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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 70% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students54%
Female61%
Male49%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
Multiracial63%
White (non-Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Title I program (current)55%
With educational disability15%
Without educational disability60%
English language learners54%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
Multiracial82%
White (non-Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Title I program (current)66%
With educational disability38%
Without educational disability69%
English language learners54%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant65%
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 Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
White (non-Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Title I program (current)45%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant45%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male32%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
White (non-Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Title I program (current)38%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Non-migrant41%
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

Math

All Students45%
Female47%
Male43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Title I program (current)44%
With educational disability17%
Without educational disability52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant45%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female71%
Male43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Title I program (current)60%
With educational disability17%
Without educational disability68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant57%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students42%
Female58%
Male23%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Title I program (current)42%
With educational disability0%
Without educational disability52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant42%
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 60% 89%
Hispanic 19% 4%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Black 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 73%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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

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