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Cheektowaga Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 665 students

 

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Posted April 26, 2014

I feel like this school is just not a good environment. The teachers are amazing! They sometimes just don't know how to handle things in my opinion. Most of students that are in my child's classroom just do not show proper school etiquette and is just not a good behavior to be around. Also sometimes when half of the class is not participating the correct way the very well behaved children get punished along with them. That also is punishing their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

Yes the rules here are strict. Yes the administrators and teachers are tough. Yes I will continue to substitute teach in this school because the structure and PBIS program here is amongst the top I've seen in all the middle schools I've worked in. This is one of the few schools that teaches responsibility and self-discipline to students on top of the academics and monthly character traits. They have to be tough here because so many of the kids come from undisciplined homes and have little or no respect for authority. Sure it might seem annoying to have to go back to the classroom and start over if you ran to your locker, but that's what'll help kids remember to do it right the first time. In addition, the rewards kids get for doing the right thing are a great incentive for them to do so. My only suggestions are to tone down some of the chaos; 2 minutes passing between classes isn't enough, and neither is a 38-minute class period. Also getting rid of the hyper people on the announcements )particularly at dismissal) will further enhance this school as a calm learning environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 10, 2013

I am from the class of 2013. I graduated from CCMS 4 years ago. Usually when you look back on your childhood memories, you think of how the adults must have felt and can appreciate their actions - not in this case. I can think of nothing but irrational behavior and rules from the administration. The administration tries too hard to enforce uniformity and submission. The Japanese phrase "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down" definitely applies to the policy of CCMS. I remember being 12 years old, scared and timid, sitting in Mr. Bridges' office and being yelled at for things completely and totally beyond my control. The guidance department was 50/50. Some of the counselors genuinely wanted to help you, but I can recall two in specific that were only cruel and vindictive. The teachers I had were great and I feel bad that they have to put up with such terrible administration. Parents, if you have the resources, please send your children to another middle school. This is not a nice, fostering learning facility. Nothing good comes out of Cheektowaga Central Middle School, take it from a former student who has since grown and flourished.


Posted July 24, 2011

Wish i never sent my children to this school nothing but problems from the first day i switched them to this district 1) lied about having a classroom for him, was out of school for 2 months till they made a classroom 2) didnt know how to deal with a child like him so my child and his social and learning development declined 3)my other son was being bullied on the bus so for the remainder of school year i had to transport my son myself basically was told to do it myself 4) was told that i didnt have a say or a final decision to send my child to a proper school that was meant for his needs i never had to fight so hard in my life to get a child where he belongs!! 5) my children obviously needed extra help at school there is only so much i can do from home so while my childrens grades are clearly horrible they still get to go on to the next grade can anyone say "oozing through the cracks" 6) on days when my son was having a rough day i was asked to keep him home if he was in a bad mood the next asweel keep him home well by the end of the year i had to come up with explained absences for those days and lets just say my kids are old enough to know how to play a bad day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers and staff are outstanding they really care about their students. The courses, clubs, sports and activities are numerous. My children have flourished both academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

cheektowaga middle is a great school i'v only been here for 3 months and its amazing the rules are strict but fair and you dont get yelled at you just lose things like going to dances and activety nights
—Submitted by a student


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 Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 31% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
n/a
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 30% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%
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 Students18%
Female23%
Male11%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islander18%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities0%
General population20%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%

Math

All Students8%
Female12%
Male3%
African American2%
Asian/Pacific Islander9%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White11%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities0%
General population10%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English8%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant8%
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 Students25%
Female29%
Male21%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities0%
General population30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students16%
Female15%
Male16%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities4%
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant16%
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 Students21%
Female25%
Male18%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities0%
General population24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%

Math

All Students13%
Female12%
Male14%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities0%
General population14%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%
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 Students27%
Female31%
Male25%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities4%
General population32%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%

Math

All Students15%
Female17%
Male13%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities0%
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Science

All Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities38%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 57% 48%
Black 2 33% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
Hispanic 2 3% 23%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 10%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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3600 Union Rd
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Phone: (716) 686-3660

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