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Plainview Old Bethpage Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 793 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2012

Let me start off by saying 5th grade is too young for middle school, that being said none of my children has ever had a bullying problem with the school and all in all it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I graduated from this school in 2004. Yes, there is a big bullying problem there (welcome to Plainview, where the rich kids will pick on the poor kids, and honestly the bullying problem isn't that bad, the school actually does do everything they can to prevent it and stop it) but other than that, it is a GREAT school. I can say this because after middle school I was forced to move to Florida and witnessing how the schools are down here, you don't realize how good you have it. You actually have decent teachers who have good degrees and know what they're talking about. Your special education department (my brother is autistic so he went through the program) is SO good, ours in Florida is horrible. I know they've changed things since I graduated (we didn't have MAP or whatever it is) but we had things like 7th period where you could stay an extra hour of school to get extra tutoring with the teacher or for a club. We had clubs, but it wasn't an extra "period" and if we wanted help with a subject, you gotta wait until the next day in class because the teachers are gone the second the bell rings for school to end. POB Middle is a great school with teachers who DO care.


Posted April 26, 2011

This school distrct is well managed, and the middle schools are the best of them all. This school is well managed with extra cirricular activities and many extra help programs. Excellent school.


Posted November 11, 2010

As a student of this school for the past three years and counting, I am embarrassed to still be here. I have three solid reasons why! 1) Do not get me wrong, there are some good teachers in this school, but some would rather text, use their phone, or anything else besides teaching the students (like me!). 2) The facilities here are atrocious. The school district does not give near average attention to the facilities, and our school (especially our roof and courtyard) are crumbling by the day. 3) Many students who attend this school (I would say at least 60%) look down on others and bully them. It is really depressing, especially since I, and others, have been the victims. I heard these problems get resolved (for the most part) in the high school; but from what I see now, I don't know what to think.


Posted September 30, 2010

Oh my God.. Total Disappointment. Huge bullying problem. That is all I have to say......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

the new principal is young, bright and energetic - the students and teachers are lucky
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The school an ideal school with a great facility for both academic and sports. The school strives to provide all students with the arts besides a well rounded academic curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

My children are now in Middle School and High School and I am still asking, 'Who is minding the store in this district?' Show me a solid curriculum without the frills and hire teachers with motivation, a brain, and sanity. It wouldn't hurt if the staff from top to bottom knew something about child development and actually enjoyed working with children. Any support staff in these schools from guidance. MAP, paras, and special ed. personnel (PPS included) need a realistic vision of what's really going on. Few students have a voice- especially in the upper grades and school administration and staff are really not listening---they need to go nod off at home OR earn their salaries which my tax dollars are paying! Try believing the students for once when they say their classes are boring and teachers aren't teaching (texting, doing make-up, flirting, keyboarding, eating--but not teaching)--a lot of busy work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

At the middle school level, the POB district is at its weakest in knowing how to work with an at risk population. Despite the efforts of a few teachers, the school system does not work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

As time goes on, I am convinced that this district is only concerned about 'looking good.' POB Central School District is just existing on its state High School rating and not on the accomplishments of the early and middle school years which by far are not in the ballpark of successful academic venues. Let's start weeding out that which hinders our garden to blossom. Sometimes that means an entire new lawn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

POB was considered to be one of the best on the island. We pay grossly unwarrented taxes for the priveldge to have our children go to school here. My daughter is now 12 and in the middle school and I more than unimpressed. In her whole career here at Plainview she has had 1 teacher whom I felt was worthy of her salary. I am hugly disappointed in this school system. Both the elementary school and the middle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

This school has been a big disappointment.I think the quality of teachers is poor and this is reflected in the test scores. When compared with neighboring schools we come up very short. It is time that principals held their staffs accountable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

Excellent school district, with knowledgable teachers, and a very well organized school system
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Nice, well managed school. Very caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2006

This is an excellent school with an active PTA and a fine school administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

This school doesn't put alot of pressure on the kids but still encourages good grades. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities and there is a huge expectation for parent involvement in all academic areas as well as school events.
—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 31% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
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 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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
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 33% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students48%
Female50%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities13%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students47%
Female43%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities11%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
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 Students55%
Female66%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities7%
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Math

All Students47%
Female48%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities4%
General population53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
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 Students47%
Female57%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities13%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%

Math

All Students45%
Female44%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities11%
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
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 Students59%
Female64%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities20%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students59%
Female63%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities27%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Science

All Students84%
Female78%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities75%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 78% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 18% 9%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
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 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 66%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN MCNAMARA

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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121 Central Park Rd
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: (516) 349-4754

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