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Countryside Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 1, 2014

This school is great.Unlike what other reviews said,there is a kitchen and the teaching is great.They also have a perfect anti bullying system.The only thing is that the school could use some renovations.specifically bathrooms.


Posted December 9, 2013

My son started at this school FEB 2013 in the 4th grade. Now he is in the 5th grade. This is a terrible school. The standards are low, the administration is overwhelmed and there is a lot of bullying. We paid $800K for our house to get this terrible school. If we had paid $1K we would have gotten Memorial Spaulding, a much better school. We are very very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Great atmosphere! All teachers my son has was amazing! Especially love EEL program in there, very much personal attention to each student!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Despite what another review noted her about the premises, the premises here are fine. More importantly than what a school looks like is how they educate your children. The principal puts an emphasis on excellent teachers, and that has been my experience from grades K through 5. As for curriculum, the music program is excellent, as are other creative programs. The standard instruction (math and science) is also excellent, but I believe creative studies are equally important and this is where this school and Newton schools in general are way ahead. A strong emphasis on the creative arts, coupled with increased state funding for the arts means that Newton educates some of the most creative kids in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

Curriculum lags behind other schools in the area. psychological bullying is an issue and as early as 3rd grade kids are expected to be wearing A&F and Aeropostale. Kids without real Uggs are made fun of. The teachers are trying but the school is over crowded. The school doesn't have a kitchen so the school lunches are shipped in from outside, have to be purchased ahead of time, don't seem all that nutritious, and you can't go eat lunch with your child. Overall, I am not impressed with this school, but it satisfies the minimum qualifications. The building is very old and needs renovating badly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

This is a great school in a good neighborhood in MA. Teachers are excellent and experienced. Principal is highly supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

Seemingly good school in a fundamentally high acheiving school district. Could use renovation. My experience is staff could benefit from real diversity training. Cultural awareness goes a long way in being able to properly teach & respond to students-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2010

I think Countryside is a very stong school in terms of curriculum, leadership and of course its teachers. The afterschool program is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Really old school premises. Poor afterschool program. A lot of 'school participation' hidden changes.
—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 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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70%

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65%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female64%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities35%
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 Students81%
Female87%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female78%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities22%
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

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 54% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 6%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 7% 16%
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 10%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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