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Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

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Posted May 24, 2013

PVPA was my home for six years. After a brief stint at a local public school while my mother was in treatment for cancer, I returned to open arms and loving hearts. I've met people I consider my family at this school. To debate some parent's concerns that PVPA does not offer rigorous academic courses, I quite enjoyed the classes I took. They weren't easy, certainly. PVPA had some of the hardest courses I'd ever taken and I loved all of them. I learned more than I ever had. I appreciated the fact that students could choose their own classes in later years, since I was able to approach learning as something I wanted to do and not just vague memorization of characters from history. In the year since I've graduated, I've visited twice, and each time, I come back to the most loving community I've ever been a part of. I feel more accepted there than I have anywhere.


Posted April 21, 2013

I honestly can't imagine going to any other school. I went in with not that much interest in the performing arts and expecting to leave after middle school, but I'm still here going into my junior year, and have fallen in love with theater. This school has allowed me to grow in ways I never would've imagined, and has made me who I am.


Posted October 25, 2010

PVPA is the safest, most supportive, most student-centric school imaginable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

We love PVPA because they support the freedom and ability of each child to learn without anxiety. Traditionally, my child disliked going to school. Since the 2nd grade each day has been a battle to get her there. Now that she attends PVPA, she cant wait for the weekend to be over so that she can go back. Her homework is done without tears and is taught in a meaningful way in which she is actually retaining the information. Definately a positive experience for all of us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

All four of my children have graduated from this amazing school and gone onto amazing academic careers,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2007

Lacking fundamentals your child will know how to speak with an foreign accent, but will not be able to explain the Great Depression or even the Civil War. This school offers classes on Jazz and Hip Hop but not a speck of opera or classical music Dance is all modern (20th Century). The local area is rich with former residents such as Jonathan Edwards (and what about the witch hanged, she was from here?)and John Brown. Literature has no use for: Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Samuel Adams, A. Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Fred Allen, Susan Brownell Anthony, Clara Barton, Louis D. Brandeis, William Cullen Bryant, John Cheever, Lydia M. Child, E. E. Cummings, W. E. B. Du Bois, Will Durant,Mary Baker Eddy, Ralph Emerson, Robert Frost. Civics is woeful, with no conception on how Shays' Rebellion is connected creation of the United States Constitution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

If young adults discover a love for learning, they get involved with their education. They contribute to the creativity with which the lesson is delivered. They empassion their peers and inspire their teachers. Such is the culture of learning at PVPA. The arts are integrated in their learning, and the students follow the notes, the pros and the dancing feet right into American History, algebra and Greek mythology. What I can say about parental involvment is that every PVPA kid that has ever been over my home for a sleep over with my kids, was like a member of our family. We are all involved, parents, teachers and students. From the carpooling, to the concert totting, to the team meetings when Johnny is trying to get away with not turning in assignments. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

So motivated are the students that they are eager to get up in the morning, eager to go to school. Children attending this school find an atmosphere of learning unequaled anywhere else. The comaraderie existing between the students and teachers helps create a motivated student. Where possible including performing arts into the lesson plan really excites children to learn on their own. They become self motivated,self reliant students and gain confidence in any chosen field later in life. Due mainly to the ability to understand the human condition necessary in learning to project on stage. Incorporating the arts in all forms,from Dance,to photography,from musical instruments,Drawing,solo musical performence,Chorus,to Acting on Stage in plays that rival Broadway, their course on law, mock trial involves actual presentation of cases in a real court room in competition with others schools. It is times like this where the performance of a PVPA student really shines.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 71% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 78% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 91% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students82%
Female88%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students47%
Female56%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities10%
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 Students87%
Female85%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students30%
Female25%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Title I0%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female27%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title I0%
Students with disabilities17%
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 Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female79%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female72%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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91%

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90%

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86%
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 Students77%
Female70%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
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
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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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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

58%

Average SAT score

1644

Graduation rate

86%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 67%
Black 7% 8%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 37%N/A51%
Female 63%N/A49%
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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