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Branch Brook Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 439 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2014

Mrs. Westrack is PHENOMENAL!!! 3 of my children have had to pleasure and blessing of attending this school!!! From the office staff to the teachers to the aides they are all amazing!!! Absolutely the BEST!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

Both my daughters attend Branch Brook and are now in the middle and high schools. There is no place like Branch Brook it is truly wonderful caring environment for children to learn. I may not agree or like all of the teachers but that is to be expected anywhere. Mrs. Westrack the Principal is wonderful not only with the teacher, parent but more importantly the students. She is very involved with everything the kids do and enjoys joining in on activities with them, yet they respect and trust her. If we had more people like her in the school systems they would be a better learning environment for all children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

Excellent School, the Principal is the best you could ask for , both caring and fair , yet strict and organized. Yes it's possible to have all of those qualities.
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Posted July 23, 2006

The principal of Branch Brook is excellent. She has a passion and love for the children!
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
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 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 87% 48%
Hispanic 2 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%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 57%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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  • MS. IREEN WESTRACK

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15 Ridgely Rd
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: (631) 382-4205

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