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Wm L Foster Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 474 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2013

Any school is a sum total of its teachers....not the building itself....this one is a keeper for sure.... additionally I for one, am happy that they keep the helicopter moms out of the classroom ....they are teaching independence as well. Send your children without any hesitation to Foster....you won't regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

Foster is physically showing its age, but inside is a vibrant center of learning. My son is in second grade and he loves going to school. I don't think I learned the things he has learned until I was in fourth grade at least-and that was at a private school. The music teacher is truly gifted and the children and staff seem very happy. My husband and I were reluctant to send our child to a public school, but we have been nothing but pleased. Particularly impressive is the conduct expected of the students. One of the women at the front desk is unfriendly, but don't let that deter you-Foster really is a diamond in the rough
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

The School once considered the 'step-child' of the others has likely earned its keep as one of the great schools of the town. I was once concerned because the overall test scores were regularly lower (just by a bit) than the other schools in town but learned this is really do to the fact that it is the only one in town involved in bringing other kids from towns with less support in to the school which slightly contributes to the oveall scores being a tad lower. The advantage however is at least this one has some more diversity than the others. The new principal is a a work-a-holic who is completely committed to the success of the school. the teachers have been fantastic and dedicated. My two kids are having a phenomenal experience there. They are fortunately well advanced in their learning but my sisters kids are also having a great experience and two of them are on IEP's. The school is very willing to help individual student needs. My one pet peave is that they don't let parents in the class rooms enough. Oveall though - a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

Excellent, caring school; would like to see more emphasis on the Arts--music and Art History--required of all; also would like to have both chess and bridge taught and 'encouraged'as an extra-curricular activity. Teachers should be given bonuses for their extra efforts.


Posted October 23, 2008

the cirriculum is average, the staff friendly enough but as aparent you have to fight for every little thing they tend to cater to the best and brightest i have had neices and nephews as well as my own chldren attend this school all i can say thank god they are building a new one in this town maybe it would be better i plan to leave foster next year
—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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
72%

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73%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students76%
Female71%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female74%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities38%
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 Students78%
Female90%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students73%
Female71%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
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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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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 90% 67%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
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 5%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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55 Downer Ave
Hingham, MA 02043
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