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Edward Smith K 8 School

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 705 students

 

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Posted July 23, 2013

my school is very good it is a public school not private you don't not have to pay for lunch and you don't have to work all day you get 15 minutes of recess then you go to specials specials are when you either have gym library music or art my favorite is gym it is very helpful it even has summer school and after school events or activites I think my teachers are very helpful because they always know when you are stuck on anything and they will help you. well thanks for reading this and that's my opinion :D


Posted March 12, 2010

I have 2 children in this school & volunteer there also. It can be a busy & noisy place but I see kids blossoming, parents participating and very involved teachers. My calls are always returned quickly. My children *are* allowed to wear sweaters (another reviewer claims they can't). My kids do not seem to see any fights or confrontations. Great artwork on display everywhere. Good lessons on civic responsiblity. Very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Teachers are caring, learning happens
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

When we moved to Syracuse, Our daughter was entering the 4th grade. Ed Smith school was our choice of school. so we slected a house in this school's area. Her friends to this day are the kids she met at Ed Smith. She is a dancer in Ny and her frineds are all in rhe ARts. the teachers are wonderful, the school is diverse and the childrne's education is Top Shelf!The PTA is thre most invloved in the city school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

From my expereince (my son attends Ed Smith) all the staff do their best to make every school day be the best it can be, everyday. However, why no website for the school? If there is a website, it is impossible to find.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

This is a horrible middle school they dont allow the children to wear fleeces or sweaters in the middle of winter! and what middle school has children walk to lunch in a line? Its a horrible and i wouldnt recommend sending your child there also they are always fights and innocent children get attcked! i unfortunately go to this school and i hate it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2008

Ed Smith Is Not Very Divise and has Communication problems. My Daught attended Ed Smith since kindergarten. Her grade are alwyas dropping and she complains about the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

Communication with Edward Smith School is quite unsat. Two of my children attend this school, I have called the listed number of 315-435-4650 Five (5) times with out (0) return calls. I live 40 miles away, My children attend this school. I'm trying to be a point of contact so I may be involved with my children's schooling. I left a message every time and they do not call back. Very disappointing coming from a school who would be quick to reprehend a child for doing something wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

Excellent K/6 academics, music (bank/orchestra/Notables chorus groups), arts (they raised $20K supporting arts programs), a year-long after-school Parks and Rec program until 7 PM, many other programs, and extraordinary parent involvement, Ed Smith heads the list in the city (usually first choice of buildings on the city's east side quadrant) and outpreforms much of the county. They are the 1st full-inclusion school in the nation, the nation's first to go-green, recongnized nationally for special education and their ground-breaking leadership roles. Recent US and Eduational Weekly stories listed them as 'Exceptional'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Ed Smith school is a place for quality education at the same time that your child learns to accept and respect those who are not the same as him or her. The school is diverse racially as well as having an inclusive program which bring special needs students into the classrooms. Rather than causing 'disruption,' these students add a completely new dimension to elementary education. The typical students learn to respect and appreciate their special need peers. It is truly a beautiful thing to see. Ed Smith has a wonderful art teacher. The creative pieces that my children bring home never fail to amaze me. The music program, and the reading programs in K and 1st grade are excellent. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved at the school, through the very active PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Edward Smith Elementary in Syracuse, N.Y. is nationally and internationally recognized for inclusion of Autistic children in regular education classes.It is considered the first school in America to embrace this concept and in 2004-2005 the community celebrated 25 years of total inclusion of children with severe special needs. The school's philosophy is that everyone fits and everyone can learn from each other. The school is k-6th grade and accomodates between 600 and 700 students. Academic and behavioral goals are high and Ed Smith is one of the top performing schools in the Syracuse City School District. It has a very active and involved PTO and the staff is continually involved in professional development and new initiatives. Syracuse University has strong ties with Ed Smith and values the school's outstanding reputation. Every semester, SU, along with other local colleges, sends many education students to learn at this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 32% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
40%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
40%
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 29% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
28%
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 29% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
50%
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 36% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
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
Black 2 46% 19%
White 1 43% 48%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 253%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 8%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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1106 Lancaster Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 435-4650

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