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Northbridge Middle School

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Posted September 3, 2014

My daughter had a hard time with one teacher. But overall her 4 years at the middle school were excellent including extra help with consideration of the one teacher. Great community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

Having a very difficult time with the staff and my middle school student. Bullying is a big problem. We moved here for a better life for our children but are now planning on moving out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

This school system needs a serious makeover. The quality of teaching and people in charge of our children is terrible. We are currently moving out of Northbridge so we can find a good education for ur children. It has just gotten worse over the years and the old my kids get the worse the education gets. Very disappointing. There is also still a huge bulling problem that none of the administration seems to care about. they say its a priority but they are all talk. There is very little consequence for bullies in this town/school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

There is a serious bullying problem, for boys and girls, at this school. A place where this unhealthy atmosphere is fostered is the cafeteria and its seating rules (7 to a table) at lunch, encouraging a culture of exclusion for both sexes. This is then transferred to classrooms, and even when teachers and administrators are approached about these issues, they are downplayed, and swept under the rug. My honor students no longer attend public schools in Northbridge, in an attempt to save their lives and provide hope for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2009

I feel the 7th grade has failed my child in many acedemic ways. Im so disappointed in this school system that im moving out of the town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2008

Not enought stafing to accomodate trouble chldren. not the best communication between school and home. Classes are too big, Teachers are overwhelmed with classes size as well as some students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

I have found that the Middle School is mostly talk. They stress how important education is and yet they dont back that up. I have found that in talking with some of the teachers that they didnt give more homework because they dont have time to correct it.. I found that to be ridiculous. Teachers should assign more work, and allow talking in class less. The students I have talked to all say that they talk alot in class and the teachers do nothing. I have also found thte the Special Ed program is somewhat of a joke. They want to grade your child and not support them in manners to encourage improvement, Their take is 'make them do less' --If you want to improve a skill then typically you woudl do more -- not less. Less emphasis on social skills and more on academics would help improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

Great School: Would like to see more homework, and enrichment classes / foreign language exposure, and after school clubs oriented towards academic work. Also would like to see interactive websites maintained. I've found the teachers more than willing to work with me regarding my child's education experience. Reminder - Parents must do their part at the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2004

The Northbridge Middle School is good. However, Its not the best school there is and needs a lot more inprovement. Also the teachers should make classes more fun and easy, some people have dificulies learning and its not there fault.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

They are not there 100 percent for the kids who seek and need the extra help to get by. They need to improve in many areas.
—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.

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 65% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students64%
Female76%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students38%
Female42%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I3%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female54%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I12%
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students64%
Female80%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female71%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I16%
Students with disabilities12%
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%
Female86%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female42%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title I5%
Students with disabilities11%
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 Students84%
Female89%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title I68%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students55%
Female62%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I21%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female30%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Title I5%
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

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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

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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 91% 67%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
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 29%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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171 Linwood Ave
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Phone: (508) 234-8718

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