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South Elementary School

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Posted June 19, 2013

This school is great! The staff is very caring and they are always available to communicate. The school may not have the latest gadgets but they strive to give the children the best education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

i do not agree at all with any of the previous statements.I,as a sixth grade student as South School feel our educational system is excellent. We may need a but more organization but the South school has many extracerricular programs. such as Civics , which gives the students freedom to debate about things in Holbrook. Explorations, which is after school Math help for C and below students , Music Program, which allows students to practice instraments. We also have many projects in school. like Project Bread, Pennies for Patients & many other giving help. i could go on and on and on and on for hours explaining how wonderful South Elementary School is but for now i will not proceed. All i have to say is Holbrook is excellent & so are the schools. Ecspecially one teacher. Mrs.Mckinney. the South School science teacher! your amazing Mrs.Mckinney!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2005

I think Holbrook has one of the worse school systems. My child has been at the school for 3 years, luckily this is his last year. He will be transfering out of the Holbrook school system totally. Each year his teachers get worse and worse, especially at the South School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

Both my sons have been in the Holbrook schools,1 graduated with honors & the other is currently a student. I have seen alot of changes. The best thing that happened to the South was the hiring of Mr. Bray. He has high expectaions of his teachers and a determination to see that the students recieve the academics they need to improve the MCAS scores. Students recite a 'no taunting pledge' each morning. Bullying is not tolerated. He is highly respected by staff, parents & students. He attends every parent group. He encourages the staff to do after school activities. The inside of the South may be old, but it is clean and orginized. Yes, the high school needs to pull it's act together. And with the taxes we pay, there is no excuse. Credit needs to go where it's due. The South & our kids were given a gift, Mr. Bray.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

I go to the South School myself,in fourth grade,and I think that the academic programs are great,the teachers really work hard to give us quality education.The teachers don't just teach,but they are always there for advice and help w/ personal problems.The extacurricular activities are great,so many to choose from!The music is great,the schools can't afford strings,but the instruments are still great! Parent involvement is decent, and the schools cleanliness is good. I say South School is the model school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2005

I was very dissapointed to see the shape of the when I recently moved to Holbrook and enrolled my child. Although the teachers and staff were wonderful, it must be hard when working in such a dump( for lack of a better word). I am curious to see where my tax dollars will go in the town of Holbrook because it is obviously apparent they haven't been going towards any of the schools! This town needs to provide a better place for children to learn and a better place for teachers to teach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2004

I may agree w/ S.C. about one thing...that the school is old & needs much updating, but when it comes up for a vote; where are the concerned people then? South does what it has to do. The teachers & principal are wonderful. Mr. 'E' makes the children feel comfortable & is very interested in their education. The teachers I have encountered will stay later than expected to teach, keep you informed about your child, etc. I have seen many schools in many towns w/ no fencing. It would be great safety wise, but again, a cost issue. In this day & age w/ both parents working f/t, it's difficult to get as involved as you'd wish. But Open House at the school was crowded to capcity, Grandparent's Lunch had over 250 people! The building may be crumbling, but the enthusiasm of educators is not!....A.H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2004

There is no interest for make this school better, kids and parents are tired to hear that the school does not have money for anything. It is a shame to see the gym; Many teachers should have a review for their behavior towards the students. Parents are not involved in any activities. Performances are in the gym, place that does not motivate the students to perform and show their talents. Art? In a corner of the cafeteria. Computers? What computers classes? The students know a lot more than the teachers. This school does not even have a secure place for the kids to play outside during summer time. The place is totally open with no fences or protection. Parking, parents need to park two or three blocks away, there is not enough parking. Transportation, I would say this is the only good thing this school provides. Drivers are always on time.
—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 53% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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70%

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57%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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68%

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55%

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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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74%

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72%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
42%

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 67% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students66%
Female78%
Male56%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female54%
Male65%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I28%
Students with disabilities15%
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%
Female75%
Male63%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I17%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female69%
Male69%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female65%
Male74%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I42%
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 Students77%
Female84%
Male71%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female80%
Male69%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I56%
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

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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

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 71% 67%
Black 14% 8%
Hispanic 6% 16%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
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 38%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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719 So. Franklin St
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