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John H West School

Public | K-5 | 508 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2014

It has been a wonderful school for both my children. Teachers are very caring and nurturing. They work hard for our children and give them an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

Average, at best... I moved to Plainedge from a neighboring community mainly because of their schools, but have yet to see anything "wonderful". High taxes but low standards and a lot of phony people in charge here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love the feeling of community that comes from the school. The Principal , teachers and staff truly care about each and every child as an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The Principal, Mrs. Muscarella, is the best and the teachers all care about their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

john h west is like a family where the kids come first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

West is a great school because it has a very caring staff. My daughter always come home with a smile and a great story to tell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The teachers always make learning fun. My daughter always comes home with new rhymes to remember how something is done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

John H West is full of amazing staff and students! The teachers are very nice and understanding, and the principal lets the kids enjoy themselves! I always see kids enter and leave school with a smile on their face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

We have a great school because we have the best Principal with the best teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

We pull together as a community to give our kids everything they need
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

John H. West is not only a great school....it's also a family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Johm H. West was my husbands school growing up. He insisted that the kids go there. After the my kids spent 3 years in the school i saw why my husband wanted this school. The principal, Carol Muscarella, impressed me the most with her caring and involvment. Our first year there she nknew my name just after a couple of days( and i am not up there pften). She made it a point to learn the students names and thier parents names. I know this is a great school because even when my kids are feeling run down and not 100% and i say stay home so dont catch anything they cry to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I went there as a child and now my kids are there. It has always felt like family. The teachers and principal make you feel at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I love john h west school because the teaching staff are all very caring and really have the childrens' best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

We have the best students,parents, and Teachers on Long Island!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The great sense of community that the staff instills in our children. Top notch, state of the art classrooms, motivated teachers, great support staff and a wonderful principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

They have the the best teacher's They care and give so much of there time either after school during. There hearts make our children better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

The school offers adequate support systems for extra curricular activities. Quality of academic programs are superior compared to other area schools. Children who are need of additional help are ensured of provision of the same adequately.
—Submitted by a staff


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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%
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%
Female65%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant50%

Math

All Students51%
Female56%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant51%
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 Students32%
Female31%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities10%
General population35%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students58%
Female46%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities30%
General population61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Science

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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%
Female43%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities0%
General population41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students54%
Female56%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities20%
General population60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 90% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 1 0% 19%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 214%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 61%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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  • MS. CAROL MUSCARELLA

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