School Details

Varnum Brook Elementary School

10 Hollis St, Pepperell, MA 01463
(978) 433-6722
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 & ungraded 698 students 14 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

73%
63%
57%
76%
73%
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
  • North Middlesex Regional School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
54%
53%
52%
46%
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
  • North Middlesex Regional School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Varnum Brook Elementary School is a public elementary school in Town of Pepperell. The principal of Varnum Brook Elementary School is Ralph Slavik. 698 students go to Varnum Brook Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 13% of the 698 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Varnum Brook Elementary School is 14:1. Peter Fitzpatrick is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 92% 95%
Multiracial 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school failed our son... We choiced out our son to Varnum Brook from a nearby town based on the previous excellent MCAS scores attributed to this school system. Our son had great difficulty in this school and seemed to have been "lost in the system". We were very involved parents and met or communicated with the teachers daily/weekly but his grades averaged in the C's with great difficulty and overall anxiety about his grades. It seemed like we were fighting the teachers and staff each week to get more attention to our sons "learning difficulties". We have since choiced in our son back to his original school system (page hilltop ayer). He is now doing fantastic with an A average (some B's mixed in)... he is now extremely happy to go to school again and loves the teachers who seem far more invested in his learning and overall well being. What a difference leaving Varnum Brook behind has made in our son's overall success.

  • (5 years ago)

    kids are getting a good eduication teachers work very hard. Leadership is not wonderful. Since recent school consolidation the district does a whole lot with not much money. Structural building needs improvement and updates. Playground not ideal for age group fencing is a much needed safety issue and parking is horrible.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children starte at Varnum Brook this year. I am very happy with the principal - he is very open to communication with parents and truly seems to care about the families in the school community. They are working on some new programs this year - which include combining classes to break the children into math and reading groups so that children who are advanced in an area can continue to advance and children who need help can work at a slower pace - I like the fact that if a child is struggling with a certain aspect they can be moved between groups to continue to build confidence and strenght in the specific areas of math and reading. The teachers are also very open to communication between home and school and I do feel like I am a welcome part of my childrens education.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had a daughter at Varnum Brook for two years now. She has done well and likes school for the most part. Her curriculum seems ok but could be more challenging. I don't see the principal of the school as a positive she is not overly involved with the kids or parents but is leaving this year. I hope to get someone into that role that brings inspiration to our teachers kids and community. My daughters two teachers have been outstanding and she has enjoyed them thoroughly. There tend to be a lot of clicks with the kids which is a shame. I feel that there is a lot of room to improve Varnum Brook and hope new leadership will do just that.

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Overall score

(based on 6 ratings & reviews)

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