School Details

Fairgrounds Middle School

27 Cleveland St, Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 594-4393
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 734 students 12 students/teacher (NH avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

63%
60%
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69%
77%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Nashua School District average
  • New Hampshire state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
60%
69%
75%
69%
75%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Nashua School District average
  • New Hampshire state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
50%
64%
78%
69%
78%
65%
53%
57%

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

In 2013-2014 New Hampshire used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math, and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Hampshire. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Nashua School District average
  • New Hampshire state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fairgrounds Middle School is a public middle school in Nashua. 734 children attend Fairgrounds Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 42% of the 734 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Fairgrounds Middle School is 12:1. Elm Street Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 69%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 8%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 4%
Hispanic 15% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0%
Multiracial 0.5% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 39%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    As mentioned by other reviewers the principal is absolutely useless nice person but lacks any leadership. A number of bullying issues brought to their attention which legally should be reported to the state they are not. Repeated name calling threatening nasty text messages brought to his attention and we were told " it's just kid stuff". There are a few amazing teachers that go above and beyond but far too many are simply not doing their job. Having several children one with a learning disability I can say that many teachers do not follow the IEP and do not make the necessary accomdations as outlined in the IEP. If I could afford to send my children to private school I would in a heartbeat! The principal retired last week and the Assistant Principal has been promoted. She is a strong leader but has a tremendous task before her to change the climate/ atmosphere of the school around. Hopefully under this new leadership poor teaching practices that have been allowed to become routine will be corrected.

  • (11 months ago)

    im going to be starting middle school at fairgrounds elementary school since i did not get into ASD. im a little bit scared by the fact that the principle has a poor attitude and ive heard a lot a bullying has been here by the reviews i read. also the teachers are not that motivated to teach

  • (3 years ago)

    The leadership in this school is awful! The principal just as another rater mentioned has a very bad attitude when addressed by parents about concerns. The assistant principal Mrs. Coffey is by far a better!! Although there appears to be a discipline policy it is not followed. Favoritism shows its ugly head when it comes to consequences. There is very little positive recognition. Some of the teachers are GREAT but unfortunately the number of great ones considering how many there are in the school doesn't allow for another star in the rating. The online parent portal is useless. It's information too late. Especially when teachers do not allow for late work. Communication takes A LOT of effort on the parents side and you will be lucky to get a response. Again there are some good teachers that are really good with communication but majority seem to think communication with parents is not necessary no matter what type of student you have. I could say much more but let me just say this if there was another option for me to place my currently attending students I would move them in a heartbeat!! Change the principal and this school could have potential!

  • (4 years ago)

    Too soon maybe later. I need more time to decide. This is why I am on this site to learn more about this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child is a 6th grader here. While the efforts of most of the teachers is great they offer candy as a reward tool mostly on a daily basis which I do not agree with. I am finding the support of the school principle is absolutely lacking he has a really poor attitude with parents when asking questions or having concerns the vice principle is much better. I feel that too much is put upon the kids to figure out on their own. Bullying here is a large issue here especially in after school sports and programs with little teacher involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    School bussing and the acts said or done by students during this transfer activity is poor. This area seems to be a gap in that it's easier for the bus drivers to claim they heard or saw nothing rathe rthan get involved. This only condones the offending students words or actions and worsens the overal atmosphere on the bus.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child used to go to Fairgrounds and the level of support is amazing. I just love the idea of teams and honor extension and foundation. being in honor has really helped her achieve her full potential!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is a 6th grader at Fairgrounds. In our experience the teaching staff is good; however the upper level leadership is severely lacking -- in particular with regard to discipline. There is absolutely no consistency or standardization in how the kids are disciplined; two students may commit the same infraction and yet receive completely different punishments that do not fit the 'crime'. We've also found that general communication is often last-minute. Also not a huge fan of the trimester system.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school has excellent education so im hearby declaring this school excellent

  • (7 years ago)

    Fairgrounds 2006-2008 Is EXCELLENT they have improved all their behaviors and have been learning WAY better then elm and pennichuck! Im very PLEASED keep up the great work

  • (8 years ago)

    Im very dissapointed with the school system at fairgrounds. The school board does not have control of the children. They use detentions as a prime source of disapline. This doesnt not faze the students at all and they continue to act in a very imature way.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am very disappointed Everything seems to be the child's responsibilty when they are absent it's up to the child to figure things out! Poor effort on the treacher's behalf. Do they really care about he children or the paycheck?

  • (10 years ago)

    The 2002-2003 school year was a tough one for Fairgrounds as the school was attempting to transition from a Jr. High mentality to that of a middle school. There may be one or two teachers that are not the best but on the whole when any adult commits him or herself to training a child for the future betterment of our society I would say that he/she deserves accolade and not put down. The area I see as the weakest in the school is discipline and that is simply because parents have tied the hands of administrators and teachers to use detentions as the sole disciplinary resource. These detentions do not even faze students. Suspension is only utilized for the severest of offenses.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have had 5 childern i the nashua system and fairgrounds jr high school seems to be the worst for the teachers and extra effort i am disappointed. Everything seems to not be thier job. My chilsd loses in that.

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