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Richard H O Rourke Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 765 students

 
 

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Posted September 3, 2010

THE BEST school district I have ever lived in. The middle school is widely known for its academic achievements and expansive opportunities for kids to really push the envelope in learning. This could only be done with a) teachers able and willing to put in the extra effort, b) significant parent involvement, and c) administration encouragement. Also extremely well managed from a fiscal standpoint.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

I love O'Rourke Middle School because all the teachers go out of their way to help the students excel! It has such a great facility that is always sparkling! The students are so nice to one another compared to other schools and everyone always has a smile! The teachers are well qualified and discipline is always used when necessary. The morale at this school shines right through and the 'spartan' symbol, along with maroon and white are worn with much pride. The Burnt Hills district continually gives back to the community. A student, Jacob Shell, the son of O'Rourke Middle School english teacher, and high school varsity football teams coach was diagnosed with cancer and the Burnt Hills families reached out beyond belief! They helped to raise thousands and thousands of dollars to help out the Shell family and Burnt Hills is known for being 'Shellstrong'. You can add orange to the list of school colors, that one was Jacob's favorite. Middle School students always put others before themselves, Jacob is a great example, this school honestly amazes me each and everyday with their kindness!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

This school has the same name as me! I think it is named after me.


Posted August 13, 2007

This school has some of the most dedicated teachers you will ever see. Administration has adopted a cover-your-butt mentality that makes it difficult for teachers to help kids excel, but I have been pleased with my child's overall experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

Poor communication between parents and teachers. The school treats the kids like criminals and the kids live up to this. Parents are discouraged from participating in the school. They do, however have extracurricular programming provided by PTA. Nice area, though.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 29% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

233 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
87%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 29% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

228 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
87%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 36% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 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 1 96% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
Black 1 1% 19%
Hispanic 2 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 16%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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173 Lakehill Rd
Burnt Hills, NY 12027
Phone: (518) 399-9141

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