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Veterans Park Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 344 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 26, 2013

A wonderful small school with a caring, respectful community of students, families and staff. A fun, happy place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

We are so happy with our Veterans Park experience and feel very fortunate to have it as our neighborhood school. The staff is very supportive of our child's needs and we find the staff to be excellent. The new principal is a very talented educator
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I have found this school, over the years to support students and parents. The staff has become more professional as the years go on. The current principal is a leader in the education community. The staff has an excellent reputation in their abilities and and the measures they will go to to help all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

Veterans Park is, by all measures, an excellent school that promotes academic achievement and respect. The principal and teachers have been highly supportive and encouraging and I have always found them to be very accessible. It is truly a wonderful learning community. I have been delighted with my experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

VP would receive 5 stars were it not for the principal. All the qualities that make a superlative elementary education were in place prior to her arrival. Teacher quality, while mostly great, has deteriorated due to the bullied turnover of experienced, results oriented staff for young, inexperienced, easily manipulated staff. CMT scores have deteriorated. Any metrics, hard or soft, used to measure student or parent satisfaction with this environment are abysmal. Any other choice within Ridgefield would be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

Veterans Park has been a great neighborhood school until the hiring of the current principal. Test scores have deteriorated and the quality of teachers is slowly going down as well. Your child is expected to be "perfect" in every way and if your child is a child with an opinion and does not fly under the radar, rest assured he/she will be labeled a problem from the first day. Instead of building children up for future success, the principal enjoys humiliation and disgrace and this way of thinking is passed on to the teachers. Personal experience with the principal in particular has shown a propensity for deceitfulness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

The principle is a nightmare, she is more interested in limiting law suits and following the letter of the law than she is in educating children. She is difficult to communicate with and the teachers seem afraid of her. As for the teachers they seem, OK. My kids has liked them all, but they are limited in what they want to do and say. They rarely notice children having issues and work, what appears to be in fear, of the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 67% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Writing

All Students88%
Female95%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students90%
Female88%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Writing

All Students83%
Female93%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 92% 62%
Hispanic 4% 19%
Asian 3% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Ridgefield, CT 06877
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