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Swampscott Middle School

Public | PK, 5-8 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted August 21, 2014

Has a terrible support system for students with IEPs. The head of the department Mona Blumstien once said in court "there is no purpose to an IEP". If your child has a learning disparity or a language base on don't send your child here. Try landmark or move to another town.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 19, 2014

The school is very helpful with kids to be in the right classes and get the right help when they need it. The teachers there help the kids all they can it just wonderful. The school could improve by letting their student view and learn new things outside of the schoolhouse and get the students to have another perspective on things
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

Ok people, Mr. Watson may have not been the best principal, but With the new principal and vice principal the school is functioning better than ever. If your child is failing they need to approach the teacher themselves, they cant expect to have their parents do everything for them until they are 18. Overall I think Swampscott middle school is more then great. THe teachers are nice, and they will help you after school if you ask. All in all I think Swampscott schools are excellent.


Posted November 23, 2009

the SMS is an amazing school. now moved on to high school, i find myself pining to return to the middle school to visit teachers and be welcomed back into the caring environment. all of the teachers care and cherish their students as well as educate them to their fullest potential. i believe that evey teacher there wants each and every student to succed, and helps them develop as a person, not only as a student. thanks for the memories SMS, they are everlasting. miss all my teachers that made a huge impact on my life. am,cp,ar,kr,id,br,tb,gk,mc...and many more thank you._class of '07


Posted August 24, 2009

my daughter seems to like the middle school. she is on an IEP plan and really gets the support she needs. she is now an high honors student thanks to all the wonderful support. we are very happy to have mrs. rostoff to help my daughter and other children that need the support!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

I THINK THE SWAMPSCOTT MIDDLE SCHOOL IS JUST OKAY. SOME OF THE TEACHERS ARE GREAT AND OTHERS ARE OKAY. I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EACH AND EVERY CHILD FEELS SPECIAL. I THINK THEY NEED TO DO MORE ABOUT THE BULLYING IN THE SCHOOL. THAT SHOULD NEVER BE ALOUD AND SHOULD BE TAKING SERIOUSLY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

Although I was pleased with the school when we first attended, I was quickly disappointed in the school staff. Their principal Mr. Watson is not qualified and is more than rude to the parents. The assistant principal Ms. Bonomolo and the guidance counselor Ms. Chennery are useless when your child needs help. This is not a great place if you want your child to get an education. We hired a math tutor in order to undo the damage this school did to our child's math skills. Well at least he is in a better school now and should have better prospects in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

It was really great. The teachers were amazing and taught well. The school is organized and well disaplined
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

I think that the principal, Mr. Ralph Watson, should actually contact parents when they call. Maybe he could also be more involved with the kids. The teachers, however are wonderful. The school is quite safe, but not because of the principal. It is safe simply because it is the town of Swampscott, with very little crime rate. The assistant principal, Mrs. Lay, unlike Mr. Watson, is wonderful, and I find that she interacts well with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I have been delighted with the quality of the academic programs and the willingness of the teachers to cater to the needs of the individual student at Swampscott Middle School. The variety of activities available to the students and the participation of the parents I have found to be outstanding. They have been particularly sensitive to the anxiety my child was feeling in moving to this school district. He has met a truly good bunch of children who have helped us greatly with the transition. The teachers have all reached out to my child to make his experience a good one and he is excelling in his studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My daughter is in SMS right now and we are happy with The School. Dr. Landman's (the former principal's) retirement last year left a void that will be hard to fill. His legacy lives on with the great teachers he cultivated. SMS is a rigorous school in an upper middle class community. It nice to be able to send my daughter to a public school that is safe, has teachers that care and actually provides an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2006

Either you love it or you hate it. In my case unfortunatly I hated it. I came here from another city and the transfer was hard. It was very hard to make friends because everybody already has there group of friends and doesn't want anyone else I guess you could put it that way. They aren't very accpeting unless you wearing name-brand stuff. The kids are very immature and loud. If you haven't lived here for your entire life you don't belong there. The teachers aren't very understanding. All in all Swampscotts not a good place unless you grew up there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2005

I am not at all happy with this school; I think the teachers really need to take more time with the studuents that are having a harder time adjusting and learning; We were informed by the guidence counselor that poor grades were unacceptable, but yet my son seemed to fail 3 subjets with F's each quarter and he was still promoted: When I inquired about this I was informed by her they don't keep the kids back it's not there problem that they flunked and that's what entering the High School is for, if they can't make the grade and get the points they get kept back; They also inform the child summer school is 'optional'! To me any school that promotes a failing child does NOT have the childs best interest at heart. I'd considner a different school if I were YOU.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

The SMS is a very good school! Dr. Landman does an amazing job. He knows evry student by name and cares greatly of the school. On the inside the school is decieving because the inside is a warm and safe enviorment. It is truly a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2005

Dr Landman is a gifted Principal. He knows every student and has created a positive and comfortable environment for learning. The teachers do all that they can can help the students to succeed. Don't let the old building fool you,this is a top notch school and I am so glad my son goes there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2004

Well, I'm not a parent, I'm a former student who moved away one month into the sixth grade. Now I'm in 8th grade here in Florida. I loved the Middle school in Swampscott. It was a safe environment where I could sit with my friends at lunch and could get the proper education needed. I learned a lot there not only about the given subjects but also about life. My teachers took the initiative to help me in my studies as well as the problems I may have faced. I appreciate the efforts they gave and miss the school very much. I hope I can come to visit those (teachers)who cared about me. Sincerely, Kate Sobelman
—Submitted by a former student


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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 65% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
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 67% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students81%
Female88%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students86%
Female93%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students61%
Female61%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities28%
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 Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female38%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities17%
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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50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 89% 67%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Black 3% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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207 Forrest Ave
Swampscott, MA 01907
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