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Amherst Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 798 students

 

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Posted March 3, 2012

A huge disappointment. teachers struggle to manage classroom behavior. Smarter children are not able to advance in the curriculum. Behavior on the buses is out of control. Lack of leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2011

I love AMS!!! It is amazing and I never want to move. The advanced math program is amazing. It allows students to learn at their own pace. The teachers are amazing and make school enjoyable. For every complaining parent, just ask your kid how they feel about their school. Maybe you'll be surprised.


Posted May 17, 2011

I am not sure what other reviewers have experienced by way of comparison to other schools, but AMS is highly over-rated. I moved here three years ago from a "10" rated district and it is like night and day...AMS being night. It would take an hour to list all of the deficiencies but this one should be clearly understood. The school may be an "8" but it has also been identified as a school needing improvement in mathematics by the State of NH. Not exactly a mystery why, they DO NOT EVEN HAVE TEXTBOOKS FOR 8th grade Math!! Nor study guides, so when the kids have homework they better know the material because they have no book, no examples, and only parents and the internet to rely on. Last, on the whole, with some exceptions, the school is arrogant towards parents and has the belief that they are the dog and the parents are the tail. Personally, it is offensive because Parents are the dog and the school is the tail. Tax dollars tell me so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

The teacher "teams" generally do not work as a team, They fail to coordinate manageable homework loads, routinely exceeding the school handbook guidelines for homework time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

The math department is a mess, they lack materials and the administration does not seem to care. For this affluent town, there is no excuse for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

Outstanding school!! The teachers and staff show great interest in the kids, and although it is affluent and there is a level of bullying present, they work hard to keep it under control. I am very pleased with the education my kids are getting here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I love this school!! They have great teachers and staff!! A wonderful school!! GO THERE!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2009

AMS is a great school, the teachers work in teams of three and students rotate among the team for the core subjects. Their specials (cooking, sewing, woodshop, music) seem a little unorganized such as my daughter was assigned to woodshop three times this year. However, I think this is a staffing issue. The teachers try hard but have a lot of students to get to know so kids can fall through the cracks sometimes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

This is a very good school
—Submitted by a student


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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 74% in 2012.

139 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
69%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 74% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 68% in 2012.

217 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2012.

217 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

217 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
73%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability15%
Without educational disability93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female95%
Male80%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability45%
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant87%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female84%
Male61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability25%
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability70%
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant90%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability65%
Without educational disability97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant92%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students75%
Female80%
Male68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability14%
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability55%
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students80%
Female80%
Male80%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability33%
Without educational disability87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant80%

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability66%
Without educational disability96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant92%

Writing

All Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian82%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability41%
Without educational disability84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant79%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 92% 90%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Amherst, NH 03031
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