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Forestdale School

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Posted May 10, 2011

I currently have two children attending this school. I wish there was more options of a bilingual classses other than one for their grade. I also have notices several changes of aides in one of my child's classrooms - probably due to budget constraints. Forestdale, being an "International" school, I was suprised to find a staff member car with anti-immigrant bumper stickers. I was offended and I am suprised the school whose intention to foster multi-cultural pluralism, isn't following through by tolerating staff members that have slogans like, "protect our borders" on their cars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Parents are given the opportunity to participate with their children's learning. This teamwork is essential for student success. There is an openness for new ideas, techniques, and diversity. Most of the teachers are truly dedicated along with the staff. The principal works well with all aspects of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

The special education program at this school leaves alot to be desired. The system as a whole has some major issues, but the 'sweep it under the rug mentality' and 'your kid must need outside counciling' theory thrown around with all too much regularity is getting tiresome. I'm afraid there are no answers available or an end in sight. God help our kids is all I can say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

I have a daughter currently in 2nd grade in the traditional program. She has 45 minutes of Spanish as part of her specials. The school also offers a dual language program in which children learn both English and Spanish about 50/50 split. So far my daughter has loved every teacher she has had. As a parent I have felt that each teacher personally cares about my child and wants her to succeed. My husband was very impressed when he went to a ngiht time event and every teacher there seemed to know my daughter by name. The new principal is great and a major improvement over the principal that retired after my dd's kindergarten year. The new one is very approachable to both parents and students. Staff such as librarian, cafeteria workers etc all show respect for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

I am a 6th grader at the Forestdale school and it is wonderful there. Our new principal is very smart and kind. She is great. Our teachers are all nice and very intelligent. Now that the new principal came everyone has learned a lot so far. the academics has been harder but students will learn. -6th Grader
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2005

I graduated from Forestdale. The experience I had there wasn't good. Everyday there was some arguement or fight going on. There was very little communication between my parents and the teachers/principal. You could only join one committee for the special occasions that the 8th graders get. Thank you. -former student
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Posted October 7, 2005

I have 3 children in this school-they are in the duel language class-alot of people do not understand this program but once they do they relize it is great- we are a non spanish speaking family and my kids are really learning alot it gets harder for the parents more than the kids.. The staff here is exellent and the PTO does alot for the school. With every school comes good and bad but if you choose forestdale I know you will not be disappointed. The teacher here really care about the students and are always willing to work ith the parents/ guardians.
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%

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 71% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
41%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
35%
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 Students32%
Female38%
Male25%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female62%
Male44%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities25%
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 Students28%
Female48%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Title I28%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students23%
Female32%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Title I23%
Students with disabilities0%
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 Students52%
Female48%
Male55%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I52%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female42%
Male50%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students31%
Female31%
Male32%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students63%
Female66%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female50%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities9%
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%
Female55%
Male62%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students34%
Female25%
Male42%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Title I34%
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 Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female48%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students26%
Female20%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Title I26%
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

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24%
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50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 46% 68%
Hispanic 28% 15%
Black 14% 8%
Asian 8% 6%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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