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Alton Central School (Elem)

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Posted April 15, 2013

This school has maintenance issues, it is in need of someone caring about it's safety for the children who will maintain the school building and grounds. It is an old building which requires a lot of work to have it become safe and sound for our children. There are also issues with bullying which are not being addressed at the student/teacher level. Not enough has been done as a whole to prevent bullying. Naming names is not going to help "Prevent" bullying. A preventive program should be put in place which involves the entire school attending an assembly or meeting as and entire class instead of one classroom at a time. Also teachers should be trained/attend seminars on how to handle bullying in the school/online. I do feel some teachers are lacking the motivation to teach and involve their students in the process, due to lack of interest, burn-out or not enough support from the school staff itself. However, this school does have a fabulous preschool program and from shat I can see children with special needs tend to receive the help/assistance they require.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

We moved to Alton this year and our son is in the 8th grade. In his old school he was always viewed as a problem child. We hoped that he would have a different experience in a new school and we couldn't be happier. The teachers notices small things that were happening during class that turned out to be that our son has had a learning disability this entire time and the other school just didn't care. In the half year that their special education department has been working with him we are already seeing large changes in his work and he now likes to go to school. Moving to this town was the best thing we did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

Students receive individualized education and instruction, extra help from the teachers when there's problems, and we've found the teachers and administrators to be very responsive to our questions and concerns. You'd be hard pressed to find a better rural public school and the community should be proud of the students and staff at ACS. To the reviewer that posted statistics about the school - what good are your stats if you don't name your source? Students aren't failing to compete when they reach PMHS. Maybe you should have been more involved as a parent? (Assuming you are a parent.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

To the person who said that Alton Central School was UNSATISFACTORY in the SPECIAL Needs Department. Give me a freaking break Alton has the best ever special needs department around. That is what Alton School is known for across the state. My daughter has CP and the special needs department has done so much for us as a family and just for my daughter herself. My daughter started in Alton in 2009 and 2 years later she is starting to walk all on her own when doctors said she would never be able to. The therapists are all great and they take there time to work one onone with my daughter and they are very personal with her and loving towards all kids. My daughter has had so much progress withAlton I will never take her from this school. Her teacher continues to go to school to learn more about disabilities and such, she is very loving and pationate about her job and her kids in the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2010

This school is completely unsatifactory when it comes to dealing with special needs children. They are not equipped or educated in dealing with children who require special needs. They do not take parental demands, suggestions, concerns or requests to heart and feel that parents do not know their own children!


Posted October 29, 2009

Alton Elementary has the best staff there is!! Hi Everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

This school has potential to be great because it is small enough to meet individual students' needs; however, it fails to meet adequate academic standards in almost all respects. The teachers (not all) but alot are basically putting in their time for retirement - they and the administration are too intimidated to speak to parents of children with discipline problems so the school has a just reputation for having bullys. Bullys that have been fostered within this school system. Good luck to you and your kids if you choose to attend here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

Wonderful little school in a beautiful New Hampshire town. People who have been residents for a long time don't realize what a great learning opportunity they have here. The staff and administration really try to support individual student needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

Alton is a great town with many things in store. With the new high school it has plently of room. The teachers are very good too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2003

This is a great small town school. Ovecrowding is a problem for this year, but a new high school will solve the problem by next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 32% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female74%
Male58%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant67%

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male71%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I program (current)27%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female48%
Male54%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I program (current)20%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Not migrant51%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title I program (current)50%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female62%
Male72%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I program (current)20%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title I program (current)64%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I program (current)36%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male70%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant77%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male80%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male77%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant80%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female73%
Male61%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students82%
Female90%
Male72%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Writing

All Students62%
Female79%
Male39%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Hampshire Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 89%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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41 School St
Alton, NH 03809
Phone: (603) 875-7500

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