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Leeds

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 7, 2013

If your child is average, this school is perfect for you. However, most children are far from average. Both the advanced placement programs and special education programs are far from exemplary in every way. We have had four children attend this school - all with varying strengths and weaknesses - they have all been extremely unhappy at Leeds Elementary. In recent years, there has been a new principal. Most have had only negative things to say about him. That being said, we have found Joseph Smith to be both responsible and responsive. Unfortunately for him, he has been up against a long history of small town politics and gossip(s). It is hard to say what is worse - the school itself or the district's complete lack of regard for special needs children of any kind. Their goal is simply to shuffle the child through the daily motions in an effort to move them out of their responsibility rather than actually make an impact on their lives or education. As you can see, we are disgusted. If you have a special child - delayed or advanced - look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

The teachers and curriculum at Leeds Elem School has consistently provided our daughter with meaningful opportunities for reading, writing, creative and social growth. We have seen her evolve into an ethically concerned young person with deepening regard and empathy for others, and animals and the world around her. She has developed problem solving skills and discipline, facilitating her to become a more effective independent and cooperative learner. We are honored to be part of the Leeds School community. Cynthia and Mark Medaugh, Leeds, MA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

Great neighborhood elementary school - only one in Northampton that has made adequate yearly progress. Lots of dedicated parents and great after-school enrichment programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2011

Leeds Elementary school has an excellent curriculum, administered by fine teachers. In particular, the Writer's Workshop program is worthy of praise, as it progresses from Kindergarten to 5th grade; and builds on skill by utilizing a variety of writing techniques. Additionally the after-school enrichment programs and the very-active and highly-successful PTO round out this school's community appeal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

This is a strong school overall. There is a core group of parents who are very involved and do a great deal to raise funds for special activities, afterschool enrichment, before and after school child care, field trips, and many other resources. Teachers are experienced, committed, and caring. The school could improve communications infrastructure - there is no voicemail service for times when the line is busy or the school is closed, e-mail is not usually an option for communicate with teachers or staff, and the website needs updating.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 57% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students74%
Female67%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students57%
Female49%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students46%
Female47%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students40%
Female37%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities5%
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 Students59%
Female52%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female48%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female40%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 72% 67%
Hispanic 17% 16%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 2% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 28%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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20 Florence St
Leeds, MA 01053
Phone: (413) 587-1531

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