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Lura A White Elementary School

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Posted April 28, 2014

we are new to the Shirley school system and it was an easy and welcoming transition
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

A very caring school, with great teachers and lot of parent support and involvement. Both my kids go there and they love it. Although as a parent I wish they had some newer equipment, more course options offered and that they move into the proposed new school building soon, I know that my kids are happy there. There is not much pressure/ stress in these formative years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

When it comes to Lura A. White, consider the expression 'don't judge a book by its cover'. As with any educational experience, you and your child get what you put into it. The teachers here are excellent at facilitating authentic learning experiences. In a time of an economic downturn LAW has done a great job maintaining their excellence in education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

The teachers at this school are very dedicated, and most are willing to make accommodations to meet the needs of each student. Many of the teachers are quite outstanding. The communication about school events and student activities needs improvement, and some of the office staff are unfriendly. The administration is also not as communicative with students and friendly as it was in the past, but there have been a great many improvements in the overall operation of the school. Our children have had a good experience at this school, and say that they would wholeheartedly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

LAW's atmosphere is very cozy, and the staff try to keep the facility looking as nice as possible. However, the leadership at the school is lacking in communication with parents, and the curriculum of the school is behind more current education methods. For example, "monthly" newsletters are published only a few times per year, and notes home about activities often come home late or the day before the activity, giving parents little if any notice. The school is against parent involvement and does not respond to volunteer applications. Parents are not allowed to observe or visit children during the day or during lunch time. The curriculum itself is advanced and seems on par with other schools in the state, but at the expense of stifling children's creativity in order to cram scheduled activities and mounds of homework into their day. Children are scolded for reluctance to move on to new projects when they haven't finished the project they are working on, preventing any possible motivation for learning and favoring strict adherence to authority of teachers. Lunch offerings appear to be healthy and well priced. The extended day program is value priced, but you get what you pay for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

Excellent school with caring teachers and staff. The building accommodations may lack a bit, but "she's got it where it counts". We have been very happy with the personal nature of the teachers and really feel at home with our kids in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

LAW school is a wonderful experience for my child. It was easy for me to get to know the teachers, and all the ones I have worked with are highly capable and enjoy working with kids. My child every morning wakes up and asks me '...Is today a school day mom? Can I go?' Highly rewarding to see him so excited to go to school. He is learning in leaps and bounds, is excited to be there and has made many friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2006

The school has definately made alot of progress in the last few years. I have been overall happy with the staff the principal is a great person and works to insure each child feels welcome and works very hard with parents. The parental involvement is also increasing as the town changes I see all good to come for the Shirley school district.
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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 68%
Hispanic 7% 15%
Black 4% 8%
Asian 3% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

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Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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34 Lancaster Rd
Shirley, MA 01464
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