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Great Neck South Middle School

Public | 7-9 | 800 students

 

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Posted January 21, 2014

This is the ideal school for any kid who likes to have fun participating in afterschool activities, such as board game clubs, movie clubs, etc. This is a fantastic school, and provides a safe, healthy learning environment for students.


Posted October 28, 2013

GN South Middle School is an absolutely incredible school! I remember the first day our daughter started 6th grade there, I actually came up to the Principal and ask if I could join!!! Their classrooms are all equipped with the latest technology, teachers are all like out of Hollywood (actors, comedians) while simultaneously extremely knowledgeable and professional. Very good resources; solid after-school programs and so much more! I am so thrilled our kids are going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2012

I think the school is great but the students are so competitive. They want to beat you at everything. After my classmates get their projects/tests back they immediately turn to their friends and ask them what they got. The students also pressure you to get good grades. If you don't, they'll think you're not smart enough to be their friend. One thing that isn't fair is that 6th graders don't get to do after school sports. They can only go to clubs after school and they won't get a chance to compete in sports until next year. The teachers are great, but some of them are a bit strict and mean. The classrooms aren't that great. During the summer, one side of the hall is airconditioned and the other side isn't. If your class is in the one's that aren't airconditioned, you'll feel all hot and stuffy. The classes are great and they challenge you. We barely have school wide activities. Everyday it's the same schedule, doing the same thing. It can get VERY boring.


Posted February 25, 2010

THIS SCHOOL IS JUST AWESOMEEE. therez no other school iv been to w such great teachers , friends, and school curriculur. i love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2009

I am a student at South, and it is a great school. The principal, vice principal, and deans are all great. They have a morning broadcast every morning live, by student. I have been in the studio and it is so cool! It is a professional studio with kids working in it! I love South, it is THE BEST SCHOOL ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

As a new parent, my son just entered 6th grade, i can't say enough about the staff. They are warm, helpful, and understanding. One happy mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I am a current student at Great Neck South Middle and have learned so much. At South Middle you feel like you are important and emotionally secure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

This is the best school. It has dedicated teachers and has a morning broadcast hosted and completely run by students. It has a musical involvement and many enjoyable clubs. All the staff members are very pleasant and work hard to help the students acheive
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2008

It's the greatest school it has a morning tv broadcast and there are so many oppurtunities for students like me to do something different or reach out or anything there's no limit to your success at great neck south!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

Love it there. We have a morning television broadcast, one of the best swim teams in the district, how can you not be impressed? Also, the majority of the population there is really smart. I should know. I hang out with them. I don't understand why all of these reviews are 3 stars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

I just moved to Great Neck from Delray Beach, Florida. I came here to get a good education. I have been a student at Great Neck South Middle School for a few weeks now, and I love it. The teachers are magnificent. The kids are kind, and polite, and nice. You can always get help if you think you are behind in a subject. The teachers are kind, and i've allready learned so much in just a few weeks. Probably three months of learning here is the equivilent to a year of learning at my school in Florida. They have a wonderful afterschool program. I know understand math and I rised from a D to a B. this school is the greatest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2006

My kid loves all of her teachers. She told me they are funny or encouraging or strict. She really enjoys the school life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

Great middle school, academicaaly stimulating if student is taking EP course. Plenty of EC activities and sports team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

My daughter goes to great neck south middle and enjoys it very much. All the teachers are absolutley wonderful and caring. I couldn't imaging sending her anywhere else
—Submitted by a former 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.

Grade level

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
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 36% in 2014.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
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 46% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 43% 9%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Black 2 2% 19%
Two or more races 1 1% 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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 110%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 69%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 Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • DR. JAMES R. WELSCH

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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349 Lakeville Rd
Great Neck, NY 11020
Phone: (516) 441-4000

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