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Dawnwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1165 students

 
 

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Posted March 13, 2011

I simply LOVE Dawnwood. I'm in 7th grade and on team 7-2. I have the best teachers in the school, and I love all of them. Mr Hill is so funny and encouraging. He trys alot to help out and cares alot about your grade. Mrs. Gray is very easy going and has such an intresting/ creative way of learning. She is very easy to follow/ Learn from. Mrs. Thrasher is very involved and understanding. She has such interesting conversations with the class and always has a point to what she says. And Mrs. Newport. She is INCREDIBLY nice. She's very sweet and being in her classroom always puts me in a good mood. I have have a great team, and having them as teachers is one of the many reasons I love coming to school. Sports is another thing. I do as many as I can and they keep me occupied, active and I love doing them. If your not a sports person they're are also many clubs to participate in. The art music and sports programs are great, and Dawnwood is the best school you could possibly go to


Posted September 2, 2009

I love this school so much. All the teachers ,guidence counslers, office workers ect. ect. are so welcoming. The bullying in this school does not really occur and when it does the princible take immidiate action. This is an excellent school to go to!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

this school is the best school anyone could go to!!!! i went there and i loved it!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2009

The Principal/Assistant Principal team is a wonderful model. The staff and teachers are very professional and the students seem genuinely happy to be in this building. The diverse elements that are offered are refreshing. Although protected, the students are not babied, and are responsible. I wish every middle school in America could be run in this manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

I love this school! It has a lot of clubs to join, and the teachers and couslers are very caring. Contact with my parents are pretty good; they have contact cards in the nurses' office, and plenty of other ways. Band taught me a lot more than I knew coming here. The teachers are caring, fun, and try everything to teach you what you need to be taught!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

My son went to Dawnwood when we moved to the district two years ago. We came from a great district and this school stood up to the potential. We loved it! Overall a great music program, sports are good and the teachers are helpful. My son did not want to leave. It's one of the better Jr. High schools that I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

The teacher also have no interest in the students education except for one teacher , and shes probaly the only teahcer in dawnwood middle school that actually cares and her name is Mrs. Gray.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2007

I moved here lasted year, welcoming Dawnwood with a new 7th grader. From coming from Pat-med School District, to Dawnwood, there was a huge difference. As a former student Of South Ocean Middle school, Dawnwood has them beat by all the activites and such. Although the bullying is about the same. The teachers here are very nice, excluding a few, but the extra carricular activitys aren't by far the greatest. I'll be going into 8th grade, being a bit happy leaving in a year. Honestly the only reason I'd say it was a good school would be b/c of the former school I went to in Pat-med, but other then that, it isn't the greatest school in LI.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

This school is one of the best, Nice teachers and a respected athletic program, I went here for seventh grade and the school is phenomenal over all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2007

My son is a 6th grader. He's on a tough team, but it's working out well for him academically. The music program is great! Art is pretty good, too. My son won't join the intramural sports because there is no set schedule of events. My major complaint is lack of information and parental involvement. No notices are sent home about anything, we must rely on the students themselves to find out anything. My son says the announcements are sometimes lacking and difficult to hear. I would like more information about clubs, sports, etc. It is very difficult for us parents to transition from being very involved in elementary school to basically nothing in middle school. The kids are expected to instantly grow up when they are still really young at only 11. We don't even get their schedule until the first day of school! That makes things very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

I guess you are stuck sending your children here! This school is not very inviting. The school follows a curriculum that is not helpful to struggling students. The teachers are hard on some students and make it difficult to do well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

My daughter started middle school this year. It was a tough adjustment for her but not because of the attributes of the school. The guidance counsellors and teachers were wonderful in helping her adjust and she did so very quickly. I love the teachers on her team and she does too. They are good teachers and they coordinate well. The involved the parents more than other team leaders - which is very much appreciated. Math moves very quickly but there is lots of extra help offered and the notes look good. THe other subjects seem appropriate - not all that challenging so far. Music and art are superb at Dawnwood. I don't know much about the sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

Academic programs are excellent. Although there are a few teachers that should retire, most reach the children on their level. The art program throughout the district is incredible. Music is also a good program. Sports and many othe extracurricular activities are offered. Parental involvement could be better. The building itself is getting tired and could use a facelift.
—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 30% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
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 Students46%
Female61%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities10%
General population53%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Math

All Students37%
Female44%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander45%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities7%
General population43%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
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 Students47%
Female53%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities8%
General population54%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%

Math

All Students30%
Female27%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population34%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%
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 Students51%
Female58%
Male45%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities12%
General population58%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Math

All Students21%
Female24%
Male19%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities2%
General population25%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%

Science

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities40%
General population91%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
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
White 1 78% 48%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 125%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 88%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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