School Details

Galvin Middle School

525 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 246-6410
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 & ungraded 1091 students 14 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

74%
73%
65%
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61%
52%
51%
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
  • Wakefield School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
83%
67%
72%
70%
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
  • Wakefield School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
81%
71%
63%
63%
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
  • Wakefield School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
85%
78%
63%
62%
54%
48%
48%
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
  • Wakefield School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Galvin Middle School is a public middle school in Wakefield. The principal of Galvin Middle School is Paula Mullen. 1,091 students attend Galvin Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 13% of the 1,091 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Galvin Middle School is 14:1. St Joseph School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% 93%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 1% 1.0%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.03%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %

Student Subgroups

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

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Galvin Middle has been a good school for my daughter who entered attending grade 6. The teachers and students were open to a "New" student. They all made her feel at home while she was far from her home. She loves all the teachers now in her 2nd yr there even with the construction and teacher changes the school is still good for us.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would give this school five stars if the facilities were better but a new school is being built starting this year. My two daughters are there. We have had a great experience. Great teachers. Great administration. Great community support. The curriculum is challenging and there are a lot of opportunities to be involved in a huge variety of things. I was nervous (my own issues from jr high?) but everything has gone very well. Really really happy with the education here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Administration DOESN'T follow through with discipline issues. Students get sent to the office and there is no home phone call for follow up. This school fosters a culture of mediocrity and as a result standards are lowered and kids learn less. Very few after school enrichment activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to the Galvin and I am disguested. I am bored with this school and they deffinatly gear all of the classes towards the kids who need more help. I am not one of those kids. I have high honners in every subject and love to learn. The thing is Im not learning anything! After the first two days of learning about something I understand it and am ready for new information but the problem is they stay on that same topic for days and sometimes weeks! Maybe its just my teachers that I have had the past 3 years but I dislike Galvin very much for those reasons. The only thing I like is the Physical Education program for the 7th and 8th graders. Mr. T and Mrs.Stevenson make it fun even if your not into sports.

  • (5 years ago)

    Good school yeah it could use work but what school doesn't. Much better than both elementary schools I went to and it's nice how all the kids meet each other unlike Elementary where there were five different schools. 5th grade was definitely the toughest adjusting to the whole new atmosphere. I am in seventh grade and I mentor a fifth grader and plan on doing it next year. I think it has many good programs including the Mentoring MCAS Prep a great special ed program and many others. They make the special ed kids feel welcome and encourage us to too.

  • (6 years ago)

    Parent of a fifth grade student. Love mrs. Winters! The best! a quality person as well as a caring educator.

  • (7 years ago)

    They have a ton of nice teachers!

  • (8 years ago)

    Best teachers Mr. Pavey Mr. Pappalardo Mr. Crispo Ms. Sharp Ms. Reagan Mrs. Maggiore. The overall experience at the Galvin was great --- the mentoring program was excellent. The education was good the easiest grades were 5 7 8 --- for some 6th grade was the most challenging.

  • (9 years ago)

    My oldest son spent 4 years at the Galvin and I currently have a 6th grader at the Galvin so I have been involved for 5 years. My initial experience was less that great as my older son has Asperger's and it was struggle to get him appropriate services. I was forced to hire and advocate. That done the school came around and my son began to succeed. My sixth grader is in the basic skills program for math and reading and integrated for all other glasses. He is doing great and really loves his school and all his teachers. I have great communication with his teacher and in my experience all teachers but one were very caring and easy to work with towards my sons' success. (The exception has since retired.) Both sons attend Mr. West's strategy club which involves model building and battling. (They don't care for sports.)

  • (9 years ago)

    No they're not supposed to be 2 different schools not since like 1998 when the two combined and they changed the name to Galvin MIDDLE school eliminating the Galvin Jr. High and Atwell School aspect of it. And it's good for the younger kids to get exposed to the older ones.

  • (10 years ago)

    Atwell and Galvin are suppose to be 2 seperate schools but are not. 5th and 6th graders are still exposed to 7th and 8th. Not a good setup at all. This grandparent does not like the idea at all.

  • (10 years ago)

    I Agree GMS is a awsome School and is very committed to it's students and Mr. Pavey and Mr. Papalardo Rock!

  • (10 years ago)

    Ms. Raymond is the best teacher. I loved her it was Ms. Raymond's first year at the galvin and she loved us and cared for us very much! It's a shame that we had to move on to 7th grade but the teachers in 7th grade are awesome too. Like Mr. pappalardo and Mr. Pavey!

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