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District Report Card Details Enrollment, Technology & Other Foxborough Public Schools Stats

The district report card is a first of its kind that provides an overview of the town’s schools, which was created as part of Foxborough’s Strategic Plan approved by the Foxborough School Committee in May 2011.

In an effort to improve how it shares important information about Foxborough’s public schools with the community, the administration has issued its first district report card.

The report, which was mailed out to the Foxborough community over the weekend, provides residents with a helpful overview of the town’s five public schools as part of the district’s strategic plan.

The report details enrollment, MCAS and SAT scores, technology highlights, AP courses and more.

Here’s a closer look at the 2012 district report card:

Enrollment (Fall 2012)

  • District-wide: 2,793
  • Foxborough High School: 849
  • Ahern Middle School: 899
  • Burrell Elementary School: 371
  • Igo Elementary School: 375
  • Taylor Elementary School: 280
  • Out-of-District: 19

Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (Fall 2012)

  • District-wide: 16.27 percent
  • Foxborough High School: 16.01 percent
  • Ahern Middle School: 14.79 percent
  • Burrell Elementary School (excludes preschool): 18.37 percent
  • Igo Elementary School: 18.93 percent
  • Taylor Elementary School: 17.14 percent

Special Education population (Fall 2012)

  • District-wide: 15.72 percent
  • Foxborough High School: 17.90 percent
  • Ahern Middle School: 17.46 percent
  • Burrell Elementary School: 12.93 percent
  • Igo Elementary School: 11.47 percent
  • Taylor Elementary School: 13.21 percent

MCAS Scores (2012)

Across all 17 MCAS tests, an average of 74 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in 2012.

Technology Highlights

Burrell Elementary School

  • Computers: 111
  • Computer lab: 1
  • Wi-Fi access points: 1
  • Percent of classrooms with interactive white boards: 80
  • Percent of classrooms with mounted projectors: 80

Igo Elementary School

  • Computers: 146
  • Computer lab: 1
  • Wi-Fi access points: 3
  • Percent of classrooms with interactive white boards: 80
  • Percent of classrooms with mounted projectors: 80

Taylor Elementary School

Computers: 107

Computer lab: 1

Wi-Fi access point: 1

Percent of classrooms with interactive white boards: 80

Percent of classrooms with mounted projectors: 80

Ahern Middle School

  • Computers: 511
  • Computer labs: 8
  • Wi-Fi access points:
  • Percent of classrooms with interactive white boards: 34
  • Percent of classrooms with mounted projectors: 73

Foxborough High School

  • Computers: 361
  • Computer labs: 9
  • Wi-Fi access points: 6
  • Percent of classrooms with interactive white boards: 46
  • Percent of classrooms with mounted projectors: 53

Class of 2012

Over the past three years, an average of 92 percent of Foxborough High School students have pursued continuing education.

SAT Testing (2012)

93 percent of the class of 2012 took the SAT exam. Foxborough’s mean SAT scores for 2012 were critical reading: 534; math: 550; writing: 540.

Advanced Placement AP Courses:

FHS offers the following AP courses: English language, literature, statistics, calculus, European history, U.S. history, U.S. government, Spanish, French, biology, chemistry, virtual high school.

  • 129 FHS students took AP courses last year and 244 exams were administered. The average AP score was 3.48 (0-5 scale).
  • 83.5 percent of students who took AP courses scored three or better, which qualifies them to receive college credit or advanced placement.

Virtual High School

FHS is a member of the Virtual High School Global Consortium, which allows FHS students to take online courses from more than 150 different offerings.

Kindergarten Options

Foxborough Public Schools offer both full-day and half-day kindergarten classes at the Burrell, Igo and Taylor Elementary Schools. There is an additional fee for the full-day program with an option for free/reduced tuition. Full-day kindergarten programs offer many benefits, including expansion of instructional time, deeper concept and vocabulary development, opportunities for project-based learning and a more integrated early learning experience.

Did You Know …

  • Boston Magazine’s list of Best Public Schools ranked Foxborough 36th in 2011.
  • Boston Magazine ranked Foxborough High School 42nd in Boston’s Best Schools: Top 50 Ranking High Schools in Boston and Boston suburbs, 2012.
  • Foxborough’s per pupil expenditure for FY11 was $12,855 compared to the statewide average per pupil expenditure of $13,361, providing a “good value for the dollar.”
  • Average class sizes ranger from 18-20 students at the elementary level and 22-24 at the secondary level.
  • No fees are charged for athletics, transportation, parking or extracurricular clubs and activities.
  • FPS owns and operates its own transportation service, as well as before and after care childcare programs.
  • A wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities are provided at the elementary, middle and high schools with no fees.
  • Foxborough’s award-winning music program consistently ranks among the country’s top music programs with performances and honors from around the state, country and world.
  • Foxborough students were awarded 19 scholastic art awards at the prestigious Boston Globe sponsored competition.
  • Foxborough enjoys strong partnerships with several local businesses and community agencies. These include generous parent groups (PTOs/PACs), Invensys, the Kraft organization, the Hockomock Area YMCA, Stop & Shops, Tri-Town Drug and Alcohol Awareness Partnership, FACES and many others.

The district’s four main objectives as part of the strategic plan

  • Objective 1: To continue to offer a curriculum that is rigorous and dynamic and promotes high levels of achievement for all students.
  • Objective 2: To continue to strengthen school culture, ensuring that students, staff and all stakeholders feel valued, safe and have a voice.
  • Objective 3: To prepare students with skills for the 21st century (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) by maximizing the use of educational technology.
  • Objective 4: To maintain strong support for public education within the town of Foxborough.

Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli said strong community support is critical to the success of the district’s students.

“A collaborative relationship between the town and the school department, coupled with a history of successful financial management of the town, has helped the Foxborough Public Schools maintain a high standard of excellence in our preK-12 public education program as we continue to move from ‘great to greater,’” Spinelli said.

Spinelli said through the district’s strategic plan, the focus is on “continuous improvement in student achievement and academic rigor, strengthening the school culture, preparing students for a healthy and successful future, and maintaining public support for education.”

Specific goals and strategies to achieve the objectives are outlined in the full plan, which is posted on the Foxborough Public Schools’ website.

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