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Nathaniel Bowditch

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 507 students

 

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Posted May 3, 2010

They have so many programs to help the children and have International Party and Thanksgiving celebrations at the school and get parents involved. They have a coffee hour for parents every Thursday to come in and get involved and in the know of what's going on. They build self confidence and also incorporate Spanish as a bi-lingual school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

My daughter is is the dual language program and loves it. The teachers show great patience and concern for the students and the administration works very hard on keeping parents informed. My daughter started the year as the 'wild child' and with some assistance and suggestions on time structure my little one has gone from wild child to star pupil. She had never been in a structured day program before so had a hard time adjusting. The schools response was immediate and extremely helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

We are totaly in love with Bowditch School, even that I'm not to happy in the city of Salem, I will stay until my son finish the Bowditch School. and the dual lenguage is wonderful plus. I feel so proud and lucky that my son got the oportunity to be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

This school has become a bad place for learning it stinks


Posted September 2, 2005

This is a great school for boys and girls in middle school espeacialyy the hispanics because my daughter forgot to speak spanish from after she came back from Puerto Rico and once she started back in 6th grade she knew both great spanish and english and she loved her school. Also the teachers are very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

My daughter has just completed first grade in the dual language program and we could not be happier. My second child will begin Kindergarten in the fall and I am thrilled that she too will be able to attend this top-notch school. The parent-teacher communication is open and easy. The parents are involved and welcomed into daily activities. This is a K-8 school that offers my child exposure to all types of activities including great art and music programs in a brand new, beautiful and cheery environment. The staff, including the principal, are always available and helpful with any concern that I may have. I find it difficult to believe that a better school exists!
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Posted May 24, 2005

This is a truly wonderful place for children. The teachers are dedicated and professional. The school community is active and involved. The low student to teacher ratio ensures that each child becomes the best students he or she can be. My children are in the Spanish-English Dual Language programs and just love it. I feel the early introduction to a foreign language gives them an edge that other schools just cannot offer. The school also partners with the Salem YMCA to offer afterschool programs that further enrich your child's education. We have had a great experience at the Nathaniel Bowditch 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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
50%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
17%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
22%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
25%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%

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 71% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
18%
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 Students43%
Female54%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female77%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I72%
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 Students21%
Female35%
Male5%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title I21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students25%
Female30%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I25%
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 Students27%
Female33%
Male21%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Title I27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners9%

Math

All Students48%
Female57%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Title I48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners9%

Science

All Students12%
Female8%
Male17%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Title I12%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners0%
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 Students32%
Female32%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students32%
Female32%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities12%
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 Students35%
Female42%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Title I35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners10%

Math

All Students31%
Female33%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Title I31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners20%
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 Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students50%
Female48%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students21%
Female21%
Male21%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title I21%
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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50%
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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 49% 15%
White 43% 68%
Black 4% 8%
Two or more races 4% 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 64%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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