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Lilja Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 375 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 25, 2013

My two sons currently attend Lilja and we have found the teachers, i.e., for the most part, to be inspired and inspiring. As with any school, if the parents are engaged, the school community is more spirited and educational needs and desires are addressed. At Lilja, the parents are engaged. A recent concern at Lilja is principal turnover. Since my sons have been at the school, the school has been led by three principals, f.y.i., one was a temporary appointment. The fourth principal will take the lead in the 2013/2014 school year. The frequent turnover of the school's top post has diminished the academic standing of Lilja. Parents will have to become more engaged to counterbalance the negative impact of principal turnover. At Lilja, I am certain that this can and will be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

I am in Highschool and I went to the school. I loved all of the teachers. The were all excellent. Everyday I all ways smiled because the school is great to be at everyday.


Posted June 30, 2012

My sons goes to this school in kindergarten. We have been very pleased with this school. The teachers and the school councelors are very responsive to the student's need within reason. The principal is quite enthusiastic and most parents are quite involved. My son is enjoying his school and that to me, is the most important thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

I am a parent of three girls. Two are currently at Lilja and the other is now at Wilson. We have a brand new principal that is EXCELLENT. The teachers really care about the students. I cried at just about every conference because I was so touch by how much the teachers care for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

We had our oldest do kindergarten here and they use pretty uninspired methods of teaching. The worst is hearing close to two years later that she was deprived of the one and only kindergarten play time (recess) for failing to put a little card in the right place indicating what she wanted for lunch. If I lived close enough I would be taking this up with the teacher and superintendent. You can figure out how motivating they are when you witness how they joylessly line the kids up outside in the mornings before school opens, not allowing them the chance to burn off some stream by playing so they could focus on academics better. I am sorry my daughter did a full year there and that it was such an early, formative year. very political. Did not identify giftedness or learning disability. I guess they think they can punish those away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

Both of my children have done very well at this school. We have been very happy with everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

I have a kindergartener and have been very pleased with Lilja School. I am a teacher and have worked in many schools. Having a kindergartener is a big transition (especially since it is full day kindergarten) and I love the sense of community at Lilja. My son knows the school song and is so proud to be a Lilja lion. The teacher did an excellent job building community in the beginning of the year within the classroom as well. The school uses the open circle social competency program which is fabulous, and the school counselors ran a parent program at the beginning of the year to familiarize parents with the program. Additionally, as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, I have been very impressed with the academics at Lilja. Based on our experience this year, I would highly recommmend Lilja!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

Both my children have gone to Lilja, and both have been treated with very little respect. The teachers care more about paperwork since the principal is all about the numbers, and therefore the kids receive very little direction. Social situations that are negative virtually do ignored. I would not recommend this school to any parent.
—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 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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74%

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

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students89%
Female94%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities59%
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 Students75%
Female86%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
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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26%
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Math growth at this school

Above 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 87% 68%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 15%
Asian 2% 6%
Black 2% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 6%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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41 Bacon St
Natick, MA 01760
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