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Fairfield Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 679 students

 

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Posted May 17, 2013

This school is for the gifted children. The average child will do fine. They will do fine anywhere they go. If you child has any special needs, or difficulties well that is another story. Getting help from this school is like getting blood out of a turnip. Parents have to fight to get the supports they need. If your child needs help be prepared to teach them yourself. I work in the Bellmore school district and the amount of support they provide their students who need extra help is amazing. Teachers in Bellmore reach out to the parents to discuss how they can work together to help the children. In Fairfield parents have to be extra vigilant. You can't wait for the teachers to contact you. If you wait it will be the end of the school year until you find out your child is having problems. By then it is too late and your child has lost an entire year. I have found over the years by speaking with other parents that this problem is not just restricted to Fairfield. If you can avoid the Massapequa school district then run unless your child is a talented sportsman or gifted. On behalf of Massapequa, they offer the gifted amazing programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

This school is amazing. As a Fairfield alumni myself, I was proud to share this elementary experience with my own children. Massapequa does have a uniqueness about it where many who grew up here choose to raise their children here. There is a reason for that, the schools! Fairfield has a new principal and assistant which are doing a fine job. they are constantly visible in the school and at school events in the evenings. they are respected and liked by the children. It seems as though each grade has a balance of teachers as far as some being more easy going, some firm fair and consistent and some more strict. I feel the staff and administrators know which children will flourish with specific teachers. We have to allow our children to be exposed to all different styles of teaching because lets face it, in the real world we do not get to choose our boss. We need to be flexible and resilient. Fairfield gets the job done. I have enjoyed being able to participate in trips and school events even though I am a full-time working parent. You are involved as much as you want to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

One of my sons graduated Fairfield two years ago. Another is graduating this year. One is in kindergarten this year and my youngest will begin in September. Fairfield supplies a well rounded educational and social environment preparing students to continue thier learning experiences. I attended Fairfield many years ago. Many families stay in Massapequa because of the excellent schools and neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

My son completed his first full year at Fairfield after moving into the area from Queens. It was a breath of fresh air to have my son go to such a wonderful school. He immediately adapted and blended in with his new school and classmates. His teachers were caring, helpful and attentive. Were looking forward to the upcoming year and were sure that he'll continue to excell in his studies at Fairfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

This school is the best ever! Everyday in the morning the first thing my child wants to do is to go to school. Not one day has he not wanted to go to school. The teachers are excellent and caring. They appreicate all the hard work the kids do and are always willing to talk to me on the phone. The special areas are excellent. Everyone there is caring, kind and my son learns new things everyday. I love fairfield! I recommened that everyone should enroll their childin fairfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

This was the first year for my two boys in 2nd and fourth grade enrolled in fairfield. We are excited to start the second. The communication between teacher and parent is excellent. The homework though excessive... Let's see what the new year brings!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My son was in Special Education Kindergarten this year. The teacher was warm, dynamic, caring and extremely competent. She was also always open to meeting with me or talking with me on the phone. The teacher assistants and related teachers such as the Physcical Education and Speech Teacher were also extremely warm and highly skilled. The school psychologist was also always available and helpful. Even the school nurse was caring and kind. This was a wonderful school year for my son. He enjoyed school and made great strides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

Not cooperative with the working parent. Caters to the stay at home mother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

Good teachers at Fairfield, but horrible administraton. The new principal is weak and upper administration is terrible. They do things that do not benefit fairfield kids. Had I known then when I know now about the administration in the district, I would have kept my kids home. My husband and I are now considering homeschooling. I am happy with the teachers mostly, especially in the music and art depts. But very disgusted with administration.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
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

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 94% 48%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
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 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%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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330 Massapequa Ave
Massapequa, NY 11758
Phone: (516) 308-5301

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