James Otis

218 Marion Street
East Boston, MA 02128
(School attendance zone shown in map)
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Serving 404 students in grades Prekindergarten-6, James Otis ranks in the bottom 50% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 35-39% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 41%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 30-34% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 44%).
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the Massachusetts state level of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 81% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 44% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 81%
  • : Bottom 50% in MA
  • : 35-39% (Btm 50%)
  • : 30-34% (Btm 50%)
  • : 21-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

School Overview

James Otis's student population of 404 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 32 teachers has grown by 18% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
404 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
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Students by Grade
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School Rankings

James Otis ranks within the bottom 50% of all 1,631 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of James Otis is 0.45, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (MA)
#1029 out of 1631 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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35-39%
41%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of James Otis and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
30-34%
44%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of James Otis and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
21-39%
44%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of James Otis and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of public schools in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
12:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
72%
23%
This chart displays the percentage of Hispanic students in James Otis and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Black
5%
10%
This chart displays the percentage of Black students in James Otis and the percentage of Black public school students in Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
White
19%
56%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in James Otis.
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Massachusetts.
0.45
This chart displays the diversity score of James Otis and the public school average diversity score of Massachusetts by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
67%
35%
This chart displays 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 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
2%
5%
This chart displays 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: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is James Otis's ranking?
James Otis is ranked #1029 out of 1,631 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?
35-39% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 41% MA state average), while 30-34% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 44% MA state average).
How many students attend James Otis?
404 students attend James Otis.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
72% of James Otis students are Hispanic, 19% of students are White, 5% of students are Black, 2% 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 13:1, which is higher 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.

School Reviews

2   9/28/2020
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.
- Posted by Parent - Concerned Mom

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 81%
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 35-39% (Btm 50%)
  • : 30-34% (Btm 50%)
  • : 21-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MA Dept. of Education

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