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West Somerville Neighborhood School

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Posted May 10, 2013

My 5th grader has been attending this school since kindergarten. We love it. A true neighborhood school. Great teachers, very strong school community and "spirit." Kids come out of the building laughing and smiling and hugging each other. They make lifelong friends. The school serves several different populations at once, and so there is both diversity but also issues of transience, which tend to pull academic ranking down. For those of us who stay, it's an absolute gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

This school is fantastic and I absolutely love the teachers and suport staff. Both my children have a learning disability and they have thrived at this school. My oldest is in high school, taking all honors classes and on the honor roll ever quarter. My youngest has an IEP and continues to excel each year. My children are so so lucky to have this school as their academic foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

This school has great teachers and great students. The class sizes are small, which helps the teacher realize what your child's weaknesses are. They also do a great job of teaching the students respect and responsibility. They are held accountable for not passing in homework, projects, etc. In fact, there is a 'No Zeros Allowed' policy. If a student doesn't do their homework, they have to do it during lunch recess. There is no way of getting away with homework. It must be done! As for the lines of communication, as mentioned on a different review, it is true. However, the responsibility relies on the parents to make sure it happens. If you are a parent who is on top of your child then you shouldn't have a problem. The teachers are always willing to meet with you in the morning, afternoon, or during specialist (gym, art, etc.) time.
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Posted August 25, 2005

This school has good teachers, but unfortunately academic performance has decreased since it opened. 7th and 8th grade teachers are committed, but do not have the time or process to communicate well with parents about performance, parent teacher conferences are 5 minutes each quarter, and school-initiated conversations with parents are almost non-existant. This can be an excellent school - but be prepared to make a LOT of effort to keep lines of communication open.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
40%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
26%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
35%
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 Students50%
Female46%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female39%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I45%
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 Students37%
Female40%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students23%
Female20%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I23%
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 Students58%
Female75%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female33%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female33%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I39%
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 Students44%
Female61%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Title I44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students25%
Female39%
Male16%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
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 Students90%
Female86%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students58%
Female66%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I58%
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 Students83%
Female87%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students52%
Female46%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title I52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female33%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title I42%
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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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 51% 68%
Hispanic 20% 15%
Black 16% 8%
Asian 11% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 62%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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