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Posted July 12, 2010

I am a Junior at Voc Tech, and I'm in the shop Early childhood EDucation and Teaching. The program benifits highschool students, pre-k and preschool students, and the parents. It benifits the parents because, in my opinion, i think its great knowing your child is in safe hands. everyone in my shop cares SOOO much for the children. They are our top priority.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2009

My child attended the preschool program. Teacher Debbie Brightman and her high school students have created one of the best preschool programs in the state. The preschool students are constantly engaged and have plenty of 1 one 1 attention. Lessons are developmentally appropriate and fun for the kids. Most importantly, you can tell that the preschool staff genuinely cares for the students. At GNB Voc Tech there is no reason for some preschoolers to need an IEP because the staff is willing to do whatever it takes for ALL the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

I think Voke Tech is a great School. My daughter is a Junior this year, and I have found her past 2 years at Voke, to be safe, and the teachings have been great! I have met with most of her teachers and found them to be approachable, pleasant and concerned for the well-being of my daughter. Anytime I have contacted them whether thru email, or phone, they have always responded. Thank you to all the staff , especially when you go to the main entrance, they are always polite, and helpful...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

I am a student at Voc-Tech, a junior in MEdical Assisting. My past two years at Voc have been extremely wonderful. The security system is one of the best around, administration is nothing but friendly and helpful, and the teachers/staff are always there to help and make the most out of your time there. Although we're not #1 in sports, every student has a wonderful and fun time and that is what matters. Voc-tech is a very well rounded school and i think any of my peers would agree that the surrounding schools cannot compare
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

The school is the best between the staff and the students. The career opputunities are qwesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I am a junior in the medical assistant shop and i will graduate in june of 2009. I could not see my self enjoying any typical high school like i enjoy voc-tech, the administration is awesome, along with the teachers and staff, and my peers are wonderful, like any school we do have the typical fights and trouble but it is nothing like the other schools around. Voc-tech is a wonderful atmosphere, and if you have goals to go a good college, dont think you cant go to voc, Everyone things voc is for kids who are not smart and just want to get the trade aspect of there life, however that is not the case anymore. I absolutely love it and i have met some amazing people and i would never change it for anything i plan on going to college to become a vet-tech, -Voc-tech student 11-1 MA
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2005

I just graduated in 2005 and I am now attending the University of New Haven for forensic science. I could not have asked for better teachers or a better support system. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that you can't go to college after attending a vocational school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 27, 2005

My son is a freshman at New Bedford Voke this year, and so far we love it. The vocational-technical high school experience isn't for every student, but for those students who are more hands-on than 'book-smart,' this is definitely the place to be. New Bedford Voke provides the usual variety of traditional academic subjects--math, science, English, history, social studies--plus the opportunity to try out 10 different trades/vocations in the first half of the freshman year and specialize in one of them for the remaining 3 and a half years. The Voke-tech experience isn't for everyone, but it's definitely for those students who would rather rebuild an engine or build a house or take care of children rather than read a Shakespearean sonnet.
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Posted September 9, 2003

I graduated from Voc in 1985. I am soon to be a parent and would love for my child to attend this school in the near future. I feel I had the best education at that time and wouldn't change a thing. Students and staff were very well represented.
—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.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracial88%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I89%
Students with disabilities51%
English language learners74%

Math

All Students78%
Female75%
Male80%
African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial88%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners60%

Science

All Students66%
Female63%
Male69%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial71%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners43%
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.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students63%
Female61%
Male66%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners40%

Chemistry

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Introductory Physics

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Tech/Engineering

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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.

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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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SAT participation

53%

Average SAT score

1277

Graduation rate

92%


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 74% 67%
Hispanic 15% 16%
Black 7% 8%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 53%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1121 Ashley Blvd
New Bedford, MA 02745
Phone: (508) 998-3321

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