School Details

Joseph L. McCourt Middle School

45 Highland Ave, Cumberland, RI 02864
(401) 725-2092
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 479 students 11 students/teacher (RI avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

67%
75%
62%
73%
83%
73%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cumberland School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
69%
59%
68%
78%
70%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cumberland School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
75%
58%
79%
84%
77%
60%
73%
65%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2011-2012 Rhode Island used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Rhode Island. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cumberland School District average
  • Rhode Island state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Joseph L. McCourt Middle School is a public middle school in Cumberland. 479 students attend Joseph L. McCourt Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 46% of the 479 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Joseph L. McCourt Middle School is 11:1. Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School 1 is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 85%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 15% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This schools a great school because the staff really cares about its students...I was nervous when my daughter was starting at McCourt 2 years ago needless to say with her beginning her last year there I am going to be sad to see her go...I would highly recommend this school to anyone moving into the area!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm thankful that my last child (out of three) is presently half-way through this school. After reaching out for help for my daughter and being given nothing but lies to appease me I have resigned myself to just help my child through the next two years with hope of better things to come.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is fantastic and i would send my kids here 100 times. I know that the teachers and staff are extremely supportive. The students who give their all in their work get the best out of the school

  • (2 years ago)

    Best School Ever. The school needs some renovations. But the teachers are great and looking back 2 years now I see that Mccourt was a great school

  • (2 years ago)

    I came to this like about a year ago I thought it was going to be a fantastic school. I had to take a bus to school.After 6 months of school i thought it was horrible.There is fights like almost everyday kids smoke cigarettes and drugs.The Principal is horrible so is the assistant one too. The bathrooms are so dirty and there are even ants . Kids swear so much it is such a bad influence on kids .

  • (4 years ago)

    Wonderful school with supportive staff and teachers! My son has been here for 2 years. Transition to middle school was a positive experience that started with a cook out for the incoming 6th grade. Teachers were helpful and available if extra help was needed. Now my son is in 7th grade with a continued positive experience. Teachers have stepped up expectations with increasing responsiblity given to the students. Band athletics and foreign languages still available because of parental support for boosters fund raisers and actual coaching when needed. Annual Washington DC trip was a huge success with the students learning more about our nation's history than they even realized. Staff/teachers/admin at the school all just a phone call or email away and all willing to quickly respond and schedule a meeting if followup is needed on an issue. Expectations/consequences very clear for students (a MUST at this age) but kids are not "labeled" for poor descions/choices. Positive atmosphere at this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. Its great!!!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers at McCourt Middle School are amazing. My children have been privileged enough to have been guided by very caring faculty members. These teacher have gone way beyond the call of duty. Parents we need to realize that are children are handfuls sometime and we need to give these teachers the thanks they deserve. My child was in the seventh grade and on a team of two. He got the best education i could have asked for. They were in constant contact with me. I always want to say thank you Dr. Koutsogiane. She was the best principal that the cumberland school system ever had. As a parent and a former student I thank you for everything you have done for my children and myself over the past 20 years. Again any parent looking to bring their child in to cumberland McCourt Middle is the best placement for them.

  • (9 years ago)

    My advice is to those who are new to the area and to the middle school to call the school and meet with the guidance councelor before school begins. While I was blessed with unending communication it appears some parents are not.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school its administration and faculty need to realize that they are a huge problem for anyone moving into the town wanting a good education for their kids. I took my daughter out and placed her in private school. What are the parents blind? The parents in this town need to come together and demand higher standards for their kids. The classes are tracked and average kids who excel in at least one or two subjects are dumbed down. If you know someone or you are lucky your child may get one of the few honors classes. When in those classes the faculty thinks higher level thinking is to take a timed test for looking up words in a dictionary!There is no respect for the parents or the students. It is just a bunch of teachers who lack professionalism and are protected by a union. Wake up people!

  • (10 years ago)

    My child has been a student here for 5 months and I have yet to have a parent/teacher conference. By this time last year in my child's old school I had gone to an open house and met with teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am sad to say there are alot of problems with the staff. Several of whom should have retired along time ago.

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