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George Southard Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 492 students

 

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Posted October 19, 2009

Probably the best elementary school in the Lockport district but that's not really saying very much. GMS has a good location, lots of parking. Staff and teachers are nice and accommodating. However, there are very few activities for kids. No clubs, afterschool activities, and very few field trips. Most of the students are low performing and curriculum is geared to those needs. PTO is not very active, only meets once every other month. We'd move to another district, but we can't sell our house. Wonder why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

A great school, lots of activities and a great pta and staff
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Posted September 20, 2009

Here at GMS the children are number one. The PTA is very involved with the school and makes sure the students get many programs brought in. The teachers and staff there make you feel very comfortable in knowing that your child is goign to get the very best out of there education.
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Posted September 16, 2009

The principal, teachers, pta, and entire staff of the school are wonderful people. They all truly care about the children and do their very best to make sure each child's needs are met. Everyone at the school goes the extra mile for the students who attend GMS.
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Posted February 28, 2008

I have 2 children who go to GS and I love this school I give this school all 5 stars.
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Posted September 12, 2005

I am extremely pleased with the education my children have received at George Southard. The teachers are always available for questions or feedback and are very helpful. I am always kept informed of issues as they arise. A+ all the way! My only issue is the safety of students coming and going in the parking lot. We need more parking!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

Grade level

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 81% 48%
Black 1 9% 19%
Hispanic 2 7% 23%
Two or more races 1 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 148%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 70%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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  • MR. RYAN SCHOENFELD

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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6385 Locust St Ext
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: (716) 478-4772

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