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High School Of Commerce

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 24 students

 

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Posted January 24, 2013

This school has a very good ROTCH program and it has the IB Diploma program. One thing this school is suffering from is a lack of motivated students and leadership needs to take responsibility and find better ways to solve the schools attendance issues, some students have so many issues and no control over them and it often time affects the students ability to learn and make progress. There are very good leaders/teachers/classsed...and then there are those that are not so.... the school but the whole infrastructure is falling apart. I regret not switching my school to Central early on in HS life. I hated commerce but I HAD A SUPPORT SYSTEM IN COMMERCE between FACULTY and STAFF! if you are a TROUBLED student sticking it out at commerce find some HELP and SUPPORT. Take advantage of who IS there. I AM A STUDENT SUBMITTING THIS NOT A PARENT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

I think this school is a great school they have a great ROTC program that i personally think all students should try Its not the teachers falt that the parents dont take comtrol of their kids their not troubled kids the Parents need to step their game up and be on their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

i personally love commerce the classes are fun..and yet we learn all around, but i do agree with the attendance it is way too strict and many students have failed because of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2005

Commerce is one high school in Springfield that is suffering from families that don't know how to help their child achieve, and from students in great numbers that are satisfied with not achieving. The relationships between teachers and students are mostly bad and many times the teachers act like they are children in how they respond to the students. The administration needs to have some new training on how to turn the school around and make sure that learning is really happening for all students. No time to babysit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2004

I believe the school has too many problems with students. I also believe teachers are not very supportive of problems the students have. I also feel as though the attendence plan is too strict and is depriving some intelligent students of their high school diploma because of situations that they have no control over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

This school is a great school not only in academics but in its sports section also. The IB program is also a great program and it gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and to be able to think like college level courses!
—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 91% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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52%

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49%

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37%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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28%

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24%

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28%

2010

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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6%

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13%

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16%

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17%
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 Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I65%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners21%

Math

All Students28%
Female26%
Male31%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I28%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners5%

Science

All Students6%
Female2%
Male12%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I6%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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17%

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13%

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14%

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14%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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6%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
4%
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 Students17%
Female16%
Male17%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I17%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners8%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students6%
Female2%
Male8%
African American2%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged20%
Title I6%
Students with disabilities2%
English language learners3%

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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

23%

Average SAT score

1195

Graduation rate

35%


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
Hispanic 65% 16%
Black 24% 8%
White 8% 67%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 83%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (413) 787-7041

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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415 State St
Springfield, MA 01105
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