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Young Achievers Science and Math School

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Posted January 31, 2011

In my opinion one of the best Boston Public schools. Last year went through a major transition moving schools, accepting middle school kids from a completely different school with different expectations,etc. Last year was a tough year,the new kids fighting, some kids from young achievers had never witnessed kids physically fighting before. It was pretty chaotic. We thought we had lost our wonderful school community. But with the incredible leadership and community of committed teachers and parents, this year the new kids are now integrated into the community and doing great. The school feels more like itsself again. Young Achievers has a speciality for inclusion, which means the school has a number of special needs kids. When looking at MCAS scores parents should take this into account as scores will be lower because of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

I currently have 1 child attending Young Achievers since K1 and two years ago had my other child transferred there as well. The school is truly a community within itself. I nor my children have experienced any other school like it. One of my children had attended another school in the bps system and had numerous difficulties, the teachers didn't care whether or not the kids learned because they were getting paid regardless. At YA the teachers and faculty work together to make sure that every child is counted when it comes to their education and even beyond. They let all the children know that everyone is equal and has opportunities to become whatever he/she desires. One of my children want to be Doctor and the other a Marine Biologist. With YA helping me to pave the way for my childrens future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2008

I'm not sure when the last review was written but I think it must have been a while ago. The school's MCAS scores have risen dramatically and despite the fact that the school does not teach to the MCAS like some Boston Public schools do, the scores have improved every year. Young Achievers emphasizes the Habits of Mind: perseverance, creativity ,equity, connections and investigation. There is a real sense of community. All three of my children have attended since K-! and one is now in middle school. We have watched the school grow and my children are thriving. I do agree the expectations for teachers are high and there has been turnover, but less than before. I highly recommend this school.
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Posted November 8, 2004

This school started off on a great track eight years ago. Parents and students united in every facet of the learning process. However, the school has been taken over by over zealous parents that make important decisions that should ultimately be made by Principal Chalmers while student life hangs in the balance. The school more recently has been modeling after a wind up toy battery. It has great ideas and excellent vision, but has trouble seeing things through and has failed miserably in many academics according to factual MCAS results. Additionally the high faculty resignation turnover is also of great concern. This school has had major difficulty maintaining good teachers. Additionally the long gruesome hours (9:15 to 5p.m.) has caused both student and faculty to burn out candles at both ends. It's really very sad.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
16%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
8%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
30%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
28%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
21%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
6%
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 Students29%
Female33%
Male27%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I29%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students52%
Female58%
Male47%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners8%
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 Students12%
Female15%
Male9%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I12%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners10%

Math

All Students12%
Female10%
Male13%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I12%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners10%
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 Students37%
Female38%
Male36%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I37%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learners14%

Math

All Students55%
Female69%
Male46%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I55%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learners36%

Science

All Students6%
Female8%
Male5%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I6%
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

English Language Arts

All Students27%
Female19%
Male33%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I27%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners6%

Math

All Students46%
Female40%
Male50%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I46%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learners39%
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 Students48%
Female55%
Male43%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students15%
Female18%
Male13%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Title I15%
Students with disabilities11%
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 Students41%
Female54%
Male31%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students13%
Female17%
Male9%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Title I13%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students13%
Female21%
Male6%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Title I13%
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

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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
Black 63% 8%
Hispanic 31% 15%
White 4% 68%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian 0% 6%
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 78%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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