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Kent Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 520 students

 

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Posted February 7, 2014

It doesn't. It passes the buck while trying to blame the parents. The staff and personnel make it up as they go along. The school is not eqipped or properly trained to handle the rapid increase of children with special needs and the like. There is no proactive apporach, it is wait until there is a major problem and hope that it goes away or force it to. Google Carrmel Central School District and lawuits. Further investigation brings you to many of the cases involving special education. The budget for the school is mismanaged with some personnel making over $200k with steady annually increases while cutting services in past years. Think twice about enrollment if you have a special needs child. Their services are limited (if you're lucky enough to get them) and substandard given today's available resources. This district needs a major overhaul starting from the top down. There is one star because it wouldn't let me choose none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

My daughter is in fourth grade at KES and struggles in school. The team at KES has been very responsive to her needs. While she hasn't been diagnosed with a learning disability at the district level, they recognize that she needs certain accommodations like extra time and quiet location. She has received RTI and AIS support as well - in a variety of forms from pull-out to push-in. Her teachers have been amazing at providing extra support and are very communicative with us (her parents). The district evaluation experience was very frustrating (I recommend getting a private evaluation - we're still in the process of going this route) but the school has more than helped support our daughters needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

We moved to the CCSD school district over the summer and our daughter started at KES in the fall. We really tried to adjust as best as we could, but ultimately found the school to be lacking. Maybe it can be blamed on the new core standards, but we found our daughter school work to be dull and confusing at times. There are too many students per class and our requests to get a better handle on the curriculum and daily schedule where met with resistance from both the teacher and principal. I was also told by an administrator in a neighboring district that CCSD did not attend any of the (albeit limited) Core Standards training sessions by the state. My daughters teacher told us that they were just handed the new curriculum a week before classes started and were told to 'just figure it out'. Unfortunately I worry about how well this district is preparing its students. We have since pulled our daughter out and are sending her to a private school. We are all much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2013

I can honestly say that Kent Elementary School has far surpassed my expectations. My son is in Mrs. Cutler s first grade class and he loves it. She is wonderful!! She is an excellent educator and great communicator. My son had difficulty with reading when he began first grade and they immediately provided reading lab for him on a daily basis for extra support. Mrs. Cutler will send notes home and even call my husband or me to periodically provide feedback and progress or address a concern. Also, Mrs. Weisel, the Principal has called both of us regarding concerns and even just to tell us how proud she is of our son s improvement in reading. It really amazes me that a Principal could be so proactive and involved with the students. She hosts several events for the Parents and is easy to speak to. I work full-time and my mind is completely at ease knowing that my son is at KES getting the greatest care and education in this area. He is surrounded by dedicated educators that are kind, patient, and very professional. They also take the safety of the children very seriously which was one of my concerns beginning the school year. There is no doubt this is an A++ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

My son is in the first grade but I can say that I am very happy so far,he had a very good teacher in the Kindergarden(Mrs.Douglas)and very good teacher he has now (Mrs.Patterson)My son is still taking about teacher from last year.He can wait until it's Monday so he can see his teacher,she knows how to talk to them and most important is that she knows how to make them to listen to her.I know is still early to say that but teacher is the biggest impact on your kids.I hope this will not change in future.I have a very good feeling about this school.Very nice staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

I have 2 kids in the school and overall it's not bad. In each grade you can find at least 1 teacher that is great. The course study is handed down from the state so what matters are the teachers. They do have a non profit afterschool program and the PTO organized a great after school sports program. I would like to see more of an effort to teach above and beyond what is expected. I would also like to see some of the teachers that are no longer performing removed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

I have a 7 yr old son at KES in Carmel, who is in special ed and what a nightmare.He is currently below a kindergarten reading level and getting the proper services for him has proved unsuccessful many many times. I am very unhappy with his teachers as well as the entire district. The program they are currently using,Fundations,from all the research that I have done seems that it is in fact very good,proven scientifically to be successful but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to suspect it may be the teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

As a parent of a child with a speech/language disability. I am very unhappy with the school district. They were unable or not willing to provide the support needed to remain in the district. She is now attending school in another district and doing exceedingly well. Transportation is a nightmare! Her program is over at 2:15pm and she as well as other handicapped children are left at the school until 2:45 while they wait for other children to be picked up from private school. A 10 minute commute takes over 1 1/2 hours. Careml is the only district with this problem. The other students are picked up on time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2006

The quality of academic programs at kes is probably average. It it depends upon the individual teacher. Obviously they follow the same program which I feel is pretty good but each teacher really can make a difference. Fortunately there are a lot of good teachers and my childrens learning experiences has always been very good. Sports, especially baseball, are big for this age in our district. All sports are run by the recreation departments and are additional fees. Music and arts are barely adequit. In the fourth grade each child plays about 6 different instruments throughout the year to see which one they would like to play in 5th grade. This I thought was a great idea and worked out well with my kids. Parents involvement is split. Some parents are really invovled and others take no interest or don't have the time. All and all my children have had a good learning experience at kes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

This school offered an afterschool help program geared toward the ELA test for 4th graders. My daughter did better on that test because of it. However I feel that they have not done enough for math skill and that she has fallen by the wayside. The classrooms have 20 kids which I feel is too much. The music class teaches a variety of instruments so children can get familiar with which one they are most comfortable with and are able to choose the one for the 5th grade. I do wish that a foreign language would be taught at the age, but at this school it isn't. I do like the teachers my daughter has had, they all seem to have a passion for teaching. Overall I think it is a good school but does need improvements especially in the math help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2005

My two children attended KES. So far I have been very happy with the teachers in KES versus the next door KPS. My daughter suffered through k-3 because she was in desperate need of special education classes. We were turned down by the special ed board. I was amazed at her progress after receiving the proper help in 4th grade. Her special education teacher and class changed her life! Her self-esteem increased and she learned strategies that helped her math and reading skills. I am so grateful. The current principle has friendly announcements for birthdays and 'lets have a great weekend' along with words of wisdom. She seems to reach everyone on a personal level. My sons 3rd grade teacher is great too. She calls on a consistant basis. Much better than finding out problems around report card time when it is too late. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate.
—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.

Grade level

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 48%
Hispanic 15% 23%
Asian 3% 9%
Black 3% 19%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 19%N/A43%
Source: 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 40%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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  • MS. DEBORAH WEISEL

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Carmel, NY 10512
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