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Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 9, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! Great group of students who were accepted to top colleges. HW Regional has great new leadership, provides a top notch academic program, terrific sports program - go LAX, theater and arts. There is something for everyone within this supportive community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

The school could be better but definitely could be worse. Students tend to not participate in spirit days or put any effort in. Also the guidance office doesn't do a very good job of looking after their students. For years, students and teachers have complained about two teachers in the building. The office said they would speak to the head of each department and the teacher but of course they would deny any accusations. Teachers range from awful and biased to the best you will ever have in your student career. Like all schools, the food options are often complained about. HOWEVER, this school has options for vegetarian and vegan students which not all schools may have. The biggest disappointment besides the teachers would be the lack of diversity but that could be a result of where the school is located.


Posted May 17, 2013

Ha! You said it! The quality of this school has diminished greatly! Not to mention the fact that no student is disciplined in any way, there are no consequences for their actions, nor do they even have to accept responsibility for their actions! Zero diversity, zero spirit, zero community involvement. This school sort of has a zombie effect. Everyone mopes around until the day is done and then splits as fast as possible. Good luck trying to find a teacher that is willing to stay after school hours to assist your child in any way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

It truly is sad. For us, the schools / teachers lack of effort to communicate to the parents is extremely disheartening. We never really know what is going on with anything! They will apparently tell your child what they HAVE to do, but will not email, phone, send a note, flyer or list home for the parent so they are aware of the happenings . If you, as a parent, are to disagree and tell your child to be home after school you are then labeled a bad parent that has no consideration for your child s dreams! My son apparently has to be at the school this weekend to participate behind the scenes of a play. Our family has had plans for this weekend for the past month! We found this out yesterday, and the weekend is tomorrow. Then try and contact anyone at the school to verify, confirm or ask questions messages are taken, but you will never get a reply. Grading systems constantly being changed. Online reports never updated. We never really know for sure how our son is doing academically. This school is mass disorganization and it is extremely frustrating. I have to say, the only good thing about this school, is that for an old building, it is kept very clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

The Highschool is great. I have no complaint about sport fees because we do not have fabulous funding from the government. The sport fees keep the sports going.


Posted July 24, 2010

My husband and I graduated from the first class to go entirely through H/W (1962-1966). We now live in the south. If you have no basis for comparison, you have no clue. The education that we got at H/W was SO SUPERIOR to other areas. Be VERY grateful for what you have. It could be SO MUCH WORSE. The teachers were outstanding and the curriculum was far more advanced than the CURRENT curriculum elsewhere.


Posted June 25, 2010

I thknk the Hamilton-Wenham schools have outstanding teachers and programs. The History and Science Fairs at the hgih school, which are something not all high schools participate in, offer students a great opportunity to refine their research and writing skills. The high school regularly advances students to competitions at the national level. The music and drams programs are phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

As a parent of special education children, the regional is really underperforming. More innovative ideas and 'thinking outside the box' needs to be done to meet the needs of even moderately disabled children. The school does a good job at servicing children with 'cognitive ceilings,' but needs to significantly boost its reading program and services, particularly at the grade school level. All teachers need to be better trained regarding disabilities, particularly at the high school level. Resources are tight and squeaky wheels tend to get the grease...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

The quality of the high school education has slipped over the past 5 years. Extracuricular activities and sports 'user fees' limit and/or exclude involvement. I would suggest to those unfamiliar with the area to visit Middlesex County Towns and Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Having grown up in the same house I am raising my kids in, and attending the same schools and having some of the same teachers as my three children has been wonderful. I can not imagine how difficult our lives would be if we had to live somewhere else. I can't say enough about the compassion, kindness, and discretion I have been witness to for the past ten yrs. I have a sophmore, and eighth grader, and a sixth grader this year, and I love this school system. thank you
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

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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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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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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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 Students93%
Female95%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

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Tech/Engineering

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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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

84%

Average SAT score

1663

Graduation rate

98%


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 93% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Two or more races 1% 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 4%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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775 Bay Rd
South Hamilton, MA 01982
Phone: (978) 468-0400

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