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P.S. 81

Public | PK-8 | 595 students

 

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Posted September 16, 2013

School 81 is a great school for my granddaughter. The teachers are trying their best and the security is also good. The web sites are only as good as the teachers that use them. Ms. Gompah does a great job with pics and info as to what her class does I only hope the teacher this year is the same. Parental involvement seems nill. There needs to be more mixed family after school activities I do see so much going on in the other elementary schools on the calendar but do not see any specific for school 81. Holiday concerts, school bake sales ... Still very pleased. New look to the school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

This is a horrible school! The teachers are very unfriendly as well as inconsiderate. The way they speak to the students is terrible, constantly yelling and putting the children down. I have recently pulled my child from this school and it was the best decision ever. My child is at a much better school and is thriving as well as going beyond his potential! I am disgusted by this school and would never recommend it to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

As a parent of a former student, I rate this school below average compared to all schools in WNY. If you want to compare it to just buffalo schools, it's probably a little better than average. Pros: good teachers, strong principal, disciplined classrooms. The kids don't run the show in this building. Cons: too much focus on test prep, few extras (field trips, programs, etc), and a really rough group of students especially in the junior high. Seems like the crowd got tougher and tougher every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Mrs cornfield is the main reason. She took great strength in helping to connect to the right services for my special needs child and now he has been a total changed person. For her caring and devotion i owe her so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

This school is the best thing that ever happened to my children. the Teachers,Principals and staff are all the #1. They are more than teachers,they are friends,and people my kids can turn to if they have a problem and not be yelled at or rejected. I wouldn't have them go anywhere else. My son graduates from 8th grade this June and is VERY sad about leaving here. I have nothing BUT good things to say about this wonderful school and the people in it. D.M.M.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2007

would be a great school if there were a parent teacher group to join
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

this is an amazing school with wonderful teachers and high academic standards. there is music art, and many sports and after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2003

P.S. 81 is a small community school. I am satisfied with the elementary school. My granddaughter has attended since kindergarten and I was quite satisfied until last year, when her teacher was replaced in the middle part of the year. We will more than likely move her to a private school by grade 6 if the school grade average for 8th grade testing doesn't improve.


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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 31% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
38%
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 30% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

56 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
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 30% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%
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 30% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 41% 19%
White 36% 48%
Hispanic 14% 23%
Two or more races 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Asian 2% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 32%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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  • MR. ROBERT CLEMENS

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167 E Utica St
Buffalo, NY 14208
Phone: (716) 816-4060

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