Helen R Donaghue School

Public 3-6

 24 Union Street Ext.
       Merrimac, MA  01860


(978) 346-8921

District: Pentucket

SchoolDigger Rank:
455th of 928 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,470 Help


Students who attend Helen R Donaghue School usually attend:

Middle:    Pentucket Regional Middle
High:    Pentucket Regional Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.2 Help
Number of students:  250

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.2%
Hispanic:
8.4%
Two or more races:
2.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.4% Help


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Compare Details Helen R Donaghue School ranks better than 51% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks last among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Pentucket School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.26. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (89.2%), Hispanic (8.4%), two or more races (2.4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Helen R Donaghue School is 11.2, which is the 2nd best among 3 elementary schools in the Pentucket School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Helen R Donaghue School is $16,470. 2 elementary schools in the Pentucket School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Helen R Donaghue School:

SchoolDigger ranks Helen R Donaghue School 455th of 928 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See Helen R Donaghue School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Female students:
Male students:
White students:


Pentucket:

SchoolDigger ranks Pentucket 110th of 356 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Helen R Donaghue School

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Rank History for all students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 76.01 217th 884 75.5%
2004 79.22 177th 882 79.9%
2005 78.42 198th 887 77.7%
2006 69.45 273rd 911 70.0%
2007 66.65 316th 911 65.3%
2008 58.77 395th 908 56.5%
2009 60.29 386th 909 57.5%
2010 60.05 384th 920 58.3%
2011 57.97 426th 924 53.9%
2012 55.81 463rd 930 50.2%
2013 56.24 458th 928 50.6%
2014 58.40 428th 926 53.8%
2015 48.84 513th 914 43.9%
2016 38.59 615th 932 34.0%
2017 29.92 696th 938 25.8%
2018 31.06 680th 934 27.2%
2019 46.68 530th 942 43.7%
2021 56.30 425th 936 54.6%
2022 51.25 468th 932 49.8%
2023 52.26 455th 928 51.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.59 693rd 886 21.8%
2019 39.32 582nd 896 35.0%
2021 47.64 448th 894 49.9%
2022 41.59 533rd 905 41.1%
2023 41.04 380th 703 45.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.67 582nd 685 15.0%
2019 39.87 438th 700 37.4%
2021 59.02 241st 705 65.8%
2022 58.30 282nd 772 63.5%
2023 70.74 144th 757 81.0%
See the entire list of Best Massachusetts Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.54 600th 893 32.8%
2019 56.26 403rd 902 55.3%
2021 60.73 357th 898 60.2%
2022 57.81 385th 901 57.3%
2023 57.87 393rd 887 55.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.99 283rd 656 56.9%
2019 52.61 255th 665 61.7%
2021 61.36 184th 632 70.9%
2022 45.37 325th 672 51.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.51 707th 898 21.3%
2019 37.35 590th 907 35.0%
2021 50.11 460th 904 49.1%
2022 43.59 512th 908 43.6%
2023 46.42 480th 896 46.4%
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Rank History for Tested In Person students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 58.67 406th 925 56.1%
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Rank History for White students at Helen R Donaghue School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.60 663rd 772 14.1%
2019 35.84 551st 780 29.4%
2021 41.58 479th 765 37.4%
2022 38.74 505th 764 33.9%
2023 39.07 498th 762 34.6%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Helen R Donaghue School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1994 328 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 332
1995 342 1 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 349
1996 342 1 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 349
1997 372 2 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 380
1998 392 3 1 8 0 n/a n/a 0 404
1999 396 5 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2000 400 5 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 413
2001 397 9 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 412
2002 398 0 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 406
2003 398 0 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 406
2004 406 3 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 413
2005 408 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 412
2006 388 0 1 4 0 n/a n/a 6 399
2007 391 1 2 1 0 n/a n/a 6 401
2008 397 2 2 2 0 n/a n/a 1 404
2009 391 3 2 5 0 0 6 0 407
2010 377 3 2 7 0 0 4 0 393
2011 376 3 4 14 0 0 4 0 401
2012 358 5 3 10 0 0 8 0 384
2013 325 1 4 13 0 0 13 0 356
2014 303 2 2 13 0 0 14 0 334
2015 277 1 1 12 0 0 13 0 304
2016 257 0 3 13 0 0 8 0 281
2017 225 0 1 11 0 0 6 0 243
2018 218 1 2 15 0 0 5 0 241
2019 210 1 1 16 0 0 7 0 235
2020 203 0 0 16 1 0 9 0 229
2021 212 0 0 18 0 0 8 0 238
2022 231 0 0 18 0 0 7 0 256
2023 223 0 0 21 0 0 6 0 250

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 Helen R Donaghue School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 332 n/a n/a n/a
1995 349 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 349 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 380 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 404 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 409 n/a 0.0 0
2000 413 n/a 0.0 7.7
2001 412 n/a 0.0 7
2002 406 n/a n/a 6.2
2003 406 n/a n/a 6.2
2004 413 27.8 14.9 7.7
2005 412 27.4 15.0 7
2006 399 24.7 16.2 7.4
2007 401 25.0 16.0 8.6
2008 404 27.3 14.8 7.2
2009 407 28.1 14.5 11.1
2010 393 26.3 14.9 14.8
2011 401 25.5 15.6 15
2012 384 26.3 14.5 14.8
2013 356 23.9 14.8 16.3
2014 334 25.3 13.1 18.3
2015 304 25.0 12.1 18.4
2016 281 23.0 12.2 n/a
2017 243 21.8 11.1 n/a
2018 241 22.3 10.7 n/a
2019 235 22.2 10.5 n/a
2020 229 21.8 10.4 n/a
2021 238 21.5 11.0 n/a
2022 256 20.1 12.7 n/a
2023 250 22.1 11.2 n/a

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Helen R Donaghue School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 332 n/a n/a n/a
1995 349 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 349 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 380 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 404 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 409 n/a 0.0 0
2000 413 n/a 0.0 7.7
2001 412 n/a 0.0 7
2002 406 n/a n/a 6.2
2003 406 n/a n/a 6.2
2004 413 27.8 14.9 7.7
2005 412 27.4 15.0 7
2006 399 24.7 16.2 7.4
2007 401 25.0 16.0 8.6
2008 404 27.3 14.8 7.2
2009 407 28.1 14.5 11.1
2010 393 26.3 14.9 14.8
2011 401 25.5 15.6 15
2012 384 26.3 14.5 14.8
2013 356 23.9 14.8 16.3
2014 334 25.3 13.1 18.3
2015 304 25.0 12.1 18.4
2016 281 23.0 12.2 n/a
2017 243 21.8 11.1 n/a
2018 241 22.3 10.7 n/a
2019 235 22.2 10.5 n/a
2020 229 21.8 10.4 n/a
2021 238 21.5 11.0 n/a
2022 256 20.1 12.7 n/a
2023 250 22.1 11.2 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 Helen R Donaghue School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $668 (4.2%) $15,193 (95.8%) $15,861
2020 $1,120 (5.1%) $20,732 (94.9%) $21,852
2021 $1,409 (8.6%) $15,060 (91.4%) $16,470

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Helen R Donaghue School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 530th of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 455th of 928 Elementary schools
 7.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Helen R Donaghue School)6242.4
 19.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pentucket)6955.4
 13.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5643.9
 12.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Helen R Donaghue School)5132.2
 18.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Pentucket)5749.7
 7.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941
 8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Helen R Donaghue School)4836.9
 11.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pentucket)5846.4
 11.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5239.7
 12.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Helen R Donaghue School)6656.9
 9.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Pentucket)5355.6
 2.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4945
 4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Helen R Donaghue School)3741
 4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pentucket)4451.2
 7.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5243.8
 8.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Helen R Donaghue School)6143.3
 17.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Pentucket)5248.5
 3.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.9
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (Helen R Donaghue School)5329.3
 23.7%
   5th Grade Science (Pentucket)6048.5
 11.5%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4841.6
 6.4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Helen R Donaghue School)3147.5
 16.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pentucket)4152.9
 11.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5442.3
 11.7%
6th Grade Mathematics (Helen R Donaghue School)4259
 17%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Pentucket)4157.5
 16.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5141
 10%
All Grades English Language Arts (Helen R Donaghue School)4441.9
 2.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pentucket)5150.2
 0.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5242.3
 9.7%
All Grades Mathematics (Helen R Donaghue School)5448.2
 5.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (Pentucket)4850.3
 2.3%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.6
 8.4%
All Grades Science (Helen R Donaghue School)5329.3
 23.7%
   All Grades Science (Pentucket)5545.7
 9.3%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4741.2
 5.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students235250
 6.4%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic1621
 31.3%
Pacific Islander00
White210223
 6.2%
Two or More Races76
 14.3%


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Helen R Donaghue School ranks 455th of 928 Massachusetts elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Helen R Donaghue School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Pentucket Regional Middle
High : Pentucket Regional Senior High

Students at Helen R Donaghue School are 89% White, 8% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 250 students attended Helen R Donaghue School.


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