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Floral Park Bellerose School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 864 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted July 30, 2014

It was a big mistake to move into this horrific school district, my husband and I can not wait to move out of here fast enough. The principal, is incompetent to run a school. She has absolutely no educational direction and sway either way the wind blows. The superintendent is out of touch with the parents and students. The administration doesnot care about the quality of the educational experiences of the students, but rather political actions that can help them secure their high paying salary. Therefore, exercising their authority to bully parents in situations that was not thoroughly look into before making an unreasonable judgement against innocent children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2014

I LOVE THE WAY THEY TEACH....GREAT SCHOOL....ONLY I CAN SAY GOOD THINGS...I AM VERY GREATFUL TO ALL THE TEACHERS....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2014

Floral Park-Bellerose School: This school has been a centerpiece of the community since the 1920's and has had an incredible track record of preparing the K-6 students for the high school experience. Giving a school 3-stars because of food allergies or half-day knidergarten is way over the top; look at the education itself and judge the school by comparing to the other elementrary schools in Nassau and Suffolk County. You will find the school ranked in the top 25% while the teacher salaries are lower than most districts thus providing a value to taxpayers. While the superintendent leaves a little to be desired with a focus on $$$ at the direction of a wayward school board, the teachers have been very professional and continue to deliver through their exceptional skill for our students. For decades FPBSD had exceptional principals for the two elementary schools; not granting tenure to one of them in their 3rd year suggests a desire for a stronger leader, and this is not something to knock a district on. Re: 1/2 K, the concern for decades was if FPBSD offered full-day, it could cause a large decrease in OLV Catholic School enrollment as it offered full-time K as an enticement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

This school is quickly going down the tubes. The principal has been caught lying to teachers and parents on numerous occasions. She has no control over the students, so in a sense, "the inmates are running the asylum." The new Superintendent is completely out of touch with the parents and students of the schools he is in charge of. The classrooms are becoming overcrowded - 25:1 student to teacher ratio. The teachers are unhappy and it is starting to reflect upon the students. The students in this school are suffering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

I am a former student of the FPBS. I graduated in 1972. This school was fabulous and we learned, even with 30 kids in a class. Looking at the latest state scores, this school is still producing smart kids. Why then do I keep reading the same complaints over and over again. Before you moved to Floral Park, did you inquire about full day kindergarten? Knowing they did not offer this option, the house did not meet your needs, so that means don't move to FP. The taxes.....really too high? Move across Jericho/Jamaica Avenue and send your kids to the city schools. As close as Floral Park is to NYC and not in the city school system, folks are complaining about what I see as low taxes? We pay what you pay and more out here in Suffolk County. Yes there are generations of folks that stayed in Floral Park. These are also the folks and their ancestors that volunteered and ran the PTA, headed up the local girl scout troop, coached the local Little League and donated endless hours to projects and charities around the area. If they are well known in the school, it is because they make themselves available. I have nothing but fond memories of my days K-6 at the FPBS.


Posted October 2, 2013

Until recently I would have nothing but good to say about this school. This school is not accommodating to children with food allergies. They need to join other districts and schools in recognizing the seriousness of these life threatening allergies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2012

I am a Floral Park resident, but my kindergarten-aged son is in private school for two reasons. First, Floral Park does not have a full-day kindergarten with aftercare like most districts, and my wife and I both work. We wanted to inquire about sending my son to first grade at Floral Park-Bellerose last year, a year early, because his IQ was measured by a psychologist as being genius level and he has already completed everything taught in first grade, but the principal declined to return phone calls for two weeks and then dismissively told me that she would not even consider it. So we sent him to private kindergarten, and we thought we'd try again for first grade this fall. This time, I have not been able to get the person in charge of aftercare to return my phone calls. The impression I have been given is that the administration cannot handle anything but the average and expected, and is completely inflexible. Since that does not bode well for our son's education, we are looking into private schools for the long haul. If it turns out that we cannot afford private school and have to send our son here, I will update with whatever positive or negative details develop then.


Posted May 26, 2011

Floral Park Bellerose is a good school overall. I currently have one child attending the school and another child attending kindergarten in September. Considering all of the taxes we pay, it is unfortunate for both the children and working parents that the school only offers a 1/2 day kindergarten program. All the surrounding districts, in both Nassau and Queens county, offer full day kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

The educational standards f this school is incredible. However, because of budget cuts programs for the students are being cut. The school has a high graduation rate compared to most school as well as high scoring students on mandatory tests
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

This is an outstanding school with terrific teachers and a great adminstration staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I have been a student at FPBS since 1st grade, and will be graduating this year. My teachers have been...... Well some years well-educated and others....not the sharpest.. :) The lunch is well balanced, with an option of salad, milk, OJ, and fresh fruit. There is a routine for the main meal for lunch, usually chicken nuggets Monday, hamburger Tuesday, pasta Wednesday, random(usually cheeseburger) Thursday, and pizza on Friday. There is always an alternate meal, and you can buy ice cream, too. The staff is friendly enough, with some polite people to work with. Students have a special activites that they go to everyday of the week. Different specials are set on different days, depending on whoose class you're in. These specials include music, library, gym (twice a week), and art. Other activities are computer class, and have science lab. We do different projects in both, visiting both once a week. Cool-skool:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

My son will be graduating from this school this year. He has been there since 1st grade. The school is safe, clean and the education given there is very good. However, there are alot of teachers and administration there that do not look at, and treat minority students and parents the same as they treat their own race. The behavior problems are not addressed personally, the whole class is usually blamed for one students behavior problem. Students whose families that have lived in Floral Park for generations are favored, and their problems are ignored. There is that cold feeling of racism there. Hopefully that will change in time because the minority parents are paying the same taxes that other parents are paying for their childen to attend the Floral Park Bellerose school, and they wouldn't want to be treated like that or have their own children treated unfairly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

I have my one son in 6th grade and another going to kindergarten.Kindergarten is only from 12 to 3.30pm for 5 year old.ie.only three and half hours this is really really bad for working parents.We pay so much in taxes and have no choice but to send my kid for pre-k and k to private school.Other than that school is good from 1st grade to 6th grade.Again gifted program is only available for few chosen kids ,the marks do not count the teacher rates the student!They merely go by IQ not aptitude!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

I have one child who graduated from this school and one who is currently attending. The problem with this school is they teach to the mid-range student. They do very little to challenge an above average child. Behavior issues are often not addressed and become the problem of the entire class. How is a young child supposed to be accountable for someone else's behavior. The lunch room is also a constant problem. Many of the lunch monitors have no patience with the children. Children are rushed through their lunch and often times, not allowed to use the rest room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

This has been a great school for my daughter. The teacher's have been wonderful. My daughter has loved her teacher year after year. The staff seem very dedicated and hard working. It has been an overall great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

I think the floral park bellerose school is great place.It has lovely staff and students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2005

I think academically, this school is very good. Both of my children are excelling in all areas of education. Mrs. Lanteri, Mrs. Lynch and Ms. Gennaro were all a very positive influence on the children. Our only complaints to date are, this is an inclusion school and there are too many children with special needs and dicipline problems which have an impact on classroom focus and the principal is too concerned with the politics of running the school then dealing with the direct issues at hand. These critiques aside, this is a nurturing and safe enviroment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

My child has had a great experience at this school. Individual needs are met with compassion without compromising her education. High expectations with kindness!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 16, 2004

This is a terrific school! I have never seen anything underhanded or controlling. My three children have had a wonderful experience here. The teachers are very caring and the principal is strict, which I think is a good thing! We have one of the lowest budgets on Long Island yet we are one of the top elementary schools based on NYS standardized testing. The school has high standards and a lot of extra help for children who have learning issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

This school is run by a very controlling administration. They have three lawyers on their Board of Education which is unheard of. They play underhandedly to win whatever conflict is going on with the parents. The Principal does not put his students well-being first.
—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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
49%

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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
53%

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

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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 72% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 15% 9%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Black 1 2% 19%
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 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 37%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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2 Larch Ave
Floral Park, NY 11001
Phone: (516) 327-9307

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