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Watson School

Public | K-5 | 275 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2014

I graduated from this school and now my daughter attends. The school is bright, cheery and fun. I cannot say I know the common Core curriculum beyond my daughter's grade but it has put a damper on the education process. This is not reflective of the school but of the curriculum from NY state. They are open to suggestions, eager to listen and receptive. The kids seem to be progressing well. My daughter is excelling. She is reading, writing and found first grade math. I have nothing negative to report.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

My children graduated from this school unable to properly write in cursive or write a paragraph. We had to make up for a lot of lost time before my kids went to Middle School, where they are now on the High Honor Roll. Parents are catty, and there is an oppressive atmosphere at the school. The principal is all "show and no substance." There is bullying in the classrooms and on the playground, which is not addressed properly. Some boys were attacked on the playground by a kid with "issues" and they were told to forget about it! The kid who attacked them later got a Citizenship Award at graduation! The teachers are ordered to brightly decorate the halls, but the curriculum and teaching skills are awful. We are so glad to be out of this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 15, 2008

Watson is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are nurturing and caring. The principal is attentive and involved in every aspect of each child's education. I have a had three children fortunate enough to go through Watson. Each child was a different student and yet each of their needs was always met not matter what level of learning they were at. The doors are always open to parents and their are plenty of opportunities as a parent to be involved. Their are two classes per grade with small class numbers in each. Their is a very high teacher to student ratio which means a lot of one-on-one time with each student. I feel fortunate to have had my children taught by the teachers at Watson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

Watson is a very creative school. The principal is responsive to parent concerns and the teachers are caring. One major drawback is that parent involvement is not encouraged except via PTA. PTA raises funds for some nice activities for the children, such as bringing in a circus in which the children can learn some performance tricks. Cute, but not what I think of as 'parent involvement' in my child's education. I would have loved to read to my child's class, visit for a talk on careers, help with a science experiment (or just watch), etc. But that is not permitted. Parents are invited in about 2-3 times per year for school-wide events. We are spectators from afar, but not really involved. I have never even had an opportunity to chaperone a field trip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2004

We have been very happy with Watson. Our daugher started there in second grade, and the transition went very smoothly. The principal was sensitive to our concerns regarding the transition and placed our daughter in a classroom with a more nuturing teacher. There is a tremondous emphasis on reading and the writing process at Watson, and creativity is strongly encouraged. There are several extracurricular activities for older children (for example: math olympiads, newspaper, intramurals, band), as well as homework helpers, etc. The school is small and family oriented, the teachers and principal know each child, and in our experience have been responsive to our concerns for our daughter (both academically and socially oriented). We have been quite pleased since our daugher started at Watson, and would highly recommend it!
—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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
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 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 74% 48%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
Black 1 11% 19%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 219%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 56%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. JOAN WALDMAN

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277 N Centre Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: (516) 255-8904

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