School Details

Manhattan Middle School of the Arts and Academics

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
73%
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73%
81%
68%
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75%
61%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
65%
68%
53%
77%
80%
67%
69%
73%
59%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
68%
52%
77%
81%
67%
60%
68%
52%
60%
72%
56%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
69%
70%
51%
78%
83%
67%
69%
69%
49%
68%
71%
54%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2011
  • Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Manhattan Middle School of the Arts and Academics is a public middle school in Boulder. 468 students attend Manhattan Middle School of the Arts and Academics and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 26% of the 468 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Manhattan Middle School of the Arts and Academics is 17:1. Horizons K-8 School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 66% 76%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 19% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son who is extremely motivated academically and a TAG student thrived at MMS. In fact it was a life changing for the positive for him. We switched him half way through 7th grade and he slid right in. He was well prepared for a rigorous high school with all IB classes and is continuing to thrive in high school. He had some exceptional teachers. Though he feels he could have had better prep in Science he is still thriving in science in HS (IB course too). Yes of course there is drama here and there but there is enough diversity that you can be yourself and find friends who are great for you. I LOVE the principal. She is open minded and cares deeply for the kids and the school. It is a place where kids can thrive. I love the diversity. It's really hard to find that in our school district as well as a place where middle school kids say more often than not that they love their middle school - which is what I heard from the MMS kids I asked.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wonderful school; very accepting of all types of diverse students. Principal is amazing and caring and staff is some of the best in Boulder. Our son has thrived in advanced math (has skipped 2 grade levels) and advanced Language Arts. He is thriving happy and loves school. One of the few middle schools in Boulder with National Junior Honor Society and TAG program.

  • (2 years ago)

    amzingly kid friendly and has exelent art programs. students are kind there are never any fights and kids feel free

  • (3 years ago)

    Students at the High School this school feeds into says kids from here are woefully prepared for high school compared to the those from other schools that feed in . The school does not differentiate students in language and had to be prodded strongly to provide an accelerated 7/8 math class this year after not having once since they were formed. Many parents of kids more academically inclined are desperately trying to open enroll out or move. It is the principal who drives the lack of academics.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has great teachers and the principal is always checking up on the classes. The teachers will help you if you are struggling with something and only want you to succeed in life and school. Manhattan is the only school in the district to be named a No Place for Hate school three years in a row

  • (5 years ago)

    i go two this school i am a sixth grader there and think its the best school ever and give it an overall 10 everybody there loves every teacher and enjoys it i dont know one child there that doesnt like it i think if u like the arts but would like to be just as accedemicly inclined than this is the school for you!

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandchildren have received a well-rounded education from Manhattan from a dedicated administrative and teaching staff who obviously love teaching and the children whose lives are impacted by their dedication.

  • (5 years ago)

    Manhattan Middle School is the best school I have ever seen. Their standards are very high. My daughter deeply enjoys the school for the arts and projects available. I highly recomend Manhattan Middle School.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my daughters have loved this school. The arts program is fantastic and the IB program is really great. The opportunities they are getting at this school have been wonderful and the principal is very engaged.

  • (5 years ago)

    I couldn't be more pleased with the experience I've had at this school. My 6th grader is happy and engaged in her classes. Dinner conversation often revolves around the cool things she's learned during the day. I've found her teachers to be involved and responsive; a couple I'd consider stellar. The arts focus has surely boosted my child's confidence and self-esteem and there are a number of art class options to engage just about any interest. Homework is reasonable and fair. I continually see the students at this school tended to with care and respect. The diverse population of students provides a real life cultural experience; an education in and of itself. The best part is the philosophy that they teach the whole child equally important to the child's education is his/her happiness and well being. I give this school an emphatic A+ and encourage you to visit.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent I strongly agree with student indicating that Manhattan could have better teachers. However not having strong teachers is the lack of Manhattan not having strong administration. Given that BVSD has many choices as a parent I am choosing to send my child elsewhere next year.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at Manhattan Middle School and am currently in 8th grade. It's definitely not the best school ever and I suggest you look around before picking this school. The kids are really immature and if you want a school that has minimal drama this definitely isn't it. The academics are really good but the teachers are not flexible and will not help you in your learning style if you can't understand something too bad. It is definitely a good school but it's more art-focused and i wouldn't recommend it to anybody who is looking for good teachers because I would say that there are only about 2 or 3 good ones.

  • (8 years ago)

    My twice gifted son began attending this school in 8th grade and he has had his best year ever. While all of his behavioral issues have not disappeared the staff here seems to understand and know how to work with him. The Resource room teacher is as much a coach as a teacher and has continually provided a positive esteem-building relationship with my son. He truly understands his issues and knows how to talk with him in a constructive way when he is getting off track. The drama program is wonderful and engaging for my creative son. There is a block schedule that allows a break mid-week with a late start and fewer classes per day so that the focus can be maintained on each subject during the day. I am very happy with this school and the support my family has received there.

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