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Ralph B O'maley Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted March 25, 2014

My 7th grader is enjoying his experience at O'Maley. His teachers have worked to individualize his experience and challenge him through advance math, additional projects, and even after school explorations such as PhotoShop. This was all done proactively through my son and his teachers' initiatives. The afterschool programs include crosscountry, track, basketball, karate, photography, coding, robotics, knitting, soccer, legos, pottery and more. O'Maley has a great band program with the opportunity of marching as well as jazz band at the high school. The performing arts club creates a spectacular performance each year from set design to stage support to the performing. The quality of the sports offered at O'Maley and in Gloucester for middles schoolers is exceptional. As a parent, I can help to supplement what my kids may need academically. But, I could not offer a better community to my kids then the one I see developing around them as they learn and grow at Gloucester public schools. We moved to Gloucester because we loved its beauty and community. Now our kids are learning in their community, becoming part of that community, and helping that community to grow with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

My daughter is a 7th Grade Student. She has loved the place since she started. The teachers have been on the ball and on her case whenever necessary. Her grades have been consistently good, and when they have dipped, we have been the first to know and to be involved (by the teachers) in what is going on with her learning. The stories from the old days about bullying, lack of discipline, or 'bad buildings' are no longer true and certainly not appropriate to a truthful and balanced review. The Drama Club, in particular, is a great organization that embraces and involves every single student that wants to participate. Their annual musicals have a been a great success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

I have been lucky enough to know the school from two perspectives... I was a student there and got a great deal from the personalized care of the teachers. They were instrumental in putting me on a path to success. The mission of the school if to give children opportunities to shine, which has become very prevalent in the attitude they take to support their theater program, the middle school band, and countless other programs such as the MIT robotics program, the middle school track and field team and so many more. It has been a pleasure to see amazing youth developing a wide variety of life skills through their involvement in the school and their outreach into community life.


Posted October 17, 2010

My daughter is shy, yet she fit right in at the school. She loves most of her teachers, and especially loves the drama portion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

the o'maley middle school is a very good school the staff is very nice also very supportive. there is very good forms of discipline. the few things that i feel are not good with the school is some of the leaky roofs also the school lunch isn't the best. the other day at lunch part of the tiles fell but besides those 2 minor points O'maley is a very good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2008

O'Maley middle school is quite old but all the staff and students are extremly kind. There may not be very many after-school prgrams but the few they have are small class sizes (I'm in German class and there are only six others in the class). All the teachers are very supportive.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2006

This school is preposterous and does not meet any of the states standards! The education quality is appalling and the level of homework kids get each night is not enough if you want your kids to really learn what hard work means. Anything bad you could imagine goes on here! I would definitely not recommend this school to anyone who is hoping for there child to be educated well and in a nice safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

The lack of discipline at this school is beyond belief. The administrators do not have any sort of policies, nor do they follow a great number of educational laws. The school has lost a great number of excellent, dedicated teachers in the past few years due to the lack of leadership in the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2004

This school has no control and they have taken away the world language so some students dont have to take such a great course. The teachers are ok but the supervisors are really rude and dont listen to the kids opinions.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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 67% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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63%

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77%

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Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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53%

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55%

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41%
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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 71% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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76%

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66%

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76%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
51%

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32%

2010

 
 
47%
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 78% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
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 Students72%
Female82%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female51%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities7%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students26%
Female24%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
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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24%
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50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Reading growth at this school

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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 90% 67%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Gloucester, MA 01930
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