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Horace Mann Laboratory

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Posted July 10, 2013

We love this school. Much smaller than most schools in Salem and a very friendly and respectful atmosphere throughout the school. A strong, dedicated teaching staff. The academics are strong; my son is reading two grades above his grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2012

A great school, strong community and wonderful teachers. I couldn't be happier. The only problem is parking issues but everything else is just great. We just LOVE it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

The teachers are great. Lots of extras for the kids to do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

This is a wonderful school where the principal knows the name of every child, the teachers go over and above to nurture each child individually and the children learn a sense of pride in their community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Old school values, brilliant teachers, strong community, everyone knows your childs name, what's better than that?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Horace Mann is is a great location, perfect spot for students of all neighborhoods. Also, Horace Mann has great teachers, staff and a great learning Program. Anything that goes on parents are aware of and there are many learning oppurtunities that are offered at Horace Mann Laboratory.


Posted April 24, 2010

The teachers are phenomonal, and there's just such a warm, welcoming atmosphere to the school. It's been around for over a hundred years, with the focus on the most innovative teaching techniques. This school truly deserves to be named for the father of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Parents, teachers and administrators work together to educate the whole child. Wonderful academic programs complimented with teaching social responsibility and healthy living.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

What lies within the walls of Horace Mann Lab school is nothing short of incredible, the teachers and staff are the guts and the Awesomeness of HMLS. It's not about how a school looks in appearance it is about what lies within it. I am proud to send my children there. I love Horace Mann Lab school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

Horace Mann is the best school in Salem. It has one of the highest mcas ratings in the district and this including a high rate of special education children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My child is in a special needs classroom; efforts are made to make her included and part o- f the school and she loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

I agree with the poster who said this is the best-kept secret in Salem. If you talk to parents outside of Horace Mann, they'll say, 'Oh, it's an old building.' What they miss is what goes on inside. It's a small school with small class size. All the teachers I've come in contact with are excellent not only academically, but also in terms of their interaction with the children and their ability to encourage respect and cooperation among the students. The location of the school on the Salem State campus is a great advantage, and there are always ample student teachers to assist the lead teachers. The school is also able to use various Salem State facilities for special events such as dinners and concerts. Although the school building is old, it contains such amenities as a computer lab and dedicated rooms for science and art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

Horace Mann is such a caring and supportive school. The moment that I walked in the school, I felt that my daughter was home. There is a wonderful combination of academic learning, respect, and a loving and fun atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

I love the fact that My kids go to such a great school. I wish all the schools were like Horace Mann!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

Horace Mann is the best kept secret in Salem. Great teachers, warm and caring environment, involved and enthusiastic parents. Small classes and a small school, where truly 'everybody knows your name.' Its location on the Salem State College campus is an unbelievable benefit. Don't pass Horace Mann by because it doesn't have a new building! Its a great school.
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
49%

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%

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

All Students47%
Female54%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female54%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities0%
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 Students47%
Female40%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female34%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities14%
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 Students45%
Female55%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female50%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female40%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities10%
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?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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
White 49% 67%
Hispanic 33% 16%
Black 12% 8%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 57%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

Fax number
  • (978) 542-8332

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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