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Henry J Kalfas Magnet School

Public | PK-6 | 443 students

 

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Posted January 2, 2010

My daughter currently is in 3rd grade and she loves it. The staff is great, teachers are excellent and the principal is a great leader.
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Posted November 30, 2007

This school is excellent. I have 3 children that have attended, 2 still there. 1 is in high school now and is in the Honor Society. This school should be commended for its dedication to the children of all backgrounds. All of my children have high reading levels for there grade. I credit the school for there hard work when working with the children.
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Posted March 2, 2007

This is my childs first year at this school. Even though she is in Pre-K, she is very well advanced than the other schools in Niagara falls. She has a wonderful teacher that shows a great deal of companion for each and everyone of her students. I would recommend this school to many. What a lot of parents done realize, it is just not up to the teachers to teach your child, as a parent we are all teachers. Liz
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Posted January 4, 2006

Kalfas Magnet School is the Best Elementary School in all of Niagara Falls! I currently have three lucky children attending there. This is a school which is racially diverse and believes that we can celebrate our differences. The Principal, Ms Coty, genuinely cares for ALL of the children that attend her school and has an intelligent support staff. The teachers, parents and staff dig into their own pockets to insure a well rounded education. The funding from the NF school district is too low to support such a wonderful school. I am well aware I have a choice of schools...I choose Kalfas!
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Posted August 11, 2005

I have three children who are attending this school and I am impressed every year with the amount of intense but fun learning my children receive.
—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 32% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
52%
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 33% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

50 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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
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 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 2 54% 19%
White 1 37% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 4% 1%
Hispanic 2 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 1% 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 186%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 77%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. MARY KERINS

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1880 Beech Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Phone: (716) 278-9180

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