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John William Decas

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 692 students

 

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Posted November 19, 2012

four stars. alot of my grandchildren have gone to this school. I believe this school is one of the best schools around. sincerely, nana


Posted April 12, 2012

I am a parent of two children at Decas. My children have both had fantastic teachers. It is not just up to the school to educate our children. Parent involvement in their childs education is a large part of what helps them succeed. When a child feels his parents care about school it helps them care. It is the little things like looking at their work when they bring it home, getting involved any way you can....go to your child's open house!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

I have two children attending the Decas School. Every teacher they have had has been exceptional. I am very involved in the school and am overall happy with what I see. Like all public schools I feel too much emphasis is put on the MCAS scores. It is stressful for the students and teachers alike and cannot possibly be a fair respresentation of the school as a whole. Decas encourages parent involvement and my children enjoy being there. They actually "fight" about who has had the best teachers. As with any school you get out of it what you put in. Students and parents have as much responsibility as the school....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I love the teachers and staff at John W. Decas school. I appreciate how they teach and work with the students. I have two children that attend Decas School and I've noticed they made learning fun for my children which is critical when they are in elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

decas is a great and awesome school and i think it has good leadership. I love my principal Mr.Veira and every student should be proud of this school. I would give this 10out of 10 and all the teachers should be proud that they made up a good weathy school!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2009

I agree that the new leadership at Decas does not provide leadership at all. I am so tired about hearing about his daughter and how things were in the previous school system that he came from. Perhaps he should return to the town he used to teach in, because he does not have the first clue in how to be a leader and provide the reform that the school so desperately needs. How sad for Wareham students and parents who work so hard to support a failing system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

This is not a bad school at all. I was a student a few years ago. In my opinion, the teachers are involved, and call home, and give updates about your child. It is not the school that is failing the students, it is the students that are failing themselves. The teachers at Decas are good, caring teachers, but the students are disrespectful, and unwilling to learn. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2009

they make a small budget go far
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

It is clear that some folks love Decas and some do not. It is also clear that under its current Principal, Decas is not performing well and is well behind the state educational standards as evidenced over several years by Decas' MCAS scores. This is a direct reflection on the Principal, teachers and administration. It is not the students who are failing the MCAS, it is the school that is failing the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

Decas school is similar in demographics to the former school our child attended, but Decas has much less parent involvement, more disciplinary issues, does not communicate effectively with parents and seems to have a higher number of students held back. Department of Education information reveals that Decas has lagged significantly behind average state testing scores for several years including 2008. All of these years have been under the same Principal. The Principal is frequently unavailable. If available, she is dismissive and defensive when approached about any issue - particularly a problem. I have received from this Principal written responses that conflict with school records on file about the same topic. The PTA appears to be run by a clique that seeks to exclude the contributions of new members, but not their dues money. Overall, Decas seems to be a sad place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

As a teacher, I see time and time again the successful students are the same students whose parents come to open house, attend parent-teacher conferences and volunteer. These are the same students whose homework is done nightly, whose backpack is checked regularly and who come to school prepared for the day. I applaud these parents for their diligence and commitment to their child's education. I am grateful to those who instead of looking for excuses or someone to blame when their child is not succeeding look for ways to help their child and work with the school instead of against it, and I am relieved to say that there are many out there who do. By showing your child you value education you instill in them the importance of learning and are sending them on a path to a successful future. Thank you to all those terrific parents!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 24, 2008

I am truly disgusted with the Decas school both as a professional and a parent. My son has some special needs and has been sorely negelcted by this school. Not only are his services inadequate they are not followed through with. The lack of knowledge, caring and compassion from this school andespecially the principial is completley unacceptable. There are many children falling through the cracks at Decas and no one seems to care. The principal only seems to care about her own image and not about the quality of the education that the studetns are recieving. I too have recieved not only misinformation on a regular basis but every report contradcits itself, every rule made seems to be made to benefit the principals well being. Something has to be done soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

A present Decas school employee, when questioned privately outside of the school stated that the instructors do not respect the Principal. The dischord between the staff and the Principal is palpable at every turn and it appears as if the safety and welfare of the children is less imortant to the Principal than is the preservation of the Principal's job. This school is in a very sad state. It would be nice if this Principal retired, resigned or was fired - now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

This is not the first school disctric our child has attended. It is, unfortunately, the worst school distrrict our child has attended. Communication from the school is disorganized, our questions go unanswered and rules materialize out of the blue without warning or documentation. Reports from the school have conflicted each other on the same topic and some have open conflicted with records on file at the school. This calls into question the school and the school district. Interactions with the principal and certain educators has been almost combative and to date no school administrator, educator or staff has taken responsibility for their misinformation and misrepresentation. We are horribly dissatisfied with this school and the district administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

This is my first experience with the decas school. There have been some personal difficulties and the principal and his teacher have been just wonderful and very understanding of the situation and have been very supportive. I must say that my grandson just loves his teacher. He is very quick to tell me what he did during the day and so far seems to be doing well. I would like to thank them for all the help that they have given. linda keymont
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Decas is a terrific school. The principal is a wonderful leader and the teachers are caring, nurturing and seem to truly inspire each and every one of their students. My girls actually look forward to going to school!! They have some magnificent reading programs to encourage the children to read and the attention they pay to the individual child is top rate!
—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 57% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%

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 53% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
35%
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 65% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students42%
Female50%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female52%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I53%
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 Students42%
Female48%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female48%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities19%
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 Students46%
Female47%
Male45%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial40%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female39%
Male43%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial30%
White45%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students26%
Female25%
Male28%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial30%
White30%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities5%
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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26%
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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 79% 67%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 7% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 48%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Wareham, MA 02576
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