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Pocantico Hills Central School

Public | PK-8 | 306 students

 

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Posted July 30, 2012

My daughter attends this school. The school is very tight knit and all of the kids from pre-k though 8th grade get to know one anothers names. My daughter is excelling here and they have a lot to offer in terms of the camp, pool and aftercare program. I wish the school offered more in terms of diversity not only among students but also amongst teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

I've been doing my research about this school and have heard and read many good things about it!


Posted June 21, 2011

This is a wonderful, small school, with caring teachers and a true sense of community. The newly-hired superintendant (2010) is a true educational leader who understands the budget process and respectfully expects the teachers to provide their best work at all times. She is giving the teachers the tools they need to succeed and has high expectations for everyone who works in the school. The parents here are very involved. Because of its small size, the student/teacher ratio is generally very low, and students receive all of the individual attention that they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

My oldest son attended PHCS for Pre-K on 2006 (Mrs. Carrigan) and K on 2007 (Mrs. Distefano). Every member of the staff, from school bus driver and monitor, to teachers and aids, administrative members and principal where always kind and dedicated to every and each child and parent. The facilities are very well taken care of and beautiful. The curriculum for every level was always wonderful. They prise the kids' efforts and always welcome parents input, comments and involment. The extra curricular activities were always fun to participate and the summer program was awesome. My son loved his teachers, friends and school; it was very hard to leave when we moved to TX in 2008, otherwise my 3 kids would have attended this school from star to finish. We'll always remember Pocantico Hills as the best start my son could ever have for his education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

An outstanding, well maintained school with caring and capable teachers, a good support staff overall, a very involved PTA and a budget concious school board. This school also offers an after school program and an excellent Summer Camp. It actually feels like an expensive private facility in a quaint country setting. The school is currently in the planning stages of upgrading it's facilties as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

This is our first years in Pocantico Hills school, our kids are in 1st and 2nd grade. We are very happy, staff is very kind and hepfull, teachers are great. The school looks like a big family everyone knows each others, and installation are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

While the administrative staff is excellent and the art/music programs are outstanding as noted, there are problems at this school. An anti-bullying program was instigated by the school for good reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

This is an excelent school. The administrative staff, especially Dr. Elliot and Mr. Steele make it their business to know each child and their parents. The classroom sizes are small and the atmosphere is that of an expensive, private school. I have had my children in schools on both coasts, public and private. This school is the best. We are staying here! I would hioghly recommend this school to anyone cpnsidering moving to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

Pocantico Hills not only has a very high academic standard, but it's art and music programs are second to none. Pocantico Hills has established an educational relationship with Stone Barns, an agricultural center that incorporates education in everything it does. Pocantico offers small classroom size in an old world facility that makes you feel as if your are in the country. The school also offers before and after school programs that are run for the school, by the school. During the summer, a day camp is provided which encourages students to get involved in woodworking, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons in their olympic-sized swimming pool. If you're looking for a high level of academic achievement with the soft touch of a small community, then you'll love Pocantico Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

I have been in pocantico hills for years. Mr. lisi took good care of things but sorry to say the principal now has no idea what he's doing. the academic programs are good though, and so are the extracurricular activities. Teachers are okay, and parents help out a lot! thanks parents. Band, science, art, gym and computers are the good classes.
—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 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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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 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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students55%
Female42%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant55%

Math

All Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/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 Students48%
Female69%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students56%
Female70%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students63%
Female71%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Math

All Students31%
Female24%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
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%
Female34%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students33%
Female34%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
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 Students43%
Female53%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students38%
Female46%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%
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 Students60%
Female60%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

Math

All Students38%
Female36%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

Science

All Students97%
Female96%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 57% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 16% 9%
Black 2 14% 19%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 117%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 30%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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  • MR. STANLEY T. STEELE

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