School Details

Matthew J Kuss Middle School

52 Globe Mills Ave, Fall River, MA 02724
(508) 675-8335
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 & ungraded 626 students 13 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

57%
48%
68%
52%
43%
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
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
51%
72%
43%
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
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
61%
79%
59%
37%
52%
45%
28%
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
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
50%
69%
51%
42%
60%
45%
37%
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
  • Fall River School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Matthew J Kuss Middle School is a public middle school in Fall River. The principal of Matthew J Kuss Middle School is Nancy Mullen. 626 students attend Matthew J Kuss Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 79% of the 626 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Matthew J Kuss Middle School is 13:1. Antioch 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

  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 7%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 5%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 17% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 78%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Kuss is awesome. I love it here and my teachers are really cool. My VP is tough but super cool. My experience here has been good and I will miss it. There's always things to do after school and we learn about fun stuff. Even though the day is long it always has something good to offer. Kuss is by far the best school I've ever been to.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am in the eighth grade at Kuss Middle School. This school is great but I cannot stand it. For example I was literally stabbed at this school and nothing happened to the kid who stabbed me. He's even in almost all of my classes! I just can't stand this school anymore. I can't wait to get out of this place.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a 6G gifted student at Kuss and find all the teachers helpful and supportive. They listen to your questions and answer them as best they can although they can sometimes be strict. The school is large and beautiful but just the right size for the many kids attending. The extended day classes are excellent and harness creative and fun energies outside of the normal school day. The Kuss Drama Program is amazing and recently won a gold medal for their contest act 'Jane Eyre Life At Lowood' which will also be performed at Kuss in June along with 'East of the Sun West of the Moon'. Overall Kuss is a good school!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is in her second year at Kuss enrolled in the Gifted & Talented program. The teachers are terrific the curriculm outstanding and the administration is very open to parents' ideas & suggestions. The new school building is beautiful & state of the art. We couldn't be happier with the school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student here at Kuss and i have to say that some of the comments that i have read are really irritating. I am student in the gifted class and i find that kuss is an excellent scholl. The teachers are all supportive knid and generous. They are all prepared to lend a helping hand a child needs it and i have to give this school top marks. Teachers try extremely hard for students to do their best and improve in everything. I love this school and as this is my final year here as an eigth grader i am really upset to be leaving and will definately be coming back.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the best middle school you could go to. I am in 6-G on of the GATE classes and out of the 3 schools ive attended this is my favorite.

  • (5 years ago)

    i think this school is amazing it has wonderful opportunitys for my child.

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers and administrators all get straight A's on this report card. They all go above and beyond and all reach out to the students. If a student makes the effort to reach out they are all there to answer the call. This school has an extended day program and it works very well. They have a Gifted and talented (GATE) program as well as extra schooling for under acheivers. The extra curricular programs are excellent. If a child fails here it is because the child refused to try. Next year they will be in a brand new state of the art school which has long been needed. With the current faculty this school should excel. The only thing I can see that is really needed is more parent involvement. With a strong parent base and the current faculty and administrators teh students can't lose. It's all a win win situation.

  • (6 years ago)

    My school is truly fun and we learn a lot- i'm in 6th grade and we are learning cell division which is taught in High Schools. This school also contains the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) class which I am in and it opens up new doors for learning.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is using a extended day program that i believe is enhancing some childrens' talents other than the usual science math etc though these are incorporated in the programs. The school seems to be improving though it will take sometime. Obviously all parents have a different view as their child is different.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am shocked to learn that this school is doing so badly. I know they are underperforming but I had no idea it was so bad. My child graduated from elementary school an honor student went to this school and is doing so badly. I'm convinced it has a lot to do with their teaching style. Luckly she had her start in Boston.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a mess. There have been so many changes in the administration that it's hard to keep track. There is no punishment for the bad kids - they get away with everything. My kid is afraid to go there half the time because there is so much crazy stuff going on in the halls and in the classes. The kids are out of control. The teachers (some of them) try hard but most of the time theres subs instead of teachers. They just put in a new principle and =fired others. School starts in a few weeks and its gonna be crazy again.

  • (10 years ago)

    I not only find this school lacking in preformance and discipline I also include the school district. The school is just getting out of hand. Some teachers DO NOT want to teach the way they should children do not face diciplinary actions at home when in trouble with school. How can we let our schools go to such garbage. This is the worst system and school I 've had to deal with. It's time for a MAJOR overhaul with faculty staff and anyone else who doesn't want to be there.

  • (10 years ago)

    my daughter goes to this school and it is awful.the school smells bad the kids always fail MCAS.the school is just dirty.the kids are'learning in poverty'.

  • (10 years ago)

    I go to kuss and this school is poorly educated.we don't learn much though the day goes by fast.the teachers arent teaching what they should and this school has bad leadership.We aren't disiplined and bullying and harassment is a huge problem in this school.we don't earn grades;the teachers pass them out.

  • (10 years ago)

    this school has awful teachers and bad leadership. it is not the students but the teachers fault. and the auditoruim is a complete mess.

  • (10 years ago)

    Well I just need to comment on the lady who home schools her childen. I went to Kuss and I was on my way to quitting school but they put me in a alternative program there and taught me so much about what I'd be missing out on if I quit and I went on to finish High school at Durfee by the way and went on to collage. To me the teachers were nothing but caring and helpful for me to be where I am today all I can do is thank them all for helping me become someone and help me turn my life around.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is one of the worst middle schools after two kids going there I will not send my third I decided to home school. They lose paperwork. Teachers are unfair and they don't learn much. My daughter had a sub for a year in french and the teacher couldn't speak it. They took no test but past the kids. If you want your kid to get an education dont send them there or durfee.

  • (11 years ago)

    I went to Matthew J. Kuss Middle School fromm 1997- 2000 for grades 6-8. I had a killer time. I was given the best education a student could possibly receive. The teachers were extremely nice and understanding and helped me through some tough situations. I was involved in som awesome groups like chorus volleyball yearbook staff and enivormental club. There were tech classes like woodworking sewing and cooking that made the year fun. I had a great time there. They offer lots of dances and for the graduating eighth graders tons of fun things to do for the end of the year like Field Day and Dinner Dances. There are tons of field trips educational and fun. Safety is a big issue there. Cameras outside and they lock the doors from the outside during the day.Very secure! If you are considering this school make it your choice!

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