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Virgil Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 144 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted February 10, 2013

All my kids and grandchildren have attended this school. Amazing training some of the outstanding memories are of the children public speaking in front of the school body and parents and visitors while the younger children watch. Setting SMART goals that are attainable and realistic, hats off in school, respect for others. My oldest son graduated from Cornell at the top of his class and all my kids and grandkids have done well due to the skills and study habits developed at this elementary school. The awards are also in life style challenges like the kindergarten walking challenge. The Virgil kids always seem to be among the top performers at the high school in sports. I love the stars hanging in the hallway of former Virgil Students who have achieved excellence. This school goes way beyond acedemics they learn lifestyle skills that develop true leadership.


Posted November 13, 2010

It is a small country school that is very well run and has the feel of a family not just a school. The teachers and students are great.


Posted November 12, 2010

I love the wonderful caring community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

The close-knit community in and out of the school. Virgil school takes care of their own with the Virgil community standing behind the school. It's small enough to where all the teachers and principal know who every child and parent are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

The school provides an amazing community atmosphere. Everyone looks after everyone--oldest to youngest and back. The principal is hardworking and puts in many hours to ensure the children are safe, the teachers have what they need and the studenets are prepared to do well on all State Assessments. The Parent Organization is very involved and raises money to buy many things for the school. They also conduc many family activities. It is a great school. Where else would a principal drop off work for a sick child, pick up a student who missed the bus, sit with a child who had no one to pick them up, arrange for scholarships at the After School Program and more. The teachers are available on the phone and through email--any time and they encourage and invie you in to volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

I can't begin to say enough good things about this school. The staff is exceptional. The kids are taught to treat each other like family and to respect each other and their teachers. There is no other place I would want my child to go to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

I can't begin to convey how much I love this school. I have two children who attend and they both are very happy with the school also. The teachers are very caring and dedicated to the children/family. There is a sensee of family at the school. I know sending my child there will provide them with an exceptional education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

I also am very happy that the Virgil School will remain open. My Child has been a student at Virgil for 3 years . The teachers are caring and very dedicated to the kids. The principal runs the school very smoothly and knows all the kids names. We are very happy that are child is getting a wonderful education in Virgil.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

So glad this school was voted to remain open. It is an exceptional school and I am proud to have a student enrolled with another one coming up in a few years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

Virgil School is a wonderful school! Our children are lucky to have such a caring atmosphere to learn in. Your child is known, by name, by the entire staff in the school. The school offers a great education in a wonderful setting. Our children are not only learning traditional reading, writing and math, but are learning how to be good people!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Virgil school is an amazing little school. The teachers, principle and staff feel like family. From the first week my son,a kindergardener, has shown tremendous progress. The school is not only known for its high standards academically, but it stresses good citizenship, manners and caring among its students and staff. Virgil school teaches your children the way you would if you could home school. It not only is producing smart students, but it's producing good and kind members of society. Thank You Virgil School!
—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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
43%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
59%
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 94% 48%
Hispanic 1 3% 23%
Black 2 1% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 18%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 9%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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