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Hurlbut W Smith K 8 School

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 790 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

I go to H.W. Smith School and it is so diverse that we have a day that students from my school were their traditional clothes . I have good teachers especially in 8th grade when I really needed them.my teachers are Mrs. Kent ,Mrs. Earl/Ms. Short ,Mr. Sheldon And Mrs. Walsh


Posted October 4, 2009

The diversity. There are more than 35 different ethnicities/cultures represented in this school from every part of the world. A unique school that offer unique opportunities and challenges


Posted September 23, 2008

h.w smith middle school the best middle school out of all the middle schools in syracuse the teachers are the bomb big up mr. ledo the 7 grade spanish teacher ms. short english teacher and mrs.kent the math teacher
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2008

h.w smith is a great school.I have learned a lot from the teachers that go there.Its not like an ordinary school our teachers actually take the time out of there busy schedules to hep us with what we need help with.They help us grow up and prepare for college.Yea sometimes we might be a little crazy but i love it there i have grown up accept people for who they are . I have learned a lot about many other cultures
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2008

H.W is more Diverse then Ed Smith. At H.W Smith the teachers take the time to actaully work with the kids. my daughter attended Ed Smith in Kindergarten and I immdeiatley took her out. the first day of school and she already new 7 new swear words. My daughter is currwnt attening H.W smith and is in the Honor Society and plays sports
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

My daughter was attending Kindergarten and it was great. Her teacher was Mr. Youngs and I think he is excellent and the school is very good. I am very happy that I choose this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

H.W.Smith is a good school because it is very diverse and we get to learn about different cultures
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2007

What a wonderful, international community at H. W. Smith. There are children from all corners of the world, learning together, meeting high standards, and excelling. This is a great place to learn to be a leader in the 21st century world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

H.W. Smith has one of the highest levels of quality academic programs in all of the city schools. Their music, and art programs are great. There is wonderful parent involvement as well. It's such a great school that some of the teachers have their own children going there for a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
26%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
24%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
17%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
21%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
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 1 58% 19%
White 1 19% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 11% 9%
Hispanic 2 6% 23%
Two or more races 1 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 31%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. SHARON BIRNKRANT

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1130 Salt Springs Rd
Syracuse, NY 13224
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