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Kenny Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 301 students

 

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Posted March 16, 2013

My child is in grade 2 this year, and we are sending our second child next year to K1, but only because of the relationships I have built with the teaching staff, and it is one of the few schools with a population that reflects my kids' reality (they're multiracial). Some teachers are brilliant, some not so much, and one I am vocally and highly critical of. They tend not to know how to consistently communicate with families (there's a test?!?), but do pick up the slack when I approach them individually. The administration comes across as dismissive and ineffective, unwilling to hear concerns or help us get something as basic as an adult to monitor kids before school, especially important as the promised before school program does not actually exist. The 9:15 start is a challenge, especially in winter for walking kids. I love the new teaching staff, so far, and appreciate all the extra stuff like art, music, and formal gym for all the grades. Report cards are difficult to interpret, and the home school connection is a joke. Hopefully, my kids' friends' parents want to continue sending their kids to the Kenny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

My child is a 1st grader here. His teacher Ms. Decembre is great with the parents. The children respect her. I can talk to her before or after school if need be. The principle, Ms. Federspiel and her administrative staff come off very unconcerned. While under a school supervision, A parent of another 1st grader approached my child upon dismissal and yelled at him. It turned out to be a misunderstanding. I wanted to discuss this issue with the parent and the principle. The principle honestly stated that "we do not do get involved with conflict between parents. The teachers work with the children in class to resolve conflicts between students only.' Why would a principle dismiss a parent and leave serious matters like this up to the teachers to handle? Also, The Kenny is said to have a before school program with Generations Inc. but it doesn't offer a before school program at all. The after-school with the Bell Foundation offers very limited space. The school is very small, you'd think they'd have more ties to community resources. With a 9:30 am start time, This school offers no resources to working families. Parents rely on neighbors for before and after school care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

If a great school is a school that has good teachers, a friendly community, and challenging academics, then this school is doing a very poor job. The teachers fails to explain anything to the students regarding their homework and would often even make incorrect statements and corrections on the homework themselves. My child continuously complain about the lack of enthusiasm from the teachers who should do a better job in setting a good example for the students to follow by. The principal shows lack of leadership and does not engage in any activity to try to make the school a better place to learn in.


Posted August 4, 2009

i used to go to this school. they thought my sister and i how to read,write, and speak english. they are very nice and generous. the teachers never gave up on nobody if it takes the whole period they'll explain the material to you. because of their patiens im going to Boston Latin Academy.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

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25%

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41%

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 53% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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16%

2012

 
 
13%

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17%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
11%
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

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
3%

2010

 
 
14%
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 Students25%
Female44%
Male6%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners6%

Math

All Students37%
Female55%
Male18%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners29%
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 Students16%
Female21%
Male10%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I16%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners10%

Math

All Students23%
Female32%
Male15%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I23%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners26%
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 Students20%
Female11%
Male26%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners12%

Math

All Students12%
Female11%
Male13%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I12%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners12%

Science

All Students2%
Female0%
Male4%
African American3%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I2%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners0%
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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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 56% 8%
Hispanic 22% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
White 4% 67%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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