John Ward

Public K-5

 10 Dolphin Rd
       Newton Centre, MA  02459


(617) 559-6450

District: Newton

SchoolDigger Rank:
25th of 932 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,856 Help

Students who attend John Ward usually attend:

Middle:    Bigelow Middle
High:    Newton North High

Student/teacher ratio:  9.7
Number of students:  213

Racial breakdown:

White:
73.7%
Asian:
11.7%
Two or more races:
7.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  8.6%

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Compare Details John Ward ranks better than 97.3% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 3rd among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Newton School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.35. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (73.7%), Asian (11.7%), two or more races (7.5%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John Ward is 9.7, which is the 2nd best among 15 elementary schools in the Newton School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at John Ward is $21,856, which is the 7th highest among 15 elementary schools in the Newton School District.
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

John Ward:

SchoolDigger ranks John Ward 25th of 932 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See John Ward in the ranking list.)

Newton:

SchoolDigger ranks Newton 40th of 353 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for John Ward

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 88.25 59th 884 93.3%
2004 89.86 48th 882 94.6%
2005 92.21 26th 887 97.1%
2006 94.12 7th 911 99.2%
2007 94.90 2nd 911 99.8%
2008 94.25 7th 908 99.2%
2009 91.68 27th 909 97.0%
2010 88.45 62nd 920 93.3%
2011 92.73 14th 924 98.5%
2012 95.51 2nd 930 99.8%
2013 94.95 3rd 928 99.7%
2014 94.60 5th 926 99.5%
2015 95.93 3rd 914 99.7%
2016 91.32 34th 932 96.4%
2017 86.10 96th 938 89.8%
2018 91.89 37th 934 96.0%
2019 84.83 117th 942 87.6%
2021 94.03 26th 936 97.2%
2022 94.35 25th 932 97.3%

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

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 4.5)
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Reviews:
by a parent
Friday, April 7, 2017

Open Quote Overall our teachers have been very good. Unfortunately the principal is completely checked out, and has been for years. She doesn't know the names of many of the kids, not to mention the parents. When you approach her with a problem, she states that the school "already has it under control" and then no action is taken. There has been a bullying issue in one grade for a number of years and she has basically turned a blind eye to it. Our family would have a much more favorable view of Ward Elementary if we had an engaged principal who cultivated a sense of community. Close Quote


by a citizen
Friday, November 13, 2015

Open Quote Yes,
The happiest years of my life were spent as a student at John Ward School.
The only drawback was that we had really nasty lunch attendants.
I still have a baseball book from 1975 that I never returned.
Also Mr. Walsh, our gym teacher, was straight out of the Marine Corps.
He didn't like me because I was a child hippie.
It was the seventies. Close Quote


by a citizen
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Open Quote I love this school so much. Almost all my childhood memories are there. The teachers are awsome, kind, and exraordinary, the neighbor hood is kind and safe, and not to mention it's next to a golf course. If any kid asks me which school I recomend, I would say ward school with no hesitation. It was the greatest experience of my life, it was and probably will be the best 6 semesters of my life. Close Quote



Enrollment information for John Ward

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 273 19 18 15 0 n/a n/a 0 325
1989 299 19 16 20 0 n/a n/a 0 354
1990 283 18 23 27 0 n/a n/a 0 351
1991 303 28 28 13 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1992 285 28 33 32 0 n/a n/a 0 378
1993 311 25 28 22 0 n/a n/a 0 386
1994 256 19 23 32 0 n/a n/a 0 330
1995 290 30 21 25 0 n/a n/a 0 366
1996 290 30 21 25 0 n/a n/a 0 366
1997 290 15 31 24 0 n/a n/a 0 360
1998 279 13 29 14 0 n/a n/a 0 335
1999 267 13 26 13 0 n/a n/a 0 319
2000 286 14 29 14 0 n/a n/a 0 343
2001 276 12 29 8 0 n/a n/a 0 325
2002 233 11 32 5 0 n/a n/a 0 281
2003 233 11 32 5 0 n/a n/a 0 281
2004 223 10 31 8 2 n/a n/a 0 274
2005 210 7 36 7 2 n/a n/a 0 262
2006 191 7 31 17 0 n/a n/a 16 262
2007 186 5 25 8 0 n/a n/a 13 237
2008 198 3 26 8 0 n/a n/a 12 247
2009 201 7 30 10 1 0 11 0 260
2010 200 7 29 12 2 0 10 0 260
2011 208 7 25 15 2 0 12 0 269
2012 214 6 31 12 2 0 13 0 278
2013 227 5 35 15 2 0 17 0 301
2014 217 8 33 14 2 0 15 0 289
2015 222 8 38 15 1 0 20 0 304
2016 217 10 40 15 0 0 22 0 304
2017 221 10 48 10 0 0 23 0 312
2018 226 8 38 12 0 0 25 0 309
2019 222 7 38 9 0 0 20 0 296
2020 191 6 32 11 0 0 15 0 255
2021 164 5 27 7 0 0 13 0 216
2022 157 6 25 9 0 0 16 0 213

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

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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 John Ward

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 325 n/a n/a n/a
1989 354 n/a n/a n/a
1990 351 n/a n/a n/a
1991 372 n/a n/a n/a
1992 378 n/a n/a n/a
1993 386 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 330 n/a n/a n/a
1995 366 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 366 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 360 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 335 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 319 n/a 0.0 5
2000 343 n/a 0.0 2.3
2001 325 n/a 0.0 3.1
2002 281 n/a n/a 1.4
2003 281 n/a n/a 1.4
2004 274 23.0 11.9 1.8
2005 262 20.2 13.0 2.7
2006 262 19.7 13.3 2
2007 237 19.0 12.5 3.6
2008 247 18.8 13.1 2.1
2009 260 17.8 14.6 2.7
2010 260 19.2 13.5 4.6
2011 269 14.3 18.6 3.3
2012 278 13.6 20.3 5
2013 301 19.2 15.6 4
2014 289 20.3 14.2 5.5
2015 304 22.0 13.8 8.6
2016 304 24.0 12.6 n/a
2017 312 22.5 13.8 n/a
2018 309 24.0 12.8 n/a
2019 296 23.8 12.4 n/a
2020 255 22.6 11.2 n/a
2021 216 16.2 13.3 n/a
2022 213 21.8 9.7 n/a

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

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Student/Teacher Ratio John Ward

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 325 n/a n/a n/a
1989 354 n/a n/a n/a
1990 351 n/a n/a n/a
1991 372 n/a n/a n/a
1992 378 n/a n/a n/a
1993 386 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 330 n/a n/a n/a
1995 366 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 366 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 360 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 335 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 319 n/a 0.0 5
2000 343 n/a 0.0 2.3
2001 325 n/a 0.0 3.1
2002 281 n/a n/a 1.4
2003 281 n/a n/a 1.4
2004 274 23.0 11.9 1.8
2005 262 20.2 13.0 2.7
2006 262 19.7 13.3 2
2007 237 19.0 12.5 3.6
2008 247 18.8 13.1 2.1
2009 260 17.8 14.6 2.7
2010 260 19.2 13.5 4.6
2011 269 14.3 18.6 3.3
2012 278 13.6 20.3 5
2013 301 19.2 15.6 4
2014 289 20.3 14.2 5.5
2015 304 22.0 13.8 8.6
2016 304 24.0 12.6 n/a
2017 312 22.5 13.8 n/a
2018 309 24.0 12.8 n/a
2019 296 23.8 12.4 n/a
2020 255 22.6 11.2 n/a
2021 216 16.2 13.3 n/a
2022 213 21.8 9.7 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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for John Ward

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $784 (4.2%) $17,731 (95.8%) $18,516
2020 $638 (3.2%) $19,424 (96.8%) $20,062
2021 $1,446 (6.6%) $20,410 (93.4%) $21,856

Data source: Massachusetts Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on John Ward

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 117th of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 25th of 932 Elementary schools
 9.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (John Ward)9574.4
 20.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Newton)7765.6
 11.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5644
 12%
3rd Grade Mathematics (John Ward)10087.2
 12.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Newton)7064.7
 5.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941.1
 7.9%
4th Grade English Language Arts (John Ward)8483.3
 0.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Newton)7256.4
 15.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5238.4
 13.6%
4th Grade Mathematics (John Ward)8984
 5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Newton)6964.4
 4.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4942.4
 6.6%
5th Grade English Language Arts (John Ward)6174.3
 13.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Newton)7366.3
 6.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5240.6
 11.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (John Ward)6877.1
 9.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Newton)7062.4
 7.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4936.2
 12.8%
5th Grade Science (John Ward)5460
 6%
   5th Grade Science (Newton)6363.7
 0.7%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4842.8
 5.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (John Ward)7976.5
 2.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Newton)7365.1
 7.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5241.3
 10.8%
All Grades Mathematics (John Ward)8582.8
 2.2%
   All Grades Mathematics (Newton)7367.7
 5.3%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4939.1
 9.9%
All Grades Science (John Ward)5460
 6%
   All Grades Science (Newton)6666.3
 0.3%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4742.3
 4.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students296216
 27%
African American75
 28.6%
American Indian00
Asian3827
 28.9%
Hispanic97
 22.2%
Pacific Islander00
White222164
 26.1%
Two or More Races2013
 35%




Frequently Asked Questions about John Ward

In the 2021-22 school year, 213 students attended John Ward.

Yes! John Ward is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 25th of 932 Massachusetts elementary schools.

Students who attend John Ward usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bigelow Middle
High : Newton North High

Students at John Ward are 74% White, 12% Asian, 8% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic, 3% African American.


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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. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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