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Worcester East Middle School

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Posted December 9, 2013

I'm a 7th grade student at Worcester East Middle School, this is truly the worst school I've ever been to, the teachers are nasty, as well as most of the staff, and the students are treated very poorly, like me. I've never seen a school so out of control, with suspensions given out EVERYDAY! My parents are OUTRAGED with this school, as well as myself. I suggest to you, save yourself. If your child has a disability, a disorder, or autism, this school will treat them with NO RESPECT. The school will give them no extra help, and will treat them like any other kid. Plus, this school looks like it's been shut down for YEARS!!!


Posted June 4, 2012

This, is the worst school I have EVER been to. Education is horrible. The teachers are extremely nice, but there is not enough discipline at all. A guy once punched a teacher in the middle of a fight on the street, and he got suspended for only one or two days. There are fights there practically everyday, and the students were racist against me because I am white. I transferred out of that school to private before December even came. Don't come here, you will probably regret it. If you want to have a good future, don't come. I would rate this school 0 stars, but unfortunately, that is not an option.


Posted June 21, 2010

Worcester east middle is the best school Ive ever been to, the learning environment is great the teachers and students are awesome, and first floor scholars are the best.If i had a choice to go to any middle school again and again over and over again it would be Worcester east middle school (WEMS) and i hope any 6th grade will go there


Posted June 26, 2009

Oh WOW! I feared for the worst on my first day, thinking I was going to be shoved in a locker. But no, the teachers are always in the halls, and the discipline is fair. The teachers are very close to the students and are funny, rewarding, and always try to keep you successful. I was on the Scholars team and the pride for your school is great. Scholars' MCAS scores were the best this year out of the other teams' and the students are rewarded greatly. I'm going to the 8th grade now, but I definitely think the school's past shouldn't affect your child's future, because sincerely this was the best school I ever went to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2009

Very good school with great opportunities,but all you need to do is mind your own business and you'll be fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2009

I am a student at worcester east middle now in the 8th grade in 2009 we call east middle wems for people who don't know last year i was in wems in the 7th grade on first floor know as scholars and now i am still on the first floor but on the 8th grade side called pheonix the teachers are amazing just to let you people know that they don't let use have fun but when school is for use to learn the put in fun in once in a while.when you are done with your work you can have fun like what my reading teacher says every assignement done well don't when use kids get in trouble your here because they where acting up and you say school is to learn not to have fun.so somethings you read about east middle is some what a lie.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

I went to East Middle last year. ( I graduated in June 2008) The teachers were nice, perhaps too nice. They would let the kids do whatever they pleased, and the discipline was terrible. You can swear at a teacher without any consequences. The education was horrendous! In Enlish, we learned the very basics that 4th graders learn, and math was a piece of cake. History was simple, and science was too easy. We're not in 5th grade anymore! I'm sure we can understand the concepts of genomes and DNA. I passed with straight A's. Teachers give A's, judging how 'nice' or how well you behave in class. They don't go by how hard you work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2008

It's going to be a shame to leave Worcester East Middle. Everytime I think of the thought of leaving, I get butterflies in my stomach! I've gotten used to all of the students, and bonded with my teachers in the past two years. I'm in the eighth-grade, third floor, A-Team. In 7th-grade, I looked up to the 8th-graders. I referred to them as super-cool-eighth-graders. Now as an 8th- grader, occasionally teased a 7th-grader. I'm not cruel about it; it's all in fun! But next year the 7th graders will take the present 8th grader's place. It's a never ending cycle. WEM has its bad crowds. If you mind your own buisness, they will leave you alone. I was so scared on the first day of 7th-grade. I can remember the principal calling us to the Auditorium of August 2006. I was so close to crying! After 2 weeks, I settled in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2008

I currently an 8th-grader who attends WEMS. I am on the thirdfloor, A-Team. I am an honor student with good grades. I get all A's exept for Spanish class... The Spanish teacher is wonderful, by far, the best teacher I have ever had, but learning a new language is one of my weaknesses. Despite my A's in the other classes, there's always room for improvment. I like most of my teachers. I have no friends at school, bcause friends are a waste of time, Why not read a book instead? That's a good subsitute!' Oh, that is my most comical joke I have ever said. Get it? Subsitute teacher? I resent going to school everyday. I mean not to affend teachers, staff, or anyone with high authority, but the school is a terrible learning environment! I want to learn, but I can't with the wild students. It's a very unruly group. No discipline. No morals or ethics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2008

Im a student at worcester east middle and i have to say for my first year here was pretty scary because worcester east middle had such a horrible reputation but slowly its getting its way back up. The teachers are great and no. The kids are not scary and they wont beat oyu up every 20 seconds. Thats a lie. So if your a parent and your scared about bringing your kid there dont be from a students perspective its great (but it has its drama moments). Its clean and you learn...And its not like your there all day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2007

I am a student at Worcester east middle school. I love it there. So far I have been in honors 7th grade Scholars team(Amazing Teachers!) and Im in 8th grade honors now Pheonix team,(Great teachers!) I love that school. The teachers are great, I have a lot of friends and it is an overall great school, no matter what it's said to be like. The staff and kids are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2007

I am a teacher at WEMS and have been for the past 6 years. When I started teaching it was quite bad and have seen it turn around in the time I have been there. The teachers are very well qualified and the current administration is excellent. Like all middle schools, you have your handful of challenging students but overall the students are good. The teachers and the administration really care about the students and are working very hard to change the reputation of the school. It is not what it once was.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 7, 2007

I attended this school and spent very little time actually learning in class, to say the least.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2007

I like this school. My daughter can always teach me something new every day she comes home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

I was a student in East Middle School it was great I had tons of friends and everyone was nice The teachers are the best I mean they were. Some of the art and music teachers even let you stay after to do art projects and let you finish work you missed or just want to do over.I love, that school and so did my mom she had said that the teachers would have a meeting planned when the parents had a day good time or day you could always reschedule.To end this review I have only one thing to say hope your child goes to East Middle School!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2006

I am a student currently attending east middle. The school and teachers are grate. The building is not in good shape but it is still a grate school. The teachers are very understanding and helpfull. They will do anything for you if you need help. The other kids are grate too. You just have 2 get along with the right people and you will be fine. When it comes to fights or food fights they are strict. This school is the best school ive ever been to so far in my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2005

I am a substitute teacher at WEMS. I've seen many schools and comparatively WEMS has a much higher percentage of minority and disadvantaged students. The teachers at WEMS are very supportive and try as best they can. The students are often disruptive and it is hard to teach. However there are many students who are able to focus and learn and will be well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 27, 2004

I am a student of Worcester East Middle School. The teachers at WEMS are great. They help you and are fun. They are understandable. The students are nice too once you get to know them. Our building may need help but our personalities don't.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2004

My daughter attended 11 years ago --she dropped out. Too bright for the work, her teachers refused to place her where she belonged. Since leadership is still lacking, and teachers cannot or will not create the positive learning environment adolescents deserve in this stage of life, WEM will continue to be a 'Minimum Security Facility.' Its only function is to house future citizens, get funding, and subsist until the wrecking ball comes. Still as formidable as it was in the 80's, there are penitentiaries more attractive. This in itself is a problem. Perhaps the outlying neighborhoods have an effect as well. This school is a mirage. To students (or captives), it is a holding pen bent on perpetuating educational neglect with perfunctory disciplinary actions meant to serve documentation purposes only. I believe the few who manage to graduate do so with little or no competency for a rewarding career.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 71% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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%
Female54%
Male48%
African American66%
Asian78%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial70%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners28%

Math

All Students21%
Female23%
Male18%
African American23%
Asian74%
Hispanic8%
Multiracial30%
White26%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities2%
English language learners6%
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 Students55%
Female61%
Male50%
African American67%
Asian76%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners30%

Math

All Students25%
Female23%
Male26%
African American24%
Asian44%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners9%

Science

All Students20%
Female20%
Male22%
African American14%
Asian44%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners0%
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.

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The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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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

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Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

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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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Reading growth at this school

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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
Hispanic 46% 16%
White 28% 67%
Black 15% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
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 88%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Worcester, MA 01604
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