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Griffin Memorial School

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Posted September 13, 2012

I have one child at GMS and one now in the middle school. Could not be happier with the school, teachers, education and staff. Testing scores are among the highest in the state and the staff/teachers are committed to providing a quality education. Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

This is an update to some of the older submissions (2006 and 2007) which are somewhat out of date. The district has come a long way and we have a great superintendent. The elementary school building is old but they have gradually been bringing it up to current code and updating as far as they are able to. It does have space issues but they have moved grade 5 to the middle school which has helped. Also enrolment is predicted to go down in future years (and has already started). It was reported recently that the middle and elementary schools are some of the best in the state academically. The high school has been instituting programs with surrounding communities and districts aimed at improving chances of less academic students to obtain their diplomas. This means improved career/ further education opportunities for these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I believe that the staff do a fantastic job overall due to not just knowledge but genuine caring for the kids and the community. I also believe that, despite the nay sayers, we need a new school unless we intend to 1. Put far more $ than its worth into repair and maintainance in the old school or 2. continue on the current path until the not too distant future finds ALL of our elementary students being schooled out of portables because we refuse to put the $ needed into repair and maintainance into the old building instead of into building we can be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

griffin memorial school is the bomb!! the teachers are great!!! the kids are great!!!! we rock!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

I have 2 boys: my older boy went 4 years to GMS and I loved everyone of his teachers, The Special Ed there is the verey best. they are saints! The teaches and staff get it right. The building is not maintained as it should be...but I think that they are making it look shabby so they can get the voters to build a new one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

GMS is a wonderful small to middle sized suburban grammar school. The teaching staff is very good and they are strong on literacy and reading while currently improving math curriculum. The extras are wonderful: chorus, organized kickball and chess at recess, etc. The supporting staff is excellent (school nurse, guidance counselor, and special ed staff). Any problems the school is encountering lies more with the community...parents blaming the teachers and system, residents not voting in a new school building, and the community at large not wanting to grow our municipal groups (ie., moving beyond volunteer fire personnel, getting our own EMT and ambulance, expanding our police personnel, etc) with tax dollars. It's also a community with many 55+ communities, which families relocating should consider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

School building is in good shape. It has the same problems as any older house has, but nothing that can't be corrected. There are no safety issues. It does need a professional organizer to show the staff how to organize their clutter. They would find much more space. Teachers are great and the nurse is an angel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

I love Griffin Memorial School my pre-schooler attends Griffin and the teachers are absolutely wonderful with him. We love Mrs. Samantha, Mrs. Katie, and Mrs. Donna in Pre-K. Thank you so much for the Tender loving care you give these toddlers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

I find the Teachers & Staff are wonderful, also the school Nurse. The Principal is so very nice, But he doesn't like to deal with any 'confrontation' such as all the bullying that goes on at the school. Academicly the teachers are doing their job well. The school lacks the space & tool's they need, such as 'Computer's' and a 'Safe Building'. I am not comfortable sending my child to an unsafe place on a daily basis. I now feel as if the State of NH need to take over the building of a new and safe school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

The staff & teachers are nice. Most are friendly. Some concerns about the strict standards in the music department, making it hard for a child with ADHD to enjoy the benifits of music when you are told staright out that they expect nothing less than perfect behavior. Anyone with experience with a child with ADHD, knows that perfect is not going to happen alot of the time. The building is very old & the air quality is concerning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2006

High parental involvement, caring staff for most part. For the typical child the school is ok. My experience with special education for past four years has been dismal. School culture does not understand or respond well to the needs of a special education child. The child is placed into existing programs whether or not they meet their unique needs. The results are less than favorable causing the child to fall further behind. The parental concerns are brushed aside and the school reports the child is doing 'fine.' This is pervasive throughout the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Awesome staff and faculty! However, the building is old, outdated, and over capacity by 50%. No sprinkler system either. Group is attempting to get a new building built to provide a safer, and more effective, eduction. Hopefully town will vote it in.
—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 70% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
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 73% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%
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 Students62%
Female53%
Male70%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Title I program (current)18%
With educational disability19%
Without educational disability70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant62%

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
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 disadvantaged85%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability50%
Without educational disability88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Title I program (current)38%
With educational disability31%
Without educational disability82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant74%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female90%
Male69%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability32%
Without educational disability89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant79%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/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 92% 89%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
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 11%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Litchfield, NH 03052
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