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Pierre Van Cortlandt School

Public | 5-8 | 529 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 27, 2014

I really don't understand where these school ratings come from - the standard tests or the real estate sales people? PVC is sub standard when it comes to academics. The schools are in beautiful condition and all present well but they are very limited. All of my daughters contemporaries left in Middle School for private schools or home schooling. Socially, it is so small and so cliquish. There is not feeling of community. Go to the Black Cow and talk to locals before you buy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

PVC is a terrific school if you have a child who is above average as a student or an average learner. It may be great for struggling learners, too, but I don't have any direct experience with this. This year, the school featured wonderful learning oppostunities in math, science and literacy, and compared quite favorable to the "gifted programs" in Manhattan. The students seem happy and the small size of the district really gives everyone a tailored learning experience. We also enjoyed the FRE afterschool program that included chess, lego robotics, math olympiad, theatre and art. The school day music program allows the children to take two instruments or chorus for free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

As a parent with two children at PVC I give the school an average rating for a number of reasons, mainly because I think they have the potential to do much better than they are doing. The school is in a small district, only 3 schools total, and has been very fiscally responsible which is great. The facilities are pretty good and the administration runs a tight ship. The kids are fairly diverse and have a lot to offer. The only program that I would consider exceptional is their music program otherwise they provide a solid average education in a supportive, caring environment. I think their biggest problem stems from a lack of a unifying vision for the district as a whole. Too many competing forces, pushy parents, state mandates, teacher unions are all pulling at the administration and the result is mediocrity. Consistency is spotty throughout the district in curriculum and teaching. There are no mechanisms built into the system to enrich higher achieving kids and stretch them, you have to rely on individual teachers most of whom I've found are satisfied when their students achieve proficiency. In general it's a solid learning environment but certainly not an exceptional one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I think that PVC is pretty good compared to other schools i have seen. PVC has a BIG issue with helicopter parents who are under the impression that their kid is a prodigy. Not only do many parents think that, they take action about it too. If a parent on the school board has a kid doing lots of athletics, guess what? Athletics spending goes up while academics spending goes down, as it has a lot recently. This really irritates me about PVC. Why are after school sports valued higher than extra curricular activities like Math Olympiad, Destination Imagination, yearbook club, etc.? Everyday we always hear about how various extra curricular activities are scraping for money with bake sales and fundraisers while the football team just got thousands of dollars of equipment. Can we fund things that actually mean something on a college application? The problem is the parents, not the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

For all those people who think that this isn't a good school is completely wrong. Before I went to PVC i went to a different district and the curriculum here is much better along with the teachers. If anything I would say that there is too much parent involvement because their kids do something wrong, and their child could never do ANYTHING wrong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2006

Teachers don't return calls and are gone at 3 pm exactly, progress reports come too late (at end of reporting period), classes are too large, and insufficient attention is paid to kids who need organizational help and learning assistance. It's fine if the student is self-motivated, but if not, the staff is ill-equipped to deal with it. Also, lack of late busses interferes with extra-curricular involvement when children don't live within walking distance of school and both parents work. Disgraceful inability to prioritize by Board of Education. High taxes and little to show for it. Very mixed staff abilitites. A few are great, most are merely ok, a some are downright poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

High parental involvement which leads to the lack of school administration involvement. Too many parents are pushy resulting in overstressed students and teachers. Teachers are great educators but have been driven to the edge by uneducated parents with no respect for the education system. I have watched parents come in and dictate to the administration and teachers as to which assignments students should complete. This district is bad news.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 13, 2005

This is a pretty good school. The teachers are pretty good but not the best. The classes are good but teachers often give just a 'free class' and doesnt teach anything. There are good days and bad days, some days the children learn alot and sometimes they dont. the teachers are not so good. The are ok music programs, there is music class and band. You take one or two art classes a week. There are many sports avalible such as swimming. Parent involvement is pretty poor.
—Submitted by a student


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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 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
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 29% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
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 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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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 81% 48%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Black 2 4% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 32%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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Croton On Hudson, NY 10520
Phone: (914) 271-2191

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