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311 Broadfield Road
New Rochelle, NY 10804

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(914) 576-4450
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September 30, 2013
Ward is the largest of all the elementary schools in Westchester. There is just about 1000 students and even so everything runs smoothly. Parking is not the easiest but often timing is everything. The principle Mr. Miele is in his 4th year and seems to be running a tight ship. He is clearly visible every morning and afternoon when the children arrive and leave making it obvious that he is easily approachable for both the students and parents. The parents seem actively involved and constantly helping to improve the school in one way or another. I can honestly say that I have been very happy with the quality of teachers and their abilities to deal with not only the new Core but with the new security measures and risk that now comes with being in a school (words I never thought I would have to say). The school has a new security system and they have been practicing all the drills and it is clear that the safety of our children is of the up most concern.

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September 30, 2013
Although Ward is a big school, as a parent and student you feel like part of a small, well connected community. From the principal, to the teachers, to the staff, everyone makes you feel welcomed and important. The teachers are excellent and the school is a microcosm of our diverse population and cultures. I'm proud to be a Ward parent.

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September 30, 2013
Great teachers, the principal is always there for you, the bilingual program rocks! Yes, it is a large school, but it really feels smaller the way each set of grades is in different parts of the school and because of how everyone in the staff gets to know you pretty fast.

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September 30, 2013
Being that it is the largest Elementary school in Westchester, it is run so smoothly, efficiently & doesn't even feel like a big school!! My kids love it here!! Every teacher we have had is so caring, loving, kind, responsible, organized, smart, & patient!! The school really makes you feel at home! The staff is also so welcoming! I feel like my kids are getting a great education here I am very happy to be at Ward School!!!

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September 28, 2013
I am amazed with the special needs programs that Ward offers to children with special needs. They have a pleasant staff and my child has accomplished more in a month then in a year at a different school. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to have my child in this school.

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September 28, 2013
This school is top rate. With a community school feel and a top rated education that is strenuous and challenging. The teachers are top notch.

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September 28, 2013
We transferred our two daughters from private school because of the well-known superb teachers and differentiated curriculum. We have never regretted this decision. To our delight, we were met by a very active and engaged Administrative staff and a warm and welcoming community of parents.

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September 28, 2013
Beautiful grounds, very diverse, active pta. Many after school activities, even though it is large the staff seems to know the children by name.

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September 28, 2013
I have researched all of the elementary schools in New Rochelle and found that Ward has the most to offer so we moved in that area. They have programs for all types of students, a phenomenal reading department and a dual language program that if your child doesn't get into, they will still be learning a foreign language in the FLES program. AMAZING SCHOOL!

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September 28, 2013
Ward School is a fantastic school with superior teachers & staff. Mr Miele is an excellent principal & has done wonderful things for the school. Parents are constantly encouraged to get involved. There is an overwhelming level of support given by the parents. I am proud to be a parent of students at Ward School.

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September 28, 2013
Ward Elementary is a great school with incredible parent involvement. High quality teachers with equally amazing leadership.

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September 28, 2013
I am so proud to be a Ward parent. Our kids are getting a wonderful education - from the specialized reading help for my daughter to the Spanish immersion and Kaleidoscope programs that challenge my son - Ward offers so much! My children are nurtured by their teachers and inspired by their principal, who offers a wonderful vision for being the best elementary school in New York!

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September 28, 2013
Ward is a great school with wonderful teachers, a fabulous principal, and a great staff!

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September 28, 2013
I have 3 children and 2 of them have graduated from Ward and my youngest still attends. I have had an incredible experience. The teachers are hard working and really love their jobs. Some of my childrens teachers who I now call my friends, were supportive and professional and did an amazing job preparing my children for their future education. The prinicipal of Ward, Mr. Miele really does an outstanding job. He knows all the children by name and commits himself to making sure the kids have a pleasant and safe environment. He really makes a difference and is a great asset to Ward School.

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September 27, 2013
My two children are really thriving at Ward. The school has a wonderful dual language program, and several after school enrichment programs. The principal is always available to meet the parents and makes a concerned effort to get to know all the children at Ward. Looking forward to a wonderful year.

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September 27, 2013
Ward is one of the biggest elementary schools in NY. However, it feels like a small community. Every piece of my son's education feels like a well oiled machine that will lead to my son's life long success. The principal leads by example from the top down you feel like you are with your family when you are at Ward.

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September 27, 2013
Ward School is a close, diverse community of parents, children, teachers and staffers. Principal Miele and the teachers have created a very welcoming atmosphere and the PTA is strong and getting stronger.

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September 27, 2013
This is our first year in this school as my oldest just started kindergarten, but with the limited interactions I have had with his teacher and the principal, I am assured he is in a warm and friendly environment for learning.

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September 27, 2013
Ward school is home for me. I have two sons. My oldest graduated from Ward and my youngest is in 4th grade. This school has an amazing set if teachers and staff! They care about my boys as if they were the only one in this school. Teachers care, the Principal cares. I have been blessed to have these people help take great care of my boys! I think William B Ward is the #1 Elementary school in Westchester county!!

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September 27, 2013
I have been at Ward school for 3 years now and I think it gets better every year. The teachers are so friendly and always looking to help. The principal goes out of his way to make sure that your comfortable or any confusion has been resolved. I am very happy at Ward and looking forward for all 3 of my children to go through the school.

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September 27, 2013
Ward is the best school in Westchester. The principal Mr. Miele brings a positive energy to all aspects of the school. The teachers are top notch educators who really care about their students. It is a real community where all feel welcomed.

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September 27, 2013
I have two children at William B Ward, and we are incredibly happy! We moved from Massachusetts two years ago, and Principal Miele was incredibly helpful, responsive and welcoming. He worked with us to get our children in wonderful classes (the weeks before school was to start), and was always present to answer any question or concern. We came to find that he treats every parent, child and colleague with the same warmth and respect, and that shows in his amazing staff and school community. Our children are both in the CILA program, the dual language program in Spanish. This is an incredible blessing, as a bi lingual family. The teachers have been fabulous, and the curriculum in both languages is top notch. While the school is large, the leadership, staff and very active parent community make it feel like each class and grade is nurtured and held. We are extremely thankful and can't glow more about the school and the community that has been created around it.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Coming from top-rated schools on Long Island myself, I have extremely high standards. I've experienced nothing but professionalism, caring, and experienced teachers/staff who truly love and care for their students. Principal Miele is a true educator who knows all the students by name. Yes, it's a large school, but filled with so much love and devotion to the kids. I am proud that my daughter attends this school and looking forward to sending my younger daughter next year for Kindergarten. Go Ward!

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September 27, 2013
William B. Ward. Mr. Miele, (principal), the teachers and faculty put their heart and soul into making Ward a safe, comfortable, happy place for children to learn. They make each parent feel like their child is the most important kid in the school even though it is a large elementary school.

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September 27, 2013
As a mother of a student who has special needs, I was particularly concerned when it was decided he was doing well enough to be enrolled in our local school. However, from the moment I walked into Ward School, my fears were eased. That first year, the principal and kindergarten teacher brought him into the classroom for a tour before school started so he would become familiar with his new school. Over the past two years, my son has continued to develop skills and confidence, all while receiving a fine education. I credit all of the wonderful teachers, therapists, and social workers who have given their time and best efforts to provide my son with what he needs to be successful in school and in his life. I thank them for being available to speak with me when issues arose and for including my ideas in bringing those problems to successful resolutions. My younger son is now in Ward School as well, and I could not be happier.

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September 27, 2013
William B Ward Elementary School is a great school. My two daughters are in 4th and 2nd grades, respectively. All the teachers they have had have been fantastic. My daughter cannot praise their teachers enough with the younger saying that "[she] loves [her] teacher because she is an angel!" Our family finds Ward school to be very warm and inviting to the students as well as the parents. This wonderful atmosphere is fostered by our very involved, warm, caring, receptive and responsive principal and teachers who take time to know the students and their parents. The principal and the teachers are always present at the evening school sponsored events talking to parents and students. Whenever we had any issue concerning either one of our daughters, we were able to directly communicate with the principal and the teachers to help find a solution to resolve the problem in an expeditious manner. As a result, my daughters love going to school and we help out at the school whenever we can. It is worth repeating, William B Ward Elementary School is a great school.

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September 26, 2013
I have been extremely pleased with ward these past few years. This year the school administrators/teachers placed all my children in the appropriate classes (teacher& student body) to nurture their growth and love of learning. I am excited for a great year!

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June 04, 2013
I just attended the Kindergarten welcome party. My daughter was very excited to see that her preschool friends will also be at the school in september. My son who is in 4th grade is doing very well and has really progressed with his teacher. My daughter who is in 2nd grade is gaining the confidence she needs to be more independent and prepared for the 3rd grade rigor of next year. Over ALL I am very pleased with the school and I plan on helping the PTA by volunteering next year.

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May 06, 2013
Before my kids are of school age we moved to New Rochelle from Manhattan. I must say I was a bit 'worried' because it appears that most people I know in Westchester tend to dismiss New Rochelle public schools outright. When I told them that my family was moving to New Rochelle they were even discouraging me because according to them the public schools aren't good. I strongly disagree with them having sent my kids to school there. I am very pleased with the quality of the school and its teachers. They have high standards. The principal appears to be very much involved with the children. One thing I love about New Rochelle school district is its diverse community. It's a very vibrant and welcoming town. It has the feel and atmosphere of Westchester without being snub. Congratulations to the New Rochelle school administrators for doing an excellent job. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Excellent school! I admit, I was skeptical of putting my child in the New Rochelle school district, but as each year passes it has proven over and over what a wonderful school it is. My child is in an inclusion class and also receives PT, OT and speech services. This school has gone above and beyond to make sure we get our services and my child has assimilated well within the program and has some really wonderful friends. We've had excellent teachers every year and they genuinely care. The new principal has done a tremendous job and is very involved. The moral of the school is exactly what it should be and I look forward to all the years to come in this district.

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no rating April 19, 2010
For one of the largest public elementary schools in new york state, it is run efficiently and with loving care. It is a clean school with excellent teachers, and has a small school feel given it's size.

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March 25, 2010
I think that this is an excellent school. It provides a very joyful and diverse learning environment which has helped our children tremendously

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no rating March 14, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised how great this school is. In kindergarten, my son was very excited to go to school every day. From the moment he entered the school grounds, the school monitor, Ms. Gail, greeted him warmly and remembered his name from that day on. She remembers every child's name, making their first moments at school welcoming. My son is now in 1st grade and has grown leaps and bounds in reading and math. The philosophy of the principal and all the 1st grade teachers is to have the students read, read, and read some more. Every month, there has been a new 'game/challenge' with reading. My son gets excited to go to the local library and choose books for his class reading challenges. Ward Elementary is keeping me in New Rochelle even though I have thoughts of moving to other areas of Westchester County.

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no rating December 19, 2008
One of the worse schools ever if you have a child with special needs. The Principal has no handle of the school. The Vice Principal is a full blown bully & the teachers have more days off then the students. I have had the worse experience with this school & I wish the other parents that agreed with me would rate this school like I am. I am sorry but this school can be rated to the lowest end.

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September 20, 2008
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January 09, 2006
So far I have been moderately pleased with the level of education that my kindergartener has been receiving at Ward. All of the parents that I speak with, however, are very happy with the curriculum and activities provided by the school.

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November 22, 2005
We recently moved to New Rochelle from Manhattan and put our son in Kindergarten at Ward. We were concerned that our son would have many transition problems. He did not know anyone in New Rochelle or in the school system. He came into class in December. He also had special need issues that had to be addressed. We were shocked and amazed on how everyone, from the Principal, the school social workers, the teachers, the nurses, to the bus drivers, all took a special interest in making sure we were comfortable, and that our transition for our son would be as easy and compassionate as possible. We are very thankful.

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William B Ward Elementary School
311 Broadfield Road, New Rochelle, NY  10804
(914) 576-4450
Last modified William B Ward Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William B Ward Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top