School Details

Wm L Foster Elementary School

55 Downer Ave, Hingham, MA 02043
(781) 741-1520
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 & ungraded 487 students 15 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

76%
77%
57%
80%
80%
67%

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
  • Hingham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
81%
53%
73%
79%
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
  • Hingham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
86%
65%
85%
81%
61%
74%
78%
51%

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
  • Hingham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wm L Foster Elementary School is a public elementary school in Town of Hingham. The principal of Wm L Foster Elementary School is Deborah Stellar. 487 students attend Wm L Foster Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 5% of the 487 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Wm L Foster Elementary School is 15:1. Derby Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 93%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Any school is a sum total of its teachers....not the building itself....this one is a keeper for sure.... additionally I for one am happy that they keep the helicopter moms out of the classroom ....they are teaching independence as well. Send your children without any hesitation to Foster....you won't regret it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Foster is physically showing its age but inside is a vibrant center of learning. My son is in second grade and he loves going to school. I don't think I learned the things he has learned until I was in fourth grade at least-and that was at a private school. The music teacher is truly gifted and the children and staff seem very happy. My husband and I were reluctant to send our child to a public school but we have been nothing but pleased. Particularly impressive is the conduct expected of the students. One of the women at the front desk is unfriendly but don't let that deter you-Foster really is a diamond in the rough

  • (2 years ago)

    The School once considered the 'step-child' of the others has likely earned its keep as one of the great schools of the town. I was once concerned because the overall test scores were regularly lower (just by a bit) than the other schools in town but learned this is really do to the fact that it is the only one in town involved in bringing other kids from towns with less support in to the school which slightly contributes to the oveall scores being a tad lower. The advantage however is at least this one has some more diversity than the others. The new principal is a a work-a-holic who is completely committed to the success of the school. the teachers have been fantastic and dedicated. My two kids are having a phenomenal experience there. They are fortunately well advanced in their learning but my sisters kids are also having a great experience and two of them are on IEP's. The school is very willing to help individual student needs. My one pet peave is that they don't let parents in the class rooms enough. Oveall though - a great school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent caring school; would like to see more emphasis on the Arts--music and Art History--required of all; also would like to have both chess and bridge taught and 'encouraged'as an extra-curricular activity. Teachers should be given bonuses for their extra efforts.

  • (6 years ago)

    the cirriculum is average the staff friendly enough but as aparent you have to fight for every little thing they tend to cater to the best and brightest i have had neices and nephews as well as my own chldren attend this school all i can say thank god they are building a new one in this town maybe it would be better i plan to leave foster next year

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