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Cayuga Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 317 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 21, 2013

The school is not as diverse as Northeast elementary (also in Ithaca) but it is quite diverse for what it is, which is an elementary school in a fairly affluent area. Cayuga Heights districts its students from several places in Ithaca, not just the surrounding community which is primarily white and asian. Since so many faculty spouses do not work full-time, the level of parental involvement is very high, and the school offers a number of PTA sponsored enrichments, including afterschool courses and a math olympiad. Effort is made to ensure that every child, irrespective of background, stays on course academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2011

I went to Cayuga Heights 40 years ago. Loved it. Still remember it fondly. Anyone else around from that era?


Posted March 3, 2010

If the statement below on diversity counts grad students, postdoc families, and international students at Cornell, I feel then it is missing the point. These people s income situation is short-lived; after graduation, they soon join the rank of middle-class. Regardless of their income level, the culture of the school is elitist and middle-class. There are many affluent children who receive expensive electronic gadgets or game systems for Christmas, travel abroad during breaks, and bring $20 bills (or more) to weekly banking. It is also interesting to note how satisfied some of the reviewers are about the diversity of the school as far as they would like it to get, I think. At the moment, the only full-time adult African American presence is custodian. The school adorns itself with a marvelous display of poems and artworks about MLK Jr. in February, but the attempt strikes me as superficial. Don't feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

Personally, I find CHES very diverse. The international community that Cornell University and Ithaca, in general, draw is reflected in the children who attend CHES. For the most part there are high teaching standards and strong parental involvement and a good music program. It would be great to see more physical activity incorporated into the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

Great school, dedicated faculty. Actually larger socioeconomic diversity than is apparent at first glance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

Very good school. It is one of the best school in ny
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

i love this school my kids have been going there for a year and have been doing better than they did in any other school. they have helped my children and given them the help that i have been wanting for them since my son was in kindergarten he is now in 3rd grade. I would recommend this school to anyone who are looking for a good school in ithaca ny. they also work with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Very high level of academics. This school scores above average on all 4th grade exams. Many 'extras' such as music programs, basketball program and after school enrichment programs. The parent involvement level is high and parents typically help out in the classroom on a weekly basis.
—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 31% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
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. 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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
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. 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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
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. 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 2011-2012 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 69% 48%
Black 11% 19%
Asian 10% 9%
Hispanic 5% 23%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 15%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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110 E Upland Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 257-8557

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