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Chestnut Street Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1017 students

 

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Posted January 15, 2013

I had to teach her for a year. It was an awful place to work; I cannot imagine being a student forced to attend this school. Fights daily. I was assaulted twice. Lockdown (students not allowed to leave classrooms except to be escorted by a teacher to the bathroom or lunchroom) was in force constantly. Terrible language from the students and terrible attitude by the majority of the staff. Several teachers are strong, committed, and excellent, but are stuck in a terrible situation with awful, weak leaders.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 13, 2010

Chestnut is the newest middle school in the city. The school is definitely not rundown. Would you rather have it housed at one of the 50 - 100 year old middle schools? The school has lots of issues but that is not one. The lack of parent involvement is systemic due to the lack of partnership between educators and parents. The administration does not value parental input unless it is inline with the Central Office and administration. That is why most parents that do care about their children's education will not get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

I attended this school as a student in the TAG program. While I appreciated the opportunity to study challenging material, it was a rough trade-off: an excellent curriculum for a generally run-down and hostile environment. I asked myself at the time, and still wonder, why is the TAG program run in possibly the worst school in the city? To bring up average student scores without real holistic improvement of the school? It seems a rough trade-off for all of the students, doesn't it?


Posted October 6, 2009

This is my childs second year at Chestnut and I am unimpressed and argue that the faculty and staff do not work with the parents and keep them informed. This school seems to not be invested in the students and as stated by another parent in a previous review we need all parties, parents ,teachers, and students to be doing their part. I would not recommend this school and am considering going to the superintendent of schools to voice my concerns that have not been responded to by the on site faculty or principal. If you are sending your child to this school be prepared to fight for supports and advocate for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

This is a good school as of now, my son who is going this year to HS was here and now my son and daughter are as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

As far as the parent reviews go, schools can only do so much. The atrocious behavior of CMS students is a result of what they learn at home and bring to school. Where is the ownership for the parents?! CMS is sub par, average inner-city school at best... all Spfld schools are. What do you expect these teachers and principals to do with no resources, $ or parental support?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

My older daughter attended chestnut in the TAG Program. this program was excellent. It more than prepared her for high school- she is graduating central with a 4.6 GPA- she credits her success to the TAG program at Chestnut. My middle daughter, is currently in the TAG program at Chestnut as well and is also doing great. I plan on sending my third daughter there as well. I found that the school has a wonderful curriculumn and they do have high expectations for the students in the TAG program which I like because I have high standards for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

Lots of kids with discipline problems. Sub-par curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

This school is excellent! My child went to this school and is is opening so many doors for her. Now my other child is going to go there and i hope and know that that school was the right choice for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

This school is awful. My kid gets bullied everyday, with no help from administrators. I have caught incorrect facts being taught also, & this is in their Talented & Gifted Program! Other parents I know with kids here hated it too. I'm looking to move to the 'burbs, as I've heard these complaints for all Springfield middle & high schools.
—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.

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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 67% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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21%

2012

 
 
24%

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23%

2010

 
 
24%
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 71% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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14%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
20%
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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
24%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
13%
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 Students25%
Female28%
Male23%
African American45%
Asian80%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners4%

Math

All Students21%
Female21%
Male20%
African American19%
Asian80%
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I21%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learners4%
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 Students30%
Female38%
Male23%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial70%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners8%

Math

All Students14%
Female17%
Male12%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracial40%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I14%
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

English Language Arts

All Students43%
Female53%
Male31%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners16%

Math

All Students17%
Female19%
Male16%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I17%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students11%
Female8%
Male12%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Title I11%
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

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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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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
Hispanic 75% 16%
Black 14% 8%
White 7% 67%
Two or more races 3% 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 90%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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355 Plainfield St
Springfield, MA 01107
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