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Norwell Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 590 students

 

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Posted February 7, 2014

The district is fully inclusive which is good and bad. While it is nice not to have some children stuck "off in a corner room," they still struggle with in the regular classroom. Other students with out challenges get frustrated working with those who are challenged and resentments arise between both groups. There are academic support options, but the social/emotional piece could use some more work. Not a lot of work done to address executive functioning skills, although they are attempting to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

Love this school. Awesome teachers. We always have awesome field trips such as camp bourndale, patriots place, and washington dc! The teachers are awesome and we always have awesome fundraisers such as weird day and pajama day! This is an awesome school and any kid would be lucky to go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2009

This school is disorganized and not nearly as well orchestrated as either of the elementary schools, in town. Hopefully, new leadership will help it to become more structured and student centered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

The best school! well i wasn't that impressesed with 6th grade but 7th and 8th is great. All of the kids are respectable and the teachers are awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2007

As a parent I could not be happier with a school, my daughter is in sixth grade and doing great work thanks to the great staff. the after school programs are varied and well run also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

Quality, hard-working teachers. Great music program and foreign lang dept.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 23, 2005

I think that Norwell Middle School is perfect. It has great MCAS scores and awesome teachers. Also Norwell Schools are awesome too. When I finished at Middle School I went on to High School and let me tell you it was a life experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 17, 2004

This school has a serious discipline problem. The administration is oblivious to the problems that are presented to them, and are to lazy to fix them. The building itself is falling apart, despite being newly constructed. There are also serious health hazards that have been indentified by the state, and printed in the media, that the administration refuses to address, and tries to hide.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 67% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

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 Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I82%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I59%
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 Students95%
Female99%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title I96%
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I33%
Students with disabilities32%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title I100%
Students with disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female74%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female73%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I75%
Students with disabilities29%
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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Math growth at this school

Below 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 96% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
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 4%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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328 Main St
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: (781) 659-8814

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