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Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 846 students

 
 

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Posted April 26, 2011

We are new to this school for the 2010-2011 school year and we are very pleased with our choice! The teachers and staff at Dorothy Nolan are welcoming, professional, and talented. Our children have had SO many opportunitites for before, during, and after school extracurricular, "enrichment" programs in the arts, sports, academics, and social interaction! A+ school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

It is a happy learning environment for my grandchildren


Posted October 26, 2009

Good school, good values. Teachers demonstrate are rigorous and compassionate. My kid was challenged at her level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I am very happy with Dortothy Nolan overall. If it wasn't for my child's Kindergarten teacher, who is a master at photo copying dittos as her primary function, I would give it 5 stars. She never smiles and acts like the kids are an annoyance to her. Otherwise, I have only met kind, friendly, and very competent teachers and staff. Amazingly competent for the school's size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

There is no doubt in my mind that this school has some truly amazing adult leaders who are really dedicated to make a difference in the life of a child. While most would agree, the town of Wilton is an affulent community, I would hope that the needs of those children who don't learn by text book teaching won't be lost in the shuffle. Having extra curricular activities and parental involvement is nice to hear about. But what are we doing to insure that no child is truly left behind at Dorothy Nolan?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2008

Dorohy Nolan has not given my chikdren what they have gotten from a previous school. Last time my cildren attended Dorothy Nolan there were more extra-curricular activities. I would love to see more offered to the lower grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

What a great school! You do not realize there are over 900 children at this school since they split the building into K-2 and 3-5. The teachers we have encountered so far have all been excellent. The school staff goes above and beyond what you would expect. My children love this school. The old principal that left last school year was fabulous. The new one seems nice but we've only been back to school for 2 weeks - time will tell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

2005-my son is entering 3rd grade and overall it has been an excellent experience. I will miss this school when we move away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

Academic programs consistent with state standards--many extracurricular activities available--enormous parent involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 15, 2005

Dorothy Nolan is a very good school thanks to the Principal, Debra Shea. They are working within the confines of a school district that has not embraced teaching methodologies of the 21st Century. Everything is textbook based and worksheet driven, unless you get one of those great teachers who dares to walk the edge. With more than 900 students, if it's intimacy you are looking for DN is not the place. Parents are permitted to be actively involved in K and 1st grade. They are somewhat involved in 2nd and not really in 3rd, 4th, or 5th. They have all the basics for music, art and extrcurriculars, not more. It's a good school, in a district that is good, not great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

We think Dorothy Nolan is a great school. We have 2 children attending. It offers many great programs and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

Dorothy Nolan is a very large elementary school and happens to be one of the largest in the area. However, my children have never had to pay the price of a large school. The academics, extra studies, and activities are wonderful. I am always impressed with all of the new and exciting things that my two children experience at DN. The teachers and staff are quite pleasant and helpful as well as very knowledgable in their fields. I think this school is a great choice for any family looking for a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 31% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students47%
Female54%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant47%

Math

All Students41%
Female42%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant41%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Female48%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities0%
General population43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students39%
Female37%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities0%
General population42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Science

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities60%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students45%
Female48%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%

Math

All Students44%
Female40%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 93% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 116%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 13%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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