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George Washington School

Public | K-5 | 735 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2013

My child is finishing her last year at this school. Since the new principal took over the entire atmosphere has changed for the worse. The children are assigned numbers, when I pick my child up they don't ask her name, just what is her number.. The current superintendent has made so many changes unpopular to the parents and the school board is horrible. I think they forgot that the parents do have a say. The enrichment program for gifted children is a joke. They offer the bare minimum just to say they offer it. My daughters enrichment teachers have NO contact with the parents and they are absent a lot. I could continue forever about all the shortcomings of this school. White plains as a district USED to be good, now it is horrible. I would never recommend this or any other school in white plains.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

This is a good school and the dual language academy (Spanish bilingual program) is good. It would be nice to have it available to all interested families, but it is lottery based for now. The new principal took charge well. PTA is very active and runs multiple enrichment programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

George Washington WAS a good school but now the well-liked principal has retired. The district keeps shuffling administrators around so there is no continuity. The kids are constantly tested. Even kindergarten students are under constant pressure.


Posted April 29, 2010

I love George Wahsington School because they are attentive and caring. They have the best Special Education teachers in town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2008

This school is great is your child is struggling in being behind or an ESL child, but if your child is gifted or advanced in any way, or has a learning disability but smart, this is not the place to be. Great for 'no child left behind' but terrible for the child who is able to excel and push ahead. They won't even tell you about opportunities available for advanced children, even those with honors results on NYS exams. Very disappointing. 'Gifted and talented' is a term they refuse to use. IEP plans are frowned upon and discouraged. We had high hopes and are very disappointed. Sorry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2008

I have three children who went to GW, (and one more to go)... What a wonderful school! The principal, Dr. Klemm not only knows each child by name, but their parents, siblings and often even the grandparents! From this fantastic adminstrator and the caring, dedicated teachers and staff, I feel that each of my children has received the very best elementrary education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

GW is a great school! My child only attended one year (2nd grade) - because we moved into a differenct school district. But we were so impressed with this school!!! From his teacher, who took extra time to help him make significant improvements in his learning style - which brought his grades up, to the Principal. Dr. Klemm knows each and every student, and greets them - by name - every morning at drop off! There's a very diverse group of kids at the school and a strong sense of 'family' here. The faculty and staff truly care about the kids - wonderful environement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

I really have to thank GW for giving my 6 year old a head start! Her reading and writing skill won't be this good if we did not choose GW. The teachers at GW and Dr. Klemm are fantastic. They are so proud of what they do and most importantly having fun with each other. You always hear laughter in the hallway and that is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

GW is a great school with motivated, talented teachers. Teachers are able to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Higher achieving students are appropriately challenged. The principal is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

George Washinton Elementary is a very good school in my opinion. The principle, Dr. Klemm, is energetic, concerned and sincere. The academic offerings are quite complete. There is a learning facilitator for children with disabilities at any level, and a gifted level program called WINGS. 'English as a second language' programs are offered because of the high population of Spanish speaking families in White Plains. The faculty are generally very good with a good number that have been in the school for several years. Most of the sports programs are offered through the City and take place at the schools or parks. George Washington has a large music department. There is both an orchestra and a band, which give performances for school and family twice a year. Singing concerts and plays are also part of the department. The PTA has a strong presence at GW. Parents sponser several large events annually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

Fabulous school with a great and approachable principal who is knowledgeable, approachable, and very in touch with her student body. In addition to a 'homey' atmosphere, the school also offers a range of academic 'extras' like spanish lessons that make all the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

My daughter currently attends GWES. The principal is caring, active is all school events and knows each child by name. The PTA is great and all school events managed by the group are well attended. My daughter's kindergarten teacher is great. She is organized, thoughtful and keeps parents informed about what's going on in the class. EAch month, she issues a monthly letter which talks about what occurred in the class the past month and what to expect in the upcoming month. I believe that all the Kindergarten teachers share the common theme of making the Kindergarten experience fun but also academically challenging.
—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.

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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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%
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 Students43%
Female49%
Male35%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population46%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English51%
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students36%
Female40%
Male29%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population39%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant36%
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 Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities7%
General population34%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%

Math

All Students24%
Female19%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities7%
General population26%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities64%
General population96%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students33%
Female34%
Male31%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities7%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

Math

All Students33%
Female34%
Male33%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities7%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
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

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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
Hispanic 2 55% 23%
White 1 27% 48%
Black 2 13% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 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 73%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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100 Orchard St
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone: (914) 422-2380

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