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Portsmouth Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 475 students

 
 

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Posted September 25, 2009

My son is an eighth grader at Portsmouth Middle School and I've been very satisfied with the educational opportunities there. While the building and equipment seem sub-par (many classrooms have folding tables and chairs instead of desks, for example), it is made up for by the staff. The principal, Mr. Stokel, seems to really understand what it means to be an adolescent, and he's created an environment conducive to teaching kids in that age group. The teachers are wonderful, too. Very focused on the kids. They also emphasize the importance of music education which I find refreshing in a time when so many schools are cutting those programs. All in all, they have a very well-rounded academic program. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

it is a very old school but the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2004

Due to three relocations in NH we finally settled in Portsmouth. We have found PMS to be the most excellent in curriculum, staff and leadership! This combined with a strong school spirit and community involvement have made my daughter's 7th-8th grade experience challenging & rewarding. I attribute this success to school's leadership, caring staff and a community that supports and understands the importance of ensuring a safe, supportive and challenging learning enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2003

My daughter attended and has moved onto PHS. Son has just entered the Middle School and both have had an excellent experience with PMS. I stay in Portsmouth so my kids can attend the Portsmouth School System. Great place for kids to grow up. Lots of extra corricular to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%
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 69% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
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 64% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 32% in 2012.

172 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male70%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
Multiracial70%
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title I program (current)58%
With educational disability27%
Without educational disability77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant68%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male70%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
Multiracial80%
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title I program (current)73%
With educational disability48%
Without educational disability85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
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

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male76%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian80%
Hispanic or Latino58%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability27%
Without educational disability86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant75%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian70%
Hispanic or Latino68%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability33%
Without educational disability88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant78%
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

Math

All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian92%
Hispanic or Latino33%
Multiracial75%
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability14%
Without educational disability82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male83%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latino63%
Multiracial75%
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability36%
Without educational disability93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Writing

All Students67%
Female73%
Male60%
Black or African American (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latino55%
Multiracial41%
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability9%
Without educational disability76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant67%
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 79% 89%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 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 31%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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155 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 436-5781

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