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Davis Thayer Elementary School

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Posted September 4, 2014

Both of my kids had great experiences at Davis Thayer, as have the children of many friends and neighbors. I attribute their current success now in high school and college to the foundations that were established by the teachers and administration at DT. But be forewarned - it is an old building (in fact, it is the Franklin HS from the 1940s - with a basement gym and all!) - and unfortunately many parents cannot see past that. Because if they would try, they would see great teachers that take pride in their students (my kids still go back to visit their 4th grade teacher - Mrs. Norton!) and yes, even in that old building. They may also see a highly active community of parents that are always looking to improve the experience for the kids at DT. They might also notice as diverse a student population as there can be in Franklin, and the fact that, due to its location downtown, is the elementary school that is by far the most integrated with the town (visits to the library and town common) and its history. Our experience with Davis Thayer was a great one and my kids continue to reap the benefits of the experiences and lessons learned in that old building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

The second grade classes were overly full with 27 kids I think in each class making it very difficult for the teacher to give teacher kids who need more attention time. Granted they met most of our request but still never seen a school w/ classes anything like this! Even the teacher aide wasnt available all the time. Was sad situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

We have had a wonderful experience at Davis Thayer. The teachers have done a fantastic job with limited resources and sometimes large class sizes. My children look forward to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2008

My granddaughter transferred to K at Davis Thayer from a charter school. Staff made her feel welcome from day one. When learning issues came up, entire staff was on board doing everything possible to help her. This started with the principal and went all the way down. Entire school environment is a warm and friendly place and fosters the childrens learning. Would recommend this public school over the more 'prestigious' charter school anytime. I can't thank the wonderful teachers, principal and staff enough for how my granddaughter was treated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

The teachers are of poor quality.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students63%
Female72%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female81%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities16%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female54%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title In/a
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 Students70%
Female76%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female56%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female52%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
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

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 92% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Black 1% 8%
Two or more races 1% 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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137 West Central St
Franklin, MA 02038
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