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Dryden Memorial

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 296 students

 

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Posted May 19, 2014

Dryden is not a good school. Do not let that rating fool you! This school is focused on its test scores and not the progress of its students. My child is attending this school and there is a clear lack of communication of student progress to the parents in order to appear better than they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Dryden Memorial is a top rated elementary school. We are number one in MCAS ELA, Math and Science. This has not been easy. Our school was struck by the 2011 tornado, eliminating one wing of our school. Staff and Students were relocated to pods and there was alot of shuffling among staff. There was much to do in order to make our school community feel safe and secure and our students ready to learn. But even during this traumatic upheaval our school moved forward and upward! Everyone was amazing! Our teachers, staff and students were resourceful and came together and worked hard. Our school renovation is now near completion but there are items that will still need to be replaced due to losing them in the tornado. However, I know that no what our school will remain tops!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 9, 2013

I have a son at Dryden Memorial and we are thrilled with the education that he is receiving. The teachers and principal are very committed to their students, and their academic results are top in Springfield, comparable with those of surrounding suburban schools. Can't ask for a better experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

I have children in Grades 1 and 3 at Dryden and they both started there in Kindergarten. Since new administration has come in this year, the school has improved greatly. As an active parent, I can see that students and parents as well as teachers seem to have a better feeling. Everyone is made to feel welcome and parents are made to feel like family. The principal is never too busy to talk to anyone. She makes time for all and is a pleasure to deal with. My children are happy and learning. This school recently received 2 awards for MCAS and are tops in the city. This is a school that will go places now. Already, in just a few months, the principal and faculty have accomplished so much. Many programs have been brought in that enrich the students education. Hurray for the new principal and her staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

My daughter is in 3rd grade and my son in his 1st yr of Pre-K. We have only great words to say about our school. The principle is receptive and the teachers go above and beyond in every way! The kids are both doing amazing and love going to school. We are very pleased with the academic and social areas that our school has provided. The entire staff treats us like family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Our son has attended Dryden Memorial since grade one. This year the school has been a great disappointment to me. I strongly feel the lack of leadership and resources may well be the reason for my child not performing as well as other students from various schools within the same grade. I have been in past years satisfied with his progress. I feel the schools needs new leadership to achieve better standing in respect to other local schools. I would hope within the next few years the educational leadership at Dryden changes hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

I hear that Dryden is a top performing school and they may be on tests but, I have not seen it this year. My child has been left behind, not because he is below average but, just the opposite and he is bored in school and not being challenged by his teachers. Every child should have an IEP. I think the schools focus too much on the test scores and how the school looks. I've brought my concern to my child's teacher, to the Principle and the the superintendent's attention with no resolution that will benefit my child for the remainder of the year. I'm sure that would hate to lose his test scores as he is one the top two students in his grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Dryden Memorial School is one of the best schools in Springfield. The Principal, Miss Dryden, is wonderful with the children and always has time for the parents. She instills great morals and values in each of the children that attend the elementary school. The level of parent involvement is substantial due to the family atmosphere in the school. Everyone is helpful and friendly. The teachers are fantastic and are always willing to meet with you at a moments notice. Miss Dryden, along with all of her teachers, give 100 percent of themselves to make sure each student will achieve their ultimate goals. Hats off to Miss Dryden and her elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

Principle will not take a parent's concerns seriously. Upon discussing my concerns with the principle regarding my child, she told me only what I wanted to hear to pacify me and nothing changed. She is fond of giving lectures to the parents on the phone or in person if she feels that the parent has no basis for their concern and she backs her teachers no matter what, whether you feel they were in the wrong or not. The conduct or performance of her teachers is not open for discussion, whether she leads you to believe it is or not and they are her teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2004

This school, in contrary to the other reviewer, has a problem with overpunishment. Specifically one 5th grade teacher and the councilor. My daughter came from Glenwood Elementary. Glenwood is much better and she did great there. I know my daughter isn't a saint, but she is wholly very good because I am strict at home. On several occasions she was punished based on hearsay with no proof. On another occasion, she came forward to the teacher and told about an incident that happened on the bus. She was not punished then for that incident, BUT was punished later in the day by the teacher for a completely different incident that she didn't do! Her teacher is fond of cattiness. On top of this all, this school has no real gym or music classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2003

Great administrative leadership with true family atmosphere.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
30%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
29%

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 Students80%
Female85%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title I80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I98%
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 (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 Students57%
Female65%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I97%
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 (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 Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I88%
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 (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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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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
Hispanic 44% 16%
White 32% 67%
Black 18% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 2% 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 74%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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190 Surrey Rd
Springfield, MA 01118
Phone: (413) 787-7248

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