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Heard Street

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Posted June 18, 2014

I have nothing good to say about this school. My son came in half way through the year and from that point it all went down hill. The rules the principle has are unfair and he is unfair. He is less than helpful, his kindergarten teacher was awkward and very hard to communicate with. My son will not be attending this school next year and I plan on going to the school commite with the issues I've had with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

Heard Street school is such a wonderful school, with staff and administration who are truly concerned about the child as an individual and as part of a larger community. They encourage strong parent/school ties and encourage the children to grow in a positive manner in all areas of development. We had moved out of district and took an extra twenty minutes a day just to drive our children to school there for the last several years as we couldn't bear to send them any place else!!! Great School, GREAT STAFF!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

Perhaps because of its location, Heard Street is one of those school that has the misfortune of not being culturally or racially diverse. Nonetheless, the school does still enroll a small number of minority students and it is arguably incumbent upon the school's staff & teachers to provide a welcoming and conducive environment for minority students. Unfortunately this is not the case at Heard Street. The Principal in particular, who is supposed to set the standards when it comes to such as issues as accommodating minority children, is very racially insensitive and indifferent to concerns raised by minority parents. Inevitably, his teachers follow his lead. My child has been in a couple of classrooms in which he has faced the same kind of discrimination & reckless racial epithets as in previous classrooms. Attempts at seeking redress through the teacher(s) & the principal have been dismissed with contempt.
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Posted November 4, 2008

Both of my children attend this school and I have to say I wish I had better things to say about it. Its great if you want your kids working off of work sheets and sitting quietly for 6 hours a day. I myself think that kids learn better when trying things for themselves instead of reading it from a worksheet. What happened to experiments and learning through trial and error. I just cant hear anymore that we are doing the best we can for your children. Do you really think so? When we keep teachers for seniority and not for actual results it is totally frustrating. Oh and you can't pick which teacher you want as all the teachers are good, I went to school too and we all know not all teachers are created equal. Wish I had better choices for schools.
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Posted August 29, 2005

Heard St. Discovery Academy is still one of the few small school left in Worcester. I can honestly say that most of the children in school know every other classmate by first name. There is a feeling of closeness and community throughout the whole school. I was fortunate to buy my parent home and attended Heard St. when I was young and my three children have attending it also. The teachers are wonderful, caring, supportive and try very hard to give the students the best education possible. In a time of serious cut-backs, Heard St. is like many other schools with limited extracurricular activities but I consider it one of the best schools in the city. The level is parent involvement is very strong and I have participated in all three of my children's education. We are really lucky to be part of this small school community.
—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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
62%

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

All Students60%
Female45%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female36%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I66%
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 Students59%
Female63%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female69%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Title I63%
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 Students74%
Female82%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I74%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female43%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female48%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities20%
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 Students69%
Female64%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students44%
Female45%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I44%
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

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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

Above 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 53% 67%
Hispanic 15% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Black 13% 8%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 57%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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200 Heard St
Worcester, MA 01603
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