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Southwick-Tolland Regional High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2 students

 
 

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Posted July 21, 2014

Both the town and school district are run poorly by political insiders. When the 3 school district lost 25% of their enrollment that's expected to reach 30% they doubled the classrooms at the H.S. with a $20 million triple addition plus added the less than 1/2 full Granville Village school. With this fiscal mismanagement and a School Committee that chose size over quality they have many financial problems and no money for top notch programs or equipment. They are on their 4th Vice Principle in 3 years at the H.S. and the middle school one just left after 13 years. Well liked teachers disappear without a trace, taxes have gone through the roof and there are so few students expected at the enlarged H.S. they may need inline skates to get around. Take my advice. Run, run as fast as you can away from Southwick and it's school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

As a student going through the schools now, I am experiencing the many changes the School is undergoing. The school is going in the right direction. There are many new ways that the school is not just encouraging the students to do well, but actually making them want to do well. With the accreditation process that is occurring, teachers are not just teaching what their told, but are making an effort to help the kids. The kids not only learn the topics, but are helped to grow as a student and a person. I am very happy with how the school is improving, and I hope they keep going on the right track.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2009

The school has gone through a lot of changes in the past couple of years. New administration and many excited new teachers have brought about positive growth. It is still a small school and may not offer the variety of options that a larger school can provide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2006

I am a member of the class of 2008, and I am a junior currently. There are the good points of southwick schools, but honestly I do not like here at all. I sleep through all my accel classes and I have mostly straight A's. There are defintly some problems in the admistration, and there problems among the school that the admistration does not address and when students and parents try to get them to address they don't. Our sport teams are pretty good at least.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2006

Raising a second child going through Powder Mill Middle School is stressful. I Who's watching the cookie jar in this school? Let's wait until high school for the note taking and give our child the books and resources they deserve to do well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

I think that this school needs to work on thier 'policy' and start acting like they care instead of just saying that they do. The teachers dont know anything the princables dont know what they're doing. That school is so un organized that it pushes away more students then they are letting in.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2006

I'm a former student at STRHS. I went from getting almost perfect grades to being a high school drop out. The teachers at STRHS are horrible and the admistration is even worst. The school is drug infested, and I would NEVER send a child of mine there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 17, 2005

As a Past student of southwick high I think that the level of education is good, but when it comes to music and their sports they are basicly delt with people or persons with money.. This includes the music program.. I believe something should be done about this... I am a begining musician myself and im finding it hard to buy a guitar (Bass) package and raising $400-2,000 is hard.. Even for rental fees.. THeir should be a fund set up for theses people just dont let them hang.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 16, 2005

I am the parent of a fith grade student at Powder Mill Middle School. My child has attended this school system throughout elementary and my issues with the schools policies and practices seem to grow larger with each year. I have also had the opportunity to work within the schools and seeing things from the iside only confirmed my concerns and perhaps deepend them. There is virtually no art program...notices for upcoming events are given with short notice if any and the child is chastised for not returning them earlier. Two hours of the currriculum is devoted to the MCAS during testing years and the kids are pushed to perform well on them to the point of extreme stress. This school system brings new meaning to No Child Left Behind...They all are! This will be our last year! A Concerned Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

As a parent of a 2003/2004 ninth grade high school age student I'm extremely disappointed in STRH. In my humble opinion they could be doing a lot more to educate our kids. School administration and teachers seem complacent and satisfied in providing a mediocre product. There's no spark, no enthusiasm, NO NOTHING. The best teachers seem to be the first or second year hires. Those that have been there for some time have lost what it was that most probably attracted them to the profession in the first place. The so-called high ability classes my student attended the previous year were a joke...my student had virtually NO HOMEWORK and the freshman teaching staff (save one) was completely lack-luster and provided no guidance even when asked!!! As a result I've bailed-out and opted to go to another school to get what is needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

If your child wants to succeed they can and will at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School! The teachers are caring and very qualified! The administration knows when to be tough when needed and understanding if the situation is delicate. I have 1 child who has graduated and another still a student, both hae done very well here! I give Southwick-Tolland High School a B+! They are trying very hard to improve even more during these tough fiscal times. Keep up th good work!


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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 91% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

123 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

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
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White94%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
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Students with disabilities65%
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Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
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White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
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Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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White75%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%
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 Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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African Americann/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
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African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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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
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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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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SAT participation

73%

Average SAT score

1552

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 91% 67%
Black 3% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 16%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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93 Feeding Hills Rd
Southwick, MA 01077
Phone: (413) 569-6171

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