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Mitchell Elementary School

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Posted December 21, 2010

My children love attending Mitchell school. There is a nice environment within the school that is set by the tone of the friendly principal. There are lots of great teachers at Mitchell, however my children have had a few that weren't so good. My son has also complained that school is not challenging enough. There doesn't seem to be much of a focus on students who are capable of doing more. Instead they tend to teach to the lowest common denominator, which is frustrating. There is a nice community of parents, who all mostly walk their kids to school. This creates a pleasant environment after school, where the kids all run around and play together while the parents socialize. However it can be hard to get to know the other parents very well, unless you are a friend of a friend or grew up in Needham (this town can be a challenge for newcomers). The Mitchell school is also quite run down and is due for a big renovation in 2015, which it desperately needs. The school does have a lot of heart and the administration really cares about the students, and that does go a long way. My kids would give this school a 5, but sadly I can't for the other reasons listed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

Mitchell school is a very good scchool. It has good teachers, education, and food. In January and February there is a gymnastics unit in gym.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2007

Math is not at all advanced. Reading is good, science is taught in a fun way. Spelling not advanced once you are past 2nd grade. Sometimes, Mitchell has a fun occasions like Pajama Jammin' day. Lunches are tasty. Mitchell school has a thing called buddies where two different classes in different grades pair up with each other. Each child in each class gets paired up with someone in a different class. If one class has 22 kids and another has 20 kids, two kids in the class with 20 kids gets two buddies. In 5th grade, the kids have a big responsiblity. They have jobs like washing the cafeteria tables and feeding the school fish.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

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 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
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 Students69%
Female83%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities46%
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 Students93%
Female98%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female62%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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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 88% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% 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 2%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Needham, MA 02492
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