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Assabet Valley Vocational High School

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Posted September 3, 2013

Best place I have ever taught. Students are great, faculty work well together, administration is terrific.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2013

Excellent school, the teachers really want students to learn and there is a connection between the academic and shop teachers. Lots of sports and extracurricular activities. Post graduate programs are well respected and attended.


Posted August 23, 2011

Going there was the choice I ever made, I strongly recommend it but understand that Assabet is WHAT THE STUDENT MAKES OF IT. They can either attend, skate through and complain about how terrible it is - or, they can get involved, enjoy their time, make long time friends, and enjoy it for what it is. I was someone that did the later and I'll never regret it or look back into high school in disgust. Assabet trained me in a great trade, as well as supported me as I decided to attend college and continue doing something else which I love. The teachers truly care and want what is best for their students, and getting involved in activities is a sure way to make good friends and know everyone there on a much better level. Assabet is no where near perfect, but no one should expect any school to be.


Posted April 17, 2011

Best decision I ever made sending my son and now my daughter to Assabet. Son always struggled in Westborough schools. After 3rd grade he was basically ignored. He is excelling at Assabet. He received advanced scoring in Math on MCAS last year, usually earned needs improvement or low proficiency in Westborough. Daughter has been in all honors level classes for Freshman year. I was told she is on the AP track in Math. My kids have not got in trouble. They do their homework, school work and tech work. My son was in the paper for his Tech work. Son is looking at college now and no matter what he will graduate with a great skill, and a year of apprenticeship completed. My daughter is in BioTech and has numerous options when she goes to college. My only negative is that my extremely smart daughter seems to be taking on the speaking of the kids in the school. She sounds uneducated when she speaks, not what she knows, just how she speaks. She used to speak in more proper English. I think Assabet was the best decision we ever made. Westborough did not support my kids or see my kids strengths. They were just another number in the class. My kids will graduate with a skill and a diploma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

Terrible school. Son went to this school for a year. They expect little from the kids, including basic, basic grammar skills. I don't know how anyone can function in the real world after this school without sounding like an idiot. Going in to meet with the counselor, there were 2 pregnant students also walking in. After school there were about 50 hoodlums outside smoking every time. My son got suspended 10 times there because he went along with his peers writing on walls etc. They really need to raise their academic expectations. One week of school, one week of shop equals to a tenth grade education. That's weak. Isn't the purpose of a trade school to train kids so they don't have to go to college, so why are they pushing college? Dumb. Don't send your kids there unless you want them to be illiterate, punks. VERY unimpressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I personally attended Assabet and just recently graduated (07). This school is great for all kinds of students. The academics are stronger than most believe, and the sports are good as well.


Posted June 13, 2007

my son has never done better in school until he began going to Assabet. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

I am a parent of a 13 year old who has been waiting for years to attend Assabet. My 4 younger siblings & I were all AV Grads! Because of the caring teachers, guidance counselors&staff, I have been able to achieve successes in life that I would not have if it weren't for the teachers/staff at AV. As for the comments on the drugs in the school... There are drugs everywhere you go - its a matter of being a good parent or having parents who are involved & actually care about what their kids are doing! Its also about watching who your child's friends are & having an open relationship of communication with them. I can't wait for my son to experience the education AV has to offer. I'm proud to have the experience& I am still actively involved with the staff & alumni at AV! Toni Pakus
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 23, 2005

I love Assabet Valley High School, I went there from 9-12 and I had an experience that not all regular high school students have. I learned my trade which is Graphic Design, went on Co-op as a Graphic Designer and am still at the same job for 3 years right out of high school. Assabet prepaired me for the real world, there technical side is great, look what I have become. The teachers great and teach very well. What can get better, you graduate with two certificates, this will help when applying to colleges. Again this shcool is great would rec. it to anyone out there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 9, 2005

Assabet would've provided me with the skills I needed and would help me start a career quicker and easier. I have many friends who go to Assabet and they are getting ready to start their trades or go out on Co-Op and are much more prepared for the real world of work. Overall I'd like to say that I think your school is doing a great job providing for kids and helping them into the next step of their lives. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2005

I just want to say that this school gives our children a wonderful education. The teachers are wonderful educators. They care about thier students. Part of education starts with the parents at home, you can't blame the teachers for how the children act. The teachers are there to educate and they do a great job. I think that if anything is a problem, its the parents non-involvement in the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 13, 2004

I beg to differ about Assabet Valley. The teachers are not caught up in themselves they do care about the students. You get an awsome education. I am a student at Assabet Valley I have been for 4 years now. My sister graduated this past year, she now goes to Anna Maria College taking up Criminal Justice. She is also in the 'Who's Who' of New England. So if you think Assabet is all about drugs then your very wrong. The people want you to succeed and they are will to help you get there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2004

Yes Assabet has a lot of drugs but the fact that the rate of students that come out of there and go to college is just the same as Westborough High School. plus students that come out of there have a job right away and are more likely to succeed in college. I am a student there. It's my first year and I love it. All the teachers there know exactly what they are talking about and all the teachers know about drugs since I know a kid there that smokes and his shop teacher came up to him and said please die queitly. I know you smoke and smoke pot. Last year in 04, 6 seniors were arrested fro having drugs. Yes there are drugs, but this school is absolutely the best school I know of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2004

Assabet Vally high school is a Very horrible school. if i had a child i would not allow him or her to attend this school. The teachers dont know how to teach the shop teachers do not know how to respect any one because they think were all grown up because we go to a vocational high school when in reality we are all still teenagers. The main reason i would not let my child go is because of all the drugs that are around that school that teachers know nothing about because they are too wraped up in themselves to realize kids are in danger.
—Submitted by a student


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The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

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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

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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.

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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 Students76%
Female71%
Male81%
African Americann/a
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Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
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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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Average SAT score

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Graduation rate

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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
White 79% 68%
Hispanic 16% 15%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A34%
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