School Details

King Open

850 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 349-6540
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 & ungraded 493 students 15 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

44%
58%
57%
74%
67%
67%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 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 2013
  • Cambridge School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
59%
53%
64%
61%
52%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 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 2013
  • Cambridge School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
63%
65%
47%
56%
61%
40%
44%
51%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 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 2013
  • Cambridge School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

King Open is a public middle school in Cambridge. The principal of King Open is Timothy Groves. 493 children attend King Open and identify mostly as Asian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial. 41% of the 493 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at King Open is 15:1. Fletcher/Maynard Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 11%
Multiracial 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 35%
Hispanic 12% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Can't imagine more dedicated intelligent hard-working and idealistic faculty anywhere!

  • (5 years ago)

    Is a wonderful school. A very large immigrant population that is being served well. They could use newer books facilities and repair work. The school is crumbling. They also have a very good skills assessment program for kids with learning difficulties. Great community involvement. Wonderful After School Programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    The GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 is probably a reflection of as other posters have mentioned low standardized test scores in part due to families that boycot the MCAS. My kids graduated from King Open in the past few years but the 12 years we spent there had an enormous impact on all of our lives. The faculty is amazing the curriculum is rich and the community is diverse. King Open taught all of us -- including (especially?) me -- so much about school learning and being a member of a community. My kids still speak adoringly of the school and the lessons they learned there have stayed with them. I can't say enough good things about this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    KO is a excellent school. Parents are involved in activities and classrooms the teachers are great. When Cambridge consolidated KO with Harrington school and moved its location 2 years ago many families met the news with trepidation. Yet the school's core appeal has been sustained thanks to the remarkable efforts of the faculty. The school which organizes its curriculum around a theme of social justice has scores which don't reflect the academic excellence of the curriculum.

  • (9 years ago)

    King Open is an excellent school. Parent involvement is high and encouraged at all grade levels as is its focus on social justice. It is very good academically in spite of its somewhat low test scores. Many K-O parents oppose this kind of testing and have boycotted the tests which has skewed the results. In spite of budget cuts the school provides good extracurriculars which are bolstered by an very active neighborhood program. It's teachers are simply wonderful.

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Overall score

(based on 3 ratings & reviews)

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