Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

Public, Charter 7-12

 500 Rindge Road
       Fitchburg, MA  01420


 (978) 345-2701

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District: Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential (District)

SchoolDigger Rank:
260th of 345 Massachusetts High Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  10.5
Number of students:  370

Racial breakdown:

White:
75.1%
Hispanic:
16.8%
African American:
4.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.2%

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Compare Details In 2018, Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School ranked worse than 69.8% of middle schools in Massachusetts. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.9. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018, Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School ranked worse than 75.4% of high schools in Massachusetts. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 37.45. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (75.1%), Hispanic (16.8%), African American (4.3%). (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School is 10.5. (See more...)
Compare Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School employs 35 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School 338th of 484 Massachusetts public middle schools. (See Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School 260th of 345 Massachusetts public high schools. (See Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School in the ranking list.)

Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential (District):

SchoolDigger ranks Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential (District) 298th of 350 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 24.44 270th 339 20.4%
2004 18.96 292nd 344 15.1%
2005 21.19 293rd 356 17.7%
2006 14.22 345th 399 13.5%
2007 17.39 342nd 399 14.3%
2008 22.57 330th 407 18.9%
2009 27.41 316th 409 22.7%
2010 31.91 321st 434 26.0%
2011 24.42 356th 449 20.7%
2012 55.89 213th 455 53.2%
2013 51.16 233rd 455 48.8%
2014 25.58 351st 455 22.9%
2016 42.25 283rd 482 41.3%
2017 35.78 319th 487 34.5%
2018 31.90 338th 484 30.2%

Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 32.47 225th 307 26.7%
2005 21.54 252nd 311 19.0%
2006 42.76 205th 314 34.7%
2007 22.58 261st 316 17.4%
2008 34.64 239th 319 25.1%
2009 26.23 266th 322 17.4%
2010 61.64 163rd 335 51.3%
2011 51.48 215th 340 36.8%
2012 60.24 174th 340 48.8%
2013 57.51 190th 344 44.8%
2014 60.52 185th 347 46.7%
2015 63.36 167th 354 52.8%
2016 65.48 142nd 351 59.5%
2017 38.36 261st 348 25.0%
2018 37.45 260th 345 24.6%

Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a citizen
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Open Quote My nephew attends this school and our family has been impressed by the dedication of the teachers and the exceptional environment for growth, learning, and creativity. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 6, 2012

Open Quote My student attended NCCES grades 7-12, from 2005 until graduation in 2010. Being very involved with the school, I saw how NCCES operates from 'the inside'.
This school has changed over time. The administration and staff work together to face challenges head on.They welcome and encourage ALL students to voice opinions, actively including them to work towards better ways of doing things.
Earlier on at NCCES, I saw discipline issues that concerned me; a relatively small group of hyperactive and vocally disruptive students wasted class time, affecting those trying to learn. The school eventually developed a disciplinary system that is not punitive, but instructional, providing highly effective guidance. It assists the 'offending' student to become part of the solution. Called the 'Make It Right' approach, results can be miraculous: students become productive and self-disciplined.
Check the website and review the NC6 and Principles of Essential Schools; they form the framework guiding everything that happens. The 2 documents 'sold' me, convincing me to enroll my daughter. It seemed risky at the time, but turned out to be a great decision.
Another issue addressed at NCCES is bullying. NCCES is a very strong community. All students, faculty and staff know each other well, on a personal level. Many students call it a family. Bottom line:everyone has a right to come to school feeling welcome and safe. Faculty and staff don't 'look away' if bullying occurs, nor do they suggest a victim 'ignore it'. .Grade levels are grouped together in small wings of the school, teachers constantly monitor student social interactions. Any negativity prompts all teachers to become proactive, protecting rights of students and discouraging negative behaviors. Students are also integral parts of the solution. A program, called Training Active Bystanders (or TAB), empowers students to interrupt bullying safely, using positive peer pressure to indicate it is 'not cool', not welcomed and will not be ignored. Students use this technique with great success. Newcomers say they changed schools because of bullying. At NCCES they find their voice, becoming who they really are once they know they are safe. Unfortunately, a clique of 'mean girls' mistreated my daughter
during part of her time there. She had sufficient self confidence to deal with it, developing strategies to cope and thrive despite these problems. If TAB had been there for her, I'm sure her experience would have been more positive. Bullying issues seem centered among incoming students; the school climate does not support this behavior and quickly minimizes it. New students to NCCES come from many different communities. Teachers see diverse levels of background knowledge. Placement testing ascertains Math and English Language skills. Surprisingly, many incoming students' knowledge of basics is like 'Swiss cheese'. A number of students test with very low reading abilities; why had they passed through grades if they were so far behind? Grade 7&8 teachers discover and fill in these gaps. Done with personalized and very intense instruction, students are encouraged to push boundaries of what they think they can do. These kids work hard; check out the latest MCAS results! NCCES has developed a strategy, helping kids viewed as 'most UNlikely to achieve' (namely minority children from low income households). They not only catch up, they outdistance others! My daughter didn't need to catch up; instead NCCES provided enrichment courses, 'challenge level' work in regular classes and higher grade levels. I never felt she was unchallenged. She completed the school' s offerings in certain subjects, so they provided Independent Spanish, Level 4, and she went to Fitchburg State during the day, to take courses in Calculus 2 and Chemistry. Students needing support have Learning Specialists providing small group tutorials. Learning Specialists are also present in core classes to support students with Learning Differences.
By the end of 8th grade, most have eliminated gaps in their knowledge. In grades 9&10, they work on 'how to learn'. Generally not relying on text books, teachers provide basic foundational knowledge and, from there, students work on projects. Students receive 'rubrics', explaining what a final product needs to include to receive a particular grade. (Grading is very different; check out the NCCES website. The school year has 6 Blocks of 6 weeks each; parents receive Progress Reports halfway through each Block, so expect written updates every 3 weeks.) Grades 11&12 push students to become independent, lifelong learners. Seniors spend the year, in addition to taking regular subjects, creating their 'Senior Project'. Lower grades assemble a Portfolio of their work all year, presented to parents and faculty as proof they have mastered requirements needed for the next grade. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 184 20 1 27 3 n/a n/a 0 235
2003 184 20 1 27 3 n/a n/a 0 235
2004 245 14 6 39 1 n/a n/a 0 305
2005 276 9 7 40 2 n/a n/a 0 334
2006 309 9 7 42 0 n/a n/a 1 368
2007 293 11 9 30 1 n/a n/a 0 344
2008 270 11 10 31 1 n/a n/a 1 324
2009 276 21 6 49 1 0 3 0 356
2010 286 19 9 53 0 0 8 0 375
2011 274 13 6 66 0 0 9 0 368
2012 268 14 3 63 0 0 10 0 358
2013 246 12 2 68 0 0 17 0 345
2014 228 13 5 69 0 1 17 0 333
2015 281 17 3 55 0 0 11 0 367
2016 272 11 4 61 0 0 7 0 355
2017 278 16 8 62 0 0 6 0 370

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 235 n/a n/a 26.8
2003 235 n/a n/a 26.8
2004 305 27.0 11.3 33.8
2005 334 30.0 11.1 31.7
2006 368 42.5 8.7 30.8
2007 344 37.0 9.3 31.4
2008 324 32.5 10.0 33.1
2009 356 34.8 10.2 35.1
2010 375 34.1 10.9 43.5
2011 368 33.9 10.8 46.2
2012 358 34.5 10.3 49.2
2013 345 35.1 9.8 53.0
2014 333 35.3 9.4 44.7
2015 367 39.0 9.4 45.2
2016 355 36.0 9.8 n/a
2017 370 35.0 10.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 235 n/a n/a 26.8
2003 235 n/a n/a 26.8
2004 305 27.0 11.3 33.8
2005 334 30.0 11.1 31.7
2006 368 42.5 8.7 30.8
2007 344 37.0 9.3 31.4
2008 324 32.5 10.0 33.1
2009 356 34.8 10.2 35.1
2010 375 34.1 10.9 43.5
2011 368 33.9 10.8 46.2
2012 358 34.5 10.3 49.2
2013 345 35.1 9.8 53.0
2014 333 35.3 9.4 44.7
2015 367 39.0 9.4 45.2
2016 355 36.0 9.8 n/a
2017 370 35.0 10.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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