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Gowana Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 821 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted October 2, 2013

When you see National School of Excellence on the sign outside of the school you set high expectations for me as a parent. My two daughters have gone to Gowana and this school has lived up to my expectations. The addition of notebooks, tablets and chrome books shows that they really are trying to take education into the 21 century. Most all of the teachers use the parent portal to post grades, assignments and use e-mai to communicate. As a busy family it really helps keep us a parents engaged and on top of our students work before problems can arise. I am very glad I bought my home in this school district as it is large enough to have all of the bells and whistles but small enough for us to feel like we have a community. I look forward to my son attending Gowana in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

Gowana let's see, my son who is in 7th grade this year did so poorly in 6th grade that he did not want to come to school, but according to hos teachers he was lazy. A child who has been described throughout his school years as being enthusiastic, including in 6th grade out of one side of there mouth and lazy out of the other side. I had him tested in 7th grade with many barriers put in my way, he scored woth significan deficiencies. However had he been tested again he could test well the words of the school psycholgist he sisce is being tested outside the school and it was said "i cant belive the school has not addressed his learning disability!" Shen is sports focused if your child struggles or God forbid struggles but is passing forget about help! Mrs. Gawres....useless I requested homework be sent home the first day my kids are sick to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed, she quoted policy and then stated she contacts the teachers individully, that's great your the prinicipal of the school!!!! The counselers have to be pushed to do their job, special ed teacher inform my child she had other kids that needed her help isn't that an awesome message to send! Disappointing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

This school is large and the district is mismanaged. Shenendehowa is made for high achievers and is large enough to great resources for students with disabilities (learning or otherwise). If your child is just a normal kid, they will be like a ghost, and if your child requires extra attention but doesn't qualify for special services the chances of them falling through the cracks are huge. Shen is for big fish in a big pond or little fish in the big pond, regular fish better be highly self motivated because they probably won't be paid attention to. Parents need to be highly motivated and very involved to make sure their child doesn't slip through the cracks. On a positive note, with the help of a great Gowana Guidance counselor my small medium fish is doing okay. I was also a student who spent my whole k-12 education at Shen (as a student and as an athlete) so I have seen it from both sides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

Gowana has a lot going for it. The principal, Mrs. Gawrys, is excellent and is very involved. She knows all the students and that is very impressive considering how big the school is. When the sixth graders start, they are in a separate wing of the building. I really liked that because it is more comforting to a sixth grader to be in a smaller environment with only their peers. Overall the teachers are very good. My one piece of advice is to really stay on top of everything. If the kids fall behind for even a few days, it is difficult to catch up. Be very visible on your child's behalf. Check the parent portal every day. Gowana is a big school. That will always have its challenges. Work with the teachers and stay on top of the student beccause it is possible for them to get a bit lost in the shyuffle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

i go to this school and it is awesome!! all the teachers are good and it is a respectable school!!


Posted January 10, 2009

The teachers are not that great. It is mostly the core class teachers that have given my children problems. Otherwise it is a wonderful school. Principal and Vice Principal really try to get to know the students. The nurse is very helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Great, great school.... Top notch education - teaching staff a cut above... Principal Bush, in the know about EVERY THING that goes on...totally hands on... it's meaning is true...Gowana..means 'Great'..
—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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
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 31% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%
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 34% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

227 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
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 92% 48%
Asian 3% 9%
Hispanic 2% 23%
Black 1% 19%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%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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Clifton Park, NY 12065
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