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Marion W. Cross School

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Posted October 7, 2013

Marion Cross School is an excellent school on all fronts. The principal is amazing, the students are amazing, and most of the teachers are phenomenal, except for a few crabby or inexperienced ones. The school goals are great and we have a lot of traditions. People come home happy every day, unless they have too much homework, and then it is for a good cause.


Posted January 30, 2009

MCS is an excellent school with committed teachers and a focus on education that is beyond cramming as many facts into the child as possible. I pity the children of the parent reviewers who criticise the school's lack of elitism and hot housing! (And there is competition in the school, so not sure where that comes from...) Our only criticism is that the music program is very weak and fails to inspire. Let's hope this is on the list of the new principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I am truly amazed by and completely grateful for this school. High goals are set for students, and teachers put in a great deal of effort helping everyone reach them. Emphasis is also on educating the whole child, and the school walks the walk when it comes to lessons of social responsibility. Arts and Nature instruction are a bonus, though the music program is weak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

As a parent and former student of this school I have seen how far it can take you-- fantastic
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

Disappointed, beyond words. The school's primary focus is making everyone 'feel' special. If your child excels, beware! -they will be bored by social feel-good activities and assignments reviewed over and over until everyone gets a good grade. No sport activity allowed in PE -someone's feelings might be hurt. Zero challenge, zero growth. Avoid at all costs!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

Marion Cross has wonderful parents and kids, resources, a rich history of school traditions, and some outstanding teachers. All of the teachers are kind and truly care about children. Overall, though, it's a disappointment with some weak teachers who are allowed to do a barely adequate job. The principal is a good disciplinarian but an uninspired leader for staff and is only minimally responsive to parent feedback. Parents looking for academic challenge in the lower grades, and even basic crowd control strategies for the younger children, will be frustrated unless they have extremely good luck and avoid the weakest teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

My family came to Norwich because of the school. Both of our children have done extremely well since we moved here. The school is a positive environment for children with many opportunities to excel. The main problem in Norwich is the hyperfocus some parents have on their children's education. Over the long run, Norwich students do wonderfully in middle and high school. We could not be happier having our kids here! I would advise anyone looking in the Norwich area to visit the school and talk to people in the town. The school is open to discuss parent concerns (which in a town with this many doctors, lawyers and professors, it had better be open), and continues to work with parents and the community to make MCS the best it can possibly be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

Our decision to relocate to the Upper Valley was cemented after a visit to the Marion Cross School. We have not been disappointed. The multilayered, integrated curriculum is delivered by a talented, nuturing faculty and has addressed the different learning styles of our children. Art, Music, Information Technology, French, P.E., Library Skills, while strong programs on their own, are also woven into and support the the core academic subjects. Under the leadership of our energetic, committed Principal, the recently adopted school philosophy and mission statement is a good example of not only parental involvement, but of interest and involvement of the greater community of Norwich. Is the school perfect? No, of course not, but a recent survey of parents and teachers have helped focus what issues will be worked on over the next year. In an era of growing dissatisfaction with public schools, Marion Cross is what a great school can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2004

We moved to the area, as do many people, on account of MCS's reputation. However, we have been sorely disappointed. While there are a select few outstanding teachers (and two of them are leaving to create their own private school), the quality of education is poor. If your child is an average student for whom you feel social development trumps academic development in importance, then perhaps this school will be a good match. However, unless you want to join the ranks of all those parents who now prop up the school's mediocrity (at best) with $60/hour private tutoring, you may want to look elsewhere to promote a strong educational future for your children.
—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 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

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%
Writing

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
Female76%
Male84%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Reading

All Students93%
Female99%
Male88%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students86%
Female99%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%

Writing

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Asiann/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Source: Vermont Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Blackn/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Scale: % achievement level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Vermont used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing and grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are given in the fall and test students on content taught in the previous year. The science portion of the NECAP is administered in the Spring each year and has its results released the following Fall. As a result, GreatSchools' ratings for Vermont currently reflect 2012-13 test results, the most recent year with data for all subjects.

2013-14 state-level results are not available for the Vermont NECAP; please see here for more information.

The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Vermont. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Source: Vermont Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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22 Church St
Norwich, VT 05055
Phone: (802) 649-1703

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