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Memorial School

Public | PK-4 | 507 students

 

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Posted June 6, 2013

This is a one size fits all school. The bar is set very low, especially for spelling and reading. All kids get the same spelling words for an entire grade level, they are set for the very low students who are below level. Discipline is good and parents are involved but I agree a lot of the challenging has to be done at school. I am very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

I have a child that just got through Kindergarten and the school has been simply amazing. Extra support for those that needed it small groups. A class of only 15 with a full time para so basically 7 to 1. My son is now reading 100+ sight words, knows an extensive math program and I am confident he is ready for all 1st grade holds. Way to go Memorial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Memorial school is in a nice area. However, it has a very low reading program in first grade with no modifications unless your child is really gifted and talented 3+ reading level. The PTA is only for stay at home moms. They meet during the week in the morning. They really don't want the majority of the parents to be involved in the schools. It is still better than schools in Manchester, but for the area they could do much much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

I agree that something is not right. We had our kids in a Private school then decided to put them in Bedford. We were there a few years. My son was in the highest level in math in Bedford, but when we switched him back to the Private school, he was average to below average. I wouldn't rely upon the scores or the grades your child gets in Bedford. I think the bar is set far lower in the Bedford schools.. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have spent those two years in Bedford and I would have just kept him in the Private school. Having been in both schools, we can definitely see the flaws having been in both schools. Have your kids tested outside the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

Bedford shows high scores in the elementary and middle school however the NECAP is a dumbed down test. I had my kids tested outside Bedford and was shocked to find them not doing as well as I thought. We've also had to do outside tutoring. When you look at the high school NECAP scores, half of the students are not proficient in math and science. Again a huge disappointment. On the up side, the teachers are wonderful and I don't blame them for what is going on in this district. Parents are very involved, but I think they need to become more vocal in the lack of quality academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

I have a set of twins that have gone to BEEP, Bedford Early Education Preschool, for two years. The preschool program and the coordinator are fantastic. Ms. Nancy is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Basics are very good. Gifted program is adequate. Extras and 'management' are lacking and overtaxed. Hot lunches, while improved, are still poor. All staff complains of not enough time for their programs (40 min per session). Responsive classroom program is great - all teachers should be required to implement it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

Memorial was named the top NH elementary school in the past decade. Test scores at this school are among the highest in the state. Great teachers and over crowding problem has been taken care of with the addition of 2 new school buildings opened in Fall, 2007. Memorial is now a K-4 school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2007

Memorial school tests are high however give thanks to the parents. These children come from families who spend a lot of homeschooling time as well. There are some great teachers at Memorial but the principal is lacking in charisma. The music program is in the gym with many distractions. Parent involvement is strong however the school tends to be crazy busy and almost chaotic at times. There is no computer rooms and the playground (which was recently done) has a dangerous rock climbing mountain that the kids most of the time are unable to use. The Everyday Math program has failed in other school districts and this is the same program Memorial uses. Several children from Memorial get extra tutoring help to supplement what they don't get at school. As a parent at Memorial I am not impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

Memorial School is a treasure and tremendous blessing to our family and the community. We have 3 children at Memorial. In addition to the regular classroom studies, we have used both the special education services and the program for gifted students. All of them have been outstanding. The quality and dedication of the teachers has impressed us. There are many opportunities for parental involvement. Memorial School has received awards for the number of hours of work volunteers do on an annual basis. Mastery of basic math skills is a part of daily homework and school life. Our experience gives us insight as to why the Bedford Schools are ranked one of the best in the state. Memorial is truly a remarkable school. Come and visit and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

Be Warned. Bedford recently adopted Everyday Math which is being used in the Seabrook schools. Seabrook is ranked dead last on math assessments. Everyday Math does not require mastery for the basics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

With the recent National Testing scores, it is a testament to the quality of education my 3 children receive at this elementary level school (at the top in New Hampshire!). The small, quaint atmosphere allows for better attention to both the child and the parent, often getting response within the hour to questions! What makes this school stand out though is the willingness to listen and change. Memorial harkens back to a day when schools were basic, yet it has all the modern necessities (i.e. advanced technology). In my opinion, no school is perfect however, and should always have room for improvement. Where I see this is in the areas of child to teacher placement, music program and math program (although good as they sit now). I have moved within this district and have had my children attend the other schools, and truly find Memorial at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

Bedford's best kep secret. Small class sizes overall. Some great teachers (Christine Madison, Kathy Stavenger) here with small class sizes. Would like to see physical education curriculum to expand, and parent eacher organization to meet routinely at different hours (they meet during school hours so if you work, (even teach), you're out of luck. Flavoring could be changed with other involvement. Tough going if you have an active playground child--very strict rules on behavior on playground.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
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 77% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students90%
Female89%
Male92%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability62%
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)77%
With educational disability62%
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%
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 Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant93%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)80%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 90%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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55 Old Bedford Rd
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: (603) 627-1776

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