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Alexander Middle School-High School

Public | 6-12 | 514 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted October 21, 2010

The new staff from administrative to teachers, aides and all support departments have made such a significant difference to all the students from Middle through to High School at Alexander! I am the proud parent of one of the High School teachers there, and although I may be "prejudice" due to my relationship, I think the new flux of younger staff is exhilarating---they bring in fresh ideas, are full of energy, and spread this amongst their students. Our younger staff today is so much more educated in all the needs of young students, today. I hate to disagree with one of the former student teachers who posted here, but we need young and fresh teachers! Just look at the work force outside the school system--young people everywhere graduating from prestigous colleges all over WNY areas and working in today's work force. Where have you been, I have to wonder?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My daughter attends there and I have never had a problem. We have one pf the best sports programs I have a seen. Great teachers and students. All around its the best place to be!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2008

This School has been very helpful in structuring & guiding my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

I am a parent in the district, but my experience with the school is as a substitute teacher and swim coach. I have taught all grades. The school is clean and well-kept, though not as good as it used to be (I am 1997 alumni). The teachers are overall very good, though their older, more experienced teachers are beginning to retire (my dad this year). Overall this is a great place to have a family, but the quality of education seems to be heading down - this is mostly due to a break-up of the family in the area, but as with all new teachers, their training is insufficient and excacerbates the problem.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 23, 2005

My four children have attended or are still in acs. My one disappointment is the sports program. My children lost interest because the coaches had their favorites playing all the time. The academic program was great but the quality of some of the teachers has declined. Instant judgements are made on some students and generally the system lets them fall through the cracks.One of my children experienced that first hand.he graduated but I had to deal with counselors and priciples to get him the help he needed. They gave up on him ,I didnt.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 34% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects 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. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

12 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
100%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students89%
Students with disabilities57%
General population94%

Geometry

All Students98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population98%

Global History and Geography

All Students84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students94%
Students with disabilities80%
General population95%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Students with disabilities100%
General population94%

Physics

All Students75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population75%

U.S. History and Government

All Students93%
Students with disabilities69%
General population98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 48%
Black 1% 19%
Hispanic 1% 23%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 12%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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3314 Buffalo St
Alexander, NY 14005
Phone: (585) 591-1551

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