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Galvin Middle School

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Posted October 9, 2013

Galvin Middle has been a good school for my daughter who entered attending grade 6. The teachers and students were open to a "New" student. They all made her feel at home while she was far from her home. She loves all the teachers, now in her 2nd yr there even with the construction and teacher changes the school is still good for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I would give this school five stars if the facilities were better but a new school is being built starting this year. My two daughters are there. We have had a great experience. Great teachers. Great administration. Great community support. The curriculum is challenging and there are a lot of opportunities to be involved in a huge variety of things. I was nervous (my own issues from jr high?) but everything has gone very well. Really really happy with the education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2011

Administration DOESN'T follow through with discipline issues. Students get sent to the office and there is no home phone call for follow up. This school fosters a culture of mediocrity and as a result, standards are lowered and kids learn less. Very few after school enrichment activities.


Posted April 13, 2009

I go to the Galvin and I am disguested. I am bored with this school and they deffinatly gear all of the classes towards the kids who need more help. I am not one of those kids. I have high honners in every subject and love to learn. The thing is, Im not learning anything! After the first two days of learning about something I understand it and am ready for new information, but the problem is they stay on that same topic for days and sometimes weeks! Maybe its just my teachers that I have had the past 3 years but I dislike Galvin very much for those reasons. The only thing I like is the Physical Education program for the 7th and 8th graders. Mr. T and Mrs.Stevenson make it fun even if your not into sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2009

Good school, yeah, it could use work, but what school doesn't. Much better than both elementary schools I went to and it's nice how all the kids meet each other, unlike Elementary where there were five different schools. 5th grade was definitely the toughest, adjusting to the whole new atmosphere. I am in seventh grade and I mentor a fifth grader and plan on doing it next year. I think it has many good programs including the Mentoring, MCAS Prep, a great special ed program and many others. They make the special ed kids feel welcome and encourage us to, too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2008

Parent of a fifth grade student. Love mrs. Winters! The best! a quality person as well as a caring educator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2007

They have a ton of nice teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

Best teachers: Mr. Pavey, Mr. Pappalardo, Mr. Crispo, Ms. Sharp, Ms. Reagan, Mrs. Maggiore. The overall experience at the Galvin was great --- the mentoring program was excellent. The education was good, the easiest grades were 5,7,8 --- for some 6th grade was the most challenging.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2005

My oldest son spent 4 years at the Galvin and I currently have a 6th grader at the Galvin so I have been involved for 5 years. My initial experience was less that great as my older son has Asperger's and it was struggle to get him appropriate services. I was forced to hire and advocate. That done, the school came around and my son began to succeed. My sixth grader is in the basic skills program for math and reading and integrated for all other glasses. He is doing great and really loves his school and all his teachers. I have great communication with his teacher and in my experience, all teachers but one were very caring and easy to work with towards my sons' success. (The exception has since retired.) Both sons attend Mr. West's strategy club which involves model building and battling. (They don't care for sports.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

No, they're not supposed to be 2 different schools, not since like 1998 when the two combined and they changed the name to Galvin MIDDLE school, eliminating the Galvin Jr. High, and Atwell School aspect of it. And it's good for the younger kids to get exposed to the older ones.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2004

Atwell and Galvin are suppose to be 2 seperate schools but are not. 5th and 6th graders are still exposed to 7th and 8th. Not a good setup at all. This grandparent does not like the idea at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

I Agree GMS is a awsome School and is very committed to it's students and Mr. Pavey and Mr. Papalardo Rock!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2004

Ms. Raymond is the best teacher. I loved her, it was Ms. Raymond's first year at the galvin, and she loved us and cared for us very much! It's a shame that we had to move on to 7th grade but the teachers in 7th grade are awesome too. Like Mr. pappalardo and Mr. Pavey!
—Submitted by a student


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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 65% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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73%

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74%

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71%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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65%

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65%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

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65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
45%
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 Students74%
Female82%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female53%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities6%
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 Students85%
Female92%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students72%
Female73%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I13%
Students with disabilities29%
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 Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female65%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I2%
Students with disabilities20%
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%
Female92%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I56%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female67%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I7%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female50%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Title I5%
Students with disabilities10%
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%
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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
White 92% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 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 11%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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525 Main St
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 246-6410

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