James Otis serves 410 students in grades Prekindergarten-6.
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 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 20-24% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 37%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 35-39% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 49%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the Massachusetts state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 43% (majority Hispanic).
Quick Stats (2023)
- Grades: Prekindergarten-6
- Enrollment: 410 students
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 11:1
- Minority Enrollment: 80%
- Overall Testing Rank: Bottom 50% in MA
- Math Proficiency: 20-24% (Btm 50%)
- Reading Proficiency: 35-39% (Btm 50%)
- Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education
James Otis's student population of 410 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 37 teachers has grown by 37% over five school years.
(offers virtual instruction)
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Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
James Otis is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,644 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of James Otis is 0.46, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
State Level (MA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1179 out of 1644 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education
Frequently Asked Questions
What is James Otis's ranking?
James Otis is ranked #1179 out of 1,644 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Massachusetts.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
20-24% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 37% MA state average), while 35-39% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 49% MA state average).
How many students attend James Otis?
410 students attend James Otis.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
71% of James Otis students are Hispanic, 20% of students are White, 4% of students are Black, 3% of students are Asian, and 2% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of James Otis?
James Otis has a student ration of 11:1, which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 12:1.
What grades does James Otis offer ?
James Otis offers enrollment in grades Prekindergarten-6 (offers virtual instruction).
What school district is James Otis part of?
James Otis is part of Boston School District.
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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