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Mather Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 615 students

 

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Posted June 9, 2013

My daughter just completed her second year at the Mather. After visiting many local schools, we felt confident that the Mather principal and teachers would provide a great environment and a love of learning. We haven't been disappointed! Our daughter participates in art, science, ballet, library, music, and phy ed classes taught by specialized teachers each week. Many community events such as student performances, family potlucks, open house nights, and so on have given us a chance to know teachers and other classmates' families. The staff is warm and enthusiastic. The building is beautiful and historic. We are very happy to find a diverse student body--encompassing many income levels, racial backgrounds, languages, and countries of origin--all learning together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

The Mather has good ideals, just no great way to implement them. Both the principal and vice principal are white ladies with no children. They are cold and lack reliability to the families their school services. Although the principal wants to change the school for the beret she is unreceptive to cultural diversity and children with disabilities. In this school music, art, achieve, computers and a foreign language either don't exist it don't occur on a regular basis. The principal herself started that she didn't see the benefit of a foreign language. A handful of teachers are passionate about this school and an even smaller handful of parents, mostly white share in that passion. If your child fits the mold and is gifted on their then this school is for you. Otherwise, continue to search for a school.


Posted May 15, 2011

I attended the Mather School from 1959-1962 and got the best education! I still remember every teacher's name and went on to Girls Latin School (eventually college and grad school.) They separated children into two buildings back then. I started out in K-3 (1955-1959) at the Edward Southworth School on the same property then moved across the school yard to the Mather. Edward Southworth, I heard, burned down many years ago. I got a classical education at Mather which served at a sound academic foundation throughout my life. I also learned about birds and their different species, flowers, correct penmanship, square dancing, singing, reading music, mental arithmatic, sewing (I made a gigham school bag which I used at Girls Latin) poetry, playing and leadership (I was the girls room door monitor, a coveted position) and spelling bees. I recall dancing around the May pole which the children would make streamers and crepe flowers for and we'd sing and dance while holding streamers and running around the pole, sanding in line to get our Salk polio vaccine and putting on performances for the parents in the beautiful auditorium where we always sang the National Anthem. Fond memories!


Posted May 10, 2011

I was a student of the Mather School over 20 years ago. I still remember everything from my childhood that was memorable. Just about everything. I now live in Florida. But I will always remember my elementary school that got me started to the road to a better life. Thank you, Mather School! Angel Torres. Yrs... 1984-1990.


Posted June 18, 2010

I went there in the third grade in 1963. This is where I learned that President Kennedy was shot. I loved the school and I had an excellent teacher. She taught me to love reading.


Posted December 2, 2009

I am a new parent at the Mather. I have an 8 year-old son in the second grade. This is his first year there and so far we love it. I am very pleased with the school's mission and see it in action everyday. The teachers are all educated, warm, and dedicated to the children, which I feel is very important. With that said, I highly recommend all parents looking for an elementary school for their child(ren) to try the Mather. You will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

I love the mather school. Being a parent and resident of boston its very difficult to find a good public school in this city, but after extensive investigation we chose the mather for our 8yr old son who is in third grade now. The principal, mr. Bott, is excellent.. He'll do anything to get what the children need and stops at nothing to make improvements to the curriculum.. Hes a big reason we chose the mather. Students get experience in all activities - gym, music, art etc. The science dept could be a bit better, but theyre working on it. A nice close-knit school with lots of diversity which children need! the level of parent involvement has grown each year which is a plus! if youre moving to boston be sure to check out the mather elementary for your child.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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26%

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25%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

2012

 
 
11%

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17%

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 Students30%
Female35%
Male26%
African American24%
Asian40%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners22%

Math

All Students46%
Female50%
Male41%
African American29%
Asian66%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners41%
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 Students25%
Female37%
Male15%
African American19%
Asian44%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners14%

Math

All Students27%
Female24%
Male30%
African American17%
Asian58%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I27%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners38%
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 Students36%
Female37%
Male36%
African American32%
Asian59%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners19%

Math

All Students50%
Female48%
Male51%
African American32%
Asian87%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learners45%

Science

All Students12%
Female8%
Male15%
African American6%
Asian29%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Title I12%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners6%
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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24%
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50%
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26%
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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
Black 37% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 6%
Hispanic 25% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
White 3% 67%
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 79%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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