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Island Trees Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 742 students

 

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Posted March 17, 2012

What dedicated teachers and staff! My son was struggling in the elementary school, but with a great 5th grade teacher, then even better 6th grade teacher, he is self-confident, and doing so much better. The only negative is these state tests. The kids have so many extra help classes that they're getting burned out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

Wow very bad ratings for this school thank god my kid is going to wisdom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

I transferred to this school from private school and only went here for a year, before I transferred back to private school... Whoever said there is a low tolerance for bullying here must be confusing this school with another one. The worst childhood memories took place at this school. I was bullied viciously, most of the time in front of teachers (who either did absolutely nothing, or laughed along). Hallways, classrooms, nothing was off limits and when my mother complained, the district did nothing. I'm not "weird" or "nerdy" or any of the other stereotypes who usually get bullied. I've had tons of friends ever since I left, and never got bullied again. It's strange to say, but it's almost refreshing to come on here, and see reviews from other students/parents who have had the same experience as me (even in the same year). Now I see that it was less a problem with me, and more a problem with the lack of supervision and consequences for bad behavior at the school. I've noticed that all of the positive reviews here are from parents. I bet if you ask the students, you will find a different opinion (or maybe not, since the bullied kids might be too worried to speak out).


Posted May 12, 2010

kids are challenged to succeed - staff support and help kids succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

I acually dont like it at all... Almost everyday of my middle school life i watched people be bullied or I was bullied, and its sickning. The school doesnt do much about it either... They never get back to a case and never help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2007

I went to IT (class of 1990) as did my 3 siblings & my mom & I stayed so my sons can attend IT also. There are quite a few former students who 's children now go to IT. It is a wonderful school w/ very LOW tolerance for bullies, there is a program outlining what is expected from every student behavior/academic wise & very high parent involvement. and the budgets get passed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

Students are expected to be very independant. There are many after school activities. Very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

My child's comfort level in the Island Trees Middle School dropped after 6th grade. Once in 7th grade, we noticed a great deal of bullying and have been advised there is little supervision in the halls during the change of classes to help deter bullying. There is also a great lack of written communication to the parent after 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

I have found ITMS to be a great school. The teachers and administration is very approachable and helpful. I feel that my child is continuously challenged and encouraged. ITMS has many extracurricular activities to keep the children involved. I find there is a lot of school spirit. There are also many programs and incentives to get the children to help each other, deal with bullying, and self esteem which is very important at this stage in their devolopment. I am very pleased with my experience (3 children) in this district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

This has been a wonderful school that emphasizes the positive in my child. Through the counseling department, competent teachers and a majority of great kids, the middle school has gone great for my child. Academics is always stressed, and there is a good choice of clubs and social events. The best thing has been the music department and the band. Music has been the most important influence and the music program is awesome! The administration really listens if any issues arise and action is taken quickly and fairly. My child has accomplished things I never thpought possible and I do believe that the middle school has been the saving grace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2004

This is one of the best middle schools on Long Island. There are a variety of after-school activities, a very involved faculty and it is a safe school for learning.
—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 30% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 78% 48%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 210%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 60%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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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROGER BLOOM

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School counslor
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
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