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Harrington Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 475 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

Excellent school and great teachers. My kids really love this school and atmosphere. Academic standards are really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

Any comments negativity directed toward the principal must be about a former principal . Mr LaCava makes it his top priority to keep the children safe at all times. I have found that all the teachers to be very pleasant and really seem to enjoy their jobs. For what it's worth I am sure the children have hardly noticed such things as paint, bricks, etc., or whether or not they are sitting in a state of the art facility. At the end of the day, it is all about the kids and I feel that mine love everything about the Harrington--the teachers, staff, atmosphere and value their safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Wonderful school. My daughter must be lucky to attend Harrington Elementary school. Academic standards are too high. Hats off to the Principal Mr. Lacava and the teachers . They challenge the kids based on their intrest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Enthusiastic teachers and principal. School needs improvements of the facilities, as well as money for enrichment programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Harrington is an excellent school. While I'm not necessarily thrilled with the industrial concrete wall image, any time spent with the teachers and administration quickly outweighs asthetics! Our son has specific learning needs and the teachers at every level, along with all of the specialists, have provided top notch services... often offered without even having to request. When we talk about Harrington and the details of services with parents from other towns, and even service professionals at other organizations, they are blown away with how "leading edge" the curriculum and services are! Our family is incredibly proud to be part of the Harrington community! I wonder if the other 2013 reviewer was considering another school, considering the difference in rating and the reference to Lexington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Some good teachers but a totally ineffectual principal. School does not come close to living up to the reputation Lexington Public Schools enjoy. The administration is old school bureaucratic and shows very little respect for parents or students. Deeply disappointing experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

Our children attended the Harrington until redistricted. We have had such an improved experience at the Byam. I am so grateful for the switch now. The teachers are more pleasant and the principal at the Byam is much less defensive and much more open to parent feedback. Bullying is not tolerated at the Byam! I felt it was more visible at the Harrington and less was done to remedy it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

My kids have been redistricted to Harrington for the 2008-09 school year. I went for the open house and found the staff seemingly very, very nice, but the condition of the school very, very run down. I won't be sending my kids to sit in a dark, dirty school for 6 hours a day. How can a town have such a huge difference in the condition of their schools? Center vs Harrington, absolutely night and day. Not sure if it's in the school budget to buy cleaning supplies and paint, but that could go a long way. Oh, and fixing the giant hole in the fence on the playground might help keep the kids from ending up in the high school soccer field. Again, staff seems wonderful, but whoever makes budget decisions needs to take a long hard look at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

This school is great. Highly recommended. Friendly, helpful teachers. The principal, Mrs. Beaudoin is doing a wonderful job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

We are an African American family and what impressed me most about Harrington was the fact that despite its lack of diversity, the principal, teachers and curriculum reflects a true commitment to the teachings of a multicultural environment. My son was the only African American child in his class and unfortunately, we did have our share of racial incidents however, I was very pleased with the way in which these incidents were handled. I found the principal Dr. Bates, to be very child centered. I would highly recommend this school to anyone living in the Chelmsford/Lowell community.
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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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2010

 
 
86%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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72%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities67%
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 Students71%
Female80%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female78%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities71%
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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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
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

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 76% 68%
Asian 16% 6%
Black 3% 8%
Hispanic 3% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 11%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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120 Richardson Rd
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
Phone: (978) 251-5166

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