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South Salem Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 401 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 11, 2014

School has been wonderful for my kids. Great education, nurturing teachers and administration. Excellent foundation to get kids excited about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

outstanding teachers and the Principal is very good and quite accessible. We have two happy kids here and we have high standards!!! Better than our experience at the neighboring town's school before we moved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

While aesthetically this school is nice, that is where it ends. This school is managed by a busybody principle who meddles in your private affairs. Not to mention, they invaded my privacy by releasing my contact information despite numerous requests, both in writing and telephonically, not to. I got a phone call from someone trying to hustle me into joining the HSA. Telling me they wanted money from me. When I mentioned I wasn't interested in joining, the person became irate. They put my child on a bus, despite me informing them I pick up the child myself. They had to search all the buses to find my child. This school is also built on a landfill. When asked, they conveniently do not know what you are talking about. Thanks to the internet, that information is public. Also, there is no air conditioning. The classrooms are sweltering. They say they can't afford it and suggest dressing your child appropriately and providing bottles of water for them. The list goes on and on. Its a gang type of mentality at this school, you are either one of them or you are ostracized. The principle is very chummy with the interim superintendent, so if any issues arise, you are on your own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

My three childern are in Salem, and have all been receiving an excellent education. In recent years, they loved their teachers, and get involved in a variety of topics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

The school itself has good facilities, a single gym/auditorium and a separate cafeteria. There is a separate playground for kindergarten. a basketball court and playground for older children, two separate baseball fields and a small garden area. The library is of good size and there are separate art and music rooms. Class size currently varies between 18 and 24, with grade having 3 to 4 teachers. Class equipment includes computers in every class, digital projectors, classroom books and equipment appropriate to the grade. Classes are separated into K-1 in the lower area and 2-5 in the upper area. The teachers tend to be very involved with the children, and all grades are expected to do some homework. The amount of homework varies among the teachers, and some are known for being a bit excessive. All grades also have long-term projects, and the school tends to emphasize academics over sports.


Posted April 24, 2010

We are thrilled with this school and the district, teachers and administration. We feel it has the services of a private school, the teachers and leadership is excellent, the school and programs are great. Our kids were in the Manhasset School District and we like this better both in terms of education and how happy our kids are. It is more diverse than the Manhasset School which was too WASPy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Salem is new so the building's atmosphere is optomistic and bright. It is the best elementary school in Port Washington; one of the best school districts in the country (should be for the taxes we pay). The teachers are mostly very good and the bad ones get weeded out. The music instruction is incredible and the students encouraged to achieve high marks. Taxes could be lowered by not having so many special ed. teachers and counselors who don't do much. When I went to school, the teachers taught for an entire day; corrected homeworks at home and were paid less for it. We were just as smart if not smarter with only 1 teacher and not all of these 'specialists'. The public library in town is a great resource which gets ignored once kids go to school. The HSA should not be a full time fundraiser for stay at home
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

There is diversity in the school, as there is in Port Washington. I have one child currently at Salem and one graduated Salem and who is now in middle school. Both are doing extremely well. The school's teachers are excellent and caring. Both of my boys scored 4's (highest possible grades) on their State exams; clearly they are doing the right thing at Salem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

This school is terrible. There is very l ittle diversity and the student sense of entitlement is rampant. The staff is not cohesive or unified and the principal is a wet noodle who has absolutelyno concept on how to manage his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

My family is very happy with South Salem. It is a warm, nurturing envrionment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

I always feel very welcome to voice my opinions and to get involved. The teachers are top notch, they go above and beyond what would be expected. The school is clean with many many materials for students at different levels.Parental involvement is high but at a healthy level. They do not make educational decisions but help the educators bring ideas to life when needed.
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
91%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
86%
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 75% 48%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 10% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Black 1 0% 19%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 211%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%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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10 Newbury Rd
Port Washington, NY 11050
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