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Pleasant Valley School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 1, 2012

After four years at Pleasant Valley, my family is very pleased with the school. Every teacher my daughters have had has been very caring and involved, very focused on learning and able to push my daughters to reach their potentials. I absolutely love my older daughter's current teacher. Communication is good with the school and the teachers. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to get involved. My older daughter is taking violin lessons at the school, free of charge, using a violin provided by the school. They have also taught her how to play a recorder. She's consistently earned their Math Masters' awards and is in the top group in her class. The teacher is bright enough to provide her class with work in varying degrees of difficulty so that no one gets left behind, but at the same time the more advanced students aren't doing work that's too easy for them. We've also had a couple of problems with other students over the years (nothing major), but the teachers and principal have taken those seriously and handled the issues quickly, and actually, much more effectively than I was expecting. I have nothing but praise for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

My son has been attending PV for the last two years. While we've been lucky with the teachers he's had, the overall school climate is lacking. The principal appears to be nice and is professional, but you come to realize that she really does not hold a vested interest in the students. The office staff can be a turn off and do not make a good first impression. The PTO tries to implement fun programs and activities for the students, but with inadequate leadership, it's usefulness is severely declining. If you expect a welcoming environment when walking into this school, you will be seriously disappointed. If you do not have a choice but to attend this school, be sure to set your expectations very low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

My daughter has been going to this school since pre-school and now she is in 2nd Grade. I'm extremely happy with the staff and curriculam. I just do not see any negetive things about this school. My daughter is extremely happy going to Plesant valley school in Groton!!!!! The teachers take special interest in each individual student's progress and continuously work on strategies to improvise their performance! And now, I'm excited to say that even my Son has got full-time Kindergarten admission in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

For those of you reading these reviews, ignore all the old ones. Many go online and write a bad review when they're mad but very few does the opposite. My son have been going here for 2 years now. About a year ago they got a new Principal and she is very nice and professional. Also some old teachers have retired or moved and they have a really good staff now. My son get's challenged in his class room to always do better, when a group of kids gets ahead on a curriculum the teacher personalizes the material for the level of each kid and doesn't hold anyone back. Parent teacher conferences are very informative and they keep you informed on all the activities going on in the school. PTO is very involved. The building condition is good, cafeteria staff is nice. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. Your kids education is a 2 stage one: school and home. Get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

Before going to PV my oldest son went to Mary Morrission but due to housing moving us we were forced to send both of our children to Pleasant Valley this school year. We have had nothing but problems. When we address them with the staff we are talked down to and nothing is done about it. My oldest was being bullied for the first four months of school and that didn't stop until my husband, who was on deployment at the time, called from Africa and talked to them. I am so glad that we got the call today that due to overcrowding they are redistricting again and we will be at a new school next year. There are a few very good teachers at PV but thats it. The rest of the staff we found very rude and unconcerned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

This is the worst school my children have ever attended. We are so glad to have moved. Very cold and unprofessional staff and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%

Reading

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Writing

All Students77%
Femalen/a
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female77%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%

Writing

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Reading

All Students78%
Female87%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students82%
Female83%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students90%
Female100%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 61%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Black 8% 13%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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380 Pleasant Valley Rd Sou
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 449-5600

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