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Upper Nyack School

Public | K-5 | 429 students

 
 

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Posted June 17, 2014

Upper Nyack has proven to be an elementary school dedicated to the success of their students. I have encountered many teachers who have gone above and beyond to provide a wonderful learning atmosphere for the children. In these days of Common Core, it can be difficult to keep students on task AND excited about learning, and many of the UNES teachers have been able to do so. I have found that this is a very nurturing atmosphere and most teachers are top notch here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I have 2 children currently in Upper Nyack Elementary school. So in 5 years I have Only had one mediocre teacher, the rest were outstanding. The school has adopted the Core curriculum and implemented a new a new math program called Investigations which Is excellent. There is a fabulous after school adventure program 3 times a year Which exposes the students to everything from fencing to cooking to tennis to Windchime making. The school does however tend to be too reliant on ditto sheets for homework. The teachers try to incorporate movement and outside time into The day whenever possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

This school is mediocre and the principal, Dr. Anne Roberts, is a nigntmare. For example, one of the best teachers eventually was forced into retirement after her 2nd grade science curriculum was abandoned in order to spend time prepping for the 3rd grade ELA tests. It's all about getting scores up and not about what the children are really learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

The faculty and staff and Upper Nyack have not failed to support the needs of my children. They are quick, creative, and effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My two children at Upper Nyack have had nothing but positive experiences at the school. Their teachers work to address their needs and particular academic levels, as different as they may be. I found my experience with the faculty to be pleasant and timely. My children receive monthly, if not weekly newsletters telling us what is going on in the classroom. There are many opportunities for parent involvement throughout the year. I disagree that the means of teaching are 'antiquated' especially considering the fact that most of the teachers have interactive whiteboards in their classrooms. My children have come home loving school and their teachers. Based on what they have learned during their years at Upper Nyack, I always felt that their days were filled with purposeful work and meaningful exercises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

I have to say that this but school has greatly disappointed me. I agree that the children come second to the faculty. I have 4 children in the school with one child have multiple learning problems. IEP meetings have gone ok if you want your child to be just 'ok.' The support staff lacks the proper training and their means of teaching and assessing a child's abilities are antiquated. Lastly, I know that I'm not alone in my thinking. The district needs to be held responsible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

After nearly two years at UNE, the nicest thing I can say about it is that it appears to have a lot of untapped potential. The community is comprised of many caring parents who want something better for their child but are unsure how to enact the necessary changes for it to become a truly good school. Like many public schools, the majority of teachers are serious and dedicated, however on the administrative side, the school is an odd mix of rigid policy combined with stunning disorganization. Many of these policies seem to be designed to benefit the teachers and staff rather than the students, with the best interest of the children considered only after those of the faculty and budget. Their 'free' time (recess and lunch) are severely curtailed, and yet the rest of the day often seems filled with busy work and meaningless exercises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

Most of the teachers are first rate, and that is doubly so for the art and music teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Both of my children go to Upper Nyack Elementary school. They have had many wonderful classroom teachers and have loved all of their specials teachers. The school could certainly have more extracurricular activities and I wish there was more class to home communication. The teachers could all use their emails more. The occassional email saying 'Your child had a good week' or 'don't forget to study for big social studies test Fri' would be much appreciated. Certainly teachers are busy, but I have been involved in other schools where this is common practice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

The kindergarten classes at Upper Nyack elementary are excellent. The teachers truly care about each child, and are extremely creative. Parents are very involved which adds to the school's success. The diversity is an added bonus to the school. I can only hope we will be just as happy with the next grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2004

An excellent school - wonderful teachers and staff. A terrific experience and a great education. Diverse atmosphere. Very parent friendly, welcoming - mostly wonderful parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

An excellent school with highly professional and nurturing teachers.


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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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
50%

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

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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 1 63% 48%
Black 2 17% 19%
Hispanic 1 10% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 7% 9%
Two or more races 2 2% 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 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 122%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 58%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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336 N Broadway
Upper Nyack, NY 10960
Phone: (845) 353-7260

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