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Charles E Brown Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 677 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 26, 2014

Personally, as a student that has been going here for two-about-to-be-three years, I find this school good. All the teachers are good, but they could be better (except for a few, they're literally the gems of all the teachers). They do teach well though! The administration looks a little scary to some, but they are helpful. And I love my guidance counselor too. All the students I've been around aren't necessarily exclusive, but they do tend to be a little awkward around you if they don't know you well. Also, from what I've heard, the newer students get crazier by the year (and more stuck to a stereotypical image according to what I've seen). But everyone in the school overall will welcome you in and you'll fit like a glove :D This school is good overall, but it does need a little work.


Posted August 1, 2013

Really pleased so far. I have two children now at Brown and we've all been very happy with the school. I almost couldn't believe the negative reviews below were about the same school as my experience has been almost uniformly positive to date. Teachers have responded to my emails and questions sometimes literally within minutes and have always made time to either meet or talk to me. It's a public school folks so, yes, it's definitely better to actually make the effort to get to know your child's teachers if you want a more personalized experience for your child but everyone there, both staff and adminstration, has been very responsive to any concerns. My sense is the school had a rough patch several years ago but has dramatically improved (and continues to improve) under the current principal. Big thumbs up from my perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

Really Poor. I have a student currently in the 7th grade on the Team Team. I feel really bad for any 6th grader who will be encountering this experience next year. Parents- do anything you can to not have your students on the Teal Team next year. Parent involvement is minimal, teacher quality is beyond poor, and the administration lacks the ability to meet students' needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

I went to this school for 6th and 7th grade but switched to a private school in 8th grade for more academic challenge and welcoming social scene. A previous comment is true in that the school does not push kids who are easily passing classes. I got straight A's my full two years and didn't break a sweat. I came across some teachers who taught be absolutely nothing, and I cannot remember a single thing I learned in their class. To be fair, there are of course a few phenomenal teachers, who deeply care about the kids and work for them. Another problem is the social scene--the popular kids rule the school and anyone else has to try to find their own clique lower down the ladder. If you are part of one clique, you hardly ever talk to those students who are outside your group.


Posted March 13, 2009

I am very disappointed with this school. Althougth 6th grade is decent with a good group of teachers who actually care, it goes downhill from there. In seventh grade there is little to no homework and my son did not write one paper the entire year. They teach tot he lowest common denominator. The social 'dramas' that go on each day are very distracting g for the kids. Not sure they are properly prepared for the challenges of Newtojn South.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

the upkeep of the school is not so good and the variety of classes is also below average but the afterschool activities and educational value make up for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2008

This school focuses too much on those of special needs and does not help the students who are easily passing classes to excel even more or go above that. Overall, it has been a great experience for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

Charles E. brown middle school is a great school!Every part of it is amazing; from the social study classes where the kids participate in the aids walk and raise money to help out charities! To the wonderful physical education system!! beileve me i go to this school im entering 7th grade supposedly the best year! The teachers are warm and nice trust me this school is all that!
—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 67% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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89%

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89%

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84%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
87%

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90%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
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 78% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students87%
Female91%
Male85%
African American62%
Asian82%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female84%
Male74%
African American61%
Asian81%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial82%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
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 Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female86%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
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%
Female96%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial100%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female72%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial85%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities48%
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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24%
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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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 66% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 6%
Hispanic 7% 16%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 3% 8%
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 9%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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125 Meadowbrook Rd
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 559-6900

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