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Ephraim Curtis Middle School

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Posted October 9, 2013

The teachers gave up on actually teaching kids, they view their role as babysitters. There is very little learning going on. Mathematics is in particularly bad shape, the "teacher" just gives website addresses and tells the kids to learn new concepts there. The same goes for homework. Last year, in 6th grade, a particular algorithm was explained incorrectly (the instructor didn't figure out yet that she could just use internet so she actually tried to explain it herself). When it was pointed out to her that she was wrong the response was "oh, someone showed me how to do this". Other classes are not much better. And as far as high scores the school gets, that's not a huge surprise: Sudbury is a fairly well-off town and parents can afford tutors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

Great Staff, Great Principal who really cares about the kids and great administrators. Out standing teachers who really care all in all it is an outstanding school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Extremely incompetent staff members. Horrible discipline system. The teachers are a complete joke, most of them are so horrible that is disturbing. Doesn't prepare you very well for high school, and in to many cases the staff just does not have proper control.


Posted March 22, 2011

I am in seventh grade and I have always loved this school. Most of the kids are really nice and the school puts a big emphasis on anti-bullying. I have advanced a lot, especially in spanish and math. The teachers support you a lot and make sure you are caught up. I don't know the others, but the my grade's counselor is really nice and checks up on the students from time to time. We got a new principal last year, and he is really involved and nice as well. The music opportunities are great, as I am in a select chorus, and a normal one, and there is also band and orchestra. Maybe the other reviews are outdated, but I love my school.


Posted February 21, 2010

I am a junior at Lincoln-Sudbury Highschool and this past September volunteered to be a freshmen tour guide. When the new students were asked what they thought about Curtis, many simply called it 'a jail'. As a prior student at Curtis, I could not have put it better myself. Many of teachers at Curtis that need to thoroughly review the ECMS core values that are constantly drilled into the students heads: Learning, Respect, Responsibility. Many teachers lack the ability to teach the many types of learners and leave them behind. They are very unaccomadating, and demoralize their students. Often they have a very disrespectful, 'snooty' attitude towards the middle-schoolers and put them down as opposed to building them up. There is little responsibility given to the students and no trust. I can honestly say that Curtis is an embarrassment to a town with such great elementary and highschools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2010

My child had problems with 4 teachers here and left with lower MCAS scores than when she entered...thats reassuring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

Ephraim Curtis is generally a very good school, however the school is a bit of a rudderless ship and has not had a truely strong Principal for several years. The teachers need direction and I would like to see this issue corrected this year. There is nobody at the top to discuss issues with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

Teachers are excellent. Food is above average
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2008

I just started 7th grade at ECMS. This is my second year there, and although it can be a little overwhelming (3 projects by the 4th day of school) it is a great place. The teachers are usually all great and they are great with the kids. Almost any new kid would easily be able to join in and feel like you were always there. It is easy to get used to the atmosphere and there are some teachers that are just awesome. If you are thinking of moving here, it would be a great idea to do so. there are lots of extra-curricular/ after school activities to do for almost everyone, including the school play, which is a huge event here. And like the person said before me, it is sort of disappointing that there are no late buses this year. But other than that it is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

ECMS is a great school! The teachers are really nice, fun, and actually make learning fun. The kids are nice, and very helpful to one another. Its great to be treated equally! There are no cliques, and you can get help anywhere! So to the person who said that, well that was 4 years ago; things have most deffinatly changed! And for kids who are 'academically gifted' yeah, well everyone gets treated equally but we still all can get one on one help if we need it! The only thing that annoys me, is that there are no late buses anymore. But, besides that; ECMS is a great public school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2008

I go to ECMS, and I have loved it since the first day. The teachers really make an effort to make learning fun, and if you actually look at the reviews, they are extremely outdated. As for 'academically gifted students'? All students at ECMS are treated equally, so if you want to be recognized for being smarter than everybody else, I would suggest a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2007

This school is both educational and fun. It has great academics and hands on learning, and my daughter loves it there. Very good school, lots of friendly people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

The school is terrible for its reputation. Most of the teachers do not really care about there subject and most of the kids are behind goin into High school. The kids of the twon go to provate school in order to avoid this school that is run terribly. The new principal is awful also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2004

We moved to Sudbury at the beginning of middle school and what a mistake! The cliques at this school were horrendous. My daughter was harassed verbally and physically. It got so bad that my daughter had to drop out of school in the middle of eighth grade and was tutored at home. She then transferred to a private school where the students were much kinder and the social scene much more supportive. It was such a shame, because academically the school was good. However, we did not receive any support from the school counselors or the teachers. My daughter, by the way, is going to be a National Merit SemiFinalist. This school made no effort to accomodate academically gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

Academics are very good, but some administration and some teachers do not seem to understand the middle school child's social being.
—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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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87%
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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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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93%

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93%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
African American66%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial95%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
African American50%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial80%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I70%
Students with disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female81%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial66%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I10%
Students with disabilities35%
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 Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title I100%
Students with disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I20%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female73%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities31%
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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26%
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Reading growth at this school

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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
White 86% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Black 3% 8%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 16%
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 3%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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22 Pratts Mill Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776
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