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Bancroft School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $123,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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Posted June 27, 2014

Our eldest attended Bancroft for two years, and it was fantastic. Career opportunities took us out of state, but the hardest part of that decision was leaving Bancroft. Bancroft is a great happy medium between polar opposite approaches taken by other nearby schools. We looked at many, and we found that each was either too focused on excessive rigor or too focused on touchy-feely stuff. Bancroft was just right and had a more holistic attitude than most: there's definitely resources there to get kids to great colleges, but they realize there's more to childhood than constant pressure. The teachers could not possibly have been better. Not only were they great teachers, but they also genuinely cared deeply about students. They really inspire kids' innate love of learning. The bottom line is that my child loved Bancroft. When school ended in the summer, she couldn't wait for it to start again in the fall. The school inspires this. The only downsides: (1) less than ideal diversity; and (2) too many days off. (I will note that they do put in solid efforts regarding diversity, and the school's atmosphere is inclusive). In sum, it is a terrific school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

What I like about Bancroft is how personal the school is. When my daughter walks to gym, everyone from teachers to high school kids would say hi to her by name on the way. Even if they don't have him/ her in class, teachers know your child and their interests and can offer guidance to help them follow their passion. I like that the older kids interact with the little kids, which gives the little kids someone to look up to and the big kids an opportunity to act as a mentor. One thing I wish were different is the dividing line between (putting this delicately) working parents and those that can afford for mom to stay home. Yes, it's a private school and yes, there's a certain social structure that can be expected as a result. I feel, however, that families with stay-at-home moms are given opportunities that are not always offered to working moms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

Bancroft school is great for my 2 children. The students are respectful, poised and intelligent, The is small and focused so may not be to everyones tastes, but this allows the teachers and administration really give individual attention and help to each student. There are limited choices for private, non-parochial day schools in the area, and for us this is by far the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Bancroft school has deteriorated dramatically in recent years. There are now far better alternatives in and around Worcester county.
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Posted October 28, 2013

Bancroft has offered my son an outstanding education from Kindergarten through his present grade three. The teachers know each student well and engage the students with creative, multi-layered learning that integrates many subject areas, from science, to reading, library, computer and art. Class size is small so each student receives individual attention. Teachers and adminstrators emphasize a caring environment, which permeates the school culture and kids' interactions. A weekly lower school assembly gives students regular practice with public speaking, starting at pre-K. Students are encouraged to learn about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and to set goals. Regarding the comments about the iPad, the lower school students use them in the classroom and it appears to enhance their learning.
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Posted May 15, 2013

Bancroft is a private, coed day school for K-12. Pros: Great, engaged teachers. Nice (if small) campus. Nice variety of clubs/sports/arts. Good diversity (I would guess at least 20% of the students are in scholarship). Cons: The iPad program sounded great when they introduced it 2 years ago, but now it seems that nobody wants to admit it is a problem. Students play games in classes and the teachers can't always tell. Kids joke that their handwriting has gotten worse. The iPad is mostly used as a glorified notebook. The students still lug around regular textbooks (iPad textbooks still not being offered I guess). The students use the iPad to access online quizzes and a homework portal, but they could do that from any computer. Why make them use an iPad? Perhaps it is a good marketing ploy for the school, but they have not shown us how it has improved learning. My child is graduating soon, and I am glad she was required to use the iPad for only her last couple of years. If she was just starting out, I would be concerned.
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Posted January 31, 2013

This was a school recommended to my wife and I upon moving to the area from out of the region. It amazed us how knowledgeable the teachers were about each student. They truly care. But when looking at other institutions it was clear that the services were really lacking comparatively. The tour guide said the newest building was added over 12 years earlier with no real plans for anything additional. The iPad program they have is pushed a lot but not all of the teachers even utilize it - seems like it is rushed. Overall a need for improvement, but good potential.
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Posted July 16, 2012

My daughter is entering second grade and completed K and 1 at Bancroft. It is a wonderful school across the board. First and foremost, it is a caring, personalized environment where all teachers in contact with your child really knows him/her. The reports you will receive semi-annually gives you great detail about your child's performance and behavior from all their teachers. The arts program is amazing - for example, they worked on clay gargoyles and needlepoint coats of arms in conjunction with their medieval unit. They also have a strong emphasis on science (with a separate class), math and computer literacy. And the reading curriculum is one hour per day with personalized instruction in small groups. The teachers and administrators are also very careful about the social environment and observe and get involved in playground politics when exclusion or other negative behaviors occur. I was impressed to see that, even before bullying, they step in to fix negative group social dynamics. Joyti Datta is an involved head of Lower School and sets the tone for a rigorous, yet fun and nurturing, lower school environment. I would highly recommend Bancroft!
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Posted May 5, 2010

I love Bancroft school because it is a first rate school; it not only nurtures and encourages the students to work hard, but it is an incubator for academic and intellectual stimulation and growth. The school fosters and challenges each student to believe in themselves, aim high and respect others. Bancroft also encourages a sense of community, of giving back, thus its twice yearly Community Service Day.
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Posted April 10, 2010

Excellent overall academic program, superb facilities, safe environment, strong arts programs. Potential negatives are lack of flexibility - the program is highly structured with little accomodation for students who are outside the average to moderately bright range, such as highly gifted children -- and limited to only French for foreign language in lower grades. Limited sports programs also. Also lack of diversity and extremely insular environment might be a drawback for some. But a potentially good choice for some parents looking for an elite private education for their children who fit the Bancroft mold.


Posted December 15, 2009

Bancroft is a wonderful school. My daughter is very happy there learning French, computers, etc. My husband and his two brothers attended the school (they are in their 40's now).
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Posted October 6, 2009

Bancroft has been the best school I have attended. Everyone in the school from the teachers to your peers become your second family. Homework at Bancroft is hard but with all the free time you get built into your schedule I have no problem managing it. The school is an outstanding place to attend and you really make friends that last forever. I have attended Bancroft for 2 years and I feel like I have been there since Pre-k
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Posted August 5, 2009

I love the way Bancroft can make any kind of student(s) fit in on the first day making it feel like yuo have been there forever. The teachers are amazing same with the students. I love all the classes we have to choose from and all the different sports and clubs we can choose from. I never want to leave campus. Going to Bancroft has had me very busy with the homework and sports but in the end I believe i am getting the best education their then at public schooling. Bancroft has also made me spen most of my high school days and summers on campus with something to do even on a weekend. Sending you child to Bancroft would make them enjoy learning to the best of their ablity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2009

Excellent sense of community, teachers who care and spend extra time with students who need that little bit more. Special needs are met. Couldn't have choosen a better school to send my kids to over the public system. Academics are strong...great college placement for graduating seniors. Highly recommend The Bancroft School
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Posted September 26, 2007

The quality of the academic programs are very challenging. My child took advantage of all of that Bancroft has to offer. It is secure environment for learning & having fun. The Homework... is though over the top! I feel it is too much. The kids hate it as do as some of the parents. There is, always homework on weekends & holidays. There is parental involvement. The cost of going to Bancroft is very pricey. But only you know what is best for your child. It was for mine.
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Posted March 4, 2007

Truly a fantastic academic experience. With a variety of clubs, sports, and extracurriculars, there's always something to do at Bancroft. I know that because of my Bancroft education I will achieve great things, and I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2007

Bancroft has an excellent core academic program, a vibrant arts program and numerous Saturday extracurricular opportunities for their students. We have found many of the teachers to be outstanding educators and know that the administration will always listen to concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 4% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Worcester, MA 01605
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