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East Side Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 448 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2014

This school has a sibling policy. It is not official but if your child has an older sib attends ESMS, don't fret, your younger child will get in. Great for parents who don't want to stress about having their kids at different schools. I've seen many examples of this at ESMS.


Posted April 4, 2014

My daughter attends ESMS and is now in 7th grade. She is getting the best education possible in a very caring environment. Go tigers - roar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

My son graduated ESMS last year. He had exceptional experiences there that will remain with him for the rest of his life! The teachers are very nurturing and caring, the student body very tight, and the academics are very good! Indeed, the administration seems to know every kid on a first name basis. The english/humanities programs here are unrivalled and are top notch. The math program is good but there is room for improvement since admissions to specialized high schools is good but not great and is directly related to STEM initiatives. The science is soft and reminds me of physics for poets (limited quantification). Overall, a great public school education compared to other D2 choices!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My older daughter graduated last ytear and now I have a 6th grader. I am very pleased with the evel of education our kids recieve. Additionally, the integrity of the administration and the teachers is exactly what I look for for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

I'm a 7th grader at ESMS, it's the best middle school in the world and I love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2009

I go to ESMS, and I'm an 8th grader this year. I love it! Everyone, even the teachers, are nice and have a sense of humor...it's a very small school, but that's what I love about it; everybody knows everybody. The math program is very challenging and successful. I have learned so much in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2009

ESCS has great extracurriculars and great education it s an all around great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2009

I love ESMS, I'll definitely miss it as I graduate this year. I look forward to the new school building and the lockers even though I might not get to see it. Besides the crowded hallways, ESMS is perfect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2009

i go to east side middle, and i really love it! all the teachers are very supportive!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2009

i go to east side middle school and this is the best school i have ever been to. all the teachers are fun caring and nice. everything there in east side middle so fun. for example instead of just learning about the greeks you are pretending to be spies from there enemy. east side middle school is great and i love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

This School is amazing! i love being here and i dont regret ever applying for this school. am absolutely in love with he school. Great friends, teachers, and staff. i cant believe how fast these years went by! im graduating now and honestly i dont want to. It's going to be hard to say good- bye to everyone. The school has made me feel so comfortable and so at home. i can definitely be myself here. no doubt about it = )
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2009

ESMS is the best kept secret. Absolutely the best school hand down. It may feel as strict to someone; however kids learn discipline, self control and respect. Few complaints about the old building, forget about that. That will not affect your kid s education. Teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

I am a parent of a 7th grader. My daughter said in July, 'I love the summer, but I cant wait for school to begin'. This is an amazing school. The teachers, principal, secretary, security guards, all are special people. The teachers are passionate about learning, and in turn the children are too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

I am a senior at ESMS and I have no regrets. The three years that I have spent at this school, I must say were the best years of my life. The teachers are willing to help you, with anything whether it be personal or academic. Although the hallways are small, that is how I met most of my friends, in the jams that from time to time occur. If I could I would stay in this school longer, but I can't! I recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a top-notch education with teachers who care about their students.... :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2007

I am a student at ESMS, and as i write this, i am doing some math homework. The homework level is huge, but if you can manage your time it isn't too bad. My teachers are mainly clear and through, but sometimes things can become mixed up. If you are thinking about my school, then, great choice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

What can I say about ESMS? I absolutely loved my three years there. All the students become part of a family and although the hallways are small, I'm pretty sure everyone will agree that it helped us get closer. All the classes at ESMS are challenging and, in my opinion, in the AP levels so you don't have to worry about AP classes or anything because getting into ESMS is already advanced! The teachers are amazing, and I am not being overdramatic when I say they are willing to help you anytime you need them to; whether its about something personal or if it's about school work. All I've got to say is, ESMS is the best middle school anyone could ever go to! Much thanks to our wonderful principal, David Getz.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2006

Great teachers. No music program. Only Spanish, art and gym. Elective and Advisory round out the day for a decently comprehensive program . The principal is . . .WONDERFUL and has taken this school several levels forward. The facilities need work and the were originally built for an elementary school child's size so it does have that 'crowded' feeling. Afterschool programs do exist. The parent involvement exists, but always drops off after elementary school. Relatively safe neighborhood, unless your child likes to show off their gadgets . . .Very convenient library across the street. Great for late pickups and research . . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

really good school..great staff but small hallways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2006

This school has challenging academics, yet don't be too fooled: the workload is more quantity than quality. Nevertheless the academics are decent. The teachers and kids are very pleasant, and there is much diversity here, making this school a good learning environment. The extracurriculars, art and music classes aren't great, but they aren't any worse than most other schools' extracurriculars. All in all a solid school, if not an outstanding one.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 3, 2006

This school is very advanced with lots of challenging classes for every academic ability. The teachers are kind to the students and welcoming to giving extra help. All the latest sports are available along with the latest musical technology. Many parents are involved with the school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
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 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
99%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the middle school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 71% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 15% 9%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 213%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 42%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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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 780 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28264%
Students465100%
Teachers33100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. DAVID GETZ

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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