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Orenda Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 613 students

 

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Posted December 1, 2011

I have had two children go through Orenda. The new principal is fantastic, and the teachers have been wonderful. They are quick to get through issues and have been great with communication. I hope that the rest of our school experiences will be as great as they have been with Orenda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

I'm very happy with the teachers' and principal's commitment to helping our children at every level. I've also found the PTA to be probably one of the most committed group of parents I've ever encountered and the proof is in the programs they sponsor and support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Wonderful Principal, caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The school has a strong community support system with a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2008

If you child is lucky enough to get a great teacher, you will have an awesome experience here. My second grader did so well; I can honestly say the teacher (who was voted teacher of the year, by the way) changed my child's life and perception of school. It is true that some of the teachers are young and very inexperienced. They would benefit from a pep talk and additional training. Oh, and if your child has any special needs, be prepared to fight fight fight as their advocate. The administration really needs to work on how the psychologists and teachers handle special needs kids. Other than that, the school is the greatest ever!!!! It's really like a family here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

The older teachers are now retiring and the newer teachers are creative, warm, and actually care about teaching the students. The principal has created a warm and caring atmosphere. We were recently redistricted to a new school in the district and MANY parents and students miss Orenda deeply!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

Many experienced teachers have left recently, with new inexperienced ones taking their place. Large differences in educational quality between grade levels and classes within a grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

The academic standards are very good, but there is little flexibility for children who need extra help. I have noticed a greater interest in standardized tests scores than in the individual child's learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

I think the positive atomosphere and nurturing staff of this school add to the overall education my child receives here. It is a great start for her academic success, as well as a springboard for her self esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

For the most part the teachers are great with the kids. However, there are a few that should retire due to their inability to TEACH and tolerate kids! Most classes are overcrowded and getting help means labeling and that takes nearly 1 year. The building is stuffed beyond capacity and you'll find music lessons on the stage behind a curtain while the kids eat and carry on in the cafetorium...all in the same place. The principal is in no way 'hands on' or accessable to the students or parents. State Rules at this school differ from those of the other elementary schools on the campus and parental involvement in your child's class are now discouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Orenda is a wonderful school. While it is not a small school (over 500 students) it has a small school atmosphere. The principal and teachers seem to know the kids by name. The atmosphere is very caring and nurturing, and the teachers are all good. Many of them are exellent! The PTA is active and provides a lot of 'extras' for the kids from field trips to evening activities. There are 'pull out' programs for kids who need a little more challenge, and lots of aids who work with kids who need a little more help. The staff (office, aids, teachers, cafeteria, custodial) are outstanding. They really care about the kids and it's very evident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2003

School is much too large. There is no help for children who need a smaller class setting without labeling them as 'special' or having them enrolled in special education since the school cannot help the kids without state aid and this is the only way they can do that. Horrible for the poor kids that must go through the embarrasment of this labeling process just to get the help they need and all because of the school being so large. Yet, they continue to make the school larger!
—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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
73%
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 2 85% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Hispanic 1 4% 23%
Black 2 3% 19%
Two or more races 1 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 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 215%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 5%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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  • MR. MICHAEL SMITH

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970 Rt 146
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 881-0550

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