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Altavesta Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 206 students

 

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Posted March 1, 2012

It looks to me like you didn't do much spelling homework when you were in school.


Posted February 21, 2012

My third grader has way to much homework it has gotten to the point where he hates school I fight with him everynight to get it done. He has been loaded down with it since Kindergarden. Also his teacher informed us he might as well get use to it that he will receive 2 hours of homework in fourth grade , they are little children they have to have time to play and unwind . He will receive the same amount of homework as an 8th grader. This is not fare to the child and to the parents who have to deal with it. Its getting to the point where I will just tell him don't do it and that is teaching him the wrong values. Other then that its a wonderful school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

My child is in Kindergarden, I think the school is good. They get a lot of stuff done at school. The homework could be a bit more though that is only personal preference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

I moved to Woburn recently, and my son is attending his second grade at Altavista. He was a little bit behind in reading, and doing great in Maths and I was expecting the school to work with him to get him to the expected level (we try on our side to work with him at home every day), but got very disappointed from the way they were handling the case. We are thinking now, either to take him to a different school, or to homeschool him. My other son attended Woburn street school in Wilmington, and we were very happy with the teachers there, as well as the principle. They were just great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

My daughter has been studying in this school since last year (now she is in first grade). This school is really good, education is great here, especially the work they give to home and the desipline
—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 57% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

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 53% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students44%
Female53%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female64%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
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 Students68%
Female91%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female83%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Title I46%
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 Students73%
Female82%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students68%
Female77%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female71%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
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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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Above 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 60% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 6%
Hispanic 13% 16%
Black 7% 8%
Two or more races 2% 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 41%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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990 Main St
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 937-8235

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