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A. C. Whelan Elementary School

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Posted June 23, 2014

First of all, I am not happy with the extended day program and I am not the only parent. My kids come home from school and they are tired and don't want to hear about school anymore. There is no time in the evening for extra activity because it's late. Also, the school is not performing that well. They scored 51%. They put to much focus in the MCAS and ANET testing. They should do away with the extended program and focus on regular subjects like Reading and Math. The school should send home a questionnaire on how parents feel about the school. First the extended hours and then on the children's schoolwork.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

Our son has been in this school for 2 years now, and our experience has been great. All his teachers took the time to understand his skills, and challenged him at his level. The school has a great community and a ver active and involved PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

My daughter just started at the A.C. Whelan School and I have nothing but good things to say.. The principal has been more than helpful and my daughter's teacher is wonderful.. She e-mail's me reminders, weekly newsletters, questions, etc. all the time.. I am so happy she is going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

My kids are the most important aspect of me. It takes a village to raise a child. Community, commitment and caring! Thank you John Macero, and Staff can't forget Officer Burke TY Yours truly, Scott
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

The A.C. Whelan School has always been a great school. I attended over 20 years ago and the staff was awesome. Now they just improved the school even more by building a new one with top of the line equipt. My daughter has been there for four years now and wouldn't want to attend any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

My children have gone to Whelan since preschool and, while I would admit I was disappointed with the preschool, we have nothing but praise for it now. I have multiples so I have had the benefit of knowing more than one teacher in each elementary grade level -- and we've never had a complaint. The teachers are supportive and responsive to my questions and help us, as parents, to reinforce what we're trying to teach at home. The teachers have encouraged the creativity and individuality of my children (and simultaneous understanding their connectiveness), and encourage them to each learn at their own pace. I love the extended day! The principle is wonderful and the specialists (OT/PT/speech/etc.) have been fabulous to work with. The only things I dislike about Whelan are the constant PTA solicitations and early release on Mondays -- very hard for working parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I like it that is dedicated to the performing arts. I also like the fact that there is physical education everday. Overall they have improved on there curriculum since they started the extended day program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

The school is excellent, my daugther is on kindergarten and her teacher Mrs. Puppo is great. My little one loves and enjoy every single day. The extended day is great, they have more time to learn. I have been talking to another parents from different schools and they do not have the resources that our school has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

I,too, had a son that attended kindergarten this year and was having trouble adjusting to such a large classroom size. I met with the teacher many time to try to work something out to help with the transition. She was very unhelpful. I took a week off work to observe what was happening in class and I found that the teacher was boring and had no creativity. My husband and I tried to see if our son could switch teachers and received no response from the asst. principal nor the principal. Also, I agree that they were too strict to allow for any individualism. We have since pulled our son from the school and he is thriving at his new school. So although the curriculum is great, I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

I am a parent of a second grader and I love the Whelan School and everthing about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

My son started attending kindergarten this year but is having trouble adjusting to an average class size of 29, which is well over the state recommended level (22) and even over the legal limit (25) although that is based on the entire school district. (Lack of funds is to blame for this.) His personal teacher lacks the necessary energy and enthusiasm for this age student, although both she and the management team are being very helpful in trying to make his transition easier. They have moved to a full day, extended kindergarten, although my son has mentioned on various occassions that he has not had time to finish his lunch, with only 30 minutes of time provided between the morning and afternoon sessions. There are no extracurricular activities for kindergartners that I am aware of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I moved from another school district just to have my daughter be able to attend such a great school, with an amazing staff, and top of the line equipment and supplies. I truly feel that my child has the most valuable education resource this area has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

Hello the A.C. Whelan School is an excellent school for kids from K-6. I had the best 7 years of my life going to that school and miss it deeply. There is a wonderful staff of teachers that are eager to benifit your child. If you are thinking of sending to your child to this school you want regret sending your kid to the Whelan at all. It is now K-5 due to construction on making it into a middle school as well. Going to the Whelan has made me the educated person I am today. - Shaye 7th grader ar Garfield
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 4, 2004

I think that this school is the best school in the world.I had the best 6 years of my life at the a.c whelan school.-carolina zanetta
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 14, 2004

The A.C. Whelan School has a caring, professional, high-quality staff and administration. There are several extra curricular activities for students, including Art Club, Drama Club, and Intramural Basketball. MCAS scores are among the highest in the city, and there is an academic support program for students who require extra assistance. PTA is very active and parent involvement in the life of the school is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2004

This school has no recess. They have a beautiful playground that kids cannot play on. They stay in class room for free time. No clubs, or groups. We left after 6 months. Teachers too strict to promote creative learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 57% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

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66%

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60%

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76%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

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74%

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66%

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81%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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66%

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31%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
47%

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48%

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 65% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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72%

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79%

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57%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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69%

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61%

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58%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students53%
Female56%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learners18%

Math

All Students62%
Female58%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners45%
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 Students50%
Female59%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners27%

Math

All Students57%
Female58%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learners67%
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 Students57%
Female54%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female54%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I56%
Students with disabilities6%
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.

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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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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 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

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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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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 59% 67%
Hispanic 27% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Two or more races 4% 3%
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 65%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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