Monomoy Middle School Ranked Highest On Cape For Second Year

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District , Monomoy Regional Middle School

Seventh grade peer leaders (standing, from left) Kassandra Cruz and Alli Miller show the ropes to incoming students (from left) Julianna Ware, Riley Vath and Jack Sheeran. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

Based on MCAS scores, progress for English language learners and attendance rates, the Monomoy Regional School District earned high marks from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, receiving the highest accountability rating of any pre-K through 12th grade school district on Cape Cod.

Meanwhile, state education officials ranked Monomoy Middle School as having the highest “accountability rating” of any middle school on the Cape for the second year running.

The DESE accountability system is designed to help schools improve their performance and is used by communities and state officials to decide how to allocate resources. Performance indicators include MCAS English and math scores, one-year indicators of student progress, progress towards English proficiency for English learners, and rates of chronic absenteeism.

Monomoy Regional High School has the sixth highest accountability rating of the 11 Cape high schools, Harwich Elementary is tied for the fifth highest accountability rating of the 23 rated Cape elementary schools, and Chatham Elementary is ranked 15th of 24 rated similar schools.

“Monomoy’s highly qualified and hardworking teaching staff are the clear drivers behind the success of our students and of our schools,” Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter wrote in a news release announcing the ratings. “Our district also has a focus on the whole child, targeted and differentiated supports, strong family and community support, innovative programs, visionary administrators, and motivated students -- all of which contribute to the success of Monomoy schools.”

With an accountability percentile of 74 percent, Monomoy Regional Middle School is again at the top among Cape Cod middle schools. Other Cape middle schools’ accountability percentiles range from 40 to 58 percent.

“Our staff is extraordinarily dedicated and talented, and they take the time to get to know each child as an individual before they tailor their instruction to address each child’s unique strengths and needs,” Monomoy Middle School Principal Mark Wilson said. “That approach allows each student at Monomoy to achieve impressive growth.”

At this week’s meeting of the Chatham Board of Selectmen, board member Cory Metters shared the news.

“Congratulations to the staff and students,” he said. “Well done.”