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John Philip Sousa Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 551 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 5, 2014

Wonderful school with caring and effective teachers. Many teachers have children in the school and are alumni themselves. Warm and nurturing environment. I am surprisingly pleased how well they have handled my VERY different children. Moved to Port for the schools and commute and couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2012

Moving from a top notch school system in NJ, I was horrified! Weak curriculum, difficult teachers (for lack of a better term), unprofessional staff, and overall, a very cold environment! Scores are not usually attributed to the quality of instruction, especially in a school such as this, where most students seek tutoring and enrichment outside of school. Obviously the school is lacking! We are anxiously awaiting my husband's transfer back to the best schoolsin the nation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

This is a fabulous school with excellent leadership. I have three very different children and all have been very well-served by the teachers and other professionals, who are caring and dedicated. The principal is responsive and attentive to detail. If only the middle school were half as good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

This is a first rate school. I've taught at it for 26 years and the scores speak for themselves. Reports to the contrary definitely hide their ax to grind. Gratuitous, petty criticism points to the motivations of the reviewers. Enough said.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 6, 2007

In comparing this school to others, perhaps one could make the case that this is a very good school. But, make no mistake, it is not progressive AT ALL. The district, like many suburban ones is very traditional--test scores and Intel Scholars are important. This district helps those at the bottom and cherishes those at the top, but does very little for those in the middle. They talk a good game about differentiated learning, but there is no evidence of that in the schools. You might get a thoughtful teacher who would like to try new things, but often is unable to, because she has to prepare the children for the standardized testing. The leadership of the school is weak.
—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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

100 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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
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

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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 77% 48%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 8% 9%
Two or more races 1 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Black 1 1% 19%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%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 74%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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101 Sands Point Rd
Port Washington, NY 11050
Phone: (516) 767-5350

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