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Western Hills Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted June 23, 2011

My Child has attended both schools western hills and west they are schools with uncaring teachers a west has a principal with no personality and a vice principal who just shouldn't be one as a parent they do not even acknowledge me when i walk in the school. There bully policy is a joke i often hear of many kids being bullied my son personally has suffered 7 years of it between the two schools and the teaching is poor they are more concerned with their pension and benefits than teaching the unions should be outlawed in the school sector Cranston schools are a disgrace now
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

I was not thrilled with this school either. My son attended 3 years there and I do not feel like they prepared him academically for High School. I feel as though some of the teachers need to retire and bring in new ones that want to teach and challenge these kids. I feel like the other parent who said all they care about are the standardized test scores, well get used to it because the High School is exactly the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

ive gone here for 2 years, its very safe and ive learned so much. i love western hills
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

I've attended western hills for 2 years. I think it's very safe and teachers make sure we're learning as much as possible. There are great music,art, and sports programs to keep us invloved . when we had a written threat that was a prank the principal handled it perfectly making sure nothing bad would ever happen to us. I've learned more in tow years then i did in 6 years of elementary school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2007

My daughter has attended this school for two years and I am still unimpressed. The homework load is inconsistent and I get the impression that some of the teachers don't want to be bothered with helping a student who is struggling, especially after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

I find this school to be of the highest standard in every aspect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2006

With my youngest daughter just entering 6th grade this year and my older daughter leaving two years ago I must say we are very pleased with the Western Hills Middle School. From the academics to the music program and all other aspects this school has everything to offer. The teachers are top notch and with the new principle this year whom my daughters were lucky enough to be with at her previous school it just keeps getting better. Last but not least it is great to have our middle school sports programs back which will help promote school spirit even more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

I am very unhappy with the school. My son is now in the 8th grade and I feel the school is more concerned with test scores than actually making sure the children are achieving on a daily basis. Also this is one of the only schools in RI that do not have the teacher's update homework and other activities on the internet. Which makes it very hard for parents to keep up with our children's academics. Also, I feel that the parent/teacher relationship is not there when it comes to Western Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

As a parent of a 6th grader attending this school, I feel that Western Hills Middle School is the safest, most accademically challenging school in the city of Cranston. My daughter is thrilled to be there each day, and has grown tremendously both intellectually and socially as a result of attending this school. The teachers at Western Hills are first rate educators, and care about our children personally, and academically. If students make the best of the learning opportunities this school has to offer, the sky is the limit to their future success. This school has it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

I am not trying to be rude but i was not happy with this school what so ever. The teachers bullied their students and my daughter has been sent home crying for no reason. Her friends also agree. The adcademic programs aren't the best. There is a very good art program and music program but just about none of the parents helped with the school. Many kids that attend this school are not high achivers. Thats my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2014.

316 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

316 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2014.

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students68%
Female66%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian69%
Hispanic or Latino60%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged students42%
Not economically disadvantaged students76%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students83%
Female90%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian85%
Hispanic or Latino77%
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged students66%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Rhode Island Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latino76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged students64%
Not economically disadvantaged students76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant74%

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic or Latino91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged students89%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanic or Latino83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged students73%
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. GreatSchools ratings currently reflect 2013 test data; the ratings will be updated when the latest NECAP science data is made public and available in the summer of 2014. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Rhode Island Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 64%
Hispanic 8% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Cranston, RI 02920
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