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Charles S Pierce Middle School

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Posted September 29, 2009

Pierce Middle School is an exceptional school for middle schoolers. Dedicated staff and a french immersion program make it a highly innovative public shool. Parents are extremely involved in the outcome of their childrens education. The school has a no tolerance policy for any act of violence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I think that Pierce is a great school! We have awesome teachers and an awesome prinicpal! Not to mention how smart all the students are -- wel most of them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2007

Excellent staff, great curriculum, lots of after school activities and now a beautiful building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

Pierce is a fabulous school. My children are so fortunate to be able to attend such a fine learning establishment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

John Phelan is a phenomenal principal. The school is run like a tight ship. The after school drama program is excellent, as are the foreign language options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2006

One of the best public schools in MA! Variety of languages dead and popular to learn like Spanish and Latin. Your child can be put in a class where they learn at their own pace, whether it be advanced or on level. The school makes sure all teh children are envolved in their classes.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
African American68%
Asian93%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial83%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
African American51%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial75%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
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 Students84%
Female89%
Male77%
African American60%
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female69%
Male64%
African American34%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
African American68%
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
African American44%
Asian87%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female44%
Male39%
African American20%
Asian60%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
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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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

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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 67% 67%
Black 21% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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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451 Central Ave
Milton, MA 02186
Phone: (617) 696-4568

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