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Somersworth Middle School

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Posted June 25, 2014

SMS has undergone many changes in the past few years. It is a very nurturing, caring environment for students and staff. The teachers are exceptional. It was chosen by the New England League of Middle Schools as a "Spotlight" school - using best practices to create a culture and climate supporting learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2014

My two children had positive experiences at this school. They had caring teachers who challenged them . They enjoyed their years there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

My daughter attended Somersworth Middle School. She had many great teachers and one not so great, but overall I was very happy with her experience. The new principle seems to really care about the school and the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

I feel that this school is a great school. It is really too bad that most parents feel the need to post their negative experiences with this school. SMS was recently awarded The New England League of Middle Schools Spotlight Award for its record of powerful learning for young adolescents and its consistent observance of middle school best practices. I believe that most of the issues people have come down to is parenting. Most parents,it seems, want the schools to raise their children instead of taking responsibility for themselves. Somersworth is not a rich city and with that you will have differences amongst people. Parents need to take some responsibility in their child's' growth. Talk to your children and help them learn when at home too! Review their homework with them when they are done and do some parenting. Somersworth is a great school with a positive direction for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

My children have both had a wonderful experience at Somersworth Middle School. The staff is very caring, and they have been challenged academically. SMS is a great school and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

The staff at this school has No ability to teach children. If you plan on moving to this area I'd seek a different school system.Compare this school ( Middle School ) to any other NH school and see the very low rating . 2 .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

The Somersworth School Board needs to do a complete and in-depth review of the Middle Schools Special Education Department. Some Para-professionals are doing most of the work without guidance from some Special Education teachers. The children are suffering and will be losing a year of education if this persists.


Posted January 27, 2009

Dangerous, completely out of control, and no one is taking responsibility. Shameful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2003

I have had two children graduate from Somersworth High School, one that will graduate in 2004, and one that will be going there next year (2004). I graduated from there in 1979. I believe that the school has highly motivated my children to be successful in life. They had alot of the same teachers that I had which proves to me and others that the teachers of Somersworth High School are certainly dedicated to their profession. I do however feel that the dress code isn't enforced the way it should be which may seem trivial but is an important part of learning. All in all though, Somersworth High has a great relationship with the parents and are truly dedicated to teaching. I wouldn't think of sending my children anywhere else.
—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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
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 64% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 32% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
15%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
34%
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 Students50%
Female42%
Male55%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian67%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Title I program (current)50%
With educational disability14%
Without educational disability58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant50%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female65%
Male49%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian66%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Title I program (current)55%
With educational disability15%
Without educational disability66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant55%
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 Students55%
Female60%
Male47%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability13%
Without educational disability65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant55%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female69%
Male55%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asian66%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability19%
Without educational disability74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant62%
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 Students53%
Female50%
Male56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability11%
Without educational disability63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant53%

Reading

All Students70%
Female78%
Male61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability18%
Without educational disability83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant70%

Writing

All Students39%
Female54%
Male23%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (non-Hispanic)42%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Title I program (current)n/a
With educational disability4%
Without educational disability48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant39%
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 88% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 4%
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 41%N/A26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7 Memorial Dr
Somersworth, NH 03878
Phone: (603) 692-2126

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