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South Middle School

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Posted February 11, 2013

Ok! Seriously!! Why are all my comments being deleted on this?? I am just speaking the truth!! People need to hear the truth about this school!! This is my third time writing on this!! From now on I won't be able to trust the reviews on this site if the bad reviews are always being deleted!! Does someone that works for South Middle school in charge of this website?? Is that why my bad reviews keep getting deleted??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

communication is lame, smarter kids are not challenged enough and get bored. Bullying policy not enforced and communication and action are pretty much non existant
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

We moved here last year from out west. I have to say that this school and district as well, is just horriable. There are no hands or projects to speak of. The only thing my son has done is push papers. This school needs to take a giant step into the 21st century. I regret our families move here every single day....what a huge disapointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

i love this school i met some great teachers and students here ... its a great school i am a sixth grader (was) i had mrs. caldes she made math easier for me when i needed help she would help me by helping me go ste by step i started to understand all the math concepts more ... i think i will have a easier year in 7th grade just because of these lovely teachers on theam 62 .... lets just hope the riht people get these teachers... when i firt went to middle school i said to myself oh i cant do this it would be so hard and complicated but when you get use to it its not bad at all its fun!!!!.... i think i have a lovely 2 more years comming up...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2007

I absolutely love South Middle school. Both of my children went there, and it was a wonderful experience for both. The teachers truly care, and it shows. They prepared the children well for High School, and have some really nice programs for the children after school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

I formaly went to Westfield South Middle School. I think it is a great school.The best part about it was that the classes didn't have around 30 kids in them. The most number of kids that were in my class was 18 and the least was 9. That way you can get more help if you need it. I loved South Middle School.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

About these ratings

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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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40%

2012

 
 
35%

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31%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
32%
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 Students58%
Female67%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners18%

Math

All Students40%
Female45%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners9%
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 Students69%
Female79%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title I69%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students34%
Female29%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities3%
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 Students66%
Female76%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title I66%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students31%
Female29%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female23%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Title I27%
Students with disabilities3%
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.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

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

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Tech/Engineering

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

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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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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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

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 82% 67%
Hispanic 14% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Two or more races 1% 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 46%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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30 West Silver St
Westfield, MA 01085
Phone: (413) 568-1900

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