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Valley Central Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1141 students

 
 

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Posted April 29, 2014

I am so disgusted with this school. I moved here from NJ late in the school year and my child's teacher was just pushing him along and treating him like dirt. She has a bad attitude and it showed in my parent teacher conference. Why let a person with such a horrible demeanor towards children work at your school is beyond me. Before coming to this school my child was a honor student coming from a 5 star school district who loved school. We moved here and we don't receive a welcome packet from the teacher listing how and when assignments should be completed. I didn't even know the teachers name until I called her the wrong name and asked for details on how her classroom works. What a great way to make a new student and their family feel welcomed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

We are very disgusted w/ the school and the entire admin. We have had to complain numerous times about bullying and NOTHING was done. My daughter was/is dealing w/ a 7th grade Science teacher Mrs "R" who is horrible. She is is rude and treats my daughter with disrespect. My daughter is an A student who loved school until coming to VCMS. The office staff dreads having to call down to this teachers class room if I have to pick up my daughter. She has actually hung up on the office staff. Nothing is done about it??? We are moving back down south, and we can't wait to get them out of here. Terrible district. Choose any other school district. BTW: I was born and raised here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

They do a great job of tranistioning the sixth graders to the middle school, support the students in teams, and have a great overall atmosphere for the students.


Posted April 19, 2010

Valley Central Middle School is providing a top notch education while being encouraging to students and welcoming to parents.


Posted October 27, 2009

I am a new parent to the Valley Central Middle School system. So far, I am generally satisfied with the school. I feel that there could/shoud be more homework - in particular - special projects to supplement children's learnings. If we expect excellence, our children will give it to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

i am a former student from vcms going into vc high school. There was many to do after school and you can also get extra help. 6th grade was really fun, it wasn't scary at all. You got to meet new kids that are nice. seventh grade, the teachers start to care less about you and your work and kids get into stupid stuff and if you are not pretty don't even think about talking to a so called 'popular kid'. 8th grade the teachers seek potential in their students but some are just plain mean. And that is where kids make up rumors. some kids made rumors about me and it wasnt pleasant. that is how i got my name out. but that was the year to also find out who are fake and most of the friends are fake. the education is good but not the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

My daughter was an A-Plus student before she came to this school. She was one of the few who loved school. She hates school now. Many teachers in this school do not listen to the students unless a parent is around. They give excessive loads of homework. My daughter has been up to 11:00 doing homework. Some parents feel the kids have to teach themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2007

We have been very happy with Valley Central Schools.My son is off with the schools ski club this morning! Teachers are up to date,great technology classes that I can't even begin to talk about, how to build a rocket,how to fix a go cart,how to write your own music on a computer. The school is #1 for Wrestling, great lacross team,baseball and football too. Teachers email grades by computer once a week, very technology driven.Security is taken very seriously. Teachers are always going above and beyond in my opinion. One of the best schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

This School is acedemically acceptable but has it's flaws like many... It's school administators and faculty seem forget many steps in their policies and insert their 'curiosity and interest' into peoples at what goes on in their private residences. They have so called 'lost' paperwork on numerous cases and procrastonate pending situations. I certainly am NOT impressed. The music department is certainly one of the best in the surrounding area offering 4 bands and 4 choruses but once again that cannot make up for their continuing set-backs. I know people who have had numerous problems on many numerous occasions. This school is in desperate need of funding. The books are decades old and the students need much more disipline when it comes to their 'language' and much less when it comes to getting along. Not every child will be friends and clearly this school will not accept that.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 19, 2004

The school has some very good programs and teachers, but too many times students get lost in the system. The discipline is too lenient. Too many things slip through the cracks. There seems to be too much emphasis on numbers and requirements, then there is on actually teaching.
—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 30% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
61%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students26%
Female33%
Male21%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities4%
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%

Math

All Students20%
Female22%
Male18%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities4%
General population24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students22%
Female27%
Male17%
African American26%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities3%
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%

Math

All Students14%
Female13%
Male15%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities0%
General population17%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students25%
Female31%
Male20%
African American15%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities4%
General population29%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students22%
Female23%
Male21%
African American15%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities4%
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%

Science

All Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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 1 68% 48%
Hispanic 1 17% 23%
Black 2 12% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 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 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 76%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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Montgomery, NY 12549
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