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Main Dunstable School

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Posted October 1, 2013

MDES is a great school. My son has been there for two years. In order to get a better sense of the school, I volunteered there for most of the first year. Not only was I please by my interactions with the teaching staff, but I am very impressed by the current Principal, Kelly Paradis. She and her other leadership staff are very friendly while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. I had a concern about a learning difference in my youngest child and approached the school about it. They were on it immediately. Not only have they been open minded, but they are also very supportive. That said, I do think the NECAP requirements have held back the individual creativity of the teachers and decreased the intensity of homework requirments for higher achieving kids. But this is something I hear across the board from parents with children in other public and private schools. To that end, I think a lot of what kids learn is up to the parents. Even so, I do think this school provides the best of what's available in NH these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

I had two children at Main Dunstable this year. One a typical learning child and one with special needs. Main Dunstable has been wonderful in meeting both of their needs. The special ed teachers are top notch and I wouldn't change one thing about my kids' time at MDES. My oldest child graduated fifth grade this year and I am sad to see him go. He has been there since kindergarten. I'm just glad my younger child is still there so I can return to visit. I encourage anyone to attend this school, you will be very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

My daughter attends this school and the staff is amazing! She will finish kindergarten soon and her amazing teacher and helper deserve a big pat on the back. She has learned so much in such a short tim, the teachers are great and you can talk to any staff member and they will help in any way possible. The principal has also been very helpful and is caring to all the children. Main Dunstable is all about family involvement. Im greatful that my daughter can attend Main Dunstable and I couldn't see her at any other elementary. Thank you to all the dedication and hardwork the staff puts in everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

We did have wonderful experience so far. The teachers are very nice and responsible. My kid has made big progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

We have a child with special needs who attended MD for first and second grade. It was an absolute disaster.... they are woefully inept at dealing with anything outside their preconceived norm. When living there we met with Dr. Ross Greene at Harvard after the school effectively expelled our daughter for conditions (Sensory integration Dysfunction, Asperger's, etc) beyond her control. Dr Greene urged us to move out of the district to a more progressive school district. Our daughter is now in 8th grade and thriving academically, socially and emotionally. She is also in therapy to recover from the treatment she received while at Main Dunstable - from one teacher in particular... I welcome any responses as I would love to help other families from having to endure the same experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

When our family was trying to decide about living in NH or MA we were considering Westford, MA and Nashua, NH. It was a really hard decision because we were told that the Westford public school system was better than the Nashua public school system. After considering the pros and cons and our family situation we decided to live in Nashua, NH. We have been here for two years now and both our children have been going to this school. My son is in 4th grade and my daughter is in 3rd grade. Although we thought like we were settling at that time, I think we actually made the best decision for our children. The teachers are easy to approach and communicate with. The children are challenged well and both my children actually enjoy going to school. Parents are wonderful too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

I love the school environment, and staff. I think that what you give in to your child's education, you will get back. If your child has special needs, its not going to be easy anywhere at anytime, there will always be bumps. I also have a child with special needs, and I have had a wonderful experience. Every teacher my child has had, has been quite understanding and responsive to our needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

I also agree if you are a parent with a special needs child, there are other schools that can meet your needs. I am one of those parents looking elsewhere. I also strongly agree that the children who do have an attention issue never get used to the open concept. It is difficult on a daily basis for my child. I do look forward to middle school next year since I've heard so many positive comments on the help in the special needs department. Plus they have doors!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I agree with many of the reviews where special needs/special considerations are concerned. If you're a parent of a child with special needs, look elsewhere, because there are better schools to meet your needs.Also, I find that parental involvement is heavily controlled and inflexible. The open plan is an issue, particularly for students who are easily distracted. We've experienced one wonderful teacher and one disastrous teacher, so I think there are good and not so good teachers. In general, the principal and the teachers are very difficult to contact for feedback.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

Some teachers are very good. Others not so good. Many teachers need professional development in behavior management, especially the old school teachers. If the only standard of success is accademic ability, then those kids not yet accademic stars will fall from the sky. However, if teachers highlight each child's wonderful qualities, then all children will shine and are more inclined to accademic success. Mr. Gosselin is a great guy, but avoids conflict. Any principal has a difficult job mediating between the different interests. Mr. Gosselin should consider finding mentors who do it well. He'll be a wonderful principal when he chooses conflict solutions that best help the children, as opposed to ones that ruffle the least amount of feathers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

I rate MDES As 4 out of 5.Its a great school. My kids love their school. We have 2 girls who is in 4 gr and 2 gr. They love it and we love he school. We love their curriculam so much,its like private school. Their principal is an awesome guy, Mr.Gosselin. The teachers are great. We had only one year when the teacher was not very great for one of my daughter.Other than that everything about MDES is great especially the teachers and the curriculam and its safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

Mr. Gosselin as principal of the school is one of the best. His dedication to education and to the students is unmatched. Just like every other school there are some standout teachers and some that leave more to be desired. Overall one of the better elementary schools in Nashua. My kids previously went to Catholic schools and I have found English to be below our standard in the public school but Math to be above. So again like every school there ups and downs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

The best I can say is its an OK school. Not a recommended school if your child has any attention issues as the school is quite open plan only divided by lockers and no doors on the classrooms I've seen so you can very well hear what is going on in the next class. We will be moving at the end of this year and I will definately be looking for solid wall constructed rooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

The principal, Mr. Gosslin is top-notch, could not ask for a better one. The teaching staff is the best that can be found. The special needs program is one of the best in the city.
—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 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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
49%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian80%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability60%
Without educational disability87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant84%

Reading

All Students89%
Female87%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability50%
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%
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 Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant88%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female92%
Male90%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (non-Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disabilityn/a
Without educational disability95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant92%
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 Students84%
Female82%
Male87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian87%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability84%
Without educational disability85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian87%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability58%
Without educational disability93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female87%
Male76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian96%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability58%
Without educational disability84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
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 74% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 3%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Black 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 12%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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20 Whitford Rd
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: (603) 594-4400

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