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Parker-Varney School

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Posted June 24, 2014

As a staff member, I am truly embarrassed to have any association with this school or district. I have no idea why anyone would choose to live in Manchester and send their children to schools like Parker-Varney. This city and this building will try anything to get the test scores up immediately (dump money into Chromebooks, Ipads) except, you know, hire enough teachers to keep class sizes down, or hire enough paraprofessionals to keep behaviors from special needs/behavior needs students from disrupting the entire classroom. This is also a school that for years, no matter who the principal is, seems to hire new staff members based on personal biases. Student teachers are selected for positions over certified teachers with actual experience. And a startling number of classroom teachers simply do not know how to teach, or just cannot be bothered to, and waste quite a bit of time with witch hunts and vendettas against other people in the building. After years of seeing this school in action, I would never send my kids here. This school is unsafe. Dangerous behaviors are not addressed and allowed to fester and escalate. There are very few opportunities for student growth. Run away!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 8, 2013

My three brothers and I attended Parker Varney 10+ years ago. We all loved it. My teachers rocked, and from what I can remember the rest of the staff was fantastic. (To those of you still there, I hope all is well!) Some of the faculty became like family to my family. It breaks my heart to see these reviews, and to see how things have changed so drastically. I hope that things can turn around for the best, and that Parker Varney can provide the awesome education and assistance to the current and future students as it has in the past. Best wishes, Emily Hunter


Posted January 21, 2012

Poorly organized school. Do not hear positive things about the office staff or certain classroom teachers. If you have an option to send your student somewhere else, take the other option.


Posted October 15, 2011

I must admit, the new principal is no better then the last. Takes everything for her own self credit. Assigns staff to do "projects" for her political gain. Does not put children first. Uses her time to triangle herself between staff and parents complicating small issues and not focusing on the larger outstanding ones. The principal was called by the Union to a meeting with the Superintendent. 100% of teachers spoke up to have the principal removed showing documented accounts of where the students were not put first. The district has shown no effort to follow through with the requests of the teaching staff. There was an extremely large sum of money granted to three schools. Under the grant circumstances the Principals were to gather from teachers what the money should be used for to increase student achievement to help us be no longer a school in need of improvement. The principal at Parker Varney gathered no information from teachers. She used the money for her choosing. She mad poor decisions that are directly affecting student achievement and test scores. The Special ed staff are wonderful at Parker Varney as well as Art Music PE and Teachers that were educated out of state.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 31, 2011

I went to PV as a child and for as long as i can remember PV is the school i always disliked. Yes i was a problem child then but my parents tried to work with me the best they could with my ADHD without putting me on medication. The school had refused to keep me there if i wasn't on medication. So when my parents did put me on some they hassled my parents everyday asking if i had taken it that morning. Also my teacher (who by the way still works there) use to bribe me with candy to keep me quite and behave all day. Now is that a way to teach a child by bribing. I understand that my parents could have taken more time to work with me on my ADHD but the teachers didn't either. Also the principal when i was there once grabbed me by the armsand dragged me when i was misbehaving. At that point if a child is that bad you should call their parents not take matters into your own hands. Which is why now my child will NOT be going to PV


Posted May 19, 2011

Just like any school Parker Varney has its own set of issues. However, the new principal at the school has been doing an outstanding job of working to address the strengths and weaknesses of the school in order to move forward in a positive direction. As a hesitant parent going into the school, I have found that the curriculum is very challenging. I have found that my child has progressed extremely well in reading and writing and her math foundations are very strong. The teachers work hard there. If there is one thing I can say, it is that there should be more parent participation. However, I think that this will come with new initiatives that are coming forward in the near future. I think PV is a great place to learn and proud to have a child that goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Staff wise this school is split into 2 camps. Leadership by the Principal is not there, his primary focus is personal not professional. The school has the staff and the students to be a really great school. The drive and direction from the top is not their. Children are labeled and disrespected. Not a positive learning environment for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

The school is in need of improvement. Parents are not encouraged to be involved with the school. The focus is on behavior and not on learning and education. Teachers for the most part are very good. Admininstration needs work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I have 2 children who have attended Parker Varney school my daughter who is now in jr. high and my 7 year old son who attends now and they have done so much for them learning wise. My daughter has learning problems and she has done so well since she went to this school. My son is doing amazing there and I would recommend Parker Varney to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

My child has attended Parker-Varney four years. The principal and vice principal as well as all the teachers are outstanding. There are plenty of activities for the kids. We have a wonderful reading and writing program, with assemblies for kids of all grades to share their work. I would like to see more parent involvement but there is a strong group of parents that attend the PTG. Safety and discipline has always remained a high priority at Parker-Varney. There are many safety measures there. I am a very proud to say that my child attends this school!
—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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
15%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
28%
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 Students44%
Female36%
Male54%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I program (current)42%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability45%
English language learners41%
Proficient in English45%
Not migrant44%

Reading

All Students52%
Female50%
Male54%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I program (current)51%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability54%
English language learners59%
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant52%
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 Students59%
Female62%
Male54%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I program (current)58%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant59%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 167%

Reading

All Students44%
Female47%
Male41%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I program (current)41%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant44%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 133%
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 Students53%
Female48%
Male58%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title I program (current)51%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant53%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female75%
Male36%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I program (current)54%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant54%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students35%
Female58%
Male14%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I program (current)35%
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Not migrant35%
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 63% 89%
Hispanic 19% 4%
Black 7% 2%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
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 56%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Manchester, NH 03102
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