"We are best known for support and high standards."
Students enrolled 406
Hours 9:05 - 3:35
School leader MS. LISA FARRELL
District Connetquot Central School District

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600 1st St
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

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(631) 467-6010
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4 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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September 22, 2013
Helen b duffield is a great school. Right from the Principal to teachers to nurse to staff all are really helpful. Academically too it is the best among the others in the entire district. Teachers always listen to students n parents input n strive to do their best to improve and work with kids. I strongly recommend this school for any concerned parents who want a piece of mind with respect to child's safety and academics n extra curricular activities, sports, arts etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
Hi i wanted to know what is the cutt off date for Pre KG 5 for kids, if you answer me for this i will will be greatfull to you... thank you

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Helen B Duffield Elmentary School . Kindergarten orientation was amazing. The principal , teachers and staff were warm and very welcoming . I am proud that my child will be attending class at this school this September.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I love this school ! The principal is great and is really hands on with the students and community. I love the initiative they are taking to teach our children about anti-bullying in school and online .This school is a five !

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2011
I absolutely love this school because there are friendly teachers and students who are always there for me. Even if a student is not my friend, he/she is always there, proving that the school has instilled good virtues in the students. So I believe that this school is a great school with excellent teacher and parent coordination for making a bright future for each and every student. I hope more students get enrolled in Helen B. Duffield Elementary School.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2010
all i can say, it is good school with good education, which we think we need for our childrens.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
This helen b duffield school is known for invading the privacy act they want to know why your child is sick and what there diagnois is its none of there business thats what my child doctors say and as a parent I agree, Thats why we have the privacy act there want to invade in your childs privacy act dont let them tell you other wise dont let them threaten you the law is on your side thought you might want to know

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2009
All I can say is I absolutely love Duffield! My daughter is entering 3rd grade and all of her teachers so far have been outstanding. She is my only child in school so far but I'm sure my other two children will do great also. Between the principal, teachers and whole staff, I can't say enough about this school. Everybody is so kind and they care so much about the students and the PTA and their activities are great. My daughter truly loves going to school which is a pleasure. As for a complaint for Duffield, I really can't come up with one.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
I have a daughter in Kindergarten, and she absolutely loves going to school everyday. Her teacher is very accomodating, motivated, focused and polite. As you can see this is the best school in the whole connetquot school district, ratings speak for itself. School environment is very friendly and welcoming, great manythings going on. I'm glad my other two will be joining soon.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I am very pleased with this school. Everyone is very friendly and my son is getting a good education. I have had no problems with this school at all and am happy that my other children will be attending this school in the years coming

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
I think Duffield has been a wonderful place for my kids to learn! Good teachers (for the most part) and a great learning atmosphere! The principal has been great. I really like how she runs the school, and always feel like my kids are in safe hands!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2006
It's unfortunate that the last reviewer had some bad teachers, but we've only had good ones. (Especially one who just retired!)Our children have received quality educations from caring, nurturing teachers who gave their all. As for Mrs. Farrell, she has led Duffield to higher standards, and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
I am astonished at the reviews I have read about Mrs. Farrell. My son was in the self-contained spec. ed class and had so many problems the three years he was there that there isn't enough room here to mention them all! I guess the other reviewers children didn't need anything out of the norm because if they had they would have had diffreent opinions! My son had many teacher changes over years because the 'perfect teacher' for my child always turned out to have alot of problems including verbally abusing students to yelling and screaming at them(other parents also had problems not just spec. ed!) Ironically, the best teacher my child had was not given tenure. I guess she didn't want to keep the good ones!(that teacher is now a highly regarded teacher at Patchogue-Medford)I am now moving to Three Village because of my disgust with this school.BEWARE DUFFIELD!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2006
Duffield is at an all-time high! With its excellent leadership, (Mrs. Farrell), the school has become a wonderful place for children to learn. The newest group of teachers she hired are really great. I think they show such creativity and dedication. Seeing them get tenure is a wonderful thing! My children have really benefitted from being in their classes!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
The teachers of this school are highly qualified and care a lot for the students. The PTA has many wonderful events. The school is safe.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
I am so impressed with how Duffield's principal, Mrs. Farrell, has improved things in the last few years! My child is in excellent care, and is receiving a quality education. I only wish the district had a better reading program.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
Amazing leadership, nurturing environment, excellent faculty. a FIVE school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2004
I have a child who was in 4th grade last year and I was surprised to see that each year since 2000, the percentage of children mastering the specific skills defined for them by New York State Assessment Tests have continuously dropped. I would like to know if Ms. Croci, Principal of the Helen B. Duffield elementary School would like to comment on this question?

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
I have two children currently enrolled in Duffield, with a third on the way. This year (03-04) they have hired some new-to-teaching teachers, who while competent, need to be in higher grades, where children behave better. I believe the expectations they have for younger children are not realistic and will color a young child's views of school in a negative way. The teachers that have been there a few years seem better equipped to handle the younger ones. Perhaps this issue should be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
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Helen B Duffield Elementary School
600 1st St, Ronkonkoma, NY  11779
(631) 467-6010
Last modified Helen B Duffield Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Helen B Duffield Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top