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O'bryant School Math/Science

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Posted August 22, 2013

Great school it is awesome I love it it is just great Obryan't all day


Posted June 1, 2013

Tobin Maurice J. Middle School, It is the great school because the teacher's very patient, caring, and loving to my children. I know when my children in school they are well care for and secure. The education it is formidable, my children's pass the MCA's. By next, I have one going graduate from Tobin Middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

Coming into the O'Bryant as a transfer student from Boston Latin School I did not know what to expect. One of the first things I noticed coming when I came to OB is that the teachers where really supportive. Back at BLS I can remember having to rely on myself to pass the classes (Thankfully I eased through BLS with headmasters). I came to the O'Bryant because of it's specialisation in math and science and I was really pleased. Really the O'Bryant has been looked at as a third rate school compared to the other two exam school. But from my experience this school is just as hard and just as challenging as the other two exam schools. The students here are really motivated to do their best in everything that they do and most even go on to attend top rate universities ( Harvard, MIT, Yale, ect..). So if you are a parent with a student applying for exam school please do not discard the O'Bryant, Give the school a second look and you may find that the school may be the right place for your child, After attending Boston Latin School and Shadowing at BLA I can tell you that this school is way better than BLA. Students are happier at this school and seem more motivated than the kids at BLA.


Posted January 26, 2010

I am currently a senior at the O'Bryant. I must say that the efforts made by the students and most of the teachers are great. My current principal, Mr. Sullivan, truly loves the students and has provided great support and help. Unlike our previous principal, Mr. Sullivan can always be found for help and encourages us on a daily basis. My one complaint is that we lack the supplies that I believe a school of math and science. This, however, has never stopped us from striving high and earning fabulous grades and scores. My suggestion is that the BPS system takes a hard look at the three exam schools and realize that we have been ignored and unappreciated for too long.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2009

I'm an alumni and I must say that this school definitely prepared me for college. I'm in one of the best universities in the nation now and I'm kicking butt in all my classes. I know I can attribute this to OB. The academics are great, the teachers were great no matter how much I complained about them. I love the diversity in OB, so many different ethnic backgrounds learning together, it's just wonderful. That's something I miss experiencing now that I'm in a majority white university. The school also offers alot of extracurricular activities and they have ties to MIT, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard and other great companies that one wants to have ties with. OB is definitely worth it and your child just has to be focused and try his/her best to make it in this school (just like in the real world)


Posted April 1, 2008

I've been here for two years and I'm happy to say that the teachers really do care, they help before,during, and afterschool. There's never something you can't accopmlish academically at the O'bryant!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

I am 7th grade in this school and I feel like the teachers have good strategies for teaching.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2007

As an O'Bryant alumni, I believe that the O'Bryant is a fabulous school. I feel that I was more than prepared for college and learned very valuble things at that school. The teachers try to help students that are having difficulties and overall the teachers are amazing. There were many extracurricular activites available that I could not even do everything that I wanted. I would reccomend this school to anyone. I attended O'B from 7th grade until I graduated and I could not say anything better about this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2007

I am a current student at the O'Bryant, and I am far impressed at the classes I am offered here. The courses are amazing, and they are only growing. The school has it's own building specifically for music and science. Even the older students are there for each other, staying after school every Tuesday and Thursday for homework help. If there is any school that you are looking to send your child too, I suggest the O'Bryant.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2007

My daughter is completing her first year at the O'Bryant and I can not be more pleased with this school. Academically my daughter has far exceeded my expectations I attribute this to the great support and encouragement from her teachers. The teachers have encouraged her to participate in sports and events that she had never tried before and she has had a great time learning these sports and meeting new friends.I have spent many afternoons with her teachers and office staff cheering on the team. Many of the other test schools do not do this, especially for 7th graders. My daughter is becoming a well rounded student and I feel this will take her far in her future. I have recommended this school to other families and will continue to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2007

The O'Bryant is not the perfect school, but it is a very good school went it comes to the many classes it has to offers and the college prep courses. Yes, the class sizes are increasing, but that is only because of the high demand of students that want to get into the school. I do agree that it does need some improvement, but I must say that it is one of the best public schools in the state.
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Posted March 17, 2007

The O'Bryant is not a very good school. Hardly any help is given when you are at great need. Student complaints are ignored unless accompained by an adult. It is as if students have no say in the way their education should be. I would know all these since I'm a current student but leaving after this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

As a student of the this school, i would say this is not a exam school. Each class is very pack, one teacher to teach 34 kids. School is very low on federal grants and very low on supplies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2005

Being a former student of this school I can only say don't like the exam school fool you. On the outside John D. O' Bryant seems to have everything (good teachers, engaging studies, college preparatory) but I can only say that it is a sad disappointment. The teachers are overworked with too many students and don't have the time to help those who needs help. There could be five students passing a class and the rest failing and they would call it an success. I say stick to smaller schools that really teach something if you want to graduate from high school actually learning something. There is sport but not alot of kids will branch out on their own because the motivataion is not there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 19, 2004

The John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science provides a demanding college prepartory curriculum. This course of study includes rigorous mathematics and science programs, supported by high standards and expectaions. The school establishes a safe and nurturing environment for all students. The O'Bryant commmunity assures that our diverse student body requires the skills, knowledge, and work ethic to become responsible and productive members of a changing society.
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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 71% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
61%

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73%

2010

 
 
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 78% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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95%

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87%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
29%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

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 Students85%
Female90%
Male79%
African American93%
Asian95%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male73%
African American54%
Asian86%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I69%
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 Students89%
Female96%
Male81%
African American96%
Asian81%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female70%
Male80%
African American73%
Asian96%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students29%
Female18%
Male43%
African American25%
Asian23%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title I29%
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 Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African American99%
Asian97%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I99%
Students with disabilities100%
English language learners83%

Math

All Students96%
Female93%
Male99%
African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I96%
Students with disabilities92%
English language learners92%

Science

All Students73%
Female65%
Male81%
African American69%
Asian81%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I73%
Students with disabilities80%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
African American69%
Asian73%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I70%
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 Students96%
Femalen/a
Male95%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I96%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

89%

Average SAT score

1480

Graduation rate

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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.

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
Black 37% 8%
Hispanic 30% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 6%
White 11% 67%
Two or more races 1% 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 68%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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