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Kilmer K-8 School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 52 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 17, 2014

My child is a first grader at this school, and has experienced wonderful growth this year, both academically and socially. She loves going to school and runs happily into the school every day. I couldn't be more thrilled with the loving learning environment she has had this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

I believe this school is over rated. My oldest child had an IEP his accommodations were minimal and the school could barely provide the services . When I moved to West Roxbury all I heard was get your kids into the Kilmer or Lyndon and finally after years of being on a wait list my kids got in and I must say it was very disappointing. Lots of other schools in Boston are the same and even better then the Kilmer. I believe main stream kids do fine but kids with IEP's suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

I only attended the Kilmer for 7th and 8th grade before that I attended the Rogers middle school. I had way more assistance at the Rogers then the Kilmer. As a student I can tell you the Kilmer is not all it's cracked up to be. Every student in my class was miserable only a few of the teachers actually cared. I always enjoyed school until I went there. It was a long two years. The new not so new principal could have cared less how the students felt. My mom would contact her and never get a response our meetings with the school were a joke. I actually feel sorry for the parents who are brainwashed into thinking this is the best place for their kids .


Posted February 28, 2014

New prinicpal, does not return calls, e-mails or comment on any concerns. Teachers are good, but if a child is falling behind, there is no help available, nor do they notify the parents, untill the report cards are issued. They focus totally on the MCAS to ensure the school looks good in the ratings...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

My School Is A Great School. My School Can Improve By Helping Students Succeed In Classes & Get Honor Roll. Most Teachers Help Their Students Some Don't . Other Than That , Bring Your Child Here ! He/She Will Have Fun ! - 8th Grader , Class Of 2014 .


Posted February 8, 2008

I am a parent of a 4th grader and a 1st grader and I cannot say enough good things about the excellent education my children are experiencing at the Joyce Kilmer School. As a member Of the School Parent Council I am aware of the budgetary challenges which seem to increase year after year. The Kilmer also has the additional challenge of being an expanding school, from an Elementary K to 5 to a K to 8. I value the great Joyce Kilmer community that I have enjoyed over the 5 years we have attended this school We as parents must realize that the high level of education we now enjoy will not continue without the continued dedication and commitment of parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2007

I'm a former student who moved to another town.The Joyce Kilmer School is a great school and all the people there treat you so well.If I would rate that school I'd give it a 10 from 1-10.Joyce Kilmer School Rocks and Rules!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2006

Joyce Kilmer is the greatest school. My son cried leaving K2 because he LOVED school so much. I can't say enough wonderful things about the school community, parents, teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

My son just started attending this school for K2, I think the school is great the teachers work with the children and parents to make sure the child is doing well in school. I look forward to more year with The Joyce Kilmer School..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2005

I have two children at the Kilmer; one has been there since K2 and will graduate this June '05. The teachers at this school are exceptional and have been there for years; the two K2 teachers are in their second year as the two prior retired. The Kilmer teachers give 100% and expect children to meet exceptional but reachable standards. Homework is a 'given' and for the upper grades, expect it on weekends and vacation-breaks. The parents are often overbearing, putting way more pressure on stay-at-home moms or 2nd-3rd shift parents to step up and volunteer during the school day, but feel 'exempt' because 'THEY work', but if that's the worst thing you can say about a school, that's a pretty high quality learning facility. The Kilmer is 'high in the trees' when it comes to a disciplined but supportive environment. It's a place to learn and grow!
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
47%

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 78% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
10%
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 Students65%
Female69%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I65%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female59%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities36%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female43%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I42%
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 Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students77%
Female75%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female75%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title I64%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities30%
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 Students45%
Femalen/a
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Title I45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I50%
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 Students43%
Female70%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female40%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Title I36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students7%
Female0%
Male11%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White7%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Title I7%
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

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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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Math growth at this school

Above average

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 62% 67%
Hispanic 17% 16%
Black 10% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
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 33%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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