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Lowell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 395 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 21, 2013

Our school is wonderful. The teachers and principal all care about the children. My son has learned so much while being there, not just academically but about community. We are all in this world together and we need to help build each other up. Thank you to all the teachers who work hard in the trenches everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Lowell School is amazing. They have a great staff on board and i'm choosing to stay in this town to continue the great education my son has been receiving. The individualized support is really thorough and they really care about our kids. I moved to the right neighborhood for sure .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

I have 3 children at the Lowell school. I have to say the principal and teaching staff are doing a tremendous job. They are creative in their approach to meeting the needs of all the students. New initiatives such as the Lowell Learning garden, the Buddy system and newspaper club have been fantastic additions to the school as a whole. The teachers are engaged in their efforts and I have found them open to meeting parents if there are issues or concerns. The Principal is energetic, knows the kids so well, has a happy staff and she is running a tight ship! The PTO and volunteer program is an example of great parental involvement and hopefully it will only get stronger. It takes a village to raise these children and I could not be happier with the community my children belong to..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2013

Lots of positive energy now at this school this year. Great new principal, engaging teachers, and a very active PTO. Parent involvement needs to be stronger and hopefully with the changes to the principal and PTO it will happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

It's wonderful that everyone is happy now. However, the competency, ineffectivness and unresponsiveness of the former Lowell School principal was brought to the attention of the school committe, the former Superintendent and the current Superintendent many times over the years. Nobody did anything about it and a lot of parents, teachers and children paid a price. It's very sad that the current Superintendent chose to ignore parents and their concerns about Donovan's past issues and behavior and appointed her Assistant Superintendent. Isn't that nice: lets give someone a higher position with more money even though they have behaved very badly for years! How can she get a promotion after all of the terrible things that she's done. It's disgusting and appalling. The School Committee is/was aware of her antics over the years. She was appointed this position so that she can retire in three years with a higher pension. She also accepted a position in Newton as principal of an elementary school. As soon as Fitzgerald was appointed Superintendent, Donovan told the Newton that she changed her mind and no longer wanted the job. Hmmmm, sounds like it was planned all along!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 20, 2012

This year is so much better for my kids then years past and I think it has a lot to do with the new principal and the great energy she provides. The former principal was very ineffective as all the other postings have alluded to. I have also heard that in Watertown this is by far the most desirable elementary school. Overall everyone seems happier this year and when teachers are happy then the kids have a better chance of having a fun school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Lowell school is a good school with a new interm princple this year. SHe is doing a GREAT job transitioning and responding to parents. The kids already love her and she is night and day better than the previous unresponsive prinicple(mentioned in the previous posts). The lower grade teachers so far have been great. I'm not hearing as great a praise for the upper grades but we shall see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

Sorry about the errors, English is not my first language. I have 2 kids at this school and they are very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

There appears to be a pattern - a genuine concern - regarding the Lowell School principal which has not been addressed by the school committee or the superintendent. When there are that many complaints from parents, teachers and kids over the years from bad decisions, to mistreament of parents and teachers, from lying to parents, for poor planning, favoring certain parents, removing regular ed programs, and the list keeps growing then it's time to do something about it. Wake up school commitee and administration, you're hurting our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

In response of the review in oct, 2008, i agree that the teachers at the lowell school are excellent , but the principle leadership hurts the schools progress. She treats her staff with no respect. I'm still amazed she's was the most qualified to obtain the job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

principal leadership is non-existent, parent complaints are ignored. Principal is not qualified, other qualified candidates were passed over for this one. Not at all responsive to parents, only selective parents. Parents and children leave the district to transer to other elementary schools within the community or they move out of town or they send their children to private schools. The matter of a non-responsive, non-effective, bad communicator has been brought to the attention of the school committee and the superintendant and nothing has been done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

We love the Lowell school. Fantastic teachers, well-equipped library, computer room, music room. The school is very well staffed and attentive to students and parents needs. We have two kids there and they are blossoming there!
—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 57% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
43%

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

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female88%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students52%
Female56%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students64%
Female56%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
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%
Female83%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students52%
Female46%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female56%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
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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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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 74% 68%
Hispanic 13% 15%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 8%
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 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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