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Windom Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 609 students

 

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Posted October 23, 2012

My children got transferred to Windom. The teachers go out of the ordinary for the students. All students love the quality of the staff pto and teachers. You can really tell that the teachers and staff want to teach children and love them. Everyone at Windom is a very big family that works together love each other and enjoy what they do. Windom may be under rated but the people rating it have never went to Windom. If you join Windom you to will wonder why they rate it so low. Obviously you to should send your children there if you want them to be in a safe educational department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

Windom has been a marbvelous and truly wonderful experience for the education of our three children who have attended there since we relocated back to the Buffalo area 4 years ago. The teachers are dedicated, the staff caring and all work to the good of the students. The PTO organization is strong and provides great events and programs for students and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

I LOVE Windom the teachers are helpful and the principal is amazing. Mrs. Gloss is a leader and always willing to go the extra step to help out. I love how she relates to the students as individuals and is there for that reason! As an educator, not in the Orchard Park district I see that we are under rated in the Orchard Park schools, but I believe that it is because the people judging our school really have no idea how great it really is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2007

Windom is one of the best kept secrets in the Western New York Area! The teachers are there for the kids 110%. There are so many incidences that they go above and beyond what is expected of them. The problem is, they do it, but don't broadcast it, so many people never know. This is a school where teachers care about not only about the learning, but also about the general wellfare of the child. They take extreme care and consideration when placing each child in the classroom they are going to, and will bend over backwards to help if there are any concerns. Yes, lesson plans vary within the same grade level, but each teacher sets up their classroom to meet the level of need for their students. Some classes need more time than others to learn specific lessons. Not every child learns at the same pace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

My children transferred to Windom in 2005. The school and staff were very helpful and accommodating with the transfer. Everything since then has been frustrating. Teachers within the same grade have widely varying lesson plans. Due to new state testing the children are inundated with work, often coming home with homework assignments they don t understand since there was no time to cover material in-class. There is a lot at this school that just feels like exercises in futility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

We moved to this district because we were very concerned with the student/teacher ratio that most schools now provide. I have found that Windom Elementary has provided my son with encouragement and extra help when needed. It is a safe and friendly environment that I feel is needed in all schools. The communication that the teachers and staff provide is extaordinary. When my son went into first grade he became terrified of going to school. His teachers worked one on one with our family to ensure he was not overwhelmed and gave him extra encouragment to proceed. He now loves school and enjoys working and learning from his teachers. We will be moving out of state and my fear is that I will not be able to find a school that is near the quality that Windom provides.
—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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
74%
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 94% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
Black 2 1% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 114%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 26%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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  • MRS. WENDY GLOSS

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3870 Sheldon Rd
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 209-6279

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