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Commack Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1838 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2014

I went to Commack Middle School all 3 years and had a great experience. The teachers were always helpful and the education that I received I felt was the best on Long Island. I know when I was there, they were a Blue Ribbon school which ranks them among the state s best schools for education. Their facilities were top notch and I know they recently expanded the building due to the size of students in the community who go to the school. One thing that was great was our guidance counselors. They were always on top of our grades and classes we needed to take which made it easy on us. Any problems we have with classes or people in the school, they were always there to listen and take action. I was a big sports guy so when it comes to sports, I have seen tremendous improvement throughout the years. The community is very involved, the competition has become better and the coaches are some of the best coaches on Long Island. They also try to provide the best equipment for the athletes. The Commack community overall is very welcoming. It s a large school for many new students to make plenty of friends. I would easily recommend this school for new families looking to move.


Posted September 12, 2013

I was a student in CMS for three years. The electronics rules are so unnecessary. You can't use them in the school at all. It's just so absurd and stupid. The school should listen to their staff and students about any kind of rule. But we as students could not speak up because we feared detention and other punishment from the dean. I regret not speaking up. When I was send to the dean one time, I was told I was selfish and cruel by the dean. I didn't even do anything to this kid. In fact, there was only one student that "pushed around" this other kid. The dean made me so nervous. I had to lie saying I did something to the kid. Because that is what the dean wanted to hear. The dean didn't do their research very well. The kid didn't even say my name or the 3 others. I was so shocked and so upset, I cried and could not go to my meeting. I even told the principal that I lied to the dean because I was so nervous. The dean never apologized for their mistake. That really hurt. I did volunteer work last year. I'll be joining "Cause For Paws" very shortly to raise money for animals in their time of need Does that make me a selfish and cruel person?


Posted September 17, 2009

Commack is extremely blessed. The parents are very involved and truly care! The teachers are excellent. My experience with the Middle School was good. The 2 elementary school s were friendlier, But I must say the guidance couselors and Vice Principal were very helpful anytime I needed them! We have graduated now and moved onto High School but I must say Excellent experience all and all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2009

I was a student at the Commack Middle School the past three years. I was in honors classes all three years. In sixth grade the student work quality was great in the honors classes, but I and other honors students have begun to notice that Commack Middle School just enrolls students that don't deserve it into the honors programs. The academics are great, along with all the scores on state tests, but I feel that the support program is lacking for some students. Teachers and guidence concelors favored some students over others. Although Commack Middle School is a great academic school, the teachers don't exactly know how to give the students much slef esteem during theese crucial years. Also, the 'three houses' system is almost premoting the fact that students shouldn't get to know other students and should only stick to getting to know a certain group of kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2009

This school once was an excellent school but has deteriorated academically over the years. Three tracts were once provided to optimize a child's academic abitlity. Now, they only offer a one track fits all 700 plus students (that's per grade) except math and science which have an honors track as well as regular. The parents are too busy to notice what has happened to the academics at the school. They spend much time reviewing for state tests because those scores are in Newsday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2008

The Honors classes offered at Commack Middle School are not truly 'Honors' quality. CMS is a microcosm of the entire school district. Large in size, its multiple layered bureaucracy prefers to maintain and defend the status quo, which is unfortunate for the children passing through it. Commonly, teachers will tailor their classroom activities and homework to prepare their students for upcoming standardized tests. Given the strong demographics of the student body, scoring well on these tests is not a laudable achievement. The school district lacks imagination and adaptability. If you have a bright child, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I feel that the middle school is wonderful. The teachers and staff are top notch. I really have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Wonderful academics, wonderful teachers, But Commack Dosent even have a pool for the kids.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 17, 2006

commack middle school is a blue ribbon school with high excellence in achievement. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and provide alot of extra time for the students after to for extra help. Their are also other programs for students with special needs. this is a school dedicated to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Its a great school its one of the best and it's a blue ribbion school!


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

565 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
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 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.

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

591 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

590 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
11%
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 Students38%
Female42%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities7%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

Math

All Students44%
Female43%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities9%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
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 Students44%
Female46%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities2%
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students49%
Female46%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities7%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
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 Students51%
Female57%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities10%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Math

All Students50%
Female50%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities4%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%

Science

All Students40%
Femalen/a
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 4% 23%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 77%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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700 Vanderbilt Pky
Commack, NY 11725
Phone: (631) 858-3505

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