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Douglas G Grafflin School

Public | K-4 | 469 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 4, 2014

Love the school...we are very involved with our older one who is in the 2nd grade and has been at Grafflin since Kindergarden. Her progress has been nothing short of outstanding. Our younger one is starting Kindergarden in the fall and already knows the Grafflin song, and can't wait to join her sister on the Bus...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

Grafflin is a special place. The teachers, administrators and facilities are all first rate. We moved here (like everybody else) specifically for the schools and we have not been disappointed. I feel that its a privilege to be able to send my kids to Grafflin. We moved from a well regarded district in southern westchester and there is NO comparison. Every teacher "we" have had takes an interest in each child - the parent/teacher conferences have blown us away with how well each teacher knows our kids. The principal is outstanding and is open to both the children and parents. Parent involvement is significant, which in my opinion reinforces the high standards set by the school staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

Overall, the school is pretty good. I judge the school from safety, teachers' quality, and whether the staff members are friendly. One of the previous posts talked about 2+ hours per night of homework. It never happened to any of my two children. I would say they don't/didn't spend more than 30 minutes each day. The older child had two substitute teachers two years in a row, but followed with two excellent teachers in the next two years. We are very grateful for the two excellent teachers. Our children have never been in other primary schools, so I don't know how this school compares with others. For some reasons, my older child who is now in Robert Bell Middle School likes the Bell better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I liked this school for my typical children, but for special education, it is far behind in programming
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

My son is completing the 4th grade at Grafflin where he has attended since Kindergarten. It is in many ways an excellent school. However I have some serious reservations about our experience. I am not fond of the math curriculum, the U of Chicago's Everyday Mathematics. It was especially ineffective in the 2nd grade. Secondly, homework assigned tends to be excessive. While Grafflin has relatively sane official guidelines on homework, they are not enforced. While some changes were made when we complained about 2+ hours of homework a night, we have failed to negotiate an acceptable homework level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

Academic programs are excellent for all. TAlented special area teachers Parents are very involved and welcome in the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 3, 2005

Very high quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

EXCEPTIONAL!! My son has thrived at Grafflin. His teachers have made his introduction to the younger years of formal education fun and interesting.My friends and family who have children in other school districts across the country are always amazed at what the kids at Grafflin are accomplishing academically. The parents are hyper-involved with the classes,administration and school activities--which only makes the experience at Grafflin more fulfilling for the children and parents. The built-in extracurricular activities are fantastic--a greenhouse and active greenhouse program,enrichment offerings community outreach programs, carnivals--to name a few. My son has had a wonderful, nurturing experience at this school and it has set the stage for a positive attitude toward learning that I hope last throughout his life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

Grafflin is one of the best elementary schools in Chappaqua. (there are three, all good, but Im partial) Grafflin is equally embraced by both teachers and parents. The children feel a sense of community, yet there is a healthy competetive atmosphere. My nieces and nephews graduated years ago and have gone on to a VERY successful school career. Now my children are doing the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

This school is excellent. As a matter of fact, I think it's the best of the three elementary schools in Chappaqua. Nurturing, safe environment with qualified teachers and parental involvement.
—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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

106 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 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 77% 48%
Asian 11% 9%
Hispanic 6% 23%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 1% 19%
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 4%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 69%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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650 King St
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Phone: (914) 238-5560

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