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Burncoat Senior High School

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Posted September 3, 2008

This school has let my daughter become a sucesful student, it helps both the parents and students by calling home and telling parents what can be done to improve the students skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

In regards to comments about the schools' safety, I always found that if you were looking for trouble, you found it, but if not, you were fine. The teachers here are excellent, and compared to other urban schools, are well above par. I have since graduated and am on track to graduate at the top of my department at a highly selective undergraduate college. Is Burncoat an elite prep school? No. But as far as urban public education, it is far above many.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

the safety and discipline is not up to par to say the least. the security and level of trust you put in this school to keep your kids in a safe environment needs to have a serious second look and then a complete overhaul. my children's lives have been threatened several times to the point where i have to go pick them up immediately. and still my son was attacked on school property. the school does not protect the children in school and the school will not take responsibility for any bodily harm caused to your children. it is very sad and disappointing that this is what getting a education has come to. burncoat is as much a jungle now as the amazon remains. only the street strong survive in that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

This is a school stuck at the bottom of the School Commitee's list. Frozen food is being served to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

this school is an absolute outrage! Aren't schools supposed to provide their students with adequite food? most of the tewachers are great, especially the guidance councellor, Ms. Michaud. Something must be done
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

My daughter Leila is doing great at Burncoat. I am ever so happy for her and the way the school administration conducts itself. My congratulations to Mr Bierfeldt the Principal. Warmest Regards Richard Nair
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2007

my daughter went to burncoat and had a great support system in the staff and administration i just wish we saw more parents involved in the kids programs instead of the same few dozen at every event.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2007

Dear Parents and other concerning folk. I was a student at Burncoat Senior High School in Worcester,MA 2000-2005. While Burncoat may be a Urban school my education was not at its fullest. -a concerned student
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2005

A wonderful school to send children! Varied ethnic backrounds and excellent parental involvement help to make Burncoat a unique educational environment. The school's arts magnet program extends to many events and oppertunities for the children. Children learn creativity, understanding, and personal growth while at Burncoat; more so than most schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 13, 2004

Burncoat High School is in an urban setting, whith students coming from varied economic,social and racial backgrounds. It is an Arts Magnet School that encourages students to excell. The school has had students attend Harvard, WPI, Holy Cross, BU, Berkley College of Music, The New England Conservatory of Music, etc. It is a school that my own children feel safe attending every day. Teachers call home with positive statements about children as well as suggestions of ways the child could improve. There is a great deal of parental support for this school. The Arts Magnet Programs are award winning. As a city-wide magnet school, many students choose to attend this school over their neighborhood high school. Their ROTC program is unparalleled, winning many honors and distinctions. Their sports programs encourage excellance in the classroom, as well as on the field.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 91% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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63%

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67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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73%

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59%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

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49%

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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

All Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
African American75%
Asian91%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities28%
English language learners41%

Math

All Students61%
Female65%
Male56%
African American53%
Asian85%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners14%

Science

All Students37%
Female48%
Male24%
African American27%
Asian69%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners8%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
31%
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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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 Students45%
Female53%
Male39%
African American43%
Asian70%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners19%

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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How schools in the state rate:

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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

58%

Average SAT score

1340

Graduation rate

68%


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 40% 68%
Hispanic 35% 15%
Black 19% 8%
Asian 5% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

Fax number
  • (508) 799-8206

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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179 Burncoat St
Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: (508) 799-3300

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