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Springhurst Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 684 students

A National School of Excellence
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted April 30, 2014

I love Springhurst- amazing teachers and a wonderful curriculum. Emphasis is on strengthening whatever your child's strengths and weaknesses are. I went to a small private school when I was growing up and feel that my son receives the same attention and direction that I did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Those are some LOW English Language and Math scores. The teachers can be very nurturing and my daughter loved the fact that she didn't get any homework. However, this school's claims of greatness have a lot more to do with the tax bracket of the residents of Dobbs Ferry and not performance. I was shocked at the poor quality of the curriculum. This is a great school if you have a child with special needs because the school has all inclusive classes in which profoundly autistic children have therapists who come into the class and assist them. Unfortunately for my daughter, she was bitten twice during the school year and the principal refused to change her class both times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

My children have attended top schools in another district, but you can not beat the small-town support and involvement of Springhurst. Both of my children are thriving and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

Springhurst Elementary School has been an excellent school for my three children. The principal, Doug Berry, shows commitment to the school and is demonstrably caring about the students. The quality of teachers has been generally very good. The early grade teachers are appropriately nurturing, and the teachers in the older years are tough yet fair. The emphasis is clearly on preparing the students for the New York State standardized tests for elementary age children. This is not being critical since all schools focus their efforts on the "pass" rates, which are published in the local papers, and used by real estate brokers in attracting prospective buyers to the Village. Overall, I have been pleased with this school.


Posted September 16, 2009

My child started Kindergarten this year and so far from what I can see, she will get a great education and lots of attention. Dobbs Ferry schools are the best !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

Very special school with a loving learning environment! Kindergarten guaranteed wonderful! My children adore their classes and teachers and they are learning beyond their years! Office staff top notch too! Communication with parents is right on target! Our family has had a decade of wonderful experiences and memories. Proud to be a parent in this school! Parent involvement is superior. Visiting Artists have indicated this and it's clearly the case in all my children's classrooms. Springhurst has a wonderful Special Education Staff. The school has knowledgeable teachers whom clearly their jobs. Children in general are kind to each other and very compassionate! Families moving to Dobbs Ferry are blown away by the advanced education their children are receiving. Students very often do family invited presentations and are not shy about sharing what they have learned! Cannot say enough good things about Springhurst! Very pleased with my ten years in this school and looking forward to the next five years!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

Dobbs Ferry offers the best balance of diversity and good education that I have seen in all of Westchester. There are some schools that are better, but the neighborhoods have absolutely no diversity. In my opinion, it is just as important for my child to see the world as it really is with all it's diversity. The education my child has received is leaps and bounds ahead of the nearby district we moved out of. So, with above average education and decent diversity, Dobbs Ferry (Springhurst) is highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

Springhurst is full of families involved in their children's education and qualified teachers; who in many cases, go above and beyond their duties for their students. Springhurst is an ideal school for grade-school aged children, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Our family is glad to have children in this school for the past seven years, and we look forward to the next six years when our youngest graduates this wonderful elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

My daughter is in 4th grade. She has had great teachers. The school has incorporated a wide range of culture in the studies. For example the learned about Nigera and the school had professional dancers come in and teach the children African dancing and drumming. The kids also made crafts and musical instruments similar to those found in Nigera. They then set up a market place for the kids to sell the goods to one another. It was a great experiance that my daughter loved. The school offers a broad range of activities such as music, computers, choir, & PE. They also offer afterschool programs the kids can join such as dance, ceramics, and cooking just to name a few. I highly recommend Springhurst to any parent. The education is of the highest quality and so are the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

I am very pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at Springhurst. It's the reason we moved to Dobbs Ferry - for it's school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

In comparison to primary schools fo other regions, there's little homework in SPRINGHURST. As ESL student, we want more detailed and systematic education of English in addition to the homeworks.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
50%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 70% 48%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
Two or more races 2 5% 1%
Black 2 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 113%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Hebrew, Greek, Polish,Croatian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NYS "Reward School" (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • FLES (Spanish)
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew, Greek, Polish,Croatian
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. JULIA DRAKE
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • FLES (Spanish)
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew, Greek, Polish,Croatian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Destination Imagination
  • Ecology Club
  • Harmonaires
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Springhurst is a special place where young minds are inspired and challenged, and all students are enabled to experience success. Committed to teaching the whole child, we offer not only a strong academic foundation, but a rich social and emotional experience so that children receive a well-rounded education. As an inclusive school, Springhurst embodies the Mission of the Dobbs Ferry School District by ensuring that all students respect and value themselves and others.
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Walgrove Ave
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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Phone: (914) 693-1503

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