2nd grade and has been attending since K2. I think she is getting an excellent education. The school has amazing resources, excellent teachers and have adopted progressive pedagogies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

i have a dauhgter currently in k-2 and the school is wonderful. She is learnign more than my nephew who is in second grade. I am more than pleased with this school and i highly recommend this school for any parent that really want their child to suceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

I have three girls at NHCS and we couldn't ask for a better school! My children went to Catholic school before they came here and the difference is incredible. I can't believe how much the teachers care about my kids. We never had that at our last school. NHCS is an inspiration to my children. They are proud to be part of the family there and I am as well. I do wish the hours for elementary and middle school were the same,however. It can be tricky when you have little ones and older ones going and leaving at different times. I wish our school went all the way to high school. I think they should look into it. I'd definitely send my kids and my son who will be a student there when he turns 4. Best choice I ever made was NHCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My daughter (now 16) attended kindergarten the very first year that Neighborhood House Charter School opened and graduated from the 8th grade in 2004. I currently have a son in the 3rd grade. I was first worried about both my kids making friends and adjusting, NHCS really brought them out of her shell. They were both shy growing up. I also like NHCS because the school has smaller classrooms for individual attention for the students. Mr. Andrews and the teachers are very good about communication with the parents, whether its via email, telephone or notes. To me NHCS is like a big family. I even keep in contact with parents whose kids already graduated. And they are always there to help with fundraiser. I can call them to let them know we are selling cookie dough and they are right there to support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I am glad I chose NHCS for my child, they're doing great things for the children. It has a strong academic requirement, and I like that about the school, however, I don't like the Homework Detention, policy, but I know it must be enforced, but at the same time, it's becomes a problem rather than a solvent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My daughter has been at Neighborhood House Charter School for 2 years now and we are very pleased about her experience. The curriculum is creative and varied and the atmosphere is incredibly positive. The children have a number of specialists (art, music, PE, computers, foreign language.) I especially love 'Kid-Lab' where they teach science concepts through art projects. Every Friday morning there is a 'Town Meeting' where all of the kids in the school get together to celebrate special accomplishments. The expectations are high, but the support is there. Parent involvement and parent communication have been a bit bumpy the last few years due to our recent expansion and move to a brand new building, but it is something they are working on. We love Neighborhood House!
—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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

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53%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
15%
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 Students38%
Female28%
Male50%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female50%
Male73%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I61%
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 Students76%
Female80%
Male71%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I76%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female40%
Male62%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I51%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male94%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female65%
Male77%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female52%
Male67%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I59%
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 Students62%
Female75%
Male52%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students87%
Female94%
Male83%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I87%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female71%
Male65%
African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title I69%
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 Students86%
Female80%
Male94%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students59%
Female52%
Male66%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students24%
Female16%
Male33%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I24%
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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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
Black 55% 8%
White 20% 67%
Hispanic 19% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/A51%
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A35%
Female 50%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
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