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Windermere Blvd School

Public | PK-5 | 795 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2013

Excellent start for any child. The school is very diverse unlike a lot of the suburban schools in this area. The staff is very freindly and caring. I have two kids that attend Windermere elementary and honestly I have nothing negative to say about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2012

I had an earlier review removed so I will post another. My son entered Windermere in the 5th Grade after transferring from Hamburg Schools. He has special needs and I feel his teacher Heather Rogers did nothing to meet these needs and was condescending towards my son and myself. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

Windermere is an outstanding school!! The teachers and staff are incredibly talented, caring and responsive to your needs. The school is warm and inviting. There are many fun events for students and parents. The teachers are truly the BEST - really top-notch. So well versed and trained in every aspect. We love Windermere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

Windermere is terrific!!! The students are so proud to be there, as well as the teachers and staff. There is a stong sense of community. There is a laser-like focus on academic success and achievement. The students and staff work incredibly hard. Windermere is a very special place!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 1, 2010

I have twin boys that go to this school (Kindergarten).The staff, from the principal to the teachers have been excellent.Their teachers are challenging my boy's in a supportive way, always teaching. not just the three Rs but coping skills, good citizen skills and respecting each other skills. What else could a parent ask for. This school routinely has things going on after school to keep the parents and community involved and up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Windermere is a school where every staff member is focused on the children. The atmosphere is supportive and nurturing, enabling the kids to work to their full potential. I have seen my son and the children in his classroom grow in so many ways, not only academically but also in their character development. The focus of the school and our children in one of inclusion in this diverse environment, where every individual is respected and supported. The Windermere community is doing it right and as a parent I am both proud and incredibly grateful to be a part of this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

This is my son's 3rd year at Windermere. He started there with the UPK program. I have been involved with the PTA for all 3 years and have found it very rewarding. I recommend contacting the VP of Membership of the PTA. She will respond promptly to your request.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

If you re a hands-on parent, this is not the school for you and your child. Windermere takes a trust me, I know what s best for your child approach. The staff is very condescending if you ask questions. District personnel ignore complaints and do not return phone calls. I submitted my membership to the PTA months ago and never received a response.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2008

My daughter is in the 3rd grade and has attended Windermere since Kindergarten. Windermere is such a diverse environment which I absolutely love, the teachers really work beyond expectations (they are really their for the students), there is such a huge parental involvement which is excellent to our children's learning experience and the lines of communication between school and parent is always open. Overall, I feel truly bleseed to have my daughter in a great school and a safe and diverse environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

My daughter attended kindergarten at Windermere. We were extremely pleased with her experience at the school! Wonderful teachers, and Ms. Lavin, the principal knows the names of every student and it is obvious that she cares deeply for each of them. There were 19 kids in her class with one teacher and a full time aide. There were also speech and ESL teachers in the classroom frequently as some of the students were new to the USA. My daughter is very bright and her teacher was able to keep her challenged and engaged while meeting the needs of a wonderfully diverse class full of children. We recently moved out of state and our new school has 27 kids in the class with one teacher, no aides and fewer resources to meet the needs of my daughter. We miss and appreciate Windermere even more than we thought we would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

We love Windermere! So many involved families and wonderful teachers. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

school is great, and so r the teachers.....the principal is helpful and overall a very good environment for your child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

This school is a great public school. The curriculum is excellent and well implemented. It provides options like multi-age and looping opportunities which really serve the students well. Some people in the area mistakenly think Amherst's other elementary school is better because it has better test scores,. They fail to recognize that many students are not native English speakers and are at a disadvantage when it comes to standardized tests. Yet studetns who attend Windermre benefit from the classroom diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2006

We've been very pleased with Windermere. The school has a great atmosphere--every adult at the school seems to know every child's name. With over 700 children, that is quite an accomplishment, and speaks well of the amount of individualized attention Windermere gives to each child. It also lends to a structured and disciplined environment. Children at Windermere generally know the rules, and follow them. Our child has been at Windermere for four years, and has had four excellent, though very different, teachers. Each has come to know our child's strengths and weaknesses, and has tailored instruction and disciplinary techniques accordingly. Communications between parents and teachers are good. A great strength of Windermere is the diversity of the student body. Teachers and administrators as well as parents really value the presence of a multi-ethnic community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

I love this school. The looping program is a great way to leap frog your child into the next grade. They miss nothing. My son was ina class of 18 as a 1st grader. They had a full time aid and extra reading specialists that pushed in. The art and music and library programs were fantastic. All children receive free swim lessons in 3rd grade at the school pool. The community approach to this school made me proud to choose this school. A very diverse, warm and professional learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Excellent scholl, teachers, comunity and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

I have a daughter at windermere Blvd school and the quality of the education is great.the extracurricular activities are plentiful.The teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

We are very happy with Windermere. The teachers are always very enthusiastic and sincere in their efforts. I especially like the multi-age classroom options. I am happy that there is a diverse cultural population at Windermere. I would highly recommend Windermere Boulevard Elementary to any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

I was blessed enough to have moved to this district last Summer, so I have not experienced the frustrations of the 'principal turnover' that I have heard so much about. In my family's experience, Ms. Lavin and Mr. Lewis are very dedicated principals with genuine concern for the best interest of all of our children here at Windermere. I have been impressed with the eagerness at Windermere to constantly improve. I am disappointed that my second grader seems to have had little to no challenge in any subject this year, yet on the flip side - my kindergartner has received tremendous help through school resources with his personal struggles reading this year, which has brought him up to grade level as June approaches. My family was welcomed into Windermere with open arms - from the principals to the teachers to the PTA and everyone in-between! Thank You Windermere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

I find that the Kindergarten program to be one of the best. The teachers are kind, thoughtfull, and full of idaes that truly sparked my childs mind. I could never thank them enough for giving my child the best start in school that any parent would want. I know my child has been blessed because he was your student. Thank you Mrs. Korn Rothschild and Mrs. Rottner.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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 30% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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

All Students50%
Female56%
Male43%
African American32%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Math

All Students43%
Female43%
Male43%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant43%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students46%
Female60%
Male36%
African American26%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities5%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Math

All Students47%
Female56%
Male40%
African American26%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities5%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male86%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities59%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students34%
Female41%
Male29%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities18%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students31%
Female29%
Male32%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islander45%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities24%
General population32%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

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 1 60% 48%
Black 2 24% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
Two or more races 2 4% 1%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 7%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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291 Windermere Blvd
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 362-4100

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