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Curley K-8 School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 65 students

 

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Posted August 28, 2013

The Curley is the reason we decided not to leave Boston. We were worried that our daughter wouldn't get into a good community school, with art and science programming. We were desperate to stay in Boston and put Curley at the top of our list. We were lucky and got into Ms. Nason's room; and she is the best kindergarten teacher (my daughter still visits her even though she is heading into 2nd grade). Though budget cuts have tested our patience, the parents are incredibly organized and enthusiastic and have worked with the administration to improve the school. The teachers we have had so far are excellent; they have a great music teacher in Mr. Gates; a great dance teacher in Ms. Taylor-Knight; and a great art teacher in Ms. Youman. Her K-2 Teacher, Ms. Cable pushed actively for science in the younger grades and took them to the Northeastern BostonTech competition, where two students including mine received first and second place with their lego cars. They loved it. They have lost a lot over the years due to short-sightedness by the district administration, but we hope that with the new Superintendent, BPS will look towards sustainability (economic, social, and environmental).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

I have 2 kids at this school.1 did Advanced Work & the teacher was excellent.1 had a good teacher who did her best with an oversubscribed and chaotic class.The school has an involved group of about 30+ families, which sounds good, but is not that great when it's out of 500+ families. Much of the volunteer work is done by a few parents who burnout. The school/BPS relies on parent fundraising efforts.The previous principal was a poor administrator.The school population has increased to almost 900 students over the last few years without any improvements to the building & has sustained massive budget cuts.1 library was dismantled to be classrooms for more students in the fall.1 is in shambles since no librarian for the last 2 years. No computer/writing lab & no science for K-3rd grade. My kids don't use the bathroom unless it 's an emergency because they are disgusting. Urine/feces on the floor, no toilet paper, soap or paper towels. You can smell it in the hall. Uniform policy is not enforced, most students do not comply. New principal next year, so hopefully things will change . Many of the teachers are very good, dedicated and hardworking. We are not sure if we're going to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

My daughter tells me that she had a dream that she actually lives at the school! I hope she feels like this always about every school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

This school is the reason we decided not to leave the city we love to a "better" school in the suburbs. Are children are currently in 1st and 2nd grades and are thriving. It's a wonderful neighborhood school, with dedicated teachers and strong parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

I could not agree more with the previous poster who gave the Curley Great reviews, My children are in grades 3 and 4 and we have have GREAT interactions with the teachers, administration, Myrna and Jeff, and with the School parent committee. We were ready to place our children into a more parochial setting but we could not be happier with the Curley k-8
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Great community school from K-8
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2010

My children have been at the Curley K-8 since pre-K; my oldest is now in 2nd grade. We have had outstanding teacher after outstanding teacher - they are committed and enthusiastic. My children are both quite academically advanced, and I worried that their needs would not be met in a BPS school setting, but this has not been the case at all. They have been encouraged and supported in working at a higher level, even if that means being in a one-person advanced reading group, or going to another class for one topic to have the right academic match for their skills. The sense of community at this school is incredible. The parents are engaged and involved, the administrators welcome parent input and collaborate, and the teachers also welcome parents into their classrooms and forge strong relationships. The school reflects the best things about our community.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
36%
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 71% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
12%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
8%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
1%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
2%
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 Students33%
Female38%
Male29%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I33%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students45%
Female48%
Male40%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learners16%
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 Students30%
Female27%
Male33%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students40%
Female34%
Male46%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners13%
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 Students51%
Female59%
Male43%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners11%

Math

All Students44%
Female52%
Male37%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners6%

Science

All Students36%
Female39%
Male32%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners0%
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 Students38%
Female44%
Male34%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students34%
Female32%
Male36%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learners0%
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 Students30%
Female30%
Male30%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I30%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners12%

Math

All Students14%
Female5%
Male21%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I14%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners6%
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 Students47%
Female54%
Male40%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners23%

Math

All Students14%
Female17%
Male11%
African American4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Title I14%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners6%

Science

All Students1%
Female0%
Male2%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged1%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Title I1%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%
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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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
Hispanic 59% 16%
Black 19% 8%
White 17% 67%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 73%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School basics

Fax number
  • (617) 635-8184

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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