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McDonough School

Public | K-5 | 551 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2011

My child has been going to this school for the past 3 years. Although she is holding her own in school, I see some of the teachers and other staff stressed by the lack of parents help. Meaning a lot of the kids that go here need a lot more than what the school can provide. 1 example language a lot of the kids do not speak English which can make learning difficult for everyone and frustrating. I have to say though that the Principal is 1 of the best. He knows all students by name. He makes it a point to know is students. He has a high expectation level,has he should. He is encouraging making sure all his students do has well as they can to succeed. He makes school fun for them. The staff is wonderful right down to the janitors. The staff is there willing to help and do what is takes to teach these kids. In regards to the school not ranking that great do to test standards, it is because again a lot of the children are not getting the quality of help they need from their home life. If more parents got involved in what their children were doing, they would have a better chance in school. If you want your child to do well it starts at home, School is just reinforcement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

I have had kids at this school for over 11 years. There are great teachers at every grade level. The Principal, Mr. D., is a great leader and as captain of this ship is beloved by all - teachers, parents and students alike!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

My son has been going to this school for 2 years, I cannot believe how much i love this school, the teachers are great so far, The principle, Mr. D, what a great principle! I encourage anyone in city to try and prove this statement, you cant! Thanks for reading my review....................daddaof1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

Test Scores are the silliest way to measure a school's 'greatness'. McDonough Elementary does the unimaginable every day! They take all learners and treat them with respect and instill pride in their community and school. This school has learned to use their dwindling resources to the highest possible efficiency levels! They deserve a 5 out of 5 for their commitment to all their diversified learners and their individual needs. We love you Mr. D and the rest of the McDonough Staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Yhe principal Mr D. is great! All of th students love him. The teachers are great too, they really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

I have my daughter here and the teachers are great. The Princepal is not above going out and helping and has often been seen giving the students high fives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

Both my children are at McDonough and the teachers are great. My kids enjoy going to school everyday, and they have a really good before and after school programs as well. Located on the outskirts of this urban zip code, it offers the best of the suburuban and downtown ammenaties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

I am a parent at McDonough. I don't think I could find a better school in Manchester. Mr. DiBenedetto is a wonderful principal. The PTA is a great and welcoming organization to be involved in. The PTA puts on super functions for the kids all year round. The whole school shows they really care for your child and their education. It has a diverse culture of students and I think that is great for my child to learn. I definitely recommend McDonough School to everyone. If you're not sure, I'm sure Mr. D will meet with you and answer any questions you have. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

When our son was reaching school age I had heard horror stories about McDonough. I know that in the last few years McDonough's test scores have grown steadily and in some cases they were first in the city. It is a very welcoming environment for the kids and parents as well. The school administration is very proactive and it is a rare occasion when you will go by the school before 8 p.m. and not see some sort of activity happening within the building.
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
56%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
48%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
41%
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 Students38%
Female40%
Male36%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
White (non-Hispanic)42%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Title I program (current)39%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant38%

Reading

All Students45%
Female51%
Male38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
White (non-Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Title I program (current)47%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant45%
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 Students52%
Female57%
Male48%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Title I program (current)51%
With educational disability16%
Without educational disability62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant52%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female61%
Male43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Title I program (current)51%
With educational disability11%
Without educational disability63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant52%
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 Students54%
Female53%
Male57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)53%
With educational disability25%
Without educational disability64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant54%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female59%
Male70%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Title I program (current)63%
With educational disability30%
Without educational disability75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant63%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students48%
Female61%
Male30%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Title I program (current)48%
With educational disability10%
Without educational disability61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant48%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 90%
Hispanic 18% 4%
Black 11% 2%
Two or more races 11% 1%
Asian 3% 3%
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 69%N/A25%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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550 Lowell St
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: (603) 624-6373

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