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Bowen Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 450 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

The teachers our children had over the years were really great. The principal however should be looking for a different job. There is no leadership whatsoever. She is very dismissive and arrogant and is looking out only for herself, not for the children. Kids are actually happy to be sent to the principal for punishment since they get crackers and free time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

Was a great, still with great potential, needs better leadership. I was so sad to watch its deterioration over the past several years. They have a mix of outstanding teachers and sub-par teachers. Principal focus is misplaced and it's unfortunate that her overconfidence made her dismissive of parents' counsel and input. Diversity is great and probably the best in Newton, and on all levels, racial, ethnic, financial..etc. Needs better leadership with strong vision to set the right tone and much higher expectations from teacher so it's not left to their personal motivation to invest in their students' education and growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

The teachers are exceptional. As others noted, there aren't enough male teachers though. Only one class teacher is male. The leadership on the other hand is lacking. They failed to implement security measures in a timely manner. Although sign in is mandatory for visitors, nobody is actually checking up on that and people can just walk into the school unnoticed. Not cool! Also, the secretary is grumpy most of the time. A smile for a parent might go a long way! The PTO did a great job this year raising funds for all activities and computers (which should be paid by the district not by the parents btw) and organizing fun events. The after school care program is great and my kids love it there. The staff is amazing and they have about 50% male teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

The teaching staff is fantastic. The administration...less so. The administration's top accomplishment was a drop-off plan/traffic flow and the administration's greatest failing, in my opinion, is the failure to recruit and retain excellent male elementary teachers. The community of teachers, children and parents is smart, engaged, and active. A great choice of schools in a stellar school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

Lots of young, smart teachers and a great after care program. Very few male teachers, however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

Our daughter is an ELL student at K4 and we are extremely happy with the school both from the academical and social point of view. The teachers' care, support and warm attitude allowed our daughter to feel comfortable and confident from the very first day in the school. We heard a lot of good things about Bowen school before, but the reality exceeds all the expectations. 11 out of 10!
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
72%

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89%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
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90%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

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

All Students79%
Female83%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female93%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities69%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students82%
Female75%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students79%
Female100%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female96%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female88%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
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

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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 59% 68%
Asian 19% 6%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Hispanic 7% 15%
Black 6% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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