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J Taylor Finley Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 693 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 28, 2014

Finley is a fantastic school! The principals are awesome, the teachers are on the ball! It's been a lot of work for my children, but they have learned a LOT! The school has great sports after school, great after school activities that are not sports oriented. They have wonderful support for the students. The building is secure, clean and cheerful. All around an amazing school. We came from the Northport school district and are so happy we made the move, the school districts just don't compare! Huntington BLOWS Northport away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

The school itself was good, with excellent and friendly teachers and an updated curriculum, but the administration is a little too scatterbrained for comfort! They put my daughter in another Spanish class and they didn't notify her for another two weeks after she was supposed to show up. I heard of a parent whose child left the school and then got a call saying that the child was not present.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

Most teachers are good, however some do not show any care. My child's teacher when talking to me for half-hour kept confusing her with the other kids, grading her from lowest to highest in his review. The administration and guidance are helpless. My 8-grade child schedule was screwed up so badly that she was put back into several 7 grade classes - although she has excellent grades! Additionally, school district do not provide for talented kids: my child, again with the A/A+ averages was denied to be accepted in an accelerated science class with the motivation that 'there is not enough space'. With this school, you should constantly be 'on top of things' - impossible for working parents. PTA is useless. I am moving out of this school district whatever it is going to cost us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

Basically a great school. Some teachers are 'past their prime', but most are inspiring!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 31% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
87%
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 Students44%
Female49%
Male40%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities11%
General population49%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students28%
Female23%
Male33%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities10%
General population30%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
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 Students39%
Female44%
Male35%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities8%
General population45%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students34%
Female34%
Male34%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities6%
General population39%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Science

All Students65%
Female56%
Male71%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities46%
General population69%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
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

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 55% 48%
Hispanic 2 31% 23%
Black 1 11% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
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 8%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 220%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 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

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20 Greenlawn Rd
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 673-2020

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