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Scarsdale Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1160 students

 
 

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Posted February 12, 2014

Overall our elementary and middle school experience has been very good and overall exceptionally better than other school districts we experienced. The pros are: great environment, well organized schedule, moderate homework, frequent quizzes to check on student needs, learning methods similar to college where the child is given more responsibility to research and study on their own without a lot of teachers hand holding, well educated teachers, responsive teachers, excellent language, music and PE programs, very good art program, large system with lots of after school clubs. Teachers available for after school help. Cons are: Parent teacher meetings are 3 minutes per teacher which is not enough time, but teachers are open for one on one communication any time. The art program in middle school is only for one quarter, and should be extended to the whole year. Parents have to spend and invest time in the evening if you want your child to excel to a B or A level student. Teachers seem to breeze over subjects rather than drill down into them, and may be this is good preparation for more high school and college levels. This is where, as parents, we see the need to be more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

This school is great! As a student, I think I have more authority and experience than a parent and less bias than a teacher. I have had a great experience here and I'm sad to be going to high school! This school emphasizes critical and creative thinking skills and I have extreme respect for all my teachers. Every teacher is different but I find them all to be intelligent, professional people. Parents in Scarsdale tend to get upset over small instances or if their child isn't doing as well as they'd hoped. If you ever run into the mother of an SMS student, there's a fifty-fifty chance the mother will complain about "academic stress." I agree that this school is more stressful than elementary school and than other middle schools in the state, but of course you would expect a higher degree of intensity in one of the best public schools in the country. I think most of the issues people are experiencing are because of the coddling nature parents have for their elementary schoolers and then middle schoolers as well.


Posted May 3, 2013

If your child is an independent learner and overachiever this is the perfect school. If your child needs ANY additional help, go elsewhere. The house counselor is jovial and pretends to be dialed into everything but there's no substance behind it. Our child struggled with the transition to middle and the grades reflect that. We have been asking, calling, emailing for months searching for options on how to better manage and improve. We have never been given an executable plan and the lack of follow-up is laughable. There seems to be an effort to silence the voice of families who are dissatisfied as not tarnish the stellar reputation of a Scarsdale education. I'd like to point out that my child is a C student, not failing, not excelling which equates to a blatant black hole of zero attention from faculty. As a parent I feel duped and fed up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

I am giving this school one star because my child has a learning disability. If you are a parent who is even thinking of moving to Scarsdale, know this: they only educate high achievers. If your child has any kind of disability or difficulty learning, they will sink like a stone. The school does not allocate its resources to children who need help. Makes you wonder where the tax money goes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Unfortunately, this is the weak link in the mighty Scarsdale school system. It is where useless or fired tenured individuals get placed after they aren t wanted elsewhere. The house system is antiquated and doesn t work, and the house counselors are a clueless bunch of paper pushers who are way overworked for what they are capable of not much. The Principal was a cast off from the high school and is well past any prime that he may have had during the Nixon administration. When you check out alternative schools and other locations you see what POSITIVE ENERGY a freethinking non-bureaucrat can provide a school. No one in Scarsdale wants to say too many bad things about the schools, as our inflated home prices and ludicrously high taxes are directly tied to the reputation of the schools, which is unbelievably still good. The elementary schools are fine and the high school is the gem of the system, but surviving the Middle School is not worth subjecting your children to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2010

We moved to Scarsdale for "the schools." Watch out when your kids get to middle school. They take children straight from the nurturing, grade-free environment of fifth grade and immediately begin loading them with projects, hours of homework, and incessant tests. They do not help them with organizational skills, or help them develop study habits. My child has no life. She does homework from the time she gets home until she sleeps (exhausted). .The school district makes no effort to transition children to this newer, more mature environment, and gives no leeway for kids to make mistakes, or allow them to develop at their own pace. Extremely punitive, sink or swim environment. Very little communication between parents and teachers. They are treated like mini college students. If I wasn't locked into the real estate market, I would move. If you have not yet purchased a home in Scarsdale, please look very carefully into the school culture before you do. Some people in this town thrive on this type of thing, but if you are not one of them, you and your children will be very unhappy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

This is a great school, and a good district. Thought the level of empathy is VERY low at the school. As a parent i tell my children to be kind to others, but i know that this school teaches my kids about what real life is like!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

This school suffers from a problem that all of the scarsdale schools have. 'Freedom of Instruction' means that teachers can teach anything they want, within a minimal curriculum. It means that your child's experience in the middle school will be dependent on his/her house assgnmt, and the match between your child's academic type and the teachers'. Some teachers do more writing instruction. Some do none. Some read a lot of books, some read minimal books. Some teachers don't give any tests. A teacher from another house said that my kid (struggling in 'regular math') was learning more advanced math then he was teaching his kids in advanced math. Theer's no standards or checks/bals. If your kid needs sp ed support, beware, and be vigilant. You must be involved every day. Talk to everyone. Do not assume that all will be ok. It won't be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

This school is very challenging and they make you work your hardest, but it's as ivy league as it gets
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

Excellent academis, plenty of extracurricullars and lots of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 2, 2004

Wow! I absolutely love the Middle School. The entire new wing is gorgeous... the teachers are nice and the work is hard but we greatly surpass state expectations. It's a gorgeous school in a great suburb with amazing people. There are plenty of extracurriculars: guitar club, care club, peer leadership, science team, debate club, math team....the list goes on. The athletic facilities and equipment are amazing. We have a complete workout room with hi-tech professional equiptment that you would find in a state of the art health club. We have a complete indoor and outdoor challenge course, low ropes, high ropes and 30 ft climbing wall. The gym program provides everything from rollerblading to tennis to wrestling and javelin throwing. There are many great fundraisers and a terrific Student Government. We have several hi-tech computer labs with at least 20 17' I-Mac computers. This school is unbelievable!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 30% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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 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 33% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students75%
Female77%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities10%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities14%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
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 Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial84%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities7%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Math

All Students62%
Female58%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial84%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities6%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities16%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Math

All Students61%
Female54%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial76%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities3%
General population66%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities78%
General population95%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 75% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 14% 9%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Two or more races 1 4% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 86%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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134 Mamaroneck Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: (914) 721-2600

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