Mr. Daniel E. Richards
Belmont High School
“Home of the Marauders”
221 Concord Avenue
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478-3047
FAX (617) 993-5909
Ms. Sherri Turner
Ms. Lisa Hurtubise
Mr. Tom Brow
We are pleased to present our school’s “report card.” It contains information about school accountability, achievement, our students and teachers, and other important measures of school performance.
In this report you will find the following important information about our school:
Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
- Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
- The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
- Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
In Belmont, the Butler and Wellington Elementary Schools receive Title I funds.
Student assessment on MCAS: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests. Achievement and progress information is reported for our school and is also compared to the performance of our district and the state.
School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:
- Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because we did not meet our gap-narrowing goals for our students in the high needs subgroup.
- School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 86. This means that our school is performing higher than 86 percent of the high schools in the state.
- Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher. Our school’s cumulative PPI is 88 for all students, and 70 for the high needs subgroup.
You can access the complete Report Card for the district and all Belmont schools at our web site:
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
- Encouraging your child’s learning at home
- Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
- Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
- Encouraging other parents to become involved
For more information about what we are doing to improve student achievement or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact me at (617) 993-5901.
Principal, Belmont High School