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Chelmsford High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted today

A wide variety of options for students. Sadly, too few computing courses... Excellent staff who truly care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted today

My son is a sophomore and has had an excellent experience with CHS. The variety in the coursework is helping to mold him into a well-rounded life-long learner. The teachers here TRULY care! Even when there are issues, their focus is always to help him move to the next level in the correct way. We could be a better high school if more parents became involved. You see the same few parents at booster events and it's tough to get consistent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted today

This school is GREAT. The kids are ready when they exit, for sure. They get practical and technical skills that help them succeed in college. BUT - the principal should solicit MORE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT. There's a group of us that work hard to help our teachers and staff be successful with our kids. We need other parents to chip in as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I loved Chelmsford High School. I was involved in school extra curricular that made me become involved in the school. All of my teachers were amazing, if I asked them for help they would help me, and they would even stay after class to help out. CHS is a public high school, but the faculty give you personalized attention that make you (the student) feel comfortable talking with them if need be... at least it felt that way to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2010

I'm not exactly sure when half the stuff we're supposed to learn gets taught. The english teachers want us to be good writers, but when it comes to grammar rules it's learn as you go. For example, on a paper you may think you wrote it well, but oh no you screwed up the comma rule, and then it's not explained. The rooms are eye sores, nothing gets repaired, you can't open some windows without risk of the window falling out. There are televisions still up on the walls from like 30 years ago. The computers suck, constantly slow, and people always have trouble with their logins. There is hardly any supplies in any room. the hallways are always crowded at passing time. The administration runs the school like a dictatorship. Sure, there have been improvements to the schools but they have been too little too late.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2010

The principal is horrible, backwards logic on everything. There are many useless classes and there is too much homework. Everything is falling apart, a good amount of seats in the lecture hall are broken, floor and ceiling tiles have holes and stains.The bathrooms are disgusting and sometimes lack functioning doors on stalls, constantly out of toilet paper and trash bins overflow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

Recent updates to Science classrooms and library renovations have brought CHS up to par with other schools in the area. All students will have new lockers this year. The school still needs paint on the doorways and in the hallways. Other classrooms desparately need new ceiling tiles, and floors to complete the look. Every year there are improvements however. Academically, the students do quite well, and are very active in sports and other extra curriculars. The students at CHS are very nice, polite and caring. They are active in community service projects and fundraising. Students mix freely among themselves; there really aren't cliques or open meanness among students. It is a nice place to work and for students to attedn school . Block scheduling and semesters, make student workloads lighter so they have less stress and less to carry back and forth to school. CHS is a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2008

The school has it's good and bad points. it is dark, it smells bad, the bathrooms are full of smoke. The lockers have phallic symbols all over them and most do not function. It is over crowded. although i do enjoy working, it is a hard learning environment when the heating and the Air Conditioning doesn't work. The school has pointless class such as writing for high school, with is basically a class to keep freshmen occupied. the great parts of the school are what make it a wonderful place to teach, even though the school is in disarray the students still do very well, they score highly on tests and they are probably the most polite group of students, even if they do occasionally mouth off. that being said it it a wonderful school but it needs to be repaired.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2006

Excellent school. I love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2006

This a great school to go to. If you are looking for acedemic challenges, it is very competitive here. They have many AP programs and Honors classes. The teachers, most of the ones I had are passionate and fun. There aren't major fights daily. The school is pretty much clean except bathrooms can be a bit smoky. One problem is the number of students who smoke and drink. Students that aren't as independent might be drawn to this crowd. The after school programs are excellent. I have known two students who started their own clubs. A variety of activities to choose from. Their are many performances, not just sports that parents can attend to. They have trips abroad to Italy, France, Spain, and England.
—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 91% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

393 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

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
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White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
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Students with disabilities85%
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Math

All Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
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Asian94%
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White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
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Students with disabilities68%
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Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
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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.

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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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97%

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77%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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61%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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Whiten/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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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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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

91%

Average SAT score

1638

Graduation rate

94%


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 85% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Black 3% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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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200 Richardson Rd
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
Phone: (978) 251-5111

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