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James Condon Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 80 students

 

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Posted May 2, 2014

Academically, they didn't challenge my daughter or teach her anything (new). For the two years that she was there, the material remained the same; therefore my child wasn't learning at her grade level. I complained that they weren't agressive enough with the curriculum or homework; they in turn tried to give more for about two weeks then go right back to the same worst way of teaching. I couldn't wait to get my daughter our of there. The principal and teachers called about everything instead of trying to resolve small problems on their own. In my opinion, they favored certain kids and believe it or not, children pick up on that and feel they aren't worthy. I have never been so dissatisfied with a school. My daughter is at a different school now where she has excelled and been on the honor roll since in her 3 year tenure there. I am so very proud of her! I will NEVER recommend the Condon School to anybody. I do hope they change their curriculum and treat the children fairly in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

This is a GREAT school and has great teachers and programs for the children of this school. Not many schools still have a music program, Dance program, Swimming, before and after school athletics ( yes in elementary )and Mentors that actually WANT to come and help the students. I have been a Condon Parent for 3 years now and I am shocked that the school has such a low rating and some of the reviews are absolutely untrue. My child loves the school and has not had 1 teacher that she didn't like. I am a pop up parent and not one time did I come in was it not upto par. They have an open-door policy and I can also communicate with the staff via email or by calling them when ever I need to. I am hoping the school goes up to 8th grade as I am not looking forward to finding another school in a few years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

i went to school there 6 years ago and now im off to college if it wasnt becuase of their amazing teachers i wouldnt be so good with english.I would most deffinetly recomend this school.


Posted April 8, 2011

Condon is a shame of what education is meant to be. The superintendent of Boston school system needs either close it or change the principal. The staff mainly use the students to raise money for social causes than seriously teaching the children. To any parents who still have children in Condon school, you will not realize how seriously your children future is being compromised over there until you transfer your children to another school. Condon school is a total waste of Boston city taxpayers' money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

my friend went to this school and he liked it very much. but i dont think it is very good. but alot of people tell me that the school is very good. so ima see how it is for ma baby cuin.


Posted July 13, 2010

I participate in a volunteer program where I read to a 3rd or 4th grader once a week during the school year. The principal, Ms. Garofalo, is an amazing woman! She wants so much for every student in the school to get the best resources and education possible. After budget cuts, the librarian was let go- but students are still able to take out books from the library (some schools in the city no longer have a library- so sad). From my experiences, things run smoothly at the school. The teachers I've met seem to have the childrens best interest in mind and genuinely care about their students.


Posted October 3, 2009

My kids went to this school and it had a program that interacted the handicapped children with the non handicapped children and I think that it was something that every child should experience. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and that just because they are different does not mean they are to be treated differently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2007

Academic strengths are the teacher's willingness to follow goals set by BPS. The teachers will do what the principal says even if it is not in the best interest of the children's academic growth; the academic weakness is lack of academically (literate) strong teachers. I have had to send back homework papers and parent notices that were either ambiguous or grammatically incorrect. Parent involvement is there, however it would be stronger if some of the returning parents made the new parents feel welcomed and did not want to control the meetings so much. Also when entering the office I have never seen the staff smile or greet children who enter with respect. You must be a strong advocate for your child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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28%

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32%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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27%

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35%
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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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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26%

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23%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

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24%

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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 65% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

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41%

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41%

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Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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17%

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14%
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 Students25%
Female24%
Male25%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%

Math

All Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners19%
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 Students26%
Female28%
Male24%
African American19%
Asian46%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learners7%

Math

All Students32%
Female30%
Male34%
African American18%
Asian58%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners9%
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 Students42%
Female52%
Male35%
African American29%
Asian69%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners13%

Math

All Students44%
Female55%
Male35%
African American32%
Asian77%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners12%

Science

All Students17%
Female22%
Male13%
African American3%
Asian38%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title I17%
Students with disabilities4%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
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 Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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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26%
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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 36% 16%
Black 35% 8%
White 18% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
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 67%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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200 D St
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