School Details

John William Decas

760 Main St, Wareham, MA 02576
(508) 291-3530
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 & ungraded 714 students 14 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

42%
48%
57%
53%
58%
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
  • Wareham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
45%
53%
51%
44%
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
  • Wareham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
52%
65%
42%
51%
61%
26%
31%
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
  • Wareham School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John William Decas is a public elementary school in Wareham. The principal of John William Decas is Aaron Viera. 714 children attend John William Decas and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 714 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John William Decas is 14:1. Minot Forest 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
Multiracial 8% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 79% 75%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 8%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    four stars. alot of my grandchildren have gone to this school. I believe this school is one of the best schools around. sincerely nana

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of two children at Decas. My children have both had fantastic teachers. It is not just up to the school to educate our children. Parent involvement in their childs education is a large part of what helps them succeed. When a child feels his parents care about school it helps them care. It is the little things like looking at their work when they bring it home getting involved any way you can....go to your child's open house!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children attending the Decas School. Every teacher they have had has been exceptional. I am very involved in the school and am overall happy with what I see. Like all public schools I feel too much emphasis is put on the MCAS scores. It is stressful for the students and teachers alike and cannot possibly be a fair respresentation of the school as a whole. Decas encourages parent involvement and my children enjoy being there. They actually "fight" about who has had the best teachers. As with any school you get out of it what you put in. Students and parents have as much responsibility as the school....

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the teachers and staff at John W. Decas school. I appreciate how they teach and work with the students. I have two children that attend Decas School and I've noticed they made learning fun for my children which is critical when they are in elementary.

  • (5 years ago)

    decas is a great and awesome school and i think it has good leadership. I love my principal Mr.Veira and every student should be proud of this school. I would give this 10out of 10 and all the teachers should be proud that they made up a good weathy school!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree that the new leadership at Decas does not provide leadership at all. I am so tired about hearing about his daughter and how things were in the previous school system that he came from. Perhaps he should return to the town he used to teach in because he does not have the first clue in how to be a leader and provide the reform that the school so desperately needs. How sad for Wareham students and parents who work so hard to support a failing system.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is not a bad school at all. I was a student a few years ago. In my opinion the teachers are involved and call home and give updates about your child. It is not the school that is failing the students it is the students that are failing themselves. The teachers at Decas are good caring teachers but the students are disrespectful and unwilling to learn. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

  • (5 years ago)

    they make a small budget go far

  • (6 years ago)

    It is clear that some folks love Decas and some do not. It is also clear that under its current Principal Decas is not performing well and is well behind the state educational standards as evidenced over several years by Decas' MCAS scores. This is a direct reflection on the Principal teachers and administration. It is not the students who are failing the MCAS it is the school that is failing the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Decas school is similar in demographics to the former school our child attended but Decas has much less parent involvement more disciplinary issues does not communicate effectively with parents and seems to have a higher number of students held back. Department of Education information reveals that Decas has lagged significantly behind average state testing scores for several years including 2008. All of these years have been under the same Principal. The Principal is frequently unavailable. If available she is dismissive and defensive when approached about any issue - particularly a problem. I have received from this Principal written responses that conflict with school records on file about the same topic. The PTA appears to be run by a clique that seeks to exclude the contributions of new members but not their dues money. Overall Decas seems to be a sad place.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a teacher I see time and time again the successful students are the same students whose parents come to open house attend parent-teacher conferences and volunteer. These are the same students whose homework is done nightly whose backpack is checked regularly and who come to school prepared for the day. I applaud these parents for their diligence and commitment to their child's education. I am grateful to those who instead of looking for excuses or someone to blame when their child is not succeeding look for ways to help their child and work with the school instead of against it and I am relieved to say that there are many out there who do. By showing your child you value education you instill in them the importance of learning and are sending them on a path to a successful future. Thank you to all those terrific parents!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am truly disgusted with the Decas school both as a professional and a parent. My son has some special needs and has been sorely negelcted by this school. Not only are his services inadequate they are not followed through with. The lack of knowledge caring and compassion from this school andespecially the principial is completley unacceptable. There are many children falling through the cracks at Decas and no one seems to care. The principal only seems to care about her own image and not about the quality of the education that the studetns are recieving. I too have recieved not only misinformation on a regular basis but every report contradcits itself every rule made seems to be made to benefit the principals well being. Something has to be done soon.

  • (6 years ago)

    A present Decas school employee when questioned privately outside of the school stated that the instructors do not respect the Principal. The dischord between the staff and the Principal is palpable at every turn and it appears as if the safety and welfare of the children is less imortant to the Principal than is the preservation of the Principal's job. This school is in a very sad state. It would be nice if this Principal retired resigned or was fired - now.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is not the first school disctric our child has attended. It is unfortunately the worst school distrrict our child has attended. Communication from the school is disorganized our questions go unanswered and rules materialize out of the blue without warning or documentation. Reports from the school have conflicted each other on the same topic and some have open conflicted with records on file at the school. This calls into question the school and the school district. Interactions with the principal and certain educators has been almost combative and to date no school administrator educator or staff has taken responsibility for their misinformation and misrepresentation. We are horribly dissatisfied with this school and the district administration.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my first experience with the decas school. There have been some personal difficulties and the principal and his teacher have been just wonderful and very understanding of the situation and have been very supportive. I must say that my grandson just loves his teacher. He is very quick to tell me what he did during the day and so far seems to be doing well. I would like to thank them for all the help that they have given. linda keymont

  • (11 years ago)

    Decas is a terrific school. The principal is a wonderful leader and the teachers are caring nurturing and seem to truly inspire each and every one of their students. My girls actually look forward to going to school!! They have some magnificent reading programs to encourage the children to read and the attention they pay to the individual child is top rate!

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