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Portsmouth Middle School

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Posted September 3, 2014

Portsmouth's elementary schools are excellent; and that's about it. It goes down hill pretty quickly after that. They have 4th and 5th graders in the Middle School and that is just awful. There is a lack of extracurricular activities in this school. In addition, the teachers and staff are rather distant and unwelcoming. We have seen other school systems are we are unimpressed by Portsmouth Middleschoo and its staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My daughter had a wonderful experience at the Portsmouth Middle School. She is currently a sophmore at PHS and PMS prepared her well, both academically and behaviorially. She was challenged academically and the rules and consequences were clear and fair. She was givien the opportunity to have classes in many 'special' areas such as: computer graphics, ceramics, cooking, and wood shop just to name a few. Well done PMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

I have 2 children at this school and I am a teacher in Portsmouth. I find the faculty and administration to be unsupportive and uncooperative. Extra curricular activities are lacking and academic areas need to be upgraded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

I have 2 children in PMS. Although we have been disappointed in the extra curricular activities; sports options are limited (please bring in field hockey for girls!) and the music program is not comprehensive (but at least there is one!), PMS has managed to keep some options open, as well as having a late bus for kids to stay after for extra help since all of my kids' teachers have been available for extra help. I am satisfied, but more importantly my children like the school and their options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

My child is in the 5th grade. I haven't been impressed by PMS so far. The faculty hasn't been terribly warm or friendly. I don't feel welcome when I visit. During the parent orientation there was a definite sense of 'us' against 'them' between the parents and the teachers rather than a spirit of cooperation. The school organizes the daily schedules calling the days A, B, C, rather than Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. This is so confusing to kids and parents. This school would be a lot more user-friendly if the faculty attempted to put themselves in the parents' shoes. I also feel that the teachers should discipline the children rather than sending notes home. If a child misbehaves in class, (s)he doesn't learn a thing if (s)he isn't punished for it immediately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

We have a 7th grader. Over all we were disappointed in the Middle school. We have been in many different school systems both public and private. The most important thing is that they do not have an Honors Program. Next is that they should have enough books, so that the kids would be able to take home on a daily basis without having to check them out. Last but not least not enough extra curricular activities. We realize some of this is due to the money issue that school system is having. With all of that said we would not choose to let our child stay if we were going to be in RI longer. We have children in the Elementary school and the High School too. Some how the Middle school got lost ??? We are pleased with the Elementary and High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2007

As a former teacher at this school, as well as parent of a student currently at this school, I am extremely dissatisfied with the lack of leadership and uniformity within and across grades and curriculum. My child will not return to this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

Portsmouth Middle School is an excellent school. The teachers are all highly qualified and put every ounce of energy into every student. The students are wonderful, respectful, and polite boys and girls. This is a great district that will enhance your child's education and abilities.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 14, 2005

Portsmouth Middle School is a source of pride within the community. The administration and parent groups work well together to provide an effective, but fun learning environment. I attended this school in the 70's and my children attend now. Taxes are high, but well worth the quality education they provide. If only all citizens agreed, we would be able to provide more programs. Programs that would provide enrichment to all students at all levels, not just the lower achieving but the high achieving as well. We also need our intermural sports program back. It is a loss to the community. To sum it up. Portsmouth Middle School is a great school, but it is limited because it is not given the financial resources it deserves. With talented teachers, and motivated administrators, it hasn't neared the potential it has to provide a first rate education.
—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 65% in 2014.

184 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%
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 62% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 59% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%
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 62% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
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 59% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2014.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%
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 Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged students59%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged students69%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
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 Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged students73%
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female89%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged students73%
Not economically disadvantaged students88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female75%
Male54%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged students36%
Not economically disadvantaged students69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged students68%
Not economically disadvantaged students85%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant82%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged students73%
Not economically disadvantaged students84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%
Former LEP student - monitoring year 1n/a
Former LEP student - monitoring year 2n/a
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 Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged students47%
Not economically disadvantaged students89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged students64%
Not economically disadvantaged students93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged students50%
Not economically disadvantaged students86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged students57%
Not economically disadvantaged students93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant88%

Writing

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged students36%
Not economically disadvantaged students74%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant69%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 64%
Hispanic 4% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 8%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 15%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 849-3700

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