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New Bedford High School

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Posted May 6, 2010

grant it new bedford high offers a lot of academics and extra curriculum classes, most of the teachers are good but you have your bad half to. just like the students here you have your good half and your bad half. i would not say this school is outstanding or wonderful personally i think its the worst high school in the area. there is no safety in this school what so ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

New Bedford is a very diverse community, rich in history....our school population is often maligned, especially in the press, both students and teachers. We are constantly being asked to do more and more with less and less. We desparately need books, computers, and above all, some recognition for the good things we do every day!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

We have some of the best teachers in the world here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

New Bedford High has a great school with good teachers and a wonderful faculty who care about their students. The kids are great too.


Posted September 16, 2009

There are so many great programs outside of the top of the line academics that NBHS offers for the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

I love this school! There is such a mixture of people, so you dont have to fit a certain style to fit in because there is a group for everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

New Bedford High is a typical inner city school. To many student per teacher. The teachers are over worked and under paid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

New Bedford High is an Wonderful school with lots and lots of courses to choose from.Numerous sports programs. Kind and caring dedicated teachers.A shining star in our community!
—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 91% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
29%
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 Students76%
Female78%
Male73%
African American67%
Asian90%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial77%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I76%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learners14%

Math

All Students49%
Female50%
Male47%
African American38%
Asian90%
Hispanic26%
Multiracial50%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I49%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners3%

Science

All Students38%
Female41%
Male36%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracial29%
White52%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners0%
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.

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
26%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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0%

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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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
3%
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 Students37%
Female38%
Male37%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracial35%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners0%

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 Students5%
Femalen/a
Male6%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I5%
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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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

40%

Average SAT score

1268

Graduation rate

59%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 67%
Hispanic 26% 16%
Black 15% 8%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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230 Hathaway Blvd
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 997-4511

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