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Merrick, NY
Students enrolled: 522

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2400 Central Parkway
Merrick, NY 11566

(516) 992-7250
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October 02, 2014
I like the principal here but agree about the turnover in merrick schools. The problem w this principal is she doesn't tell the truth, I don't believe she means to degrade. She will never say a bad word about anyone or anything there. It's highly unionized with enormous salaries and they all protect each others turf. The director of pupil services is atrocious as is the new asst superintendent and superintendent. They are not at all compassionate or for the kids. They act like they have no power, all of them. I'm sorry I moved from north shore. No gifted program for young kids. Adopted horrid common core standards. Worst special ed program. Kids learn zip. They slap babysitting aides on the kids who do more harm than good. I have seen them be totally neglectful or overbearing, little in between. They don't like to integrate because then teachers have to work. So they offer self contained or slower class, both abysmal choices. Also school is so old and they put no money into its renovation. It's quite ugly. Playground is cheap. They sign forms to stop bullying but in reality do almost nothing. I think that's hard for any school but this place was not warm

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February 25, 2013
The administration in this school has a lot to be desired. It has changed hands more often than not in the last few years. The principal is not professional and maintains a stale smile the entire time she degrades your dilemma. She has had two assistant principals within the last two years. This is not by mistake, as she has the inability to be compassionate toward her students and parents and her staff dislike her very much. The class breakdown on inclusion students to regular education students is not balanced. Security in this school is lax. They teach to the test which is for the teachers not the students. Wishing I never moved here. The teachers seem overwhelmed with the testing, and with the class make up. It is a very stress filled environment for the children and the teachers.

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July 23, 2012
can't recommend the special ed program here. Teacher is underqualified and is not good with kids. Very few options for kids in special ed, the district has in place what is has and they do not budge.

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September 09, 2011
I am a teacher as well as a Birch parent, and Birch is an outstanding school!

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no rating
September 22, 2009
Awsome school.Teachers are very devoted to the kids

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September 26, 2008
This is a solid school with very experienced teachers. My family lived in many places trying to find the right spot where we would fit in and where the schools are very strong. Birch Elementary is definately a place I would recommend as it shows much better results than other schools in the area and has a more diverse mix of students that reflects this wonderful neigborhood. Most kids from this schools will go to Calhoun High which in the past few years showed the greatest improvement placing 248th in the nation up from 263 LY (as reported by newsweek.com). By comparision Mepham High dropped to 339th from 131 in 03, to 243 in 05, 270 in 06, and JFK dropped to 409th from 295th in 07.

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no rating
August 26, 2003
This school is great. The teachers show their love for education. I am a teacher in another school, another state , but I have three grandchildren in this school and I can tell for their homework and for their knowledge that the teachers are 'super'.I am very happy to know that my grandchildren are receiving a very good education.

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Birch School
2400 Central Parkway, Merrick, NY  11566
(516) 992-7250
Last modified Birch School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Birch School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Top