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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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Fall River Public Schools is a public school district located in Fall River, MA. It has 10,265 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
About Fall River Public Schools...
Address
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Telephone
(508) 675-8420

Fall River Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
71%
Average SAT
1120
176 responses
Average ACT
28
16 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
10,265
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,693
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$152,579,000
Expenses Per Student
$16,352/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%

Fall River Public Schools Reviews

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I have been an FRPS Student for 12 years. I went to Watson Elementary School: a small brick school that has been standing and blowing "heat" out of an outdated heating system. Watson provided a good education with small class sizes, mostly because most parents chose to send their children to other schools across the district. My middle school wasn't so bad. Talbot Middle School, like Watson Elementary School, was given the short end of the stick. With outdated technology and insufficient heating, fights breaking out between students weekly; we didn't even get scissors and pencils in our art classes. When I made it to Durfee High School I was finally given the opportunity to learn at my own pace in Advanced Placement classes instead of the "average" classes I was forced to take throughout elementary school. Even with the horrid infrastructure and holey ceilings, I do not regret my education in the Fall River Public Schools System.
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The Fall River school system is extremely underrated, especially BMC Durfee high school. We get overlooked as a dangerous public school when in retrospect we actually have a rigorous, and safe learning environment. Durfee is one of the most unique high schools in the area, as it excels in academics, providing us with exceptional teachers that really work to connect with you and help you succeed. Along with academics, Durfee also has a great deal of athletic programs and club organizations offered to students in order to help them adjust and fit in with other students similar to them. Durfee's reputation from an outsiders perspective is simply not plausible. Ask any current student or alum how they feel about Durfee and I promise you'll hear that they're truly proud to be a Hilltopper
Having spent 4 years in Fall River Public schools I can safely say that it was the most productive and educational years I have spent in any school system. The teachers genuinely care for the well being of all the students and push them to excel in any course of action they decide to take in the future, be it college or in a trade.