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Amherst Middle School

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Posted May 13, 2014

Most of the teachers at this school absolutely disgust me. All they are focused on is their pay checks and doing the minimum that is required of them. The majority will only stay until 2:30 (half hour after schools ends), the minimum required by their contract, and will leave the students who need help after school even if they have not gotten all their questions answered. It is amazing how little they care for the students. I do not understand how this school could possibly gotten a 9 out of 10 ranking for schools. I believe it is more realistically (from my own experiences and from talking with others of their experiences more like a 5 out of 10. This is not as bad as some public schools but parents and new-comers to the area, do not be disillusioned by this faulty rating. You are much better going the private route!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

Amherst Middle School is a school on the rise. Over the last three years, the school system has installed a new superintendent and has a new board, consisting of parents with children. The changes range from a new, rigorous math curriculum that is outstanding. I also have a young child in the elementary school who is already learning algebraic concepts. Amazing! There is also a compressed math curriculum for gifted students. From having attended board meetings, the school is working on adding a STEM curriculum and a world language program as early as kindergarten. Some other areas where we've seen improvements are in sprucing up the building, getting rid of tired teachers and making a better transition between the elementary schools and the high school. If you're looking to buy a home in southern New Hampshire, this is a school system you'll be very happy with.
—Submitted by a parent


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 73% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 32% in 2012.

199 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2014.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability80%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability13%
Without educational disability88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability44%
Without educational disability91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant85%
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 Students80%
Female81%
Male76%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability52%
Without educational disability83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant80%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability66%
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%
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 Students72%
Female72%
Male71%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability39%
Without educational disability75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male85%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability56%
Without educational disability90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

Writing

All Students66%
Female80%
Male49%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability23%
Without educational disability69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%
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 92% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Amherst, NH 03031
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