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William B Ward Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1003 students

 
 

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

Ward Elementary is a great school with incredible parent involvement. High quality teachers with equally amazing leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

Ward is a great school with wonderful teachers, a fabulous principal, and a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 31% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
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 30% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%
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 Students38%
Female43%
Male34%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities0%
General population45%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant38%

Math

All Students47%
Female52%
Male41%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities4%
General population54%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English51%
Non-migrant47%
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 Students43%
Female46%
Male41%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities6%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students43%
Female43%
Male42%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities6%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Science

All Students89%
Female87%
Male90%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students55%
Female61%
Male51%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities11%
General population60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Math

All Students61%
Female57%
Male64%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities36%
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
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 43% 48%
Hispanic 29% 23%
Black 22% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 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 18%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 233%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 55%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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311 Broadfield Rd
New Rochelle, NY 10804
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