School Details

Hanscom Primary School

6 Ent Rd, Hanscom Air Force Bs, MA 01731
(781) 274-7721

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-3 & ungraded 313 students 9 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


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
  • Lincoln School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hanscom Primary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Hanscom Primary School is Randy Davis. 313 students go to Hanscom Primary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 15% of the 313 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Hanscom Primary School is 9:1. Maria Hastings Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting


  • Rock climbing

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 66% 66%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 12%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I can not say enough good things about this school. The teachers have so much compassion for military children and they do an amazing job helping them with difficult transitions. The staff make parents and students feel welcomed at all times. The class sizes are small allowing the teachers and aids to work closely with each student and they are able to individualize some of the curriculm to meet each students needs. If you are moving to Hanscom your child will be well cared for here.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is amazing.. As a military family moving from school to school this facility has it down! My son came from a west coast school with a large reading issue. In the two years of "intervention" from our old school nothing changed. Two weeks in this school and my son has improved to almost grade level.. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about all aspects of this schools some may complain about the "older" building with no air con. However there is a plan in place to rebuild a new school. I would send my kids here even if they were schooled in portables.. Kudos to all.!!! I love this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    Hanscom Elementary is an AWESOME school so don't let some of the older reviews fool you. As a military family we move every 2 to 3 years and my children have attended many schools and this school is by far the best school of all. The teachers are wonderful and really care about the education of your children. A huge plus for this school is the small class size (14-19 kids per class)! If your child is on an IEP the school does a wonderful job fulfilling the requirements. In our situation I believe the teacher's and principal excelled above and beyond the normal requirements and my son was a successful student while attending 1st through 3rd grade. This school gets an A+ for it's education teachers and principal!

  • (5 years ago)

    Hanscom Primary is wonderful! We've lived at Hanscom for the past seven years and all three of our daughters have flourished there. They have great teachers and a great curriculum. Their relationship with the PTO has lead to great acitivities like a Family Night 'Sock Hop' & 'Hawaiian Luas'. They have a Field Day that is tons of fun too. This school has great communication with parents and is very organized. I am very pleased with the education my children are receiving at HPS.

  • (5 years ago)

    I wish I could give the school more stars because the teachers are really helpful and enthusiastic. But something is missing. The academics just arent impressive...its almost like a lazy way of learning. My child is a really good student but it seemed like the teachers were not emphasizing the need to be great at what they were learning. It is the summer of 2009 and I have to get my child 'caught up' in order for her to transition in fourth grade (in another state). My child is behind compared to our new states' academics. Before we knew that we were moving we were looking into private schools. Students at this school NEED to supliment their education in order to be average...I regret to say that but it is true.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children went to Hanscom schools for a short time before we realized the emphasis was special needs and everyone else was left behind. We homeschooled for 3.5 years while here and moved on to a much better school district in Ohio. I feel sorry for the children at Hanscom because when their families move to a better school system their children will be far behind. It's a shame becuase there is potential. As mentioned in the other post if your child is special needs it's definitely the place for you.....if your child is average or above find somewhere else to educate your child!

  • (6 years ago)

    All three of my children went through k-3. I am a teacher in another district. I was extremely disappointed in Hanscom. They do not involve parents they are not familiar with the diverse military child and I needed to do extra work at home due to the school class moving so slow that my children were regressing and getting bored. The system is misleading and most do not realize their child is behind until the end of the school year when you have a another system to compare it to.

  • (6 years ago)

    Two of my children attended Hanscom Primary for 3 and 2 years respectively. The teachers and staff are extremely supportive of students and parents show a great enthusiasm for teaching and are always willing to find new ways to teach. My children could not have gotten a better start into their school years.

  • (7 years ago)

    While the staff and principal might be highly educated on paper they do not apply their learned skills in HPS. It is a system where the salaries and pensions are protected before the children and school needs. It is a school with a constant changing direction and an adminstration with no concept of the military child comming from school systems from all over the world and at different levels. I was expecting a stellar and organized program being located near Boston.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school deserves the Great School 5 out of 10 rating. This school is overwhelmed with IEP and Behavior problems that the average good student is now slipping through the sytem. I have had two children go one year and I would give it 4/10. Great administrators and teachers but distracted in the day with behavior problems. Due to Federal Law for IEP students the average child is now left behind. You will have to supplement for your child to be prepared for another military move and school district

  • (8 years ago)

    I think this school is great. The teachers really take pride in their job. My daughter loves it. The school has plenty of extra-curricular activities for the children. They also encourage parent participation with school events and field trips. If you are moving to Hanscom and are undecided about living on base The school is reason enough to live on base. It's a great elementary school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child attended this school for a year and a half before we had to move. I have to say it was the most wonderful experience. The staff is dedicated and loving and gave my child the best start in education I could have ever asked for. Because of the staff at this school my child has confidence and the skills needed to to well in any school he might attend. I will always have the fondest memories of my childs attendance there. If your child had the opportunity to attend take it as a gift that very few recieve.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have been here for 3 years and this school has been amazing. The teachers are friendly helpful and very accessible to parents. The special education department is outstanding! If you have children dont be hesitant about living on base and sending them to this school it is great!

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