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Boland School

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Posted January 24, 2010

The Boland School is the most wonderful school my daughter has ever attended! I think the principal, Mr. O'Brien is wonderful and commands respect from the students, staff, and families that enter this school! My daughter has been attending this school since late last school year and this improvement in her behavior and learning skills are imense. The teachers and staff are very attentitive to the children's needs and update the curriculum with the changing times. I.E. teaching the children at a younger age about the dangers of the internet. I love the math nights and the support for parents. I would not change my daughters school for anything and will be sad in three yrs when she moves onto middle school. Thank you to the staff of Boland for helping us make huge progress with our daughter who is now in third grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

The state of the school has declined incredibly over the past year. The previous principal was wonderful, although, was moved to a new school. The new principal and vice principal seem to lack the tact and personal touch. I was a previous teacher at this school and had to leave because of inconsistencies and lack of support. The principal did try his hardest, but, as a first year principal seemed overwhelmed. The vice principal was extremely out of sorts and was often disrespectful to teachers, students and even their families. I hope that continued improvement happens over the year so that the wonderful children get the best that they deserve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 25, 2005

I belive the principal is wonderful, she has done nothing but been helpful toward my child. I would encourage any parent to send their child to boland school, as we all know the serious situation our school system is in, i believe the principal has done her best to guide the learning happening in the school. There are an extensive amount of programs that are happening within this school,all of wchich run smoothly day to day, no one can please everyone! back off the principal, walk day in her shoes then talk to us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

Principle can be two-faced but if you stear away from her the teachers are GREAT. My children have only been there for a couple of years but have learned a lot.
—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 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
35%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
22%
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 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students33%
Female38%
Male29%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I33%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners32%

Math

All Students50%
Female56%
Male46%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I50%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners53%
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 Students44%
Female59%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I44%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners56%

Math

All Students34%
Female39%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I34%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners25%
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 Students41%
Female48%
Male35%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I41%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners15%

Math

All Students40%
Female42%
Male39%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I40%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners21%

Science

All Students42%
Female51%
Male36%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I42%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners14%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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
Hispanic 76% 16%
Black 13% 8%
White 8% 67%
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 93%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Springfield, MA 01104
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