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Mckelvie Intermediate School

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Posted November 2, 2011

Having come from a less advantaged district just in time to start our daughter in the 5th grade, we had high hopes for McKelvie. While she certainly had a fun two years and made a lot of friends, I wouldn't say they were the most educational two years. She had a couple very good teachers and we were pleased with the administration, but in terms of the school's overall educational mission. there seemed to be more emphasis on fun than learning; we saw quite a few firsthand examples of lost learning opportunities at school events and field trips we participated in. It was also unfortunate to see the obvious impact of school budget and union matters on some teachers' attitudes. Understandably they need to make a living and we support that, but we thought it could have been handled more professionally by some. While McKelvie is by no means whatsoever a bad school, we hope Lurgio Middle School will do a little more to justify the Bedford School District's reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

Everyday Math has landed my daughter in tutoring along with a few of her peers. Let's not pretend as if this math is GOOD. It's lousy and we all know it. Luckily my son worked himself through that program because we all know parents have no idea how to help these kids. I showed this math program to my father who is a career Engineer and he was horrified. Look on the web at the criticisms of this program, there's plenty. No I'm not a happy parent because I'm paying someone to offer a good curriculum for my kids and now I have to pay a tutor to educate them. God bless the teachers, they are wonderful however they will tell you privately this program is for the birds!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

This is a great school! I am a student currently at McKelvie, and I beg your pardon, but we are most certainly not "upper-class snots", thank you very much. We aren't really upper class, as we just had to lose some teachers due to budget cuts in the district. The classes are fun, teachers are great, students behave. I hope you will send your children to Bedford, as we will welcome them with open arms. -A Student from McKelvie (grade 6)


Posted May 3, 2011

This is a great School and the principal is so nice. All of the teachers are very nice and it is so pleasant here


Posted May 3, 2011

Both of my children had wonderful experiences here. Teachers were wonderful and principal was a leader for his teachers and listened to parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

We moved here from out of state about 6 months ago. We are finding the people/teachers to be WONDERFUL. My kids love the teachers however I find that the students are behind academically. My children were in a private school and are far ahead of their peers in Bedford. We are now considering going back to private schools for next year. I don't think Bedford parents realize their students are behind children in private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

This is one of the best schools in NH. It exceeds many private shools. However, there should be less emphasis on games and 'sports' and more on the arts including dance, music, and art. I am proud to send my tax dollars here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

Both of my boys attend. I have one is 5th & one in 6th. Although I do not understand the math program my kids are excelling with this program. All testing is testing them above all state averages. I am thrilled with the staff, education and activities that is afforded to them because of teacher volunteers. Simply amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

McKelvie is an excellent intermediate school. The staff is dynamic and energetic, and the offerings for students are commendable. The curriculum is challenging, and the school district in general is outstanding - offering the best of technology and demanding the best from students. Don't listen to those nay-sayers who complain about the math. Everyday Math is a University of Chicago brainchild that is being used in the best of school districts all over the country. Those who criticize haven't done their homework, or don't wish to be involved in the daily math work their children require to become intuitive math students. The PowerSchool portal for parents makes parent-teacher communications so easy and immediate. It is the best school and school district in New Hampshire from what I can see (and I'm an educator from another district).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I just read a review regarding Peter Woodbury and the math used there and at McKelvie. My nieces received a great education at Bedford years ago, however I'm seeing changes like the math that are not good for my son. I just read a review of the Bedford math and it looks bad. I had my concerns and now they are confirmed. Why can't they simply teach these subjects the old fashioned way. The way that WORKED!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

it is the best school my preteens can go to they have the best teachers thier education is great !
—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 73% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

380 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%
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 Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian90%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability65%
Without educational disability96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian90%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Title I program (current)95%
With educational disability58%
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant92%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female86%
Male62%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian80%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)78%
With educational disability28%
Without educational disability80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
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 Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracial100%
White (non-Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability48%
Without educational disability93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracial100%
White (non-Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Title I program (current)79%
With educational disability61%
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 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 90% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 6%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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108 Liberty Hill Rd
Bedford, NH 03110
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