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West Parish

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 25, 2011

This is a really big school. I believe that there are way too many students for the space and the number of staff. My child's kindergarten class had 23 students and only 1 full time teacher and 1 part time aide. The level of supervision was inadequate for this age group (for example children left behind in bathrooms, lunches left uneaten). Neither my child's teacher nor the principal was great at communicating with parents and neither did they welcome parental involvement. Extremely disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

This school has an adversarial climate.The staff appear to be under qualified to deal with "problem" children. They pay great lip service in IEP meetings to educational goals for under performers, and then drop the ball. It takes months to get going, and so problems don't really receive adequate attention until a good portion of the year/s has/have gone by. They "encourage" the parent to medicate for ADD when the staff's understanding of a child's disability falls short. Disabilities are handled rather tediously and in lean measure, in spite of caring specialists. Administration here is very punitive and inexperienced in dealing with difficult children. There is some disturbing dishonesty that crops up now and then, when failures on their part are exposed. It seems they would like to remove children with serious difficulty. I have seen some positive trends in attempts being made to try some new things to help struggling students. So far, it just isn't good enough. They need more staff and tutoring for those who are barely advancing. More staff education for those in administration is essential, to help them understand the behavior of difficult children.


Posted November 30, 2010

My daughter goes to West Parish and I feel that it is the best school in Gloucester. My daughter is young for her grade and an only child, so she started out less mature than the other kids, but when she entered West Parish in 2007 as a barely 5 year old kindergartener I was immediately pleased with the attention they gave her. Half way through that year we moved to another part of town served by another elementary school, but they allowed her to stay there since she had already become adjusted. She is now in the third grade and I have been very pleased with the education that she has been able to get at West Parish despite the fact that the face the same funding issues as the rest of the schools in Gloucester. They do very well with what they've got, and they treat the children as individuals with their own needs and learning styles. My daughter has a hard time staying on task and the teachers have communicated this with me and been willing to work with me to find strategies for dealing with this without medication. I appreciate West Parish but worry about what we'll do after fifth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

My son attends this school and there is a lot of parent involvement. They offer spanish class as early as Kindergarten. There is a fee for this but I feel it's well worth it. They seem to focus on multiple intelligence and differnt learning styles. I'm very pleased with the quality of education he is getting.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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75%

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65%

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61%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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62%

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60%

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54%
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.

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53%

2012

 
 
65%

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62%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

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 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female58%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
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 Students53%
Female60%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female59%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
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
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female75%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female39%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above 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 93% 67%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Black 2% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 32%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10 Concord St
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 281-9835

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