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Jamesville Dewitt Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 911 students

 

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Posted November 8, 2013

My school is a great school with an amazing curriculum and has a great staff. There are many academic opportunities as well as the learning of many cultures,art, and music. This school is dedicated to being a community where everyone is welcomed.


Posted July 30, 2012

Moving out of a larger populated school into this one, I am very pleased for my now 7th and 8th grader that started in January. They start languages in 6th grade! One of my children takes Chinese. There are upper level classes such as advanced art, honors language and honors math. The school strives on being a "community" type of school. Many people know and care about each other. The school population is about 240 per class grade which is incredible! My children were able to adapt very quickly and staff were very helpful with that transition. The principals all know my children as well as most of the teachers, whereas the old school they did not (900 per class grade). Everyone is accepted and it is not a snobby school where a neighboring school district has that rep. Academics are diverse and important. Sports are available but not above all importance like some districts. The whole child is celebrated for all sorts: music, art, sports, language etc, I really recommend this school district for all the reasons above. Many people move into this area because of the schools. 3 elementary, ONE middle and ONE high school. I can only say good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

We moved into the JD school district ( middle school ) in 2008 from out of state. We could have moved anywhere and we chose JD. Why? Small schools= small class sizes ( my son is in a regular math class with 15 students in 7th grade); Some ethnic diversity ( about 20% underrepresented population); socioeconomic diversity( 14% free and reduced lunch) ; 6th grade starts Language other than English, okay band, lots of clubs, intramurals, Science Olympiad, music and art are great and modified sports ( no cuts for most in 7 & 8th). There is a big emphasis on the social and emotional well being of the students and the guidance counselors are more like team leaders and are fantastic! We have always been welcomed into the school and can talk to teachers and counselors and the principal anytime. Teachers are using smartboards and integrating technology could do more here. Areas for improvement: orchestra is new-thus small, improved technology integration, more diverse teaching staff to reflect the student body should be a goal of the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

Teachers are qualified but overworked, shy away from responsibility towards students. I am surprised that absolutely they take no responsibility towards the benefit of students, and are selfish. Also noted they in general are very defensive when I wanted to work with them regarding some missing work which was bringing my daughter's work from A+ to B. There is no approach saying" okay here is the plan you do that on your side, and the student will absolutely have to do her part and as the teacher, I will do this on my part". That is the responsibility that the teachers are lacking. Their answers are always blaming the child and on the defensive side, even before you start questioning them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Highly overrated school , due to inefficient administration. Most of the students here from other nationalities come from highly educated families due to the close proximity of this school to SU and medical university. The school boasts of its diversification but doesnt implement equality. The number of deserving other nationality children in honors classes is negligible despite their excellent grades or abilities. It is a shame that all these professionals pay the same amount of taxes,put their faith in these teachers and administrators to provide their kids with quality education, but kids have to face this discrimination. Has some excellent teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

I am a 7th grade who will be transferring away from this school for 8th grade. I would not reccomend enrolling your child here. The teachers here dont really do much to help you if youre confused or have low grades. The students here are generally upper class and, like the person below me, it is full of pointless drama and youre either popular or a loser. It is also filled with bullying by all the popular kids on everybody else. They make you feel upset, and insecure in the school. The school boasts about being "the best district" but they seem to only care about sports. I was so unhappy in this surronding that i am transferring to a different school were i can have a better school experience. Also the teachers who truly teach badly are never fired or change. I would not recommend your child come here.


Posted June 21, 2009

I attended JDMS this year as an 8th grader, i highly recommend that you do not send your child here, the students at JDMS currently do not represent equality, either your popular or a nerd or a loser. The students are mean, their is so much drama, and the students try to 'fight' a lot. beware that if your child attends this school they may become upset, i have definitely had a bad experience at JD and with all the rude, obscene students, your child might as well. Even the 5th graders are rude, but if you care about just the teachers, their okay but the administration is terrible as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2007

JDMS is a great school run by a bad administration. I loved my teachers there, but not our administrators. My teachers there were great and the learning environment is wonderful. Great school, bad leaders.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2007

Jamesville Dewitt is a great school district with friendly teachers, and an amazing art program for students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2006

JDMS is an amazing middle school. Or it was, anyway. Last year (05-06), the entire grade was severely punished for the actions of a few (or possibly one) thieving student(s). This year (06-07), from the first day of school, the administration has assigned seating to the entire cafeteria, with no explanation. Also, the grades are dismissed from school individually, rather than together, as has been the case in the middle, elementary, and high schools. All in all, this is an amazing school. If you have to choice, I would extremely recommend sending your child here. The only problem is the current administration, and even then, I believe the problem lies with Mr. Jeff craig and his unreasonable policies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2005

JDMS is a truly wonderful school that I absolutely love to attend. Everyone is friendly and it makes you feel good to be learning from such good role models. All academic programs are up to date with learning programs and teachers make it clear and easy to understand.All extracurricular programs are also clear and very reachable. The PTG is very involved and parent friendly as well.
—Submitted by a student


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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 30% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
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 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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

249 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

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 79% 48%
Black 2 9% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 7% 9%
Hispanic 1 3% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 115%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 18%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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6280 Randall Rd
Jamesville, NY 13078
Phone: (315) 445-8360

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