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Traphagen School

Public | PK-6 | 295 students

 

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Posted February 27, 2014

The principal Ilene Bichler is not understanding of children's needs. Traphagen School use to be have a strong PTA and great principal leadership. The principal retired after many years at this school and Ilene Bichler became the new principal. I have children who went to this school before she became principal and one there now. She does not understand the students with special needs. When someone needed additional assistance her answer was maybe this school is not the correct placement for them. Maybe they should go to another school. This school offers resource room, why do they need to go to another school! She is very distant from parents and students, but will yes them in hopes nothing else is said. In effect, I have seen the difference in this school. The morale has gone down. It is not the same Traphagen School, Mount Vernon is use to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

This at! the teachers are in constant communication with parents, whether there is an issue or a compliment. i fel like these teachers REALLY car about our kid and it shhows through their work. The academic programs are great, and they even offer extra help on saturdays! My son has been on the honor roll every quarter! This is definitely one of the best schools in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

This is an outstanding school! People need to pay much attention to schools like Traphagen because the teachers do the best they can to help the students acheive! If the economy is only going to keep a certain number of schools running in the state, this should be one of them. The students are well behaved and disciplined and the teachers here are very helpful and kind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2010

The school is wonderful.. must attention paid to critical thinking not memorization,.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

The teachers were very responsive to parental involvement. The course quality seemed stimulating. My son is now in the high school so this review is based on an experience from 5+ years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

Traphagen school is the shining star among a city school district led by incompetence, stupidity, and corruption. It is only through the grace of God that the the principal, Mr. Jordano and his staff have been placed together to form such a wonderful team. Their emphasis is truly on educating and preparing their children for the future. Hats off to all the fine teachers who work hard everyday to provide a structured and disciplined learning environment. My special thanks to all the teachers who give great effort in preparing the children for their state exams. The excellent scores are the proof and the reward. Perhaps the Board of Education should look to this school for guidance.
—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 31% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
79%

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. 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 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
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. 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 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
88%
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. 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 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 19%
Hispanic 10% 23%
White 5% 48%
Asian 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A43%
Source: 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 35%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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  • MS. ILENE BICHLER

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Mount Vernon, NY 10552
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