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School 17

Public | PK-6 | 479 students

 

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2011:
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Posted April 2, 2014

This is the first year my son and my daughter have going to the school. so far so good. all staffs are very helpful, very attentive and concerns about every student. it seems like all the staffs know all the kids that goes to the school by name, it is like a big family. teachers always have time to talk to parents, and tell them how they are doing, and give you things you can do for kids to do better. the schools is very informative, keep track of very event and make sure all parents knows kids that goes to the school seem to be very kids as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

On Wednesday, News 12 showed janitors at School 22 clearing paths for the children for the next day. Yesterday, the kids were back at school and School 17's playground, which is used now as a parking lot, was a sheet of ice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

I am a parent that is also very unhappy with this place, that's supposedly a school. Last year my child came home with work that he already knew. He would write sloppy all over his homework notebook and his teacher never reprimanded him. Hos teacher didn't help him and tell him he was doing certain things wring, which is a shame. Plus there's never any toilet roll in the bathroom which is so digusting, making me feel as if I am living in a third world country. This school can do better but sadly it doesn't. I regret sending my kids to this sorry excuse of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

My review is in response to the 1/24/14 review. As a teacher at School 17 I personally take offense to many of the comments that were made about our school. I have worked in schools across Yonkers and in other districts and never have I worked for a principal who cared as much for the children in a school as Principal Morehead. Not only does she know the students' names, but also knows so much about them. As for the teachers, there are more dedicated and knowledgeable teachers at School 17 then at any other school where I have worked. As a result, students at School 17 have an advantage over students in other schools. I am also not sure how a parent can feel uninformed when weekly phone messages occur containing information, updates, and motivational messages as well as a monthly calendar with detailed events. As far as the PTA (Parent/Teacher Association), involvement starts with membership. If a school with 500 students has approximately 20 members - what is the PTA to do? Join your School 17 PTA! In closing, to paraphrase the late John F. Kennedy; "Ask not what your child's school can do for you, but what you can do for your child's school."
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 1, 2013

School 17 is a school that fosters learning, creativity and growth in a nurturing, happy and stable environment. This school will produce respectful, high-achieving and contributing citizens. Our school accepts the challenge of preparing students for a rapidly changing world and will provide the opportunity to learn and succeed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 3, 2012

I love this school. Everything from best principal to staff to teachers are great. My questions are always answered and help is always there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

I am a parent of school 17 for many years and I have no complaints about the staff.The principal Rita Morehead is great with the children and also the office staff is always there to help with any questions you may have.I have 3 children that have attended there one of which will be graduating this year, my other 2 children got into the best junior h.s. and and h.s. in yonkers after being taught in school 17. I have also encouraged others to send their children there , which they have and have had no complaints with the school. If you want your child to learn, and be successful throughout their future school years school 17 is the perfect place for them to do so. I am glad that I picked this school to lead my child on the road to success and if success is what you strive for in your child school 17 is an excellent start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

School 17 is a wounderful school.School 17 has excellent and fun teachers.Our principal is very nice but at the same time she challenges us to prepare for our state tests.Everything in our school is fantastic.Every student appreciates the things that they have in their school.


Posted September 12, 2012

My review is in response to the latest review given by a kindergartener's mother. I feel the same way. Last week on the first day of school kids were wandering around some of them crying because they didn't know where they were going. There was no one there to help them. They walked into my sons classroom which wasn't the right room and needed someone to help them. I am talking about five yr old kids walking around alone. I didn't receive a letter stating my child's room or teacher. I had to call the school ahead if time to find out. I feel ther is a real lack of adult supervision around in the building. Definitely needs more organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

School 17 is a wonderful school - it all starts with the Principal - Mrs Moorehead is awesome. She knows ALL of the children and works with the parents to bring out the best in each and EVERY child. I was always inspired by her weekly phone messages - my son always smiled at the inspirational songs and quotes she would use. The Teachers are dedicated and focused - they work hard to ensure that the children push themselves to their highest potential. My child had a wonderful experience at School 17 in Yonkers, NY. Yonkers schools have had many things said about them - however, if you saw firsthand the dedication and devotion of the Principal and Teachers (and Parents!) of Yonkers School 17 - you would put them up against ANY school in Westchester County. My child graduated in June 2012 - and he is well prepared to enter his next challenge - middle school! Thank you - Mrs. Moorehead and the staff at School 17!!! Cheers to you.....keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

I LOVE School 17 my daughter has attented there since PreK and the teachers are definately top noch! Mrs. Morehead is one of the best pricipals I have ever met! She knows all of her students by name and their parents! I never have to worry that my daughter would get lost in the school for ALL the teachers know who she is and greets her and I with smiles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

I am a student at the school and it is a great school all the teachers and staff are kind. The principle is great nice and fair. i love this school.


Posted October 29, 2010

this is a awsome school, I was very nervous at first but now I see its a great school my child is progressing very well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

mrs morehead is the best principal in yonkers hands down. she remembers every kids names and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

Not the best or safest school. The lack of funding (so common in NY and Yonkers) shows. The principal and teachers are nice, but you have to keep your eyes open and really talk to other parents and your child to know what is going on in the class and make sure everything is ok with child. There was almost no homework in K, which caused some problems when we transferred to NJ school- my child was behind kids in NJ s 1st grade even though she was doing great in K in Yonkers school. I m glad we re in NJ now and out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

School 17 is a very nice school. The principal is very active with the parents to resolve issues. You can always get a hold of Ms. Morehead because she cares. This is very refreshing in today's time. My child is in the 4th grade and although academically my child does well, I believe that there has been a huge focus on the standardized testing and I don't believe there is a well rounded education format. When the ELA was coming it was all English homework, math test was all math homework, now its all about the science test coming up. I just find that there is a lack of reinforcing what the kids have learned earlier in the year because once the standardized test is completed thats it for that subject. My child has not brought home ANY math homework since the standardized test was completed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

The best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

I think the principal of this school is the best. This is the first school where I know my children are going to be all right. It's like leaving them with family, more principals should be like Mrs. Moorehead. She's not just their principal, she's a friend, a mother, a grandmother.
—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 32% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 30% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
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 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
45%
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

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
Hispanic 2 54% 23%
Black 1 24% 19%
White 2 15% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 174%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 74%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. RITA MOREHEAD

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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745 Midland Ave
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: (914) 376-8345

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