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Dows Lane (K 3) School

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Posted August 17, 2014

This school is far too focused on fulfilling state mandates than on actually teaching and nurturing children. If you have a child with special needs or a talented/gifted child, this school is not for you. The special needs program is sorely lacking and there is no gifted program to speak of. If you are happy with your children getting a completely mediocre education and with fighting every year for basic services, you'll be happy here! Every parent I know is supplementing their child's education with tutoring, outside services, etc. That on top of paying tens of thousands of dollars in taxes. It's ridiculous. I'm not sure where the rumor of Irvington having good public schools started. It's a myth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 2, 2014

As noted by "A parent," Ms. Lane is a fantastic teacher. She has always been. Even when she was my teacher close to twenty years ago :). I hated nap time though, I hope they did something about that...

Posted October 10, 2013

2012-2013/ K /Mrs Lane My son was in Mrs Lane's class and it was the best experience ever. Having little kids means busy all the time but with reminders, emails and most importantly her love for the kids made everything so easy. You are the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2013

Situtated in historic Irvington new your Dows Lane is a solid early learning experience in a great community. The teachers are attentive and the facilities allow for a great learning experience for young children.

Posted June 20, 2013

Very happy with Dows Lane. My older child just completed 3rd grade there. He and we loved it. My younger child will be starting Kindergarten in the fall, and I'm happy and excited for him.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2013

So far I am completely underwhelmed. The math program is completely outdated. There is no set curriculum (besides the common core) so it all depends on the teacher you get, in my case one that doesn't engage or inspire the children at all. The principal seems to be good, but unfortunately he has a lot of work ahead to get this school to where it should be in my opinion. There is no early language program, no computer class for kindergarteners and very little recess/PE. I am really hoping it gets better.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2013

What to expect at Dows Lane: fantastic principal. Committed, caring teachers. Homework in 1st grade and up. 25 minutes of recess. Art, music, library, computer, gym 2x per week. Standard institutional cafeteria food. NYState curriculum. It's a good place. My two children are very happy after our move from the city 2 years ago. No school or teacher is a perfect fit for every child. It's not a NYC prep school, nor is it a Waldorf/creative school. Some teachers are more old-school strict and disciplined, while others are more creative and flexible in their teaching styles. Exceptionally bright, creative kids (and here I mean kids working several grade levels over their class), may have a harder time staying adequately challenged, but that would probably be true in any public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 6, 2011

All my children, now at Main Street School and Middle School, went to Dows Lane. The new principal, Mr. L., shows commitment to the school and is demonstrably caring about the students. The teacher quality has been generally excellent. The early grade teachers (K and 1st) are appropriately nurturing, and the teachers in the older grades are tough yet fair. Overall, I was very pleased with Dows Lane.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2010

My son has been so well taken care of from his start in kindergarten. They evaluated him immediately and assessed him. He now no longer needs any further assistance in any of the areas he was lacking. Excellent! He will be very will prepared for Main Street School which is 4th and 5th grades.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2010

My kids went there a few years ago. I found it mediocre and mired in bureaucracy (no different than the other public schools I experienced) -- with the exception of a few good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2009

I originally gave this school an excellent review but now fast forward a couple of years and my opinion has drastically changed. I agree with the most recent posting of special interest groups wanting to just move in and takeover. If you didn't like the way the school was run, why did you move here in the first place? I was happy before but now I took my child out of the public school system and she is sooo happy! Most of the children turned so unfriendly and clicky at such a young age. My child was too nice for this school system. If you want your child to grow up entitled and obnoxious you would be happy here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2009

I have lived in the area for over 12 years. This school has seen its share of turnover in teaching staff and cirriculum (expecially trailblazers math) that was truly awfull. I am not sending my 3rd child there. Instead he is going to a private school. He is not special Ed on the contrary very bright!! The school should get back to basics reading, writting and math and stop most of the special interest groups that come in and take away from our kid instructional time. We are paying a large amount of property taxes and the SAT scores have not improved.. Starts from the beginning.... Dows Lane....
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2009

My son attended Dows Lane for 2 yrs.08-09 The 1st yr was perfect by the second yr my son was no longer happy to go to school nor was he able to keep up with the curriculum. I voiced my concerns, after several emails, notes and finally pleading, my son was evaluated. This process took 6 months just to obtain proper evaluations. I have had to place him in intensive one on one tutoring all summer. Intensive tutoring is v. expensive! The bottom line if your child is thriving then Dows Lane is for you if he have any disabilities in your learning you can forget it. Dows cater to those who have no disabilities and turn a blind eye on those who do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2007

Dows Lane is awful. As an educator I find the academics to be woefully lacking (they don't even offer a second language!)and simplistic. If you have smart children and are thinking of moving to this school district my advice would be this: Don't.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2007

Dows Lane seems so far to be a great school. The teachers are caring, they call when they think our children may be having a problem. They're warm and welcoming to all children. My children are very shy, and I'll wait to see how patient the teacher is with them and I'll update my review then. But my children come home very happy from school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2006

Great school but needs more diversity.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2006

Excellent school, highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2005

Excellent school. Great community. I taught there and was very happy.
—Submitted by a teacher

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.







The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.






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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 75% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 12% 9%
Hispanic 1 5% 23%
Black 2 4% 19%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 60%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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6 Dows Ln
Irvington, NY 10533
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