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Andrews Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 520 students

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Posted June 16, 2014

My daughter is just finishing 6th grade at this school. Coming from the Roberts elementary where the principal doesn't care about anyone or anything , I can honestly say that the principal at the Andrews, Mr. D'Alleva, is WONDERFUL!!! He is so involved and organized. Keeps parents in the loop.... sends out emails, phone messages, twitter updates, school connect notifications etc.....and let's not forget Mrs. Marotta, the assistant principal....she has a way of dealing with the ever changing moods and behaviors of middle schoolers. Sweet person, but knows when and how to take charge. My only complaint, and not everyone agrees, is that a lot of teachers allow the students to retake tests after a poor grade. I think you snooze you lose. Life doesn't always give second chances, so I'm not sure that is the best way to handle things. I have heard that 6th grade is a transitional year and that this will not always be allowed. So if that's the case- which I will find out in the fall, no complaints- as far as education and staff are concerned anyway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

My son is in grade 6 at the Andrews. He really likes the school. He enjoys his classes and looks forward to going to school every day. My interactions with all the teachers have been very positive and constructive. Great teachers, great principle and assistant principle and a great learning environment. We are very lucky in Medford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I think the school is a great place for children to learn! Their teachers are top notch, and very caring. The principal has been in the position for 3 years and has done a wonderful job. I think the parent involvement could be more engaging, and would love to see that area improve. I also feel the parent/teacher communication could be improved! We get to meet the teachers 1 time a year in October for maybe 20 minutes. Since most of the children take the bus to/from we as parents don't know what is going on at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Good school, and very caring staff. The principal is very cooperative, and works closely with parents. Teachers are very good! I would like to see more social activities for both kids and parents to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

My son is now a seventh grader at Andrews Middle School. He expects to get honors with all his grades this year. His transition from elementary school went so smoothly, it was hard to believe. He has learned to become more organized, he talks to us every night at dinner about something new and exciting that he has learned in one of his classes. He seems to be more prepared for higher learning since attending the Andrews Middle School. I believe this comes from the teacher and parents working together as a team to encourage this interest in learning new things, and teaching some of us parents lessons we had forgotten. My son has become more interested in the world around him, and that enthusiasm inspires not just his little brother, but our whole family. He is finally working to his full ability and doing research on his own time to learn more about his class information. He made honors twice in the sixth grade, and this was something new for him. For the first time, I got to see him full of pride in his work and it brought me to tears. I have been proud of my son his whole life, but to see him proud of himself just blew me away. The Andrews has made this happen for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

This school's MCAS results had some improvement in 6th grade ELA and 7th grade ELA and Math. However, Science and Math and 8th grade results in general are heading in the wrong direction. It's the Principal's second year and he's working hard to address the issues. Problem is that he and his staff need to treat the children with more respect. The school's handbook looks like it was issued by a warden and not a Principal. Teachers need to be more accountable for their MCAS scores so let's see the 2009 scores when they are released. Long way to go here but some are trying hard to make that better. Parents need to be more involved with their school and their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

This school has a truly dynamic principal.
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Posted September 20, 2007

The staff and administration is fantastic! As a former teacher myself I can say this is a stand-out type of school. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people working with our children.
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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 67% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%

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

All Students55%
Female57%
Male51%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female48%
Male50%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities10%
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 Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
African American58%
Asian83%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female39%
Male48%
African American29%
Asian58%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
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 Students83%
Female87%
Male81%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female50%
Male53%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female38%
Male45%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities7%
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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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

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 61% 67%
Black 18% 8%
Hispanic 12% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
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 39%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Paul D'Alleva
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (781) 395-8128

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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