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Williams

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 322 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted May 30, 2007

Some teachers are very old school and mean. Outside enrichment is definitely a must if your child attends this very old fashioned school. On the plus side some of the teachers are very caring. However, the whole staff could use more creative approaches. I also found the special ed services to be lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

I attended Williams Elementary from 1st grade through 5th grade, I loved Williams. The teachers were great and the principal is the best! I did not have any trouble adjusting to Middle School, I was prepared by my 5th grade teachers. Williams has a peace team that helped teach me peer mediation. I will use the skills I learned throughout my life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 24, 2007

The staff at Williams Elementary is top notch. The administrators, teachers, and support staff provide our students with a safe, nurturing and academically rich environment. Well done to all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

I have 5 children who have been/are being educated at Williams. It is a great school. The teachers are highly skilled and have always been wonderful in communicating progress and/or concerns to us in a timely manner. There is a strong PTO. Good arts and music enrichment. The principal has been an invaluable resource to us as parents. She is approachable and responsive. My 3 older children had an easy transition into middle/high school because of their roots at Williams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

As a parent of children with special needs I cannot be anymore positive about the experience my family has had with Williams. The faculty and administration have been extremely sensitive and accommodating in assessing and meeting my children's needs. We found the school climate accepting and nurturing. It is very much a family atmosphere. Academic expectations are very high at Williams. Teachers expect and get a lot from their students. We have found that our children who have graduated from Williams have been more than adequately prepared for the rigors of middle school. Given the choice, we would not choose any other school for our children. We have been very happy with our experience at Williams and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering moving into the Pittsfield area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

I couldn't be happier - my children are thriving and happy. I find ALL staff to be professional, approachable, and friendly. As a former teacher, I am very picky. It's very easy to be as involved as you want to be. Volunteers are welcomed. The science teacher is especially wonderful. We moved into this neighborhood because of the Williams' reputation and have been completely satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

Principal very hard to deal with. After 1 year there I pulled both my children out and went to a loving, friendly, supportive school down the street. If you child needs any special help, you will find no support here. I really tried my best to be involved and helpful but to no avail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

Best elementary school in area. Motivated and caring teachers. Constantly striving for excellence. Strong PTO. Good communication. If you are relocating to this area this school is your best bet. Small class size. Feels like a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2005

Williams is a great asset to the community. My children absolutely love to go to the school every day. It has the most wonderful and caring principal in the district. All of the staff have been very good to my children.
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
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 65% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students64%
Female57%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
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 (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 Students35%
Female48%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female42%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
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 (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 Students74%
Female82%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female96%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female91%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
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 (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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

24%
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50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 82% 68%
Asian 5% 6%
Black 5% 8%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 15%
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 30%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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50 Bushey Rd
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 448-9680

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