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Performing & Fine Arts High School

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Posted December 10, 2008

I am in the eight grade and am at the moment thinking of other schools but if i had the choice i would diffidently go to this one. My friend goes ther and I hear that the academy rocks! I think it would be fun to go to a school that oyu learn about everything, even math.


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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 91% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
19%
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 Students80%
Female76%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title I80%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learners9%

Math

All Students43%
Female36%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students18%
Female10%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I18%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
6%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

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n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
5%
Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
46%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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

Biology

All Students37%
Female55%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students10%
Female0%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I10%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Students15%
Female13%
Male20%
African Americann/a
Hispanic14%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I15%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

49%

Average SAT score

1154

Graduation rate

68%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 90% 16%
White 7% 67%
Black 3% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7071 North Parish Rd
Lawrence, MA 01841
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