School Details

Ralph B O'Maley Middle School

32 Cherry St, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-9850
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 & ungraded 695 students 14 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

62%
59%
67%
58%
53%
60%

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
  • Gloucester average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
70%
71%
46%
45%
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
  • Gloucester average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
80%
78%
56%
53%
54%
26%
25%
39%

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
  • Gloucester average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ralph B O'Maley Middle School is a public middle school in Gloucester. The principal of Ralph B O'Maley Middle School is Michael Tracy. 695 children attend Ralph B O'Maley Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 34% of the 695 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ralph B O'Maley Middle School is 14:1. St. Ann School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 92% 93%
Hispanic 5% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Multiracial 0.4% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My 7th grader is enjoying his experience at O'Maley. His teachers have worked to individualize his experience and challenge him through advance math additional projects and even after school explorations such as PhotoShop. This was all done proactively through my son and his teachers' initiatives. The afterschool programs include crosscountry track basketball karate photography coding robotics knitting soccer legos pottery and more. O'Maley has a great band program with the opportunity of marching as well as jazz band at the high school. The performing arts club creates a spectacular performance each year from set design to stage support to the performing. The quality of the sports offered at O'Maley and in Gloucester for middles schoolers is exceptional. As a parent I can help to supplement what my kids may need academically. But I could not offer a better community to my kids then the one I see developing around them as they learn and grow at Gloucester public schools. We moved to Gloucester because we loved its beauty and community. Now our kids are learning in their community becoming part of that community and helping that community to grow with them.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a 7th Grade Student. She has loved the place since she started. The teachers have been on the ball and on her case whenever necessary. Her grades have been consistently good and when they have dipped we have been the first to know and to be involved (by the teachers) in what is going on with her learning. The stories from the old days about bullying lack of discipline or 'bad buildings' are no longer true and certainly not appropriate to a truthful and balanced review. The Drama Club in particular is a great organization that embraces and involves every single student that wants to participate. Their annual musicals have a been a great success.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been lucky enough to know the school from two perspectives... I was a student there and got a great deal from the personalized care of the teachers. They were instrumental in putting me on a path to success. The mission of the school if to give children opportunities to shine which has become very prevalent in the attitude they take to support their theater program the middle school band and countless other programs such as the MIT robotics program the middle school track and field team and so many more. It has been a pleasure to see amazing youth developing a wide variety of life skills through their involvement in the school and their outreach into community life.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is shy yet she fit right in at the school. She loves most of her teachers and especially loves the drama portion.

  • (4 years ago)

    the o'maley middle school is a very good school the staff is very nice also very supportive. there is very good forms of discipline. the few things that i feel are not good with the school is some of the leaky roofs also the school lunch isn't the best. the other day at lunch part of the tiles fell but besides those 2 minor points O'maley is a very good school

  • (6 years ago)

    O'Maley middle school is quite old but all the staff and students are extremly kind. There may not be very many after-school prgrams but the few they have are small class sizes (I'm in German class and there are only six others in the class). All the teachers are very supportive.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is preposterous and does not meet any of the states standards! The education quality is appalling and the level of homework kids get each night is not enough if you want your kids to really learn what hard work means. Anything bad you could imagine goes on here! I would definitely not recommend this school to anyone who is hoping for there child to be educated well and in a nice safe environment.

  • (10 years ago)

    The lack of discipline at this school is beyond belief. The administrators do not have any sort of policies nor do they follow a great number of educational laws. The school has lost a great number of excellent dedicated teachers in the past few years due to the lack of leadership in the administration.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has no control and they have taken away the world language so some students dont have to take such a great course. The teachers are ok but the supervisors are really rude and dont listen to the kids opinions.

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Overall score

(based on 13 ratings & reviews)

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