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Chester Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 450 students

 

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Posted June 24, 2011

CES is special because it is small. It seems so obvious that a small school with a small community and small class size produces happy, healthy and well-educated children. Why schools keep getting bigger when smaller always proves better is so confusing to me. I would love CES to have the money and programs other schools have, but I can be buzzed into my daughter's school and know everyone involved in my daughter's education by name. I can help as much as is needed in the classroom, be an important part of committees that serve the school and children, and greet the principal in the hallway by first name because that's how "present" and available she is to faculty, family, and students alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

This school is amazing as is the staff. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the staff is and so willing to work with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Chester Elementary is a brilliant school...They have the best teachers and monitors. My two kids attended the school and loved it and now my daughter absolutely adores her teachers and her friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Chester Elementary is a wonderful school because my child loves it. It is a family oriented community. Chester is an expensive place to live but the school is actually what keeps me here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

I love the attention the children have and the great teachers that help the children succeed. My granddaughter has only improved with her education.


Posted June 16, 2007

Chester Elementary is a very good school with great teachers. We are now a NYS award winning school and very proud!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

Chester elementary is a very good elementary school. They have a very good sports programs and many extracurricular activities. The parents are very involve in the children school activities. The school is very good in arts and math. The school is very safe and the discipline is very good. The teachers are very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

This school is definitely a work in progress. The class sizes are small and I believe it is the principals intent to keep them small. I would expect better academic scores since the class sizes are small but something is missing and the scores continue to be below state average. The principal is the force behind trying to make this a great school. She is very motivated and dedicated. There are many school activities such as a newspaper club, Girl Scouts, Band etc. If willing to take a risk and wait and see I think this school has the potential to produce academic students.
—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 31% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%
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 54% 48%
Hispanic 27% 23%
Black 8% 19%
Asian 7% 9%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%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 6%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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School Leader's name
  • MS. CINDY WALSH

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2 Herbert Dr
Chester, NY 10918
Phone: (845) 469-2178

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