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City on A Hill Charter Public School

Charter | 9-12 & ungraded | 294 students

 

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Posted March 15, 2011

It is my firm belief, that if the school does not address the need for teachers to be able to identify learning disorders, however slight it may be, they will end up hurting more students than helping. More professional development is needed at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

As a parent of a current CoaH student I do not feel the other reviews accurately portray this school. I do believe that as with many schools in and around the Boston area there a several areas of CoaH's program that could be improved. I encourage parents to get/stay/be involved in your child's education and keep communication lines open with teachers and administrators. CoaH's small community allows for academic and social issues to be handled in an expedient manner, and gives students the opportunity to feel part of a meaningful community. I agree that many students do not take full advantage of what is offered at CoaH, but I feel that some of that is due to the lack of support from parents/guardians. I have given CoaH a 3 star rating partly because I feel the school needs to do a better job in recruiting minority teachers & administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

As a former student at city on a hill the school is a great place to develop a great education. the teachers and the studens have a great bond and academiclly wise the techaers help the students with anything they need help with.coah is a great school thta has great opportunities. .A.V CLASS OF 2010
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2006

I am not a parent but a former student of City on a Hill (COAH). I started there in 2003 and left there in 2005. I believe that COAH is a horrible school for many reasons (1) the administration and teachers do not take the students seriously when they are being harassed (2) the total atmosphere of the school is negative (3) teachers do not take enough time to help students when they do not understand material (4) countless teachers have left because of behavior issues in the school (5) safety is not guaranteed and (6) academic success is hard to measure given how many people are kept back or sent to summer school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 30, 2004

To the comment made by the last review the children make a choice when in classes. That's what high school is about making choices. COAH is an excellent so if you would want your child to receive support and get the materials the right way. In BPS you would have a class size of 25+ but at COAH there would no more than 18 students and the ratio between teachers and students are great also. As i past student of COAH i feel as if that last review was horrible and totally incorrect. Many students at COAH do not take advantage of the good this the school has to offer to them. Those students that take the time to briad hair in class are those who are failing. Due to the fact that they made the choice to not take the time of study hall and to actually study.COAH is great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2004

City On A Hill Is a horrible school. I would not want anyone tp put there child throught the things my child goes through. The children do not learn, and the teachers do not teach. During study hall time children get the hair braided and play cards. Children also look at adult material on the internet during school time in the school. City on a hill is a horrible school and no child should go there
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

64 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 Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
African American95%
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Hispanic96%
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Economically disadvantaged95%
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Title I95%
Students with disabilities84%
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Math

All Students74%
Female73%
Male76%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
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Economically disadvantaged77%
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Title I74%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female70%
Male76%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I74%
Students with disabilities30%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% 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 Students75%
Female70%
Male79%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I75%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Whiten/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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

77%

Average SAT score

1264

Graduation rate

66%


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 71% 8%
Hispanic 26% 15%
Asian 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
White 1% 68%
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 73%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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58 Circuit St
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