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Guggenheim Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 508 students

 

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Posted May 5, 2014

The really terrible art teacher will be finally retiring this year (2014 spring) after destroying a love of art of 2 generations of kids. As one teacher said to me, "There are people who give tenure a bad name." I agree that the music teachers are enthusiastic and generous. Hopefully the arts will now be more rounded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Top notch parent involvement and largely caring and highly-educated teachers and staff make this school special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Families and taxpayers deserve better than what they have been getting under the current building administration at Guggenheim School which concerns itself, day in and out with, with personal matters (personal and family illness, births, marriages and attendant parties, etc.), expressing petty greviences against superiors and subordinates, and generally ignoring the very real issue of improving academics for all students. If you are planning to rent in Port Washington, Sousa, Salem, and Manorhaven Schools offer more mature and professional staff and leadership. Don't set your family up for a favored pasttime at Guggenheim...undeserved, indescriminate derision for sport.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

We have been so unimpressed with Guggenheim elementary school that we picked up and sold our house and moved two towns over where the schools provide a much higher quality of education for the students. During the 2012-2013 school year, the principal at Guggenheim has been out on disability (she has returned sporadically over the past few months) and, with a handful of substitute principals this year, leaving a leadership vacuum at the top. Additionally, my child's teacher (tenured) clocked more than 40 days absent during the school year (a pattern this teacher has repeated across multiple school years).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

Like any institution it'a mixed bag. We've had some wonderful, nurturing teachers, who worked to enhance each childs' talents and support the deficiencies. The special needs program is excellent, with a contained classroom that works on mainstreaming and support, good speech, OT and PT. There are meet the author assemblies, focus on literacy, a gifted enrichment program and good music. Allergy awareness is a big push. Each grade has a special focus project for the year- 2 grade did an astronomy fair for their families. But the HSA is still about SAHM fundraising, 10 am meetings??? If you have poor class parents, you may not be invited to the classroom most of the year without making an effort. There are lousy teachers protected by the overly defensive principal, who pretty much disappears at 3pm. She's also overly security focused to the extent that parents are excluded from many events, because of the "headache." Had very bad experience with one art teacher, who is less about creativity and more about discipline. On the whole, we are happy withour childrens' progress and the teaching, but there are areas that could be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Anyone who doesn't feel this school is extraordinary is looking for something that public school can't provide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Creative teachers for music and art. Sports and other extracurricular activities are available. Parent's are involved in a limited role: class mom's, fundraising activities, special events, newsletters are sent to keep parents informed.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

77 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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 68% 48%
Hispanic 2 17% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 13% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 210%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 216%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 63%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. BARBARA GIEBEL

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