School Details

Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School

23 Leonard St, Boston, MA 02122
(617) 474-7950
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 & ungraded 207 students 12 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

64%
64%
68%
49%
49%
60%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
67%
72%
25%
25%
50%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
79%
79%
38%
38%
52%
12%
12%
42%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
71%
69%
37%
37%
60%
12%
12%
55%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2013-2014 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public (District) average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School is a charter middle school in Boston. The principal of Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School is Karmala Sherwood and can be contacted at ksherwood@smithleadership.org. 207 students attend Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 85% of the 207 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Smith Leadership Academy Charter Public School is 12:1. Harbor School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 89% 89%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%
White, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school works to ensure all students learn to work hard and achieve their best. The Academy is a school that has been noted as a Performance Level 1 school and commended by the governor for two years in a row! My children love the warm family feeling they receive when they enter SLA's doors. All three of my children have attended this school which ensures that children have a strong sense of "who they are and where they are going". The staff is culturally competent and attentive to the needs of each child. As a parent I always feel welcomed. Keep up the good work!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the worst school you can ever go to because the principal will expell your child for no reason. It's not really even a charter school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has attended SLA since the 6th grade. The school represents itself as having core values showing integrity and respect to all. I don think the schools teachers are equipped to handle the student ration in each class. The teacher turn over each year is concerning. If your child is in need of special needs this is not the school to send them to. I beleive that the Principal is doing a good job maintaing the daily operations.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has become more culturally aware and confident about who he is as a person and as a student. Smith offers a rigorous curriculum which makes him think and seek more education. His classwork and homework uses many different skills. All children should have the opportunity to attend this great charter school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think school in a whole does not work hard enough in finding solution to one child problem instead the school just make the child repeat his or her grade

  • (6 years ago)

    My son had the experience of going to East Africa Uganda with his history teacher Ms. Hoffman and a few other teachers what a great experience that was for him. Keep up the good work.

  • (7 years ago)

    Last year I was somewhat concerned about the school. Each time I turned around one of my son's main subject teachers was being let go. I felt that was too much for his first year in middle school. He is attending the school again this year so far I feel pretty good. I experienced my son finding money in the school hall and immediately saying I need to take this to the office. I was so impressed I just smile from behind. I knew then that he was receiving the core values the school has in instealed to make him a better man.

  • (8 years ago)

    this school is great they gave students a great education. they have core values which are community cenitenship which means helping others integrity which is telling the truth even when no one is looking personal excellence doing your best

  • (8 years ago)

    Our family is new to SLA this year. I find that it is a positive inspiring culturally aware environment. I received an invitation to SLA last year and did not want to change my son's school at that time. But I am glad I made the decision I did this year. I look forward to a continued great year with SLA.

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Overall score

(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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