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Brooks School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 605 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 28, 2014

5... The school has a lot to offer, but there seems to be some turmoil among the staff there. I think this can be a distraction to the wonderful school that it is, and hope that whatever issues exist, can be resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

Disagree that parents don't car about education! Why are they so involved in PTO if they don't care? There is an online discussion about the library staffing, and agreed that their could be improvement there. The former comment is obviously made by someone is involved in the library issue. The library issue is one that many would like to fix, but the methods of getting attention to it are putting most people off. It's turning into a personality issue and that shouldn't be taken as a general comment on this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

I wholeheartedly agree with the review below about low expectations at this school. The PTO seems very engaged and constantly looks like they are trying to raise money but the focus on education is astoundingly lax at this school. It's a real shame, there are some fantastic teachers and some really awful teachers but the general apathetic approach to education is overwhelming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I'm not sure what these other reviewers are thinking. This school is terrible. The workload and expectations for my child are VERY low. The mathematics curriculum borders on the criminal. My kids are consistently bored in school. The lack of differentiation in the classroom is a disaster for any of the kids who are more prepared to study. I'm a colleged educated dad. BS and MS from reputable universities. I've also tutored kids for many years across many levels, so while not a professional educator, I have a decent idea of what it takes for kids to be prepared for "new economy" jobs. I can't stress to you enough to avoid Medford public schools at the elementary school level. Your child will be completely left behind their competition locally at other schools and certianly compared to international competition. If your aspirations for your child are a job and career at a lower level of the economic ladder, this education will probably do for your child. If you aspire more for your children, be prepared to dramatically subusdize the classroom work here with tutors and other external resources to just get your child to par with the competition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I've been at school for many years, and can't say enough good things about the school!! The teachers are super, and there is a new principal(2nd year) that is putting a lot of effort into improving the school. The PTO is very involved, and gives back to the school in many ways!! One drawback is the play areas outside are in desperate need of costly repairs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Good school, good teachers, new principal that is trying hard! Great PTO! The inside of the school is pretty high-tech, the outside play area is becoming run down, but costly to fix!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Terrific teachers, new and enthusiastic principal, engaged PTO. Very pleased with Brooks Elementary and the education that my child is receiving so far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

Let's see how the new Principal does. I agree about a gifted program there. Wish there was one!


Posted May 21, 2011

I agree with both posts below. The teachers here are wonderful. Many great ones and they do love these kids! But parents here are talking more and more about the math problems. We need to change with the times and get a new math curriculum other than this Chicago or Everyday Math system we use. Something more parent friendly so we can help our kids at home with it. It's time for change...but not for our teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

This school has been in a downward spiral for years now. Lowest MCAS scores in Medford. Ineffective principal. TERC math coming in 2011. Only going to get worse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I think the parent's review is subjective, although, I personally believe that there are some ( K.Garthen, 1st and 4th grade) good teachers, there are some useless ones. The test scores tab says it all: http://www.greatschools.org/modperl/achievement/ma/3012#from..Tab and that all goes to the administration, not putting blame on funds, ... a lots of kids time goes to waste, no h.works,...etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Our experience at the Brooks has been fantastic. I've been extremely impressed with not only the teachers my child has had but also the principals dedication to the children. This is a unique and special school. We feel lucky to have such a 'private school feel' at a public school cost!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

We've had nothing but postive experiences here. The teachers, support staff, and other parents are incredible and the kids themselves are a very nice group. While the administration may be a bit weak from time to time, they do try to solicit parent feedback when they can. My kids are happy to go to school every day, and they are excited about what they learn. That's half the battle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

While most of the teachers at the Brooks school are great, some are downright incompetent. The problem then becomes those with connections get the desirable teachers and the rest get the leftovers. The administration is not proactive, they simply try to put out fires. On the positive side, there is a great deal of parent involvement and a strong PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

The Brooks School is supposed to be the 'superior' of all elementary schools in the area. Although they have a state of the art facility, they have administration who are weak and are big into being PC. The PTO is outstanding. My child is a transfer student who received a less than seasoned teacher the first year in the school. The children run the class and I am afraid my child will be 'left in the dust' when the next year comes around. This is just my experience, though, and, although I would not stop anyone from attending the school, be aware that I was surprised at the way my child's transfer was handled and know that you will not get a great deal of assistance from administration.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

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 53% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
52%
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%
Female66%
Male46%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
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 Students53%
Female58%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female53%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
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 Students66%
Female72%
Male60%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students55%
Female55%
Male55%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female47%
Male47%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title In/a
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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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
White 72% 67%
Black 13% 8%
Hispanic 6% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 17%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Medford, MA 02155
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