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J Watson Bailey Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 774 students

 
 

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Posted September 15, 2009

Dear Reader, First Off, I Would Like To Say That Most Of the Teachers At J. Watson Bailey Dont Care For Their Students. They Think That Being Mean Is The Way To Go. Incorrecct. The Student Body At This school Is The Most Judgemental One In All Of New York Probably. Its Like, You Do One Thing And Its Held Against You For The Rest Of Your Life. You Feel Forced To Keep Everything You Have Bottled Up. And I Dont Like How They Change Things Like Field Trips. for Example, the 8th Grade Sleep Over. It Has Been Done Many Times, Canceled This Year. What Do You Think About That? ~From An 8th Grade Student~
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2009

Well this school is a good school to go to if you want a expirence....there is a large amount of extremly lazy teachers and there are some really greaat teachers...overall if your not 'popular' you are going to be judge and bullied...thats what 90% of the fights are over in this school and there is a lot of drama!!!!! i would suggest going to miller if you want to get good grades but bailey is the place to be if you want to hang and relax most of the day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2009

Well I go to this school I was blessed with grate teachers. I warn you it is a vary crowded school and vary judgmental.Their is academic help but some lazy teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

I just want to say that I am so happy my son is finally out of this school. He was a high honor student when he began here, and every year his grades fell of more and more to the point of near failing some classes. I spent a lot of time at home helping him understand his work so he would pass his final year. Now in the high school, he is back on the high honor roll with no trouble at all. While I believe some teachers at Bailey were fine instructors who did care, the majority of them should be collecting unemployment because they obviously have no idea how to teach. A failing school do to failng teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

This school was once great in all areas. But, with the new principals the school and its students have suffered. The changes brought about were unecessary. The students realize they need change and change will continue to occur as part of life. The new school arangements are for the most part rediculous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

Good school, could be better academically. I have found the english classes to be really lacking. My child has not been given work high enough for her level for the last three years. Overall the teachers are mixed bag, of good and bad. The administration has sometimes not had the right teacher in the right position (like someone teaching advanced Math should not be someone who refuses to stay after school to give extra help!). There is a new female principal. Maybe she will bring improvement. Right now she's just been aggravating the kids and parents with changing things that were actually good, like incentives (dances, trips). I think the opportunities that are offered to the kids is the school's best asset. Lots of clubs and things to be involved in. Most teachers stay after school for help and for clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

The principal, Mr. Goren, is a very caring person. He is always willing to listen to parents' and kids' concerns. The music program at Bailey is especially good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

J.W.B is an over crowed school. The principal cares less about the students. He does not show us that he cares about us or are education. I go to jwb currently. Its awful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2005

J. Watson bailey is overfulled. They are way to many kids in this building.This is what i think of bailey middle school as a student that goes there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2005

This school is the most judgemental school I've been to. the teachers are no good, they teach very poorly, there is barely any activites, and the parents arent invoved at all at the school. this sochool is not strict at all. the kids can do what ever they want to each other and the teachers dont even CARE!
—Submitted by a former 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 29% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
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 62% 48%
Black 1 21% 19%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 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 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 246%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 16%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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