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Knox Trail Junior High School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 13, 2013

Knox Trail is a great school. I'm not a drug user, and my daughter is in David Prouty. She is fifth in her class with a grade point average of 97.2 She has gone through all of the school in Spencer and started younger than most. I disagree will the false statement that Spencer parents are drug users. My child is extremely educated. Parents being bullies and there children are going to follow. Monkey see Monkey do. Lisa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I disagree with the post on June 4. Knox Trail has some wonderful teachers. There are a few who maybe aren't the best or "old school". Every school has 1 or 2 of them. I know they were in every school I ever went to (which were a bunch growing up in the Military). The Teachers and the administration in Spencer are trying to educate our children to the best of their abilities. They are succeeding in just that. The school district is working through some financial issues and will hopefully come out of it with the best education of the children being provided. There are school districts throughout our nation having financial difficulties right now. We are not alone. My son attended Knox and they were great. I am offended by the statement of Drug addicted Parents. You make it sound like Spencer is made up of Drug users, which is completely inaccurate. I am not a Drug user and I live in Spencer. Just because a child is struggling doesn't mean the parents are poor, druggies or losers. The child maybe just needs some additional help, which our teachers provide. You will find this to be true everywhere also. - Dawn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Knox Trail is, unfortunately, a pretty poor school. With the exception of a few, the teachers treat the kids like dirt and blame them for low MCAS scores. I've personally heard teachers berate kids in front of them and behind their backs. The testing results show what a horrible education these kids are getting. In fact, Spencer is regionalized with East Brookfield. East Brookfield is currently trying to deregionalize from Spencer and join with another district. It's really sad for these kids, many who have drug addicted parents and learning issues. The state needs to take this school system over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

School offers gifted and talented programs in Mathematics, Science-Technoloy and Engineering, and Reading. Excellent and caring staff.


Posted October 20, 2009

The school has unique classes and offers a lot of extra curricular activities for a junior high. I find the teachers to be very competent, with a few exceptions. The principal can be very difficult to get a hold of does not always return phone calls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Awesome school! Has a lot of extracurricular activities, sports. The teachers are good, and it has unique classes.
—Submitted by a student


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 71% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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57%

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56%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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32%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
76%

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69%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

2012

 
 
41%

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38%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
23%
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%
Female75%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students32%
Female31%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students74%
Female83%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students35%
Female35%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students25%
Female17%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
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

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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below 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 92% 67%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
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 32%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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73 Ash St
Spencer, MA 01562
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