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Murdock Middle/High School

Public | 6-12 & ungraded

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2012

my ex wife moved up to winchendon and my daughter just informed me that she will be attending your school .i have read the positive and negative reviews and am sure she will do fine please feel free to contact me with any issues or progress on my daughters performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

My child goes to MMHS. I was NEVER informed about a lockdown!! However, I am aware of the police being called to an after school fight. Winchendon is a "clicky" little town and so are the schools. Information only seems to make it to select people (PTO, friends of the faculity ect) . The same kids get the good teachers, the leading role in the school play and are on the starting team for sports. it's a below average to average school at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

I have never had a problem with any of the schools or teachers in Winchendon. My children continue to score well on MCAS so they are obviously learning what they need to know. I follow them with their homework, attend open house and parent/teacher conferences, I actively involve myself in my childrens education because I believe that's a key component, the same as actively involving yourself in your medical care instead of leaving it all up to the doctors. There was an issue not long ago with a LOCK DOWN in my childs classroom, caused by a student with issues over reacting. I believe it was handled properly and all my questions were answered with satisfaction, barring personal and protected information. I believe my children are getting as good an education in Winchendon as they would in any other public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

Like all schools, success at Murdock really depends on the values of the family & the effort of the child. Education can't be forced on a child. I know bright kids who fail because of poor effort and parents who blame the teachers, while other kids work hard and are well educated. My oldest child graduated from Murdock and is academically successful in college. While not all of her teachers were great; what percentage in any profession are? I am thankful to the teachers who nurtured her interests in literature, student government, and music and who maintained high standards so that she knows the value of active engagement. My second child is currently enrolled and is also doing well academically. He has developed good relationships with several teachers and is regularly presented with opportunities for enrichment and leadership. Overall, I give Murdock high marks for the quality of its staff and for their wise use of scarce resources available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

Well, regarding the last post, I must say each and every time I've contacted a teacher regarding my children, their grades, behavior or whatever, I have always received a reply. Of all the teachers my children have had, there is only one they have complained about. They even bumped my son up a grade level in math when they realized he wasn't being challenged enough and he still continues to get honors each and every quarter (sometimes high honors). I can't say Winchendon doesn't have their problems (all schools have issues) but I can say my children are getting a good education~
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

I have several children attending the various schools in Winchendon. I believe that the teachers in Winchendon are some of the worst in the state. The majority of the teachers do not care about the students and most of the children are in fear of them. It seems that the only reason why they became teachers is because they believed it would be an easy job with a good schedule to work around having a family. If you are not there for the kids and just wanting to get through each day then get out of the profession. My kids have never been formally disciplined at Memorial and M.M.H.S. however they have had fear instilled in them from their teachers. Why? Teachers are not there to intimidate their students. The only time a teacher shows that he or she cares about the student's academic achievement is when it is MCAS time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

This school has high school spirit with high expectation in the academic and sports/clubs. It is great and I wouldn't have my kids go anywhere else. I don't think they would either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

My son has done very well at this school. They have challenged him academically, as well as provided many opportunities for extra curricular activities. I never have a problem getting my son up and ready for school as he enjoys school so much. I think this says a lot when you have a child, at 15, who likes school and his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2008

The MMHS system is what you make of it. My children are very successful in this school and yes they are involved in many different programs including sports and student council. The education they are recieving here has proven to be quite beneficial for their future endeavors. Most teachers are at this school for the right reasons, to teach because they enjoy the experience of seeing the children learn. I can't honestly say one thing bad about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2007

Ilive in gardner and my 2 boys go to winchendon 1 in memorial and 1 at murdock they love it there and so do i teachers are great make my kids want to go to school ty for all that you do
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

As a recent Murdock graduate, I must firmly state the immense amount of pride I have simply knowing where I have come from. Murdock provided me with tremendous opportunities and laid the foundation for me to attend college now. I know that I will be successful in life, as I was there, and I owe a lot to the teachers I encountered in every discipline. I wish more people would stop dwelling on some negative aspects of my old high school and start seeing all of the great things that have been happening.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2006

I am a current middle school student. I wish there was more of an opportunity for music. Not everyone can play an instrument or sing.The acedemic programs aren't very great. All students have to pay $200 to play school sports.The same parents are always involved. They don't give others a chance.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2006

I currently attend Murdock. I am from class of 2007. I, from personal experience, do not like my high school. I do not agree with everything they do, but that's why they are the autorities. Our school has not been the idol for most curriculums, and our test scores are low. However we've kicked it up a noche. In the situation of music/sports/or art, We hold very much pride. Our football team is not Notre Dame, our music classes are not the Boston Symphonic Orcesrta, and our artists are not Picasso's...but that doesn't mean we don't love it. I am in chorus , and I take very much pride in it and will NOT have it criticized. Parent involvement has nothing to do with the school. Parents in this town do not care, or simply do not have the time to care. Hense our amazing rate of drop outs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2005

Murdock has to be one of the worst schools in the country. How the teachers received their teaching certificates is beyond me. There is no structure or basics in any of the classes. Teachers are either weak or bull-headed, and none of them have any disciplinary tactics whatsoever. Parents do not get involved because it is useless. I tried, with my child, and all but two teachers ignored my plans to instill more school interest in the child. Regular guidance sessions were requested, which was not carried through on a regular basis. Students don't care about their school work or actions because the teachers don't care. They just want to get the year over with. As far as I'm concerned, there is way too much attention on the extracurricular than on the academic. If I could afford it, I would place my child in some other, more qualified school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

I think that Murdock needs more teacher/student involvment. Teacher should be more willing to help students instead of expecting more then the student can acheive.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 30, 2004

I am a parent of a Murdock student and proud to be one! My student plays sports and is involved in many other areas of the school. I believe your get out of something what you put into it. Murdock has taught my child many things, leadership skills,problem solving,sportsmanship as well as good preparation for the MCAS, PSAT and SAT. Murdock has some good caring teachers, parents and students as well as some strong leadership in its VP's. There is always room for some improvements. Together, that will come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2004

my daughter goes to murdock and she is in 9th grade, as a parent , i think the teachers should get more involved and plus the parents as well, thats why she is on the honor roll , cause as a parent i get involved. plus i think the school district needs to get more involved with the parents . Plus disipline needs too be more strict. A 0 tolerance needs to be put into place. But all in all the school is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

Murdock High School provided me and many others with the opportunity to attend college and pursue professional careers. Education is what you make of it and Murdock provides teachers, facilities and programs that help those willing achieve those goals. We as graduates of Murdock are managers, VP's, engineers, grad students and so on for some of the most well respected firms and educational institutions in the world.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2004

I attended MHS from 6th grade to 12th and I would have to say that the school itself isnt the problem rather the lack of interest on the students part. Although I would have to say that most of the teachers there should not be teaching. A lot of them do not enjoy it and therefore shouldnt teach.
—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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

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52%

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52%

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Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

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34%

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42%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

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59%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students51%
Female65%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students38%
Female46%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I38%
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 Students51%
Female65%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students27%
Female29%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Title I27%
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 Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students35%
Female32%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female28%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Title I34%
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 Students79%
Female84%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title I79%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female59%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female57%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title I51%
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

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
24%
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 Students57%
Female48%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Title I57%
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 Students42%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I42%
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 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%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

51%

Average SAT score

1483

Graduation rate

76%


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 93% 67%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Black 2% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 48%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3 Memorial Dr
Winchendon, MA 01475
Phone: (978) 297-1256

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