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E J Russell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 662 students

 
 

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Posted September 25, 2013

Very good faculty for the most part (a couple exceptions). The school has a strong principle who seems to know all the students by name. Excellent school psychologist who is very attentive to student's special needs. Bullying could be addressed a little more, but most of the problem students seem to lack parental guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

I have to disagree with some of the parents comments, we moved here for the school district. I have seen this area grow quite rapidly in the last 10years. My children have excelled above and beyond in this school and every teacher is supportive and will work with your child. I feel it is the support at home that you give your child and how you prepare your child for school that makes them enjoy school, and get along with the teachers and their peers. If this was such a terrible school then why is everyone moving here if they do not like the school district ??? The school is great and the teachers and staff are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

My son is starting his 2nd year at EJ Russel Elementary School. He is a child with a 504 and gets some OT and special intervention, but has done extremely well at EJR. The teachers and staff are wonderful, and keep me informed of everything that goes on with him. Lisa Burnside, now principal, (was vice princ.) is great. She really is accessible and has an open door policy. I find the academics are strong and my son had a wonderful experience last year. I am looking forward to no less this year!! I highly reccomend this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

Excellent School. Pine Bush is a very close knit community. All the teachers and staff know the kids well. It is a very safe environment and academically our children have done well. We are really excited about the new principal, who was formerly the VP. She was a wonderful VP and will make a great principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

I disagree with a few parent's here, my expierance with this school and it's facility has been wonderful. They have gone beyond the call of duty for our child and us. I cannot praise them enough, especially Lisa Burnside who just moved from VP to Principal. She deserves it and I look foward to another great year working with her and the rest of facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

Principal retired this year. VP will take over for 2008/2009 school year. I totally agree that all these teachers teach to the state tests which is very sad indeed. They are not interested in helping establish a feeling of community among the students and families. PTA wants no parent involvement unless you are part of there clique.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Academics: teach to state tests. No ability grouping after K/1. 4th and 5th grade math inadequate to Regents' standards- get a tutor b4 middle school. Science is minimal. No subject acceleration or enrichment for academically advanced children; pullouts reserved for those who are (or are falling) behind. Resource teachers excellent. Jason Project,Gifted cancelled years ago; Odyssey of the Mind (limited to a handful of children) and Chorus (4th & 5th) are only extracurriculars until instrumental music starts for fifth grade only in Fall 2007. PTA parents volunteer weekly to provide fifth graders with 'jobs' at a post office, banking system, literary magazine, and school store. Recess supervision, equipment inadequate -> 2 aides:100+ kids on blacktop most of the year with 1 ball & jumprope per class plus some chalk. Bullying prevalent; discipline code not followed 100%. Classroom atmosphere varies with teacher; some make effort to build community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I personally do not like this school.I feel that is very old not only in its looks (except for a 'new wing' that was just added) but also in the materials that are to be used by students in all areas.The teachers have been ok but not the greatest,I feel the kids deserve better.The school really dosent know how to prioritize things for the benefits of the students.Some of the staff can be rude.If I had a choice my child would not be going there and I certainly wouldnt recommend te school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

Teachers are average to above average. School has great discipline policy and follows through. Principal leaves a little to be desired as far as professionalism. There is a great deal of involvement by the PTA..A++++ Parents really get involved. Overall this is a wonderful and well run elementary 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.

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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 31% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students29%
Female34%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant29%

Math

All Students34%
Female38%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities4%
General population41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%
Non-migrant34%
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 Students31%
Female33%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%

Math

All Students31%
Female31%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities6%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities94%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students30%
Female44%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities5%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Students31%
Female37%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities9%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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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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 83% 48%
Hispanic 2 10% 23%
Black 1 3% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 233%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 33%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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Pine Bush, NY 12566
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