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Michael E. Smith Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 14, 2011

Left this school system because neither the teachers nor the administration would address our concerns with academic issues with our child. We were continuously put off and told "he would grow in the the subject" We were overly concerned. Told from 3rd grade through 6th grade that his phontic spelling was fine and "don't worry, he'll have spell check to fix his mistakes" I was litterally told this! Spelling and grammer never counted on any tests. Teachers very condisending to us. Principal was cold and degrading to students and parents. My child didn't want to go to school. Now, he's a differnet kid. Loves to read and has been on the honor roll every semester since we moved to a different community. Find somewhere else to live or send your kids to a private school or look for a public school choice school in a different community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

Good school, I am happy with the 4 yrs my daughter spent there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

wow.....my daughter goes to this school and she has improved alot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

Michael E. Smith is a great school. I always have great teachers, and feel safe in my classrooom. I get an incredable education, and have a good time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2008

My daughter love it! She [has been at] South Hadley schools since first grade, she learned, and improve her language skills with excellent results. When she came to the schools she was not bilingual. Today she is totally bilingual! We coming looking for good education, safety, and a pleasure school to send our daughter and so far we found it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2004

we previously lived in chicopee, after moving to south hadley 5 years ago, i noticed a difference within first month of overall school preformance and committment to all students, including special needs students. extremely happy with this school system and all it has to offer
—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 65% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%

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 67% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students71%
Female78%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female80%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial30%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students68%
Female82%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students59%
Female67%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
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 Students75%
Female86%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students57%
Female59%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
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 (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 Students76%
Female80%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students48%
Female49%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female40%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

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
White 86% 67%
Hispanic 7% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 2% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 34%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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100 Mosier St
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: (413) 538-5074

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