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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Devens, MA. It has 395 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
About Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School...
Address
49 Antietam St
Devens, MA 01434
Telephone
(978) 772-3293
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Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1230
59 responses
Average ACT
29
21 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$63,500
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$931
National
$949
Median Home Value
$282,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Basketball games
    25%
  • Spring and fall shows
    25%
  • Dances
    19%
  • Student Presentations
    19%
  • Theatre
    13%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
395
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
29.2%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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I'm so glad I go to Parker! While the facilities and amount of options for classes and clubs could use some work, the advantages far outwiegh the negatives of going to Parker. I can't picture any other highschool I could have gone too where I feel as though the growth of students confidence and understanding of both academics and the work at large is executed so well. The importance of community and a schooling that keeps us down to earth while still opening up a world of opportunities has made me into a person that is sad to leave but ready for whatever the world throws my way.
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Your grades are based on beginning, approaches, meets, and exceeds for each of your assessments. You have MST )math, science, and technology) and AH (arts and humanities). There is wellness which is broken up into health and gym. There are three divisions, div 1, 7 and 8 graders, div 2, 9-10 graders, and div 3, 11-12. To move out of a Division you must show mastery in all skill areas and display readiness for more challenge while completing requirements. Then carry out a presentation of your mastery in that division. In every aspect of Parker we focus on depth over breadth delving in on important subject matter instead of taking many units and focusing less on each one. In Spanish we are fully immersed in the language and focus more on interaction and activities throughout class that develop and portray your strength in conversation, interpreting, writing, and presenting instead of homework and tests.
Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is not a typical school. While most public schools are focused on getting their students to perform well on tests, and get the students out into the "real world," Parker takes time to build a connection. Many of my teachers have taken the time to get to know me so that they can teach me effectively. The community at my school is incomparable to many of the other schools I have attended. However, the leniency in my school can lead its students to become lazy, and I find that I am not learning as much as my friends who attend more traditional schools. Parker needs to emphasize academic rigor more in their curriculum because it is up to the student to challenge themselves.