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Pittsfield High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 976 students

 
 

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Posted November 10, 2013

The school's culture is reasonably good, better than a lot of other schools. Our soccer and cross-country teams especially have a lot of fans, but other sports don't really get as much recognition. The majority of students here are average teenagers who get separated based on the rigor of their classes. But most of them are sociable and open to new students. There are a few decent teachers, but many aren't at the top of their game, especially in the chemistry and math departments. Overall, Pittsfield High is just an average school with a lot of potential. It could have a much better reputation if it encourages all students to learn and hires teachers who are more qualified in the subject(s) they specialize in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2013

yeah sure there are worst schools out there in the world but this one really have to learn what the word RESPECT means. I think that word is uknown to students AND staff there's only a few people I can take out like SOME decent teachers and the dean of students... but do you know how it is to not eat lunch for a whole year because no one wants you near their seat because you're "strange" a "freak" a "psycho" and all you can do is cry in the back hall... and do you know what it is to get hit in the face and YOU getting in trouble and you actually did not touch the person?.... oh I have a LONG list of things that should be fixed students here are just plain evil and most of the staff doesn't give a crap or either punish ALL the kids which is unfair because not ALL of them are doing this there's still the VERY small percent of people that are TRYING to learn... thank God the dean of students suggested me the program to finish high school at college. God bless her! because if I wasn't at BCC now I don't think I will still be here breathing honestly... This is why I wanna do Criminal Justice... I hate unfairness and evilness... people are evil man...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2005

Despite being a school in 'transition' this school has maintained its acedemic integrety during a budget crunch time. It offers unparalleled opportunities in music, art, theater and vocational programs. It has also matained a high standard for honors and AP selections. For a small, economically challenged city, the school administration has done a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is in a transition period with a new principal who seems to have a very proactive approach for making this school of a higher quality in terms of safety, parent/student/teacher involvement, etc. We are looking forward to a positive change in these areas and I firmly believe these goals are obtainable.
—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 91% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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82%

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68%

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71%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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68%

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65%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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62%

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54%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male84%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities23%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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33%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students33%
Female35%
Male30%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities5%
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 Students61%
Female69%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
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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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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

56%

Average SAT score

1428

Graduation rate

81%


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 79% 68%
Black 9% 8%
Hispanic 8% 15%
Asian 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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300 East St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 499-9535

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