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Cornwall Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 1043 students

 
 

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Posted July 14, 2012

The watches of the teachers are stuck in the 70s . They still teach the memorization's way . Creativity is not encouraged and backward. Here is what happened in the middle school to give you an idea of the situation in the school. Back from Italy our child was wearing a T shirt displaying the Vitruvian Man. The teacher was shocked and we got an email about how the T-shirt was not appropriate !! Da Vinci was censored whereas we bought it in the Vaticano !! This is how bad the school system is here. It does not get better in the high school. And the state tests are not even good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

Well said.. Stuck in the 80's, 70's I think....We just moved to NY and picked Cornwall because we heard that the schools were very good. We are so disappointed! The curriculum is not challenging at all. Very little homework is assigned and it's homework my elementary child gets. 2-3 fill in the blank papers. Home/Careers is mandatory.. Are you kidding me? They learn to read labels! What a waste of time.Why not add more minutes to the important classes instead? The Board of Ed. needs to evaluate the curriculum and make it more challenging. They are so behind the state we moved from it's pathetic. My child basically repeated everything they had learned from the grade before at this school. With the new year just starting, I still don't see anything new or "Hard" being taught. They just slide by daily. If this is considered an excellent school district, I can only imagine other districts in NY. The school is small they can only pick so many kids for the AP classes.The others are left behind not advancing and getting bored. They either need to add more AP classes or allow more students into the classrooms. NOT HAPPY AT ALL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2011

this school is alright if you live in the area, but it could be much better. The hallways are filthy and never controlled. there are not fights,but there is a big case of bullying there. There are two teams, the white, and the green. they are just used because we have two vice principle, so if you get in trouble, you go to the vice principle for your team. the only thing that is wrong with this system, is it seams like the teachers on opposing teams are always competing to be better. so, the white team, they work, and work, and work,and work. hard. But, the green team, they party and have fun. heck, the 6th grade doesnt even have an english period! they use that period to talk about random nonsense like video games. the teachers do pick favorites, and despite there efforts there is much cybur bullying, me being one of many victims.


Posted August 21, 2011

safe school but teachers are stuck in the 80s. Not very modern ways to teach. It's all about memorization. Creativity is not encouraged. Einstein would end up in the special aid classes would he attend Cornwall schools ! I see smart kids being neglected because they don't fit in their unique model. too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

I am very unhappy with the high school but the middle school is great. THe teachers are very supportive and my child is very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

This is the first year my twin boys have attended the Cornwall Middle School. They love going to school there, and the teacher do care and are very supportive. The staff is coordinate and are well aware of their students. This is a great school and a great place to live.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

My son has really enjoyed his time at Cornwall Middle School. We have moved many times and this has allowed us to see many different school districts and teaching environments. I have worked in many of these school districts and was very impressed with the education that my son is receiving at this school. His teachers are attentive and they have an extensive web site that allows us to see his homework, vocabulary lists and test/quiz schedules. We can even print out flash cards, and quiz reviews from the site to help him study. They always have information and grading charts for class projects. It's so convenient, and it also helps to promote the type of independence that is needed for my son's future educational experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

This is a great mid sized school. We moved to Cornwall because of the schools and we have not been disappointed. We are very happy with the education our daughter has received at the Cornwall Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

This school is the achilles heel of the district. Having had a number of children go through the system I can say that the middle school is a huge disappointment. Administration here is vacant much of the time; many teachers are arrogant and disrespectful of parents as well as students. Phone calls are not returned and e-mails are not acknowledged. Clerical staff is noisy and the gossip is incredible. There is definitely an air of superiority in this particular school. Of course there are a few wonderful teachers but the majority are resting on a reputation that was earned long ago. What a shame considering the hard work of the Elementary schools and the super programs in the High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

Excellent. I love sending my son here. He's loves coming here. Especially the food .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

This is a very disappointing school, yet thought of highly by the Cornwall community. The Board of Ed should interview with parents to get the truth of their public middle school and make needed changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

This is the worst district I think. My child was not prepared in this school. The teachers didn't really help, and I had to beg a teacher to let my child borrow a textbook to study. Can You believe that? The academics weren't really good.
—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 2014.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
77%
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 29% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
91%
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 29% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
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 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 36% in 2014.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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 73% 48%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Black 2 7% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 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 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 111%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 35%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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122 Main St
Cornwall, NY 12518
Phone: (845) 534-8009

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