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Vestal Hills Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 314 students

 

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Posted May 26, 2012

We moved from CT, where I homeschooled, in the middle of the school year, with our boys in 3rd and K. I was very unsure about sending the boys to public school but I had heard Vestal Hills was wonderful so we gave it a chance. We LOVE Vestal Hills! My boys teachers, administrators, and the school nurse are just fantastic! My K aged son had a hard time adjusting to school and his teachers were so kind and caring that he was excited and making friends quickly. I have to younger boys as well and I look forward to many wonderful years as a Vestal Hills parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

As a current parent with a child who has gone to the school for almost 4 years, I would like to say that Vestal Hills is one place that I would never hesitate to recommend to anyone. The staff has taken the time to work with my student and his peers. They PTA is excellent and I find that the school has a great balance of encouraging participation of parents as well as teaching students to be self-sufficient and to become leaders. They modify their teaching in ways to keep current and they strive to make our children better learners and eventually, better citizens as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

when i went to this school (2000-2004) the teachers the staff were lovely and kind very supportive and were always trying to help. stuff was lost and stolen yes but i had a wonderful experience and i know many others who had a similar experience i would move back to vestal and send my kids there in a heartbeat the only negative besides the lost-stolen was the principal.


Posted July 24, 2008

Kids in this school seem to be taught to the test -often asked to learn by rote rather than understand concepts. Parents are often expected to do teaching at home. Kids bring expensive items to school(anything from electronic games to cell phones to ipods) despite school policy and items are exchanged, stolen or lost and nothing is done to address it. My son's jacket was stolen on his first week at school andkids pick on and bully each other while the aides are present. Those have been my experiences and I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—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 31% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%
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 30% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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 31% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students62%
Female71%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant64%
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 Students54%
Female59%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%

Math

All Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students56%
Female64%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Math

All Students47%
Female36%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
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
White 1 79% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 15% 9%
Black 1 4% 19%
Hispanic 1 1% 23%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%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 4%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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  • Therese Mastro

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709 Country Club Rd
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: (607) 757-2357

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