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Transit Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 1005 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted January 6, 2014

nice school but difficult at times. too much homework, tests and quizzes sometimes makes it hard for me to relax!!!!


Posted September 12, 2013

I am a current student at Transit Middle and I locve this school! The teachers are great. even the subsitute teachers are cool. I and my friends like this subsitute teacher she is so pretty and nice and helpful. She is very good looking her name is Ms. C. i cannot wait to see her again in the new school year. i hope she is a subsitute teacher in all my classes!


Posted April 30, 2013

This school is absolutely fabulous. Speaking as a current seventh grade student, I love it there! The teachers are kind, funny, and always willing to help. The classes are always interesting, and I now love classes that I used to hate. The atmosphere is wonderful and the anti-bullying policy is strict and effective. Even the bus drivers are good; they are kind but enforce all the essential rules for safety. This school definitely deserves a 5/5.


Posted December 22, 2012

This is definitely a good school, in terms of quality and cooperation. But I worry that Transit's reputation for academics overlooks something that has been the undisputed bane of my daughters' existence- the homework. My eldest daughter, for example, qualified for all three of the 8th grade advanced courses, but took only two of those classes because she was so worried about the workload. And even then she was up at 11 most nights trying to finish her assignments. My younger daughter took the regular courses and suffered the same problem. The teachers also have a habit of assigning projects over breaks, which in my opinion completely defeats the whole purpose of a short vacation during a school year. It certainly is depressing when your kids each have 3 projects to work on during Christmas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

This is really good! The teachers are great, and the principles and guidance counselor really help you make many friends! This is also number one in academics, and it even has its own store! You should really go to this school, because it's a smart school, a cooperative school, and a school with awesome clubs and activities!


Posted May 20, 2011

I have really enjoyed my time I have spent at Transit. If there was anything that went bad, it wasn't because of the school in its entirety- it was because of the acts of the few. Also, many students do care about doing well in school, but there are many who don't try at all and that shouldn't be the school's fault. It's all about your attitude and not who to blame. Anyway, if you get yourself involved positively, you're bound to have a great experience at this school. My refuge was art class- I was there nearly everyday before school working on a project. Find what works for you and go off from there.


Posted November 6, 2008

I have just moved from that area and I have been in this school for 2 years and I love [D] IT!!! I moved to another town and it didn't even compare to Williamsville schools or Transit Middle. Here in this school district I am so far ahead of all of these kids and I am very thankful that I got to be at Transit while I could! But there are some cons to Transit, the only thing is you never want to go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

lazy teachers, useless administration and an aura of medocrity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

Transit, for me, has been a little clique-ish and has had a few disadvantages, but overall I really enjoy it here. Most of the teachers I have had have been amazingly helpful and have cared about how well I am doing, only a few have judged me because of my one older sibling (although, he was quite a trouble maker). Honestly, I believe that this school is better than the surrounding schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2008

This school is probably the biggest nightmare i have ever had to deal with. My kids would come home crying because the administration is so corrupt and the ladies in the office are no where near pleasant to deal with. Granted, the academics are strong, but the atmosphere is horrible. There is a reason the kids nicknamed the school alka-transit
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

This is an awesome school!! I love it!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2008

My son has been in Transit for 4 years. He has been on high honors each semester and looks forward to going to school because of the great caring teachers, good friendships he has made , wonderful events for kids that want to not only have fun but learn to give back to the community It has the best education and sports programs around. The ranking is certainly outstanding and should speak for itself but the care and concern is tops a . For parents that get involved, meet other parents and are on top of what they are doing, this school is outstanding. For those who like to blame everyone else except their child for their own choices and accountability, this may be the wrong school . Transit teaches not only acedemics but good charactor and responsibility for ones own actions. -margaret
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

Transit Middle School is really well. We are the number 1 middle school. Teachers care about the students. Nobody fails a grade and if they do it's because they don't care. There isn't even violence in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2007

Worst school in Williamsville. Everyone may say this is the 'best' school - don't believe them. Academics weak, in addition to a very bad environment - a lot of things you wouldn't want your child exposed to going on at this school. I pulled my child out after seeing first hand what was going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2006

I moved into the district in 3rd grade, and spent a great time of my life at Transit.Accademically, they are great.For example, teachers are always there to help you understand something, the material is learned in a fun and easy way, and it has a good mood in the classroom. But other than that, i absolutely hated transit middle school.Transit is a very... militaristic school.The rules at transit are extrodonairly strict and odd, for example the dress code states that girls are not allowed to wear spagetti strap tops, but boys are allowed to, and they are also allowed to wear skirts,mini-skirts, or whatever else strikes their fancy.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2006

Not impressed with this school at all. Did not feel the education was good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

I went to this school it is a wonderful school Mr.Bova and Mr. Kirisits, to 8th grade teacher, are great. They really care about the kids.All of the teacher are like that. They try to make learning fun. If you are in the WNY area I would highly recommend this school. Since moving out of the area I have missed the teachers and school greatly.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 22, 2004

This is a great school. Mr bova is a Great Teacher. We Need More Teachers like him throughout the school district !! Mr Kerson is cool too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

My answer is short, but sweat. Transit is a great school with great teachers. The best way to improve Transit is to get a new principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

This school is the highest rated school in WNY with it's test scores on the ELA's. The middle schools offer excellent programs to get students into advanced or high school courses. This is a great disrict for cultural exposure and for advanced course placement.
—Submitted by a student


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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 31% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
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 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 30% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
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 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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students59%
Female68%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities6%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students40%
Female39%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial45%
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities10%
General population42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Female70%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities20%
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Math

All Students63%
Female57%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities19%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 Students70%
Female74%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities10%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Math

All Students70%
Female65%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities15%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
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 Students66%
Female71%
Male61%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities4%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%

Math

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities19%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Science

All Students94%
Female97%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities76%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 1 78% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 14% 9%
Hispanic 1 3% 23%
Black 1 2% 19%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 14%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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East Amherst, NY 14051
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