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James B Congdon

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Posted September 27, 2012

love it! teachers and members are very welcoming! very organized prompt response my friend has her kids and she loves it too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

Communication between the parents and teacher is almost non-existent. Forget trying to get in touch with one of the teachers too. My son needed help and I wasn't made aware of the situation until parent/teacher conference. The teachers there have been there forever and are getting tired. That school needs new fresh teachers with new fresh ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

I love this school. My son originally went to Fairhaven elementary school and was doing horribly. The teacher's there were just old and miserable and obviously have been working too long. I moved to New bedford, put him in Congdon and it was such an improvement!! His new teacher was so personable, and helped him catch right up to where he needed to be. That was the best move for him. Hopefully every child I have will be able to experience this wonderful facility!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

this school is still doing poorly,i had 2 sons attend there and they did poorly,now they attend the charter school and both are doing great,so that alone speaks for itself,,i have another son who is currently attending congdon and he is doing poorly and they haven't met his needs and i am trying to transfer him to a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

This school is doing extremely poor on state standardized testing, the results speak for themselves. This school is a school in need of improvement. It is one of the worst schools in New Bedford. I am currently trying to get my son transferred into a better school that can perform up to the standards that every parent should expect and every teacher and principal should supply.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Congdon shool is a great enviroment for children! I attended Congdon school from 1999 till 2004! I am now 12 yrs old! I now attend Roosevelt Jr High...A BIG difference. I felt safe at Congdon. I felt special in my own way! Its a great school and any one who attends Congdon is very lucky! Mrs.Souza did a great job being the principal and controlling this school! I am proud to have gone there!
—Submitted by a student


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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
23%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students62%
Female62%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I77%
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

English Language Arts

All Students17%
Female20%
Male14%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female20%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I36%
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

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Female71%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students43%
Female51%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female50%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I48%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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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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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 62% 67%
Hispanic 24% 16%
Black 8% 8%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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50 Hemlock St
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 997-4511

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