Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School

  • Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School serves 359 students in grades 7-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 36% (which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 52%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 60% (which is higher than the Massachusetts state average of 56%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Massachusetts for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the Massachusetts state level of 13:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Massachusetts state average of 40% (majority Hispanic).

Top Placements

Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School places among the top 20% of public schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

  • Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School's student population of 359 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 35 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Total Students359 students
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Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,666 schools in Massachusetts (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The diversity score of Sizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School is 0.48, 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 DataThis SchoolState Level (MA)
Overall Testing Rank#1060 out of 1666 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
36%
52%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
60%
56%
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Student : Teacher Ratio10:113:1
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American Indian
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Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
21%
20%
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Black
5%
9%
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White
69%
60%
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Hawaiian
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n/a
Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.480.59
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Graduation Rate60-79%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
39%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
4%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSizer School: A North Central Charter Essential School District

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Over 15 After School Clubs, Sizer Theater Arts Club (SiTA)
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, MA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Sizer is a free & public charter school located in Fitchburg, MA, serving students in grades seven through twelve.
  • In a nutshell, our educational philosophy engages students in active learning and gives them voice in their educational journey. Our scholars develop skills focused on personal academic achievement and responsibility both in & out of the classroom. We believe that all students - regardless of where they start - can leave Sizer with the necessary tools to succeed in life and become leaders in their own communities. Our faculty and staff are some of the most dedicated and talented professionals in Massachusetts and are deeply committed to crafting engaging lessons, encouraging creativity, and guiding students as they grow and learn.
  • OUR MISSION: Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School, is a public school where students are known personally, challenged intellectually, and participate actively in their learning. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who THINK for themselves, CARE about others, and ACT creatively and responsibly.
  • OUR VISION: We are an innovative public school that meets each and every student where they are as individuals and learners. We do what it takes to inspire passionate, creative and life-long learners who achieve personal greatness, are prepared for the future and engage with and give back to the world.

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School Reviews

  3.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
2  
My son just started, and I am disappointed it is not at all what promised...they also lied to me getting ready to change things.
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WOW! I am sorry that you feel that way. My first question to ask is ... Did you ever try and work it out? I have found on many occasions that NCCES is very open to try and solve problems or issues. For my family NCCES has been a wonderful and rewarding educational experience. I am a parent of two NCCES students, and soon my youngest will go there as well. First, I need to mention the school's mission: Think, Care, Act. That mission has created a warm and loving community made up of Students, Teachers, Parents, Staff, and people within the community. NCCES is an Essential School and they incorporate the 10 Principle's of Essential Schools into their curriculum. NCCES offers a wonderful education with high standards. They have a strong academic program, where they individually educate each student (whether or not they are on an IEP). In addition to the regular education, I also can say that the Special Education program at NCCES is amazing. Class sizes are also key to NCCES's success. Most classes have between 10-14 students (max 20 students in a class). The students are all assigned to an academic advisor, and must create a portfolio of their completed work that represents certain academic standards. In addition to that, every senior must complete a senior project in order to graduate. It is important to note that ALL (100%) of the graduating class of 2010 are going onto a secondary education. At their graduation, which I attended, there were 6 students who chose (and they were not chosen) to speak to their fellow peers, and honored guests at their graduation. It was wonderful to see students so charged and engaged about their education and their positive experiences at NCCES. The school offers sports programs in the fall and spring. They have a wonderful Drama club that puts on two productions a year. This year NCCES participated in the Fay School's Rube Goldberg Machine Competition (an invitation only event), and they have been invited back next year. There are many other activities at the school as well that offers great opportunities for the students to expand their NCCES experience. Parents have an active roll at NCCES. First, there are three major meetings during the year, where you are an active participant of your child's education. Your child, your child's advisory teacher, and you sit down and create learning goals, share your child's learning experience, and also later in the year share in your child's portfolio (a major part in their NCCES education). Parents are also able to participate in the NCCES PTO, volunteer at the school, help with the many organizations/activities at NCCES, and also have representation on the NCCES Board of Trustees. We currently have 3 parent reps serving on the Board. I would, and do, recommend this school for a quality education. Embrace NCCES and you will go far!
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This school ruined my daughters life. The incompetent unprofesional staff participated in inappropriate behavior with my child. The administration refused to address the admitted guilty offenders and instead participated in a cover up. There are not any approprate bounderies between the staff and students. Parents BEWARE!
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