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West Boylston Junior/Senior High School

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Posted March 20, 2014

My kid has been attending the high school since freshman year as a school choice student. Coming from an urban school setting, I had high hopes for this school. Unfortunately, I am so disappointed. Aside from the wonderful art teacher and a couple of good English teachers, I find the staff to be just so-so re: teaching quality and enthusiasm. The let their best science teacher get away. The principal, retired from another school, is uninspiring and it seems as though the kids have no respect for him. He actually pulled a student out of class and lectured them about why they should stand up for the pledge of allegiance, even though that is supposed to be voluntary. The PTA is made up of a small group of parents who do not welcome newcomers. They just want your money. The male gym teacher creeps my kid out. They send out notices with spelling and grammatical errors all the time (this is a school) and they often haven't responded to inquiries I have made. Drama program is popular but the teacher is quite old and very eccentric and my kid is initimidated by her and she only does obscure plays. I do like the guidance counselor for the 11th and 12th grades. Kids are nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

This school was -good with disipline. -good with sports. -great with educating students. -bad with staff. -bad with dealing with bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

This school is great.. nice.. middle size.. nice teachers .. (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

Administation has lost the ability to deal with today's generation of students (and teachers). The students are out of control and discipline is uneven and it seems to depend on who the student's parents are. There is a lack of elective courses to fill the graduation requirements without filling the student's schedule with useless junk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I like west boylston it has a good selection of classes and many good teachers and many friendly students
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

I love West Boylston! I think that this school system is great for anyone who wants to achieve great things. The teachers have good relationships with the students and are easy to confront about any issues. Although the funding for schools isn't the best, the activities are great for the kids. The sports teams are fun for the student athletes and fun for us parents who get to watch the kids succeed in what they love to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

I have two children that go to this school and overall the staff is doing the best with what we are giving them. As a member of the community we could look at the whole town as letting our children down, not just the school. We have closed down our pool, our basketball and tennis courts are in need, we are paying our and above to hold on to art, music, and paying every where we turn around. The school is not the problem, we have let our children down by telling them that these things are not what we are paying for, but please, fill up your SUV and buy that house that is eight times large then your neighbors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

One of the WORST small town schools! The teachers don't trust the administration. The administration doesn't trust the teachers. The bullies run the building. Get rid of the administration from superindendant all the way down, and maybe some of the better teachers will come back, and then, maybe the school will be all that is SHOULD be. It is a real shame, because the elementary school is Fantastic!
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
54%

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 78% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
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 91% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students79%
Female75%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female78%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
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 Students58%
Female77%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female68%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities18%
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 Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female41%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female34%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities0%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female81%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female85%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
8%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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

Biology

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Students23%
Female29%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White23%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE 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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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SAT participation

78%

Average SAT score

1470

Graduation rate

87%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 67%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 8%
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 16%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: (508) 835-4475

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