School Details

Byam School

25 Maple Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 251-5144
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 & ungraded 490 students 18 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

63%
69%
58%
72%
78%
69%

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
  • Chelmsford School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
64%
54%
61%
63%
52%

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
  • Chelmsford School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
83%
69%
66%
76%
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
  • Chelmsford School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Byam School is a public elementary school in Chelmsford. The principal of Byam School is Jane Gilmore. 490 students go to Byam School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the 490 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Byam School is 18:1. South Row Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 82%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 11%
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school great community feel. Teachers think out of the box to keep students challenged.

  • (4 years ago)

    When my spouse deployed the staff from the principal to the aides made sure my children had every resource to help them during the adjustment. The Town has a Military Task Force to help deployed service members' families (found on the Town's website under Boards).

  • (5 years ago)

    I never recommend this school.If the family wants to loose their happiness piece freedom this is the perfect place to put their child.I don't think anyone need this. Kids has to loose their freedom .They have to be dumb and deaf then only they like .If any kid is active they can't accept that.They are always behind him/her.For each silly thing they will make big issue they are experts in that.Even if the child did something accidental mistakes they will show that in magnifying glasses and mentally they will torture your child and your whole family.Mentally and physically your family will suffer.Why do you need this torture. 'My child is very active and smart (before joining in this school)' we used to say this to everyone before but now we are saying 'once upon a time my child was active and smart' .

  • (5 years ago)

    I've had several communications with the inter-disciplinary staff and the principle regarding my child at the school over the past couple years. The teachers and staff have been wonderful and supportive in our needs and the extra follow up phone call we received from Dr.Gilmore really showed she cared. Teachers and staff present themselves professionally and work hard to benefit the needs of every child.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children were redistricted and sent to the Byam from the Harrington. Initially I was extremely disappointed however we have been there for a couple of years and I now see this change as a wonderful opportunity. My children have developed a love of learning and have consistently excelled. I have been impressed with Dr. Gilmore on several occassions. She sets fair and consistent limits with students and genuinely cares about them.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School is horrible. The Pricipal Mrs. Gilmore never responds to any problems. The Staff is mean and the schools falling apart. I went through heck with this school its ridiculous.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school. The school authorities care about all people and not just religious bullies and fanatics.

  • (5 years ago)

    Take your kids out of this school and fire dr. Donald yeoman the superintendant and bring back Christmas . Stand up for your rights people can't you see what is going on here. If you let these radicals rule you have lost the fight. Taylor

  • (5 years ago)

    The Byam is a great school with lots of people that volunteer and has a great staff. They work hard at keeping the kids active.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is an absolute train-wreck. The kids don't even get a real lunch anymore! I agree with the person that said the young teachers dress like hookers and because of the economy my 2nd daughter has fallen through the cracks at this school. The principal is average at best but she has been there way too long. An absolute failure and I do not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their child.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think compared to Center School Byam is a complete disaster area. I was happy with the education my first daughter recieved there but my second daughter has learning issues and this school has only made them worse. The teachers are now a hit or miss and the 'young' teachers dress like hookers with their mini-skirts. Hopefully Parker will be better for my daughter

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughters at Byam have thrived socially and academically. The Principal is interactive keenly aware and accessible. Teachers are great but parents are not encouraged in the classroom.

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