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Saw Mill Road School

Public | K-6 | 512 students

 

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Posted February 16, 2013

I feel bad for anyone who has had a poor experience at Saw Mill. My three children have attended this school for years and I've always been happy with the quality of instruction they have received. I understand the school is more crowded but our District was forced to make cuts due to the property tax cap. Those parents who love to complain about the Board of Education should be more proactive and sit down and write a letter to our Governor and local leaders who took away our right to manage our school budgets. The current tax cap is destroying our schools and having a few more children in our classes is a direct result. As for the parents in this school having poor parenting skills, I take great offensive to that comment. We are both professionals who take pride in our parenting skills. We have amazing Saw Mill friends who also take pride in being good parents. My children have made life long friends at Saw Mill who are good natured beautiful children with solid families. North Bellmore is a lovely place to raise a family. If someone isn't happy they SHOULD move out of the area maybe they could move to Seaford or Wantagh where the class sizes are a lot bigger than ours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

A few years ago I may have given this school 5 stars but things have deteriorated here. First issue is the bullying, there is no doubt it is an issue, I have spoke with several parents about it. The second issue is the closing of Gunther where most of those children were sent to Saw Mill making it even more over crowded. I don't blame the school for the bullying, clearly it is a problem with the parenting here in this community. I cannot recommend this school anymore, I would suggest looking elsewhere. We are leaving this district next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

My children attend Saw Mill Rd School and I've been happy with the teachers and the school. They LOVE it! I feel the children are all treated equally and the teachers care about the needs of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

Saw Mill Road school is great if you fit the mould. For even slightly diverse families looking for a open minded and nurturing environment for your child to excel, perhaps this is not the place for you, although I would venture to say that much of the south shore of Long Island is the same. Being an educator and having lived here for many years, it's an unfortunate reality that regardless of your socioeconomic status or level of education, certain groups will always be treated as second-class citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

I have one child in Saw Mill and another one entering Kindergarten in September. I am so pleased with the two teachers my son was placed with. He has learned so much and has developed such confidence as a learner it is amazing. I owe it all to these fabulous teachers who have provided him such a rewarding learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

I have one child in Saw Mill who just finished kindergarten. His experience was terrific and I feel terrible for the parent who had a bad experience with her child who is an inclusion child. I am also a teacher and I believe that teaching tolerance to your children is first and foremost. I hope that any new students and parents entering Saw Mill have as positive an experience as I had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

My experience was not good.My child recommended to come here for an inclusion class for kindergarden.The class was disorganized and the teacher was extremely uncooperative when it came to me or my son.I also came under fire by many parents regarding my son and his reason for being there.The district has placed all inclusion classes at this school and parents do not like this decision and me and my child were made to feel like second class citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2006

My daughter just finished her 5th year at saw mill and each year has been better than the previous. From administration to lunchroom helper the staff at saw mill has the children in mind first and foremost. The teaching staff is beyond incredible, caring, nurturing, kind, considerate,loving, stern, and professional. Just a wonderful experience for my daughter.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 30% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%
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
White 2 80% 48%
Hispanic 2 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
Black 2 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 214%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%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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2801 Saw Mill Rd
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Phone: (516) 992-3000

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