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Charlotte A. Dunning Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 494 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 7, 2014

It's unfortunate the review posted on March 4th doesn't indicate what the Principal's shortcomings are. It would be nice to understand specficis. It's apparent they've had some situations which haven't been favorable. I wonder if this parent is an involved parent and if they attend the PTO meetings or volunteer their time. If they were involved with the school, they'd see the results of her leadership. The Superintendent recently asked the Principal to tackle two jobs - the Principal of Dunning and the Principal of another school for the remainder of the year. That speaks to her leadership. For example, the Principal has allowed the teachers in the upper grades to concentrate in their area of expertise and teach that expertise to a couple of different classrooms. My last child had the benefit of this model the first year it started and it was great! It has renewed the energy of the teachers and the children benefited from having a different teacher rathe than their homeroom teacher instructing them for all subjects. The tenure of teachers is also a plus as noted in the March 2014 review.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

The teachers here are wonderful. And sadly, I have to agree that the principal has lots of shortcomings. Thankfully, the teachers have been here much longer than the principal and they carry the school. "Warm hugs and the forest through the trees"? - from a previous comment. Very strange, sounds like the principal to me. Lots of great kids, parents and teachers at this school, the saving grace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

My children attend Dunning and have for the past several years. We couldn't be happier. The principal is a leader and I definitely see a great change in the teachers and staff as a result of her leadership, especially since prior to her arrival there were several principals who didn't stay more than a couple of years. She is willing to listen to concerns and address them as needed. The principal also expects parents and children to be part of the solution if there is an issue. Is she "warm and friendly?" Depends on your definition and perception of warm and friendly. Do you expect hugs or a friendly wave and greeting? Is she firm and confident when speaking with others? She's quite confident in her role. From what I can see and hear from others, she has earned the respect from those that who can see the forest behind the trees. I would challenge those parents who say she is inflexible and self-centered to look through the trees. As a result of a district wide survey, she incorporated changes based on the feedback of those surveys. The academic performance of the school has also increased, that doesn't happen through poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

I agree the Principle is not a good leader. Very inflexible and self centered if you have an issue. I also think the school creates a lot of pressure on both children and parents. Very disappointed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

Dunning is a great school! Teachers and staff are Excellent - caring and motivated people. It has a challenging and impressive academic program. Along with her regular studies, my 4th grader does a lot of creative and fun reports, presentations and projects regularly that is essential for a wholesome and confident student. Thanks Dunning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

My son is now a 4th grader at Dunning and Dunning has exceeded my expectations. Every year he has had excellent teachers. He has had a great grammer school experience at Dunning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

i go there and it's really neat and amizaing
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2009

We've been at Dunning for 3 years and every teacher has been absolutely amazing! I don't know how we have been so fortunate, but each teacher has taught to the individual, as well as the class. This means your child can thrive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

I am thoroughly impressed with Dunning school. The teachers are amazing because they really love what they do. When my son was in K i assumed we just got lucky with his teach Mrs. Casavant, but now I know this is more the norm. Both his 1st and 2nd grage teachers have proven to me that they really 'get' my child and have created an action plan to allow him to thrive. I honestly don't know how they do it, with 20 kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

Very good school. Very diversified group of chidren. my son was there from k-5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I have two kids in Dunning I'm so glad because the school is great, Mr. Spencer is a good leader,the staff is responsive and caring. The programs after school are good, the diversity community is fantastic for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2007

My family and I love this school! wonderful principal and amazing teachers. Good parent involvement. Nice and diverse school. Good kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

We couldn't have asked for a better school for our children: A responsive and caring staff, excellent support services, an outstanding library, mobile computer lab, music and art program, after-school sports, active and involved parents. Our children enjoy school and are receiving an excellent education in a school community that is culturally diverse. We are very happy at unning!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students64%
Female71%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students72%
Female78%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners34%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female49%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities10%
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%
Female66%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners36%

Math

All Students65%
Female62%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners64%

Science

All Students60%
Female52%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners36%
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%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 66% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 6%
Hispanic 8% 16%
Black 7% 8%
Two or more races 3% 3%
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 20%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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