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Brookside Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 622 students

 

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Posted March 22, 2014

School Department is severely underfunded by the town. All students are required to bring in supplies for the classroom because otherwise the teacher would be required to spend a lot of money because they are not supplied with any budget for supplies. There is no WiFi in the schools and the students are using 1 computer per classroom which is at least 20 years old. Most do not work at all. The teachers and students work hard with what little support they have from the town. If you value education funding as a huge issue do not send your kids to this school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

I was a parent at Brookside for 3 years. We have moved from Dracut this year and left with mixed feelings. Our expericence with he staff at Brookside was mostly positive. The principal, Mr. Galello was avalible and open to discussion. He was fair but not a push over. One teacher we had was wonderful. one seemed ready to retire. There are some PARENTS with a chip on their shoulder that want to distroy the school. i am happy to not be around those that were LOUD, NEGITIVE and SELFISH. The PTO worked very hard.I wish the school had more support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

I am so so happy to have discovered that our school's scores have soared in 2010. (click on test scores) What ever the principal and teachers are doing keep it up! My son is so happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

Most teachers are really dedicated, great teachers. But the not so good teachers are not held accountable. Repeating First grade is considered acceptable and "normal" here. We needed a principal, but got a strutting peacock. No leadership whatsoever. This is his second year, and I am now hearing that his contract has been extended. Too bad for the kids. My straight-A child, who used to love school, cannot wait to get out of this school. Already broken by the school system by 4th grade. How sad is that? P.S. Dracut Special Ed is one of the worst in the state. They would rather pay huge legal fees than provide the services the kids need. The SPED teachers are great, but there is absolutely no help or support from the school administration and it is nearly impossible to get services. Don't move to Dracut if you need SPED services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2010

Severely underfunded. Tiny building bursting at seams w/640 students and a tiny cafeteria that can barely manage multiple, short lunch shifts. SPED was HORRENDOUS under its last director who, along w/other cronies, recently migrated to Peabody -- POOR PEABODY! Bullying is a HUGE PROBLEM, as is staff quality (for the most part). Too much focus on MCAS scores -- not nearly enough (if any!) on character development and good citizenship. Dracut's children definitely deserve better and are getting it in 2 out of the other 3 Elementary Schools -- poor Parker Elementary's the only one worse off than Brookside. Principal is totally mailing it in and can't get along to save his life w/parents and staff, for the most part. Brookside is definitely worth a tour before even CONSIDERING enrolling your child(ren). 2 Principals so far since my children's enrollment and we're soon to be going on a 3rd! This school is definitely failing its students, parents and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

the teachers are great and really work hard for the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My grandchildren go there and are receiving a good education plus art, music and gym classes; many schools no longer offer those.


Posted July 14, 2008

I have two daughters in the school. For the most part the school is great. I do feel they really couldve done more with secound graders this year. In the past there were many more firld trips and they only had one this year and it was to the movies. My daughter was very upset about that. But we do love the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

We entered into this school in mid October after moving from out of town. The principal and all of the teachers and staff made my children feel right at home. They are great communicators when it comes to the children. I have a child in kindergarten and a child in the third grade and have been very happy with both teachers. There is always some kind of event involving the children and parents. My favorite so far has been the mother son dinner and a movie! they also do a father and daughter dance so as not to leave anyone out! Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

This school is more concerned with MCAS scores than seeing that the children really understand what they should be learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I have a special needs child in the 4th grade. He started at Brookside when he was 3 and unable to walk and talk. They have been great with him. He has come much further than we ever hoped and it is in no small part due to the wonderful Special Needs Department at Brookside. The staff there, from the janitors to the Principal know who my son is and always make him feel special! I love this school and am sad that this will be his last year there as he is moving up to the middle school. Thankfully, my daughter has 3 more years at Brookside. I highly recommend it. Any concerns I've ever had regarding my son's special needs program have always been addressed quickly and fairly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

My son started Kindergarten this year at The Brookside and i must say that he loves it. His teach is fabulous and i wish he could have her next year as well. I find that they do a lot for the kids there and he is even teaching me some things as well :-)
—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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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52%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Students49%
Female50%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian36%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian36%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students43%
Female57%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students48%
Female45%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities23%
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%
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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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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 81% 68%
Asian 8% 6%
Hispanic 5% 15%
Black 4% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Dawn Smith
Fax number
  • (978) 957-9726

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