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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.


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.

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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

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, 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.

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

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

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, 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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

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, 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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% 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, 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

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, 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 33% 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 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

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, 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 Students29%
Female29%
Male30%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities6%
General population35%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant29%

Math

All Students28%
Female28%
Male28%
African American19%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities6%
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English28%
Non-migrant28%
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%
Female40%
Male26%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities5%
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students19%
Female11%
Male24%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male96%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities89%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students9%
Female12%
Male7%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilities0%
General population12%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%

Math

All Students5%
Female6%
Male4%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities0%
General population7%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant5%
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 Students16%
Female10%
Male23%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities0%
General population21%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant16%

Math

All Students23%
Female23%
Male24%
African American15%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities0%
General population30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
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 Students18%
Female18%
Male19%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities0%
General population21%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%

Math

All Students12%
Female8%
Male18%
African American8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities0%
General population15%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
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 Students17%
Female17%
Male17%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities12%
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Math

All Students7%
Female6%
Male10%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities12%
General population6%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English7%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant7%

Science

All Students64%
Female68%
Male58%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities40%
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
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
Black 2 41% 19%
White 1 36% 48%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Two or more races 1 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 177%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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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