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Ralph C Mahar Regional

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Posted May 5, 2009

I am a parent of a 'school choice' student. I am very pleased about my choice to place my daughter at Mahar. She is doing wonderful, loves the school and teachers. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

As a senior at Mahar, I believe that the quality of the academic programs that Mahar offers are some of the best. The programs range in everything from Science to History and are offered in all different levels including College, Honors, and Advanced Placement. As an avid band participant, Band is offered through grades 7-12, Jazz Band is offered through grades 9-12, and there's a music theory class as well. Sports are made available to anyone who wants to participate, but his or her grades must be passing. There are many clubs as well, including the Key Club, National Honor Society, Mock Trial, SADD, the Fish 'n' Game club, and many more. Overall, I think it's a great school.
—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 71% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
27%
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 91% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students61%
Female75%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students37%
Female43%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title I7%
Students with disabilities0%
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 Students75%
Female89%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I65%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female46%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female33%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title I17%
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I92%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female78%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities25%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Introductory Physics

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Tech/Engineering

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students82%
Female82%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
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
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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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50%
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26%
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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

44%

Average SAT score

1552

Graduation rate

78%


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 91% 67%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 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 49%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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507 South Main St
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