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Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School

Public | 7-9 | 988 students

 

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Posted April 27, 2014

This school is amazing. The principal is OUTSTANDING!! His staff is amazing. The communication between staff and parents is exceptional. There are all dedicated professionals whom go above and beyond for the kids as well as their parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

As a student at Memorial, I believe this is a great place to learn. Each teacher has extra help two days a week every week, there is a variety of extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports, etc. Compared to the other junior high school's in the district, this is the only one that is only 7-9, all the others are 7-12. This means class sizes are smaller, which is a great thing. All the teachers I've had during my three years at memorial we're very nice and tried their best to boost my grades. I was on the High Honor Roll my entire time at memorial, and I receive no outside help, which proves how great a learning environment this is.


Posted March 31, 2012

I think as a student Memorial Juinor High School is a terrible school to learn. The kids have no manners and are very rude to one another and to the teachers. The teachers can't control them and still haven't got in their head, to give them detention. I would rate this school 1 out of 5. I never enjoyed Memorial Junior High School and I am glade that I am not going to be in that school for 9th grade. I would not recommend this school to a kid who wants to learn and get an great education. 3/31/2012


Posted May 22, 2010

Memorial JHS is a difficult place to work. After ten years I can say it has become nearly intolerable, mostly due to a very mediocre principal. She has lowered the moral of the teachers by such practives as using students against teachers. Several young, decent teachers who really tried were inexplicabley dismissed by her. Maybe they had a couple of difficult students and asked for help? Many students are exceptional, but the majority cause huge discipline problems, which the administration does not take charge of in the right way. The teacher is often blamed for situaitons beyond our control. The teachers are very caring, thus I would send my child to the school. The key is to study hard and stay involved in activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2010

The schools admin and staff does a great job to keep and raise the level of expectation in our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

This has come a long way in the past 8 years and the quality of education and administration support is well know. Dr. Walsh the Principal is known for her outstanding parental support in keeping 'her Children' safe and in a strong learning environment. 'Go Memorial'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

this school is very good my child was in special educationin elementry then she got out in memorial she has made it to high honor roll and principal list this school made my daughters future better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

This school is a great school if you compare it to the NYC public schools. The teachers are giving the students a strong foundation The admistrative staff is mediocre.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

My son is completing his first year at Memorial. So far he is doing well and I haven't encountered any of the negative situations I had been warned to expect. Like any other experience, Middle school is what you make of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2007

I have almost finished my 1st year of Memorial Junior High School and this is a good school. It has a lot of Extracurricular activities and has extra help so students can prepare for a test.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2006

My son is going into his second year at this school and I have been very pleased. The school has a strong academic foundation and a college prep program. He has been introduced to a college campus and what it takes to get in. I have found the teachers to be dedicated and concerned with his core courses as well as his artistic ventures. He did very well at Nyssma due in part to his music teacher's hard work. The school is great and I look forward to another successful year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

Excellent School. Great music program that allow for new instrument learning or development each summer. The sports programs offer a great variety so that kids can choose. Administration and parents work well for the kids success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

I attended this school for two years and aside from a couple bad teachers I would say that I enjoyed the school the administration was fair to all of the students(despite race) unlike the high school I now attend in Florida
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 28, 2005

I attended Memorial for 1 year. During that year my thoughts on school were broadened. The teachers make learning a better experience and they take us seriously and counsel us. The school was like a second home for me.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 6, 2005

The academic programs are very good but the students have to want an education. They are only going to get out of it whatever effort they are willing to put into it. Extra help is available for those that need it or want it. If a parent has a concern, the staff is more than happy to help. There are many extra curricular activities available but some overlap, at least the ones my child is interested in, so students feel pressured as to which ones to attend. Each teacher thinks his or her activity is the more important one. My child is in her last year here and I have nothing bad to say. I don t know for sure about the level of parent involvement, it seems to be high but I work and have another child in grammar school so my involvement is limited.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
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 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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%
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 Students42%
Female50%
Male34%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities6%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Math

All Students32%
Female32%
Male32%
African American32%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities3%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
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 Students51%
Female54%
Male48%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities3%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Math

All Students23%
Female24%
Male21%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islander32%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
General population25%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%

Science

All Students82%
Female78%
Male85%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities56%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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

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 40% 19%
Hispanic 2 28% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 18% 9%
White 1 14% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 223%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 59%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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320 Fletcher Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Phone: (516) 872-7710

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