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Koda Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 800 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

Yea I know this school and it has a bully problem. That's it enough said. This is coming from a parent not a student by the way so trust me we have tried it all.The principal is nice though but it's a new one so maybe things will change for the better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

I have a child with an IEP, and the teachers and counselors have been amazing at Koda. The classes are smaller, and they provided an aide who helped my child transition at the beginning of the school year. My child has improved tremendously thanks to the help and encouragement of the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

I have had children in Koda middle school for the last 4 years. I absolutely love the communication between the parents and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

People such as the people disagreeing with the schools education process is utterly rediculous,just yesterday my math teacher gave a struggling student a chance to up their grade on their project after going through a thirty minute thought process with the other students. Parent such as the parents who are told their child is ignored can simply email or give a phone call, there will always be a thorough explanation. I have always struggled with math and never in the days of elementary school had I ever had a one on one with a teacher that was actually nice enough to reteach the lesson. It is very untrue that Koda does not recognize all of their students. Although outstanding students are rewarded ,but at the end of the year ALL students are awarded. Each year my teachers have made my school year enjoyable and succesful. And Koda Rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2009

Koda is one of the better middle schools. The teachers give extra help when needed and can be trusted with personal problems. They give great lessons and make class interesting. They have more class participation then my old school. At my old school, some teachers wouldnt allow questions during class. Here, they accept all questions and ideas
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

I go to Koda Middle School, and I must say, it is the better of the three middle schools here at Shen. The academics are wonderful and whenever needed, a teacher is always available. Koda is much safer then Gowana or Acadia. Koda also has a ton of after school clubs and activities, and top notch teachers are teaching the students here. Advanced courses are offered if a teacher nominates you, and it's not like anyone can get nominated, you have to strive and succeed in that class and do well. Although this is my last year here at Koda, I'm proud to say that I got my education here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2007

This is perhaps the worst school in the shenendehowa school district. If given the choice try to have your child sent to one of the other middle schools. When a principal stumbles over his words and cannot give a straight answer thats got to be cause for concern. This school does not teach overall education. It only tries to get the kids to do well on the exams to boost their rating. The support staff gives all the attention to the kids who do not need help while ignoring the kids who do need help. This is the way it has always been. The star performers get all the attention while the ones who struggle are ignored and not stimulated. If your child is destined to have to suffer going to this school do all you can to get him or her into one of the other middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2005

This is a top notch middle school that provides many programs and support for Middle School students. They offer challenging academic programs along with many extracurricular activities to keep students involved. They have created a community in the school where the students are the central focus and much support is offered by parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 16, 2005

Koda out of all of the 3 schools is the safest, everytime we got a bomb threat its never in koda its always in gowana or acadia, Mr.ballan is an excellent principal, and koda is just in general a really nice school, if you are stuck between gowana acadia or koda, go koda, your wont regret it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2004

This school is only interested in their precious grade average. They tend to work on pushing struggling children through their system and do not want to address the needs of the troubled student. They have a state police officer there almost every day. The school tends to notify the parent two or more weeks after an offense has occurred in school and they have already punished the child so the parent is not a part of the disciplinary process. This also stops any objections to their discipline and fact finding process. Be aware when enrolling your child.
—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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students51%
Female59%
Male44%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities6%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Math

All Students40%
Female42%
Male38%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities3%
General population45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 Students53%
Female59%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities6%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Math

All Students46%
Female43%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities0%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
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 Students50%
Female53%
Male48%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities9%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%

Math

All Students34%
Female36%
Male34%
African American8%
Asian/Pacific Islander51%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities4%
General population41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Science

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities78%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 84% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Hispanic 5% 23%
Black 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 114%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 3%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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970 Rt 146
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 881-0470

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