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New Paltz Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 543 students

 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted January 12, 2014

best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school! best school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

Terrific principal and administration! We also like the dedication and positive personalities of the teachers. Every child is known by name, and the students go to the principal's office to socialize- not just to be penalized. I can be critical about the curriculum, but that is public school in general- hence the 4 rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

This school has a very ineffective bullying policy, and the teachers do not allow expression of creativity. The principal picks favorites and picks on certain unfavorable students of certain religions or families. The academics are average, and there aren't many clubs. The counselors can't be trusted, as they tend to gossip a bit. Overall, its a poor school.


Posted March 23, 2011

This is an exceptional, child centered middle school. The principal is an inspiration, and the teachers are skilled, caring professionals that go the extra mile for students. There is a strong sense of community within the building, and the staff is committed to meeting the needs of the whole child...academics, social, emotional and physical development. All students at NPMS have the opportunity to be successful. NPMS is an outstanding public school and a great place to be a middle school student.
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Posted October 12, 2010

This school needs a new building.


Posted December 18, 2004

This is a great school for driven kids. The teachers are motivated, ready to challenge their students. the principal is an inspiration. The best any public school could be!
—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 29% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
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 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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
79%
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 36% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
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%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Black 2 6% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 222%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 19%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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. RICHARD WIESENTHAL

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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196 Main St
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: (845) 256-4200

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