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Witchcraft Heights Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 469 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 29, 2014

Witchcraft Heights is an amazing elementary school with a wide variety of programs. Their reading program is very successful and the all the teachers my daughter has had so far have been wonderful. Parents are encouraged to participate and are very involved at this school. Teachers communicate regularly with families and provide excellent learning opportunities for all students. I know a child who came from another elementary school who in 2nd grade could not read at a proficient kindergarten level and half way through second grade was reading proficiently at the end of 1 st grade level. Students are engaged in community projects year round. In the 3 years that my daughter has been at Witchcraft Heights and we have attended many events there, we have never met a parent who was not thrilled that their children attend this school. Mark Higgins has done an exceptional job hiring and developing staff so that our children get a great education. I personally teach in an affluent town not far away from Salem and Witchcraft Heights Elementary is as good as the town I work ins top elementary school and better than its other elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

My son is in the PDD program there and loves going to school. I get most of the information I request from the school, however enrolling him in to the program was a total fiasco and they could not accommodate his needs at first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

The teachers there are mean and don't help in the aid of children with needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Witch Craft Heights is a wonderful Elementary School. My son who is ADHD was treated with respect and encouraged to be the best he could be, teachers were always available for him if he needed help, and the principal was well informed of any issues that he was having. He has now moved on to the Middle School. My daughter is now in 5th grade, her reading has improved tremendously with the reading strategy that is used in this school, she plays the flute, is in the chorus, participates in after school activities and is an A student. I put this down to the quality teachers and their methods of teaching at Witchcraft Heights.As a parent raised in England I was very wary of the school system in the USA, but I am very pleased with Witch Craft Heights.
—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 57% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
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%
Female57%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female77%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities33%
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 Students58%
Female68%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners27%

Math

All Students57%
Female64%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners36%
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 Students59%
Female79%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female76%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female52%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities19%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

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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 70% 67%
Hispanic 16% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 8%
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 37%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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