218 Marion Street
East Boston, MA 02128
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
James Otis serves 405 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
James Otis placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 40-44% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 35-39% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 54%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the Massachusetts state level of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 77% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 40% (majority Hispanic).

School Overview

James Otis's student population of 405 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 30 teachers has grown by 20% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students
405 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
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Students by Grade
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School Rankings

James Otis is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,667 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of James Otis is 0.47, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
This School
State Level (MA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1214 out of 1667 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
40-44%
51%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
35-39%
54%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
13:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
69%
20%
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Black
4%
9%
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White
23%
60%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.47
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Eligible for Free Lunch
66%
35%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in James Otis and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
2%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in James Otis and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, MA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

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There is little to no diversity in the faculty that teaches, para's lunch room staff are majority people of color, this clearly shows students every day that those in power/higher up positions are white. I find it strange that the school is majority non-white and Spanish speaking. This is a Red lined school that has no library, gym, computer lab and for many years no playground. Education, paid for by all of us, should be equal. To my knowledge there is NO full-time psychologist, adjustment counselor, OT, SLP, or any other specialist that are housed in the building. This school is a clear example of school to prison pipeline dictated by redlined funding, and lack of advocacy from parents whose children attend. We can and should do better for our children, it's frustrating that there is a clear pattern of black and brown students in underperforming schools. Rant over.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Students: 405 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 77%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in MA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 40-44% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 35-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.47 (Top 50%)

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