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Okte Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 545 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 18, 2014

Excellent teachers and a great size for an elementary school. My 3 kids went here and received well rounded, personalized educations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

Both of my children are just beginning school (kindergarten and first grade), so I don't have a lot of experience comparing schools, however I feel that Okte is a wonderful beginning to my kids' education. The teachers seem to provide a thorough education, while working together to ensure that all kids, regardless of their skill level, are able to thrive. Our Principal is always available for her students and is always involved in school events, showing that leadership isn't just a role which elevates her above everyone else. Our PTA is active and works hard to help make Okte a fun place while encouraging reading, math, and other necessary skills. In general, Okte is a 'family' which supports and encourages it's children to be the best they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Great programs, caring teachers and staff, great use of resources
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

it's smaller and feels like a neighborhood school. the teachers know all the kids and there's a wonderful caring vibe. both my children had IEPs and the staff at this staff were so amazing at helping them succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

My son went there. It is like one of the old time school houses. The techers know all the kids and really care for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Because it's not on the Shen main campus, Okte has more of a neighborhood school feel to it. And the Okte community is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

Okte is a very good school. One thing I like is that it is more of a neighborhood school, and it's located off the huge Shen Campus. I like the focus on academics, and I would have to say that my child is doing much better than I ever imagined. However, it doesn't seem to be a very warm or nuturing place, but the kids are getting a good education. I guess no school is completely perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

I completely understand enforcing proper case usage. However, when taking a test, although a child spells the word correctly, it is unfathomable that the entire word will be marked incorrect if the word is spelled with the wrong case. Can't we give the students a little bit more confidence by giving them partial credit for spelling the word correctly? I thought building confidence and nurturing students was an important moral code of the school. Additionally, there are some teachers who are obviously 'tired' and should consider retirement, especially when the demeanor is negative and is easily read by not only the students, but parent volunteers as well. I believe that if a child's and teacher's personalities does not mesh, it is much more harmful to the student to be forced to stay in that class than to transfer the child to another teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

This is a school focused on bringing all children to a mediocre level and passing the tests. If one's kid is average, he/she will sail through. If one's kid ahead of the curve, he/she is kept back till everybody catches up. There is relatively little concern about little acts of aggression. I would avoid the school if I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

First grade teacher, Mrs. Willams is worth moving to Clifton Park and having your children attend this school. I am in awe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2008

I have 2 children at this school.Both have minor learning issues. the staff has been wonderful in taking the time to diagnosis and form a plan of action to keep the kids on tract. Lots of positive reinforcement to given to all children. the staff makes a point to learn all the children names. Multilple programs are offered to reach out to all levels of learning if not in class than afterschool .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

My child was not challenged although we tried to work with with the teacher and then the principal. My daughter was not allowed to read books she had already read and was capable of reading. The teacher made a statement that books such as Harry Potter would not be allowed because they were above grade level. The principal supported the teacher. The teacher ripped up homework if the name was missing. Some teachers are good in the school but some are horrible. The principle has lack of better judgement. Poor ability grouping, if any.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

My daughter attended kindergarten and 1st grade here. The school is absolutely wonderful. I love the staff. My daughter's 1st grade teacher is exceptional! Mrs. Williams has many fun learning techniques that keep the children motivated and eager to learn. She challenges them and teaches them respect and responsibilty. She also encourages parent involvement in her classroom and works with the other 1st grade classrooms to hold recitals and plays to allow the children to show off their talents. My daugher loves her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2006

This school finds each child's need and works with them to keep them on track. The staff is friendly. the environment is welcoming. I have been surprised by a few staff member whom I had brief encounters with that later remembered me by name or my child's name. Parents are welcomed and encouraged in the class room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2003

We absolutely love this school. The learning environment is wonderful and everyone elicits such welcoming happy attitudes.
—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 32% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
78%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 33% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
78%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 1 79% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Black 1 4% 19%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 213%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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1581 Crescent Rd
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 881-0540

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