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Chester Academy

Public | PK-8 | 615 students

 

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Posted November 3, 2013

The new Assistant Principal recently presented information about letters to the military. This program, Operation Appreciation ran through October 30th and allowed the students at CA to write letters and reach out to our active military. The 8th graders collected the letters for postage and delivery. This is a great example of community involvement by both the students and staff at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

My first interaction with the school was the main office with the secretary in the corner who never acknowledged I had been waiting for help!!! I'm a little concerned too when I go in the website and see how confusing it is to navigate through and the amount of misspellings! We are paying alot of taxes and am very concerned whose running this school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Our children made a big transition this year and the two teachers our children had were outstanding. Both showed greater than average growth. Chester is a wonderful community with caring parents and wonderful volunteers. It's a great feeling to know our kids are in the hands of professionals we feel look out for their best interests. We did not have a lot of interaction with administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

Horrible administration- unprofessional, overpaid lunch monitors, micro managers. Just there for the ride especially the retired super! The children deserve new leadership that will concentrate on their education into the next century. IPADS for children not administrators!


Posted May 1, 2009

We have 2 children at CA and are looking to move, as 3 of our friends have, to another town due to the lack of intervention with learning disabilities and poor follow through with academics across the board. Some of the CA teachers are great but many are very inadequate and do not seem to care about all students equally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

CA is getting so much better every day. Just being nominated for the 'NH School of the Year' is an honor. Our school has come so far with the new administration! Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

I just heard at an awards ceremony last month that Chester Academy was nominated for the 'school of the year' award. This award is given out for the state's top schools. The academic program is outstanding. The administration is great with their new principal. Keep up the Great Work!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

We have 3 children at Chester Academy and 1 child who just started Pinkerton. We are so fortunate to have teachers who actually care about our children. I am so impressed at the hands on treatment my children receive at Chester Academy. The new principal is fantastic. She goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is satisfied. We are looking foward to many more years here. about the her
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

I've had four children attend Chester Acad.My children attended from 1993 -2005.The level of parent involvement is good.Availability of programs is good.Academics is another story. Some of the teachers at CA are great,some teachers are burnt out! And some of the great teachers either retired or left. And I lost count of the amount of school principals CA has had in the past 12 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

Chester academy used to be a great school - they have made way too many changes in their curriculum over the years again and again. They should have stuck with what was working. Unfortunately I still have a child in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

Very poor quality school. Favoriets are played with coaches and teachers. Curriculum is poor, changed too many times over the years - as have the principals. I don't know why people move to Chester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

I've had 3 children go through CA over the course of 8 years and have found the school to be mediocre at best. Some teachers are excellent (esp. grades 1-3), but many of the upper grade teachers are simply awful. They lack creativity, and as others have pointed out, they do little to inspire students. They lack professionalism & talk to the kids like they are peers! If you're moving to Chester (which is a beautiful town), check into private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

This is my daughters third year at ca and i am very pleased i have not always agreed with certain things but i think that is found in life in general. My child has many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and i as parent also have had many chances to get involved. The teachers and the pto communicate quite well. If my daughter has had a problem academically or otherwise i have had no problem getting it resolved. I also think the new asst. Principal is doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

My children have been provided with a very good educational program and I've found the school to be responsive to any parent concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

They have put far too much pressure on the kids for the testing that is occurring now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

Chester Academy is very disappointing. There is so much emphasis on making the grade and passing the State test that the students' needs are overlooked. We need to go back to the basics--literally. There has been so many changes with the curriculum that the teachers can't retool between academic years and everyone is lost. Our new principal is more concerned with looking good than with being good. What happened to recess? The kids need downtime. Too many changes too quickly makes for huge cracks for students to fall into--all students. What has happened to Chester Academy? It used to be a really good school, or so I thought.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

I noticed all basically negative reviews of C.A. I on the other hand have had nothing but a positive experience with the special ed department. This is especially true for the teachers and speech, occupational and physical therapists. My child's needs were caught early and he entered the preschool at age 3 with an integrated classroom. I do understand that the speech therapy department is understaffed. However, I have not seen that issue. At this time, my review is a positive one. Hopefully it will not change. I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

I've lived here 15+ years. The school is the same. I have 1 child left in elementary, I am so disgusted with the teachers, they have such poor educational attitudes. I did a classroom observation, I was shocked how learning was passed over so many kids heads, and they lost out because they didn't get it, the teacher never noticed or cared. It's more important to give a grade than to learn something here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

Most of the regular teachers push through the curriculum, don't offer extra help and never communicate with parents. They are not open to different teaching styles to reach more of the children. Your child is on their own to sink or swim. I'm looking into private school because I am so disgusted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2004

I have 2 children in this school and am very disappointed w/the quality of the education in general. Most of the teachers are unwilling to be creative in their learning style so as to connect with a greater number of students. I feel the staff tells you what you want to hear and then does what they want, which is nothing. I don't feel this school is preparing my children academically and am contemplating private school or moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 74% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
74%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%

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

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 67% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
31%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Reading

All Students90%
Female97%
Male82%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)77%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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 Students76%
Female71%
Male79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female92%
Male77%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)40%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%
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

Math

All Students81%
Female90%
Male74%
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 disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female100%
Male83%
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)70%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female86%
Male50%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Title I program (current)30%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%
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%
Female83%
Male70%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability25%
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male78%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability33%
Without educational disability91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
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 Students69%
Female77%
Male63%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability40%
Without educational disability77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female100%
Male66%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability47%
Without educational disability90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%
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 Students73%
Female87%
Male60%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability44%
Without educational disability81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students90%
Female98%
Male82%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability62%
Without educational disability97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Writing

All Students79%
Female95%
Male63%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability50%
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
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 95% 90%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
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 11%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Chester, NH 03036
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