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Sophie Finn School

Public | PK-5 | 251 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2010

One of the reasons Sophie Finn Elementary is a great school is because of its small size. That means staff and students know each other, keep an eye out things to celebrate and problems to solve, and are able to make new students feel at home quickly. In fact, many new students who have transferred here with 'reputations' respond very well to our welcoming atmosphere, and happily find a fresh start at Sophie Finn. We have a very diverse student population, and I think that definitely helps our school to be well rounded and sensitive to different kinds of people. Our staff is experienced, and no matter the slings and arrows of daily life, teachers are always professional in regards to how students are treated. We have a small but dedicated core of parents who enhance the students' learning experiences through their PTO fundraising efforts, and as for the principal, his motto is, 'Students first!'.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2010

Sophie Finn is awesome. The atmosphere facilitates learning and character development. My oldest has attended since 2005....their test scores are the highest of all the elementary schools in the district. The principal is wonderful, and the teachers and staff are too. They have added additional sections of 3rd and 4th and will add another 5th in Sept. The classes are a nice size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

I have had two children in this school. The teachers are the most dedicated and talented that any parent could hope for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

My daughter is in Kindergarten and so far, I love it! I just wish that more parents would get involved in their childs education, working or not. Education is the most important thing we can give them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My child attends the pre-k and seems quite happy with it. I love that its not just about playtime and coloring. Learning is the key factor and my daughter is doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

great school, but I think it needs to re-concider having pre-k so that it can make smaller classes for 3-5th grades. they are way to big.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

Good school to say the most. Too much homework given from certian teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

My child has attended SGF for two years. We have enjoyed small class sizes (11 - 16 children), though that will not be the case for grades 3 - 5. The principal was wonderful and knew each child by name. He also was helpful in increasing public awareness about the existence of SGF (it has only been re-opened for several years). I will miss him as he has moved on to another school. The school itself is probably fine for most kids, but our child performs several levels above her grade and could benefit from accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available.
—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 32% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
36%
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 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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 30% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
95%
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

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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 42% 48%
Black 1 38% 19%
Hispanic 2 15% 23%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 6%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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  • DR. PAULA PEREZ

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94 Mary's Ave
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 338-6370

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