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Laurens Central School

Public | K-12 | 21 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2011

My child went to Laurens from K-12. We felt the smaller school district lent itself to more attention for the individual student and also to a closer knit school community. There was never a problem with bullying. We also found that our child's classmates, as well as the teachers were tolerant of any racial and/or religious differences that came up. The music department is THE BEST in the area - far superior to even the bigger Oneonta City Schools. When difficulties arose in our child's senior year Mrs. Wenck and our child's teachers work with up to ensure that our child graduated on time with the class. By the time our child was ready to attend school we made sure we were in this district as we felt it had so much to offer. We are not sorry. Also we were all encouraged to be involved as parents. We never missed a shool event. Considering that Laurens is one of the poorest school district in the area the fact that all but 1 of the kids that graduated with our child went on to college and that over 3/4's of the class had scholarships says a lot. I would recommend this school district to all. ;-}
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Its a K-12 school in a very rurual area which has been, hard hit by these economic times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

My child has attended this school for 8 years now and I found to be very disappointed in this school. For one why is NY paying a superintendent and a principal for such a small school? I find that the school expects way to much from the kids and tend to send all work home to do. Kids are on the average bringing home 3 to 6 hours of homework every night, and this is just from grades 4 to 7. I have to ask what are the teachers teaching? A lot of this work should be done in school. Parents do not have the time to work their one or two jobs and then come home and have to teach their kids how to do their homework that is what the teachers get paid to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

As a parent new to the school life (K), I struggled with enrolling my child in a school that had k-12 and was in such an impoverished area. Finances finally won out and my child attends Laurens. I have found that the response to an involved family that is a bit out of the ordinary is great. We didn't have unrealistic expectations, but have been pleasantly surprised by the teacher response, the school activities and the involvement for this grade level. My only complaint is, what seems to be, a total lack of concern for the working families. There are very limited opportunties for parents to be involved if you can't get off work during the day. The school also doesn't give working parents sufficient time to request time off for special days for their child. We had one day notice that our child was going to be in the 'spotlight'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

My kids moved here from a nearby school district and I was surprised at how much more a small school can offer! The art projects are great! And the classes are so small!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

I'm both pleased and disappointed by this school I'm not pleased by the fact that the younger classes are squeezed into tiny rooms.. this makes for situations where classroom management and control become a problem. This leads to more issues in the class that it would be if the children were in smaller class sizes. I am pleased that the administration and the teachers seem very responsive, and I appreciate that there is a concerned community, and that the school is remodeling to improve conditions at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

Laurens school is like a stick of dynomite--small but packs a big punch!! It offers what it can for being a small school! We may not have the bells and whistles like others schools but as the saying goes-' don't judge a book by its cover!' What comes out of that school is honors, self-confidence and pride!! We have a great sports,music and colorguard curriculum as well as graduates with high honors! and in my oponion as far as the discipline issue --it should start from home!! and not depend on the system to raise your child -your responsibilty!! for a small school --it rocks!! ( as the kids would say)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

I will be entering Laurens Central School as a senior this coming school year. I would not want to be graduating from any other school. Laurens is a great community and a great little school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2007

As a parent of 2 teenage children, I am completely disappointed with this school. My older son had problems and was not helped until he was put into a BOCES program (at my insistence). THEY were the ones who got him interested in school again. Now my younger one is having incentive problems with 8th grade and the teachers seem content to letting it go and notifying me by school scheduled updates that he is failing. The quality of school reflects the quality of life in Laurens...going downhill rapidly and no one seems to care as long as they are not bothered. But, if you are an alumni's child or great in sports, you will get the best of everything! So outsiders and low income beware...this is a very 2 faced school district... especially the administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

Laurens offers a variety of programs to encourage children from a very young age through high school to participate in some type of program. We have award winning music and colorguard programs. There is a wonderful morning program for the youngest children that encourages not only parental involvement but also community involvement. The academic programs are limited by size and budget, however, the school and community are creative and offer some non-traditional options; and the students excell in their academics. This is a small rural school within a close-knit community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

Laurens has one of the lowest tax rates in Otsego county. It provides students with many educational opportunities including alternative education, inclusion, and an outstanding music program. It is a place where the teachers and administrators care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2004

For having the highest school taxes in the state, Laurens Central School has little to show for it. Set in a considerably impoverished town, the lack of discipline and quality education shows it. As in so many small town schools, success depends on relationships rather than qualifications. As for discipline, the school fosters an 'If I didn't see it, it didn't happen' attitude toward students. In such a poor town this school offers no enticing alternative in learning to the average child's life, and has little to offer those willing to learn without sacrificing their happiness.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
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 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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

19 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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
50%

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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

29 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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
81%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

10 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
85%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
64%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

18 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students18%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White18%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Not migrant18%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students82%
Female79%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

English

All Students79%
Female88%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

Geometry

All Students68%
Female63%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%

Global History and Geography

All Students82%
Female70%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Living Environment

All Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 93% 48%
Hispanic 1 5% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 154%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 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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55 Main St
Laurens, NY 13796
Phone: (607) 432-2050

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