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George Fischer Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 1394 students

 

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Posted January 22, 2014

We moved to the CCSD over the summer. Our daughter started 4th grade at KES. After a couple of months we were starting to get concerned about the school district. I called GFMS to see if I could set up a meeting with the principal for a tour and to have some questions concerned answered. I was transferred around to a couple different people before being told 'We don't do that. There are too many parents in the district to have individual meetings, you'll just have to wait until the spring when we have orientation for everyone.' We have since pulled our child from the district and have her in a private school. If they don't care about us, I can't care about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

Mr. Manfredonia's positive attitude, work & concern sets the tone for this great school. He cares about each student and truly wants to know if there is a problem. He now is handling 7-8th grades with Mr. LoPresti handling 5th and 6th but they work together hand-in-glove. Participate in the Science Fair every year. Request Mr. Wilbert for science in 7th -- students enjoy and learn about science, life and friendship. If your child loves music, make sure you keep it in 7th/8th -- it could fall off the schedule without anyone realizing -- they creatively resolve if you bring it to their attention. Orchestra is excellent and my son loved every minute. Mr. Callaghan does a great job...it's a travesty the board did not keep Mr. Stroffolino who made 5th grade bearable...better than therapy! Board must restore the 2nd orchestra teacher. Nice teamwork at GFMS between principal/guidance/teachers. I'm grateful for getting the value of a private school education from a public school. The two nurses walk on water and provide a haven for kids --- caring and kind while dispensing good medical attention...though the board needs to get a third nurse back for 1700+ students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

Like the elementary schools in the CCSD, the Middle School has a great deal of help for kids with IEPs (Special Ed) because it is State mandated but if your child is just a bit behind or confused, there is little to no support. Also, there is nothing for the brighter of the bunch. If your child is above average, don't go to any school in the CCSD. They just don't have anything for the smarter kids. For example, if you child is above average in math in 8th grade, they will send your child to the high school for 9th grade math! Imagine that...your child will be bused to the high school for a more advanced math class because the middle school does not have the students to make an entire class! Sad. Also, with all the budget cuts all of the sports and most of the extracurricular activities have been cut. BUT, the teachers still got raises. It amazes me how a district can cut all sports in a middle school but still hand out raises. As far as bullying, I don't think it is a huge problem but there are a few students who do what they want and there is no consequence. The curriculum is o.k.. Some teachers go out of their way to motivate and educate while others don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

also its sad that you peole complian about one or two deans if you raised your kids better we wouldn't even need a dean!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

The bullying problem still exists and, while the administration was receptive when parents complained, teachers ignored the issues in their classrooms, halls and playground - ridiculous!


Posted May 5, 2010

I love George Fischer School it has great teachers and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Yes, bullying is a big probelm but asked that my daughter not be on team with certain individuals & request was honored without hesitation. Never a probelm with teachers, more than willing to communicate & work with me to resolve issues. My son has special needs & some of teachers have gone above & beyond to assist his needs. Heard 8th grade drug problem & hs but it happens everywhere - teach your kids. The biggest problem is the bus, you couldn't pay me enough, these poor drivers have it tough. Not only are kids nasty, vulgar, disrespectful,... But create a dangerous situation. We need cameras on the buses!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

There is a serious bullying problem at this school which needs to be addressed by the school district. don t let your child be the next victim ! This school needs serious faculty and staff training on dealing with bullying they also need to allocate more personnel the the playground the student to faculty ratio is unacceptable.


Posted June 12, 2009

This school is owned by the cliques ; bullies go everywhere and people are made fun of constantly, according to my child. Don't send your child here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I like the school But they dont help me as much as i think they cann.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2008

My son had a terrible time there( 5th grade). His grade was so overcrowded , he was on the floor with the older grades, he was bullied, and harasssed and because of the size of the school and the 1-2 deans, there was little or nothing done to help him adjust to all the new things going on. I transferred him to a new school this year, and I have my great son back, high honor roll, respectful, and happy. I am glad I got him out before any permanent change was made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

I am a parent and a teacher at GFMS and I am thrilled with the activities available to the students; everything from golf to Academic Triathlon. The district makes every effort to improve communication with the parents and the community so they are aware of the many services in place. I may sound like a cheerleader --- because I am. I am proud of our district and the continuous effort put forth by all to perfect the middle school experience for each of our students. I feel very badly when I read a negative review from a former student. -- Middle school is a trying time but keep in mind that at GFMS, 'its about the kids'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

I am a former student. I had a horrible time there so much that I had to switch to a different school district. The classrooms are over crowded. Other than colleges schools should not have 1500+ students. with 400 students per grade it's hard for all of them to be disapplined by 1 or 2 dean of students. There are a few sports and other after school activities for older students in the 7th and 8th grade but if you are in 6th or 5th grade then your choices are very limmited. Many problems!


Posted July 1, 2007

The bathrooms for 5th and 6th graders are NOT like the others, they should be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2007

It's ok in some ways and not so ok in others. There are a lot of programs for kids who need extra help. For the kids who need extra challenge, there is a lot of pretty talk, but not much work, at least in the lower grades. Maybe they magically expect them to turn into AP material in HS after having hardly any homework or effort for 95s and 100s in the lower grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

This school is a very good school. the
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2006

I think that this school is wonderful for my two daughters who are both entering the 8th grade. They loved this school and say it was much better than their private school they used to go to. I would highly reccomand any new comers to go to this school. The drug issue is not as bad as most parents seem to think. The teachers keep my daughters in line and help keep them out of trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

I had my children in private school and transferred them to George Fisher 2 years ago. The school is great. The teachers are really concerned with having your children excel - they offer extra help, study sessions before tests, and homework help. These teachers go above and beyond to help. The principal is warm, caring and helpful and really makes you feel he truly cares about your children. The sports, music and clubs they offer are numerous. It is a school to be proud of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

Excellent, quality school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Great school, great teachers. Children are very happy here. An Abundance of music, art and sports available in every grade.
—Submitted by a parent


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 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 30% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
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 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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

288 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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 2 77% 48%
Hispanic 1 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Black 1 3% 19%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 115%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 58%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. WILLIAM MANFREDONIA

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