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Old Mill Pond

Public | PK-4 & ungraded | 27 students

 

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Posted March 12, 2014

This is my childs 2nd year (2nd Grade) and is doing very well. The schools security is the best. Several events are scheduled monthly. Although more challenging work could be assigned I think the schoold does a really good job. The teachers have always been more than willing to take time to spend with the parents. Communications from the school couldn't be better. For a public school this is an outstanding school. If you have a special needs child then maybe you should go private but for me this is good to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

You guys should be ashamed of yourself for bringing disciplinary action against a 6 year old for having a piece of plastic the size of a quarter on the bus. Perhaps the administration itself should review what "Bullying" really means. It's no wonder your school rates a 4, maybe you should concentrate on educating your students more and the ridiculous prosecution of children for being children, less.


Posted March 20, 2011

My son is in 2nd grade at this school, his first year here.....prob his last, looking at private...there is no communication between school and parents....school just put in a room for violently behavior children and i think it is wrong and imoral. they have a "Skill Center" that they use as a punishment rather than getting children to think its apositive thing..... ill be going to school board about the "pink" room...if children have that bad of issues then they should NOT be in public school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My daughter is in fourth grade now. She was extremely excited to be entering this grade on step up day last year. The classroom that she spent the day in seemed right up her ally. The teacher did really great projects like quilting for the local hospital and penpals that the class would then get to meet. Unfortunately, do to the higher ups this teachers position was let go. Her teacher this year seems overwhelmed and does nothing but the basics. Becuase of a bad budget, it is the children who are hurting at this chool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

No wonder this school only has a rating of 4 out of 10. Already school has just started and I as a parent is very disappointed. This upper staff has no clue what they are doing, I feel so bad for these kids and the Kindergarden students that came into this school. Being there to see my kids off and being at the school, these People need to get there act together or we will see more kids going to other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

Having 2 children in the school and being there to volunteer. I have to say this year was the worst year for this school. The teachers are awsome, but most of them don't know if they are coming or going. I feel bad for the kids that are going there next year as they are having so many layoffs and again the teachers that are staying don't know where they are heading. I think the admin. and higher above should be looked at upon the school budgets, this school has no communication with parents and admin. I hope they can all get there stuff together and work with the children and the parents, to much is getting taken away from them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

The family projects mentioned above should be considered more of a parenting issue than a school issue. The assignments and home projects are only going to get more numerous and extensive as the child gets older. First grade or kindergarten, whatever year the first review was written is just a practice round for what to expect in the older grades. Parents have to make time for their children. Both my children have attended OMP. I find the teachers to be wonderful. The administration is lacking. I think there's been a lot of poor decisions made about a lot of things. Some have put children's safety at risk. Overall the classroom teachers are excellent, the administration not so hot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is my child's first year in this school and we are so far pleased with the overall efforts of the staff. However, this is not a full complaint rather a concern for other working parents, the teachers send home numerous activities or homework, that always require the help of the family (parents)which is great! Only, not all parents are able to help their child with these projects (all the time) because of their demanding work hours, I know some parents are not able to make it home to serve dinner let alone help their child with additional projects that should be able to be completed with the teachers help and at school. This is the only concern I have heard from parents of my childs friends. Again the overall school system seems to be on the right track.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 57% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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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

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
31%
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 Students52%
Female58%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I19%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female71%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students44%
Female57%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I14%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female52%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title I14%
Students with disabilities14%
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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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 92% 67%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Black 2% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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