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Van Sickle Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 983 students

 

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Posted March 30, 2011

i was a student at vansickle middle school i loved all the teachers at that school there all so great i miss the schoo l alot i go to John F kennedy school.I MISS VANSICKLE!


Posted June 8, 2010

I transferred my daughter from renaissance school to Van Sickle Middle School she was failing at Renaissance school due to distractions in the class room and teachers not doing their jobs or caring and controlling the classroom kids. I switched here to VSMS and she is currently in honors getting good grades all i can say is Van Sickle middle Schhol is one of the bestr in the District. Barbara
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I am a student here at van sickle and i think its great here!im in band and i play clarinet!thx for all the comments!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

I was a student at Van Sickle Middle School. I was only here for one year but i loved it there. The Teachers are like a 8 out 10. The Band is great! Ms. Simpson-Plouffe is a good band teacher. The Students are Awesome but some aren't. I got to give prompts to this school because i had moved to Springfield from Texas and i felt so welcomed here. I actually wish i could be at this school then be here back in Texas. - Sarah Chanvong
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2009

I love this school becuase the teachers really care about ours kids..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The principal, asst. principals, counselors, and teachers all care about the students, plus the school is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years school, so they are tops academically.


Posted January 1, 2009

ilove my school as i do my work van sickle is the best school ive ever been to and all the teachers there teach me everything i need to know to get a good education and get higher grades get a job and get into college and get my dream job to dance singand sketch
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2008

I am a teacher at VSMS. I think we have a wonderful school that meets the needs of all learners. I truly enjoy all of my students and try very hard to make sure my students learn something new each day. The school has a wonderful discipline policy and has great administration. This is one of the best middle schools around! Awesome technology too!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2007

My daughter is currently a 8th grade student at Van Sickle. She has attended school there since she entered in the 6th grade. I can not say enough about how proud I am to say my child attends VSMS. She has excelled in all areas of academic. The head principal holds all her students to the highest standards, and accepts nothing less from both her students and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2007

Van Sickle Middle School is a great school. They have a band. You can play almost any instrument except for the piano. The only thing that is kind of bad about the school is that the kids misbehave. I am in sixth grade and i go to that school and overall I think it is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2005

I am an 8th grade student at Van Sickle Middle School.And I have to object to what a few people have said:1)There is no 'best' group in the school,2)The kids in the seperate houses are there for a reason;some of the kids are a little,shall I say,'slower' than others academically,so the kids are placed in a house where the teachers think the kids could learn and do their best,3)Van Sickle has not given up on it's students or its grade point average,I think we are doing fine on the MCAS scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2005

I just started this schoool and so far I love it. This school makes me feel safer knowing that we have a cop that works at a school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2004

I think school is a great learning program that is good for all kids. It also has a great learning for kids of english for a second launguage.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 10, 2004

I have two students going here in 6th and 8th grades. Their grades are great and their overall conduct is great. But in the past three years since Van Sickle has reopened the adminstration started out great and has gone down hill. Its like they have given up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Some students in what is called the 'Best' group in the school are so bad that the classes (and the teaching) come to a halt. Administrators threaten 'Lockdown' on entire classes. Administrators are (evidently) helpless to correct or control this situation. I must in all fairness add that in spite of all this my student managed very good grades. I can't help but wonder what could have been accomplished in a better environment. Today's students will be making gobal policies tomorrow with what they learn in our schools, the good and the bad.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

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26%

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32%

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37%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

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16%

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18%

2010

 
 
14%
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.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
21%
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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
12%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
5%
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 Students35%
Female35%
Male35%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial50%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners12%

Math

All Students24%
Female22%
Male27%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracial40%
White30%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Title I24%
Students with disabilities4%
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

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Female44%
Male34%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial53%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title I39%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners25%

Math

All Students10%
Female10%
Male10%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracial7%
White35%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Title I10%
Students with disabilities1%
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 Students48%
Female51%
Male46%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners26%

Math

All Students21%
Female22%
Male22%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title I21%
Students with disabilities2%
English language learners15%

Science

All Students8%
Female7%
Male9%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Title I8%
Students with disabilities2%
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

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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

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 66% 15%
Black 19% 8%
White 10% 68%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1170 Carew St
Springfield, MA 01104
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