Report this review as inappropriate

« Back to compare
Public district
Springfield, MA
Students enrolled: 296

3 stars
Based on 15 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

Review topics

This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.  Learn more.

Review comments

12 reviews of this school

Dryden Memorial 4

Posted March 26, 2015
- a community member
i would like to know why the letter from dese Springfield was not posted, and why has the state not posted no findings on the allegations of m cast scores since accused : they have been a top school. but media posted the allegations, but no one has posted the Springfield investigation findings CLEAR why seems the hush hush is for allegations and not the hard work of those hard working teachers from a Friend of those teachers that care for your children

Dryden Memorial 2

Posted May 19, 2014
- a parent
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.

Dryden Memorial 5

Posted August 02, 2013
- a teacher
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!

Dryden Memorial 5

Posted June 09, 2013
- a parent
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!

Dryden Memorial 5

Posted November 06, 2010
- a parent
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.

Dryden Memorial 4

Posted October 27, 2010
- a parent
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!

Dryden Memorial 2

Posted May 29, 2007
- a parent
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.

Dryden Memorial 4

Posted March 08, 2007
- a parent
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.

Dryden Memorial 5

Posted March 28, 2006
- a parent
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!

Dryden Memorial 2

Posted June 01, 2004
- a parent
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.

Nearby schools

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families. 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Dryden Memorial
190 Surrey Road, Springfield, MA  01118
(413) 787-7248
Last modified Dryden Memorial is a Public school that serves grades PK-5
Dryden Memorial Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top