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Van Wyck Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 1500 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 12, 2014

As a student, this school could be described as mediocre. It is overcrowded(in my experiences I have not had a class under 30 kids),nothing is done about the way too often physical fights, and the students' negligible grades. Although some teachers really do care, others just clearly do not.I seriously would recommend that if you are zoned for this school and have money to spare, that you send your children to a private school.


Posted September 26, 2011

2nd year, not very hopeful. Extremely crowded, PTA not useful at all (poor attendance there), academic materials leave much to be desired. Complaints about lackadaisical discipline of bullies goes unheeded, classes are chaotic, students have difficulty moving from one class to another and getting there on time. Good students who do what they are supposed to do are penalized along with the bullies, or their coping difficulties are brushed aside as part of adolescent experience. Agree with the student regarding course content - there are sixth graders from catholic schools who are way ahead of these kids. Not the teachers' fault - it's the district, and lack of space - a problem for many years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

So, as a student at Van Wyck I would like to say the school overall is good. I'm in honors for the 2009-2010 school year but I felt the program for sixth graders was too slow and easy paced. It would not hurt this school if the sixth grade was moved to an elementary school. This may be a good idea because the hallways are very crowded and the people in them are distracting and make you late to class. The sixth graders also have nothing to do. They have silly classes that are so meaningless that won't be used in real life unless they want to be homeless. The sixth grade chorus wasn't great but the seventh and eighth grade chorus was amazing. Some of the teachers are interesting and helpful but some are boring and just plain mean. There were some people who roamed around school and in the cafeteria who I feel were paid to yell at kids. I am usually never a trouble maker and I was surprised when I learned we could get yelled at fpr talking at lunch! All schools have good things and most have bad, but Van wyck is so even that I can't call it a good school or a bad one. So I guess to sum it up, Van Wyck is simply a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

I have had 3 children go thru this school. The principal is tough but fair. There is a dress code and lots of rules for the kids to follow which promotes discipline. (Although, sometimes the enforcement of the rules is too black and white with no room in between for the grey areas). Some of the older teachers should retire as they have lost lots of their passion for teaching, but the rest of the 99% are great. They want to help the kids do their best. There are lots of after school clubs and sports programs, and there is always something for your kid to get involved with. All in all a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I am a student at this school, and to disagree with a lot of the parents and students I find Van Wyck to have a great atmosphere, all the teachers are helpful, and parents... Be a role model for your children, you speak badly of their school, they are going to insult the school and begin losing grades, and get into trouble. Be a positive role model ok.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

I was pretty impressed with open house last week. Some of the classes are crowded, but the teachers seem to have an assist in those classes. I love the high-tech board the teachers are using.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

it's dirty. some teachers are just horrible and shouldn't be teaching. children need positivity & teachers to help them & show them that they can do better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

Teachers and administrators are always in contact with students' parents. Students learn responsability for their school work. What I'm really impressed with is their methode of organization to complete succefully students' school year. I'm very happy with the school and all the staff members. Keep the great job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

students cannot live up to their full potential in a school that has classes of 25 students or more. The hallways are so crowded that the students get to their classes late and are given referrals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2008

i think Van Wyck Juinor high school is a great school and i love all of the teachers there except for a few.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

The athletics are amazing as well as the extra curricular activities like Drama Club {The Wiz was the most amazing school musical I have ever seen}. Everyone is very nice as well as the teachers who definitly teach. Though there is room for improvement, Van Wyck is a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2006

Listen, some people will love Van Wyck and some will hate it. I love it. Don't worry if your child is in the trailors because they are gourgous and air conditioned! I have an allergy and they handle me very well. With the exception of a few teachers Van Wyck is a well rounded school with real good teachers. Listen to me because I am there now and am happy. P.S. What school is ever perfect???
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

I am a parent of 3. My oldest is attending VWJH. I am a 35 year resident of the area and have watched as the area and district, especially VWJH, go downhill. The school is over crowded with trailors acting as classrooms. Students are numbers - not wonderful, individual future leaders. The staff, with the exception of a few, create a negetive atmosphere by their demeaning attitudes. It's as if the positive influences of both staff and students are not supported. When I attended VWJH it had a larger student body, and in spite of that the school operated as a unit/family. Those who attended had school pride/spirit. The teachers had skin in the game and were committed to a higher standard of learning. The principle was able to run the school with only one assistant and still managed to know all of his student not just the troublemakers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

Van Vyck's athletics are poor, as well as academics. Teachers are rude and the school is too small.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 24, 2005

VW JHS is has an uncomfortable learning environment, not to mention it's overcrowdedness. Many of the school's staff are much too passive when it comes to student misbehavior, as I know stories in which cursing and other inappropriate behavior occur right in front of a staff member. Due to the large and growing number of students who attend the school, teachers are unable to get personal with students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2004

This school is extremely neglectful in meeting the needs of children with special needs! My son has been allowed to fail without any concern or care taken by the school. I have reached out repeatedly with no avail. I can't imagine how children without any other supports outside of the school survive.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 29% in 2014.

474 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

427 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

486 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

429 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
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 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.

464 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
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 80% 48%
Hispanic 2 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
Black 1 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 213%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 19%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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6 Hillside Lake Rd
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: (845) 227-1700

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