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Helen B Duffield Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 406 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 6, 2005

Amazing leadership, nurturing environment, excellent faculty. a FIVE school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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


Posted February 8, 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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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

65 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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
70%
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 78% 48%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
Black 1 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 117%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 81%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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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Reading Honor School (2009)
  • Middle States Accreditation (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:05
School end time
  • 3:35
School Leader's name
  • MS. LISA FARRELL
Fax number
  • (631) 467-6326

Programs

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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