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Hernandez K-8 School

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Posted February 24, 2010

This is an excellent school. Both of my children have gone here. The teachers, for the most part, are excellent. It's not perfect but if you compare it with other BPS schools, then it merits a 5 rating. They have an excellent after school program for very reasonable money. The participationn rate of parents is very big - on school nights they get 90% or over attendance which is unheard of in other schools. The dual-bilingual system is rare and they know how to do it. Highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I have a child in the early grades, this is her fiest year in the school, I love the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

there is way too much gossip for a student to even concentrate on ones work...peer pressure and bullying is very strong among these students
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2008

I am a parent of a child in the early grades - this is his first year in the school, and we are all loving it so far. My son's teacher is excellent - really creative, the kids all love her and they seem to really enjoy learning from her. The school gives you a really warm family-like feeling. The teachers and staff all go by first names, and they really make a point to learn the parents' first names as well. They make it easy to stay involved as a parent - providing lots of information re: curriculum and what the children are learning - they're big on expeditionary (hands-on) learning. They seem to communicate well with familes, which is a big thing for me, and I've been very pleased overall so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

I am the parent of a child in the early grades. I've been impressed with the quality of teaching and with the sense of responsibility that teachers impart to the students. The two-way bilingual program is excellent and rare, and makes this school a true gem. I've downgraded it to 4 stars (rather than 5), only because, as a public school, it tends to have larger class sizes (22-25 students); this means that (1) a couple of disruptive kids can diminish the learning experience for a majority, and (2) teachers need to spend more time managing the classroom than in a smaller class. If compared exclusively to its public school peers, this school is a standout.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

While I am not a parent of a student at Rafael Hernandez School, I did intern there for a few months this year and I can tell you that this is an excellent community for children to be educated in. Teachers are caring, students are motivated to work hard, and the programs are designed in a meaningful way. I really enjoyed my time spent there, and if you are considering sending your child to this school, I would advise that you do so.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2005

I am a student at the Rafael Hernandez School. I am an 8th grader the teachers there are very caring and they know how to educate students. I have been there for 9 years. That school is very special because it is one of the only schools that are bilingual. My nephew also goes to the hernandez.
—Submitted by a student


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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
36%
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 67% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
41%
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 71% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
30%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
9%
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 Students32%
Female26%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners13%

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners50%
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 Students43%
Female52%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners21%

Math

All Students63%
Female60%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners43%
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 Students51%
Female54%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners29%

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners57%

Science

All Students24%
Female38%
Male6%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners10%
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 Students34%
Female47%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners15%

Math

All Students34%
Female34%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners10%
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 Students63%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners50%

Math

All Students22%
Femalen/a
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I22%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners17%
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 Students72%
Female85%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students8%
Female15%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I8%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students20%
Female23%
Male17%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I20%
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

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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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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
Hispanic 90% 15%
White 6% 68%
Black 3% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 6%
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 75%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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