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Waterfront School

Public | PK-8 | 874 students

 

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Posted November 1, 2011

I graduated from Waterfront in 2000. Back then, the school was a nice place to be. Our Principal was Ms. Campbell. It seemed that the year I graduated (or maybe the year after) was the last time the school had a good reputation. My little cousins attend this school now. There is no discipline, none of the teachers care about the students, the school is always a mess, and don't even try to talk to the teachers about the students because they can't even remember their own kid's names. Do not send your child here.


Posted April 13, 2010

The love and nurturing that the teachers give to the diverse population of students, many of whom are refugees, is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

This school is terrible! Parents do not send your child to school here. The students have been enabled to act disrespectfully to adults. There is not a lot of time for studies because the discipline is not under control. school is unsafe. Principal is rude, never nice to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

This is a beautiful school, however, the tests scores aren't good, and Mrs. Brancatella is not a good principal. I visit periodically and iIam given attitude by some of the teachers for dropping in. I, and other parents have been told to visit by appointment only, Some of the teachers are very rude and yell often. They ask for double school supplies that they claim is for your child but give them to students in need, that is fine but I would like to see something set up where we can donate to children in need and not be led to believe these supplies are needed for our children and they aren't. On the other hand my child has had encounters with some of the best teachers in Buffalo at Waterfront! The music program is the best! Overall I am dissatisfied but with some improvements this school would be one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My Son has gone to Waterfront since Pre-K. he is now in 8th grade, and My dauighter went there until she passed away 3 years ago and I cannot believe the school only scored a 1. There has got to be a mistake, I have been extremely happy with all aspects of my experience with Waterfront. My Father wad a guidance Counselor for the Buffalo schools for over 20 years and he was also very happy with the curriculum as well as the personal attention the children get. I am looking forward to Him attending Leonardp DaVinci HS next year .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2007

Both my Son Aric and his Sister Autumn started at Waterfront School at the Pre-K level and have attended since. I have had nothing but positive experiences with all faculty both teachers and administration. Their support through the most tragic and painful time of out life, the Death of our daughter Autumn in Dec, 06 has been greatly appreciated. Perhaps my favorite thing about the school is the open invitation to sit in on any class at any time and view first hand what is going on from day to day while my children were at school. They also extend an invitation for us to join our child for lunch whenever we wish. I would highly reccomend Waterfront to any parent who wishes the best education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

even though im not a parent i am a student who did attend at this school . i love it sooo much . i went threre from 4-8 and the friendships there are unconditionaly compassionate and great . yeah kids are cruel to people some times but in this school kids except u 4 who u are and there are kids of all types from all over buffalo that attend here so its very hard to let them all go becuase you will have so many best friends at the end . the class sizes are great and the teachers here are surprisinly understanding of your needs and dislikes . they try and work around your rough edges and in the end you'll relize that they really did care about your high school attendance and your problems or needs .speaking of high school, waterfront helps you from the start to get into the high school that you prefer . IN MY OPINON , considering I switched schools so much , That this is the best school in Buffalo. Even the school itself looks great from the roof to the basement everthing in it, even the library and the tech rooms are excellent o put your child in the best school in buffalo , WATERFRONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL # 95 !
—Submitted by a former student


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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
21%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
13%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
10%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
9%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
31%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
7%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
11%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
20%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
1%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
19%
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 Students10%
Female19%
Male2%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islander6%
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population12%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English15%
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students18%
Female19%
Male18%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islander10%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
General population20%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English28%
Non-migrant18%
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 Students10%
Female14%
Male3%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islander6%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities0%
General population12%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English10%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students8%
Female9%
Male6%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islander15%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities0%
General population10%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English10%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant8%

Science

All Students68%
Female68%
Male67%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities59%
General population70%
English language learners43%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
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 Students6%
Female10%
Male0%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islander12%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities0%
General population7%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English5%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%

Math

All Students4%
Female5%
Male2%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islander5%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities0%
General population4%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English4%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant4%
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 Students8%
Female14%
Male2%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islander10%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population9%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant8%

Math

All Students16%
Female24%
Male6%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities8%
General population17%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant16%
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 Students5%
Female5%
Male5%
African American2%
Asian/Pacific Islander14%
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities0%
General population6%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English6%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant5%

Math

All Students3%
Female4%
Male2%
African American2%
Asian/Pacific Islander12%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities0%
General population3%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English3%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant3%
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 Students7%
Female6%
Male9%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islander7%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population9%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant7%

Math

All Students1%
Female0%
Male2%
African American2%
Asian/Pacific Islander0%
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White0%
Economically disadvantaged1%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population1%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English1%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant1%

Science

All Students35%
Female37%
Male33%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islander15%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities31%
General population35%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
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 1 50% 19%
Hispanic 1 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 15% 9%
White 1 13% 48%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 223%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 296%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 18%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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95 4th St
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 816-3900

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