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Pembroke High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 939 students

 
 

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Posted June 2, 2009

I am entering my Junior year at Pembroke High School, and from my experiences, the school is average. Most, not all, of the administration can be very difficult to get along with. Well, at least if you expect them to act like rational yet understanding human beings. Teachers are, for the most part, neither here nor there. The musical program is phenominal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I have two children that have attended Pembroke High School. One graduated last spring and is on to a fine private college, and my other child is currently a sophmore in the high school. I have been very happy with the education my kids have recieved at this high school. Whether it's academics, the arts, sports and other after school activities I feel Pembroke High School has excelled, not to mention this has been put together in 5 years. Impressive. Many issues I have read, if not all are dealt with on a daily basis on some level at every high school. A certain teacher you don't like. An administrator rubbed you the wrong way. A certain coach may not perfect. Oh well, a school is all what you as a parent make of it. Pembroke High School facilitates the needs of us as parents, and our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2008

The school is overall very well staffed in my views, i am alumni from PHS and i believe that the curriculum there has prepared me well for a college. There are of course a few things that could be improved, the higher administration can be judgmental of students because of their social groups and thus the institution can be a bit chauvinistic towards giving all their students a equal opportunity. But aside from that, the parent teachers association does a very good job keeping the school funded and the teachers really couldn't be anymore pleasant and helpful. Haha, almost forgot, Pembroke has a great sports program, Bill Fallon is a genius, Mark Duffy awesome, but lets re-invent the football program, say a new head coach? Because as our hockey players have shown its not like we cant play.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

PHS is an excellent school and I find most of these reviews to be incorrect. I'm a junior and there is only one teacher during my high school career who I found inferior and she is no longer teaching there. As for the book issue I find that we have an ample supply of text books and never has there been a student that I have witnessed without a book. As for the teachers being available, they are. EVERY teacher I have had stayed after during the week for extra help and it is up for the students to come. The teachers often announce that there will be extra help and just because your children choose to ignore it does not mean it is unavailable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

I am pleased overall with the PHS educatrion. I feel as though my son needs to be pushed more and that he is in classes that come easily to him. I would like to see more elective choices that keep kids with their own grade as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

Over all I am very happy with My sons education at PHS. It is a newer school and still needs some 'tweaking' but if more parents offered a little help instead of pointing the finger and expecting the teachers to teach and discipline their children I think the kids would get more out of the classes that they take. I know many parents are involved, but not nearly enough. The band and choral programs at the High School couldnt be any better! Gwynne Souza and Austin Glass are as great as they come. I think our schools will get better as long as the parents are involved in their childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

I have two children attending PHS. I am unhappy with the education my children are recieving at PHS. I feel teachers do not prepare them for exams, finals this past year where horrible I feel the teachers should give an overview or final exam study guide. When I asked my children about this they had no idea what I was talking about. I also had no idea when my child was having problems in a class until it was to late to even get help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

This school does not have an adequate book supply and the teachers are both unreliable and distracted when it come to class time. If I had a choice I would not send my child there.
—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 91% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

240 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%
Male96%
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Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Math

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Male88%
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White91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
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Students with disabilities66%
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Science

All Students83%
Female82%
Male82%
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White82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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

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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 Students83%
Female82%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
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African Americann/a
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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

71%

Average SAT score

1500

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 96% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 18%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Pembroke, MA 02359
Phone: (781) 293-9281

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