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Pearls Hawthorne School

Public | PK-8 | 1157 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2014

I find this school to be absolutely horrendous. The students are very unpleasant, and the school its self has a terrible atmosphere. There is almost no motivation for students to learn and even though the school claims to be for the "gifted and talented" you are surrounded as a student with bad work ethic. If you are considering attending this school I can tell you that you would be making a mistake by going here.


Posted April 1, 2014

In response to the young lady considering moving to Yonkers. First thing is, Yonkers is a school bus district. So, if you are living more than a mile or so from the school you are choosing for your child, you should be good with transportation. But, choose Pearls gifted. Keep in mind that your son needs to take an entrance exam, and I think you missed the sign up date to take that exam for the 2014/2015 school year. So, you might be stuck with putting him in another school for a year until you can have him all signed up for the test. Provided that he passes the test, Pearls is the only place to be!!! Now, living in Yonkers. Hmmm. You said that you have a son in college. No colleges in Yonkers! Mount Saint Vincent is right in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. It's right on the Yonkers border. Get the info on that school and take it from there. If you want to live in Yonkers, try the north or the east part of Yonkers, closer to the cross county shopping center or along that area. The great thing about Yonkers is that transportation is very easy and Yonkers is central to many areas. Don't live in 10701, 10705, part of 10704, and a small part of 10703. And, be careful of police!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

My Son started in this school in September. He is so happy & he really has the best teacher, Muss Warrens. She is always advising us, and reminding us of events & homework etc. she is very funny tok which really helps the kids enjoy school & learning. I just came back from a brilliant Halloween Parade. So well organized, i was very impressed. The staff are always so helpful & friendly & the security is fantastic. Love love this school. Thank you Pearls for all you do for my son & the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

I am so happy that my kids are attending this school. You hear such terrible things about the Yonkers schools, but this is a real glimmer of hope. It's not perfect and there are always budgetary constraints- but for a pubic school in a highly urban area, it's fabulous. Love the teachers, love the diversity of the students. Do wish it were more progressive and they did not worry so much about tests, but this is the world we live in now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

Pearls is a good school. My daughters are happy and I feel secure when I drop them off at school that they are safe. My kids complain about the school rules but I know that it is for their own good. Hopefully we wouldn't have anymore budget cuts because nothing should be Cut when it comes to Education. Our childrens' education should be Top Priority since they are the Future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

I think Pearl School is not somewhere your child should be going, nor to use the GT program they offer. I do not think it offers a safe environment for any child because of the unfortunate locale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

Pretty good school, I've been going there since kindergarten and it WAS FUN and there use to be many activities to do such as cheer leading and different sports but because of the economy they are no longer there but I do appreciate that they have devolved a sports club... But as I got older different principals and more rules were created, and some are are just unnessiary and mean, we aren't allowed to sit with our friends during lunch and since I'm in the upper grades there is no recess so I practically never get to talk to my friends , thought they are many unruly rules and etc., I would suggest the school because it's fun once you gets use to the rules and I would continue going until 8th grade.


Posted October 29, 2012

am the grandparent of a second grader at Pearls. I think that Pearls is a very good school, however, I am very unhappy that last year and this year the school hours have changed. I am not happy with the fact that my 7 year old grandson has to get up at 5:00 AM everyday to go to school, get on the school bus and travel at least 45 minutes to get to school. I think that this is too much for a 7 year old. What do you think?


Posted October 28, 2012

Came in with mixed feelings since I heard so much about budget cuts and how they allegedly destroyed this school. The School is great so far. The Pearls PTA is amazing!!! I can't believe all of the things they do for this school. My child is in preschool and the administrators that I've dealt with have been good so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

My two daughters attend PEARLS and its a fabulous school with very caring teachers and an active PTA. Only regret is that even with gifted and talented program the most gifted still get a bit left behind as they have to follow the NYS program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

I have been at this school for several years. In a district the size of Yonkers, you really need to compare individual schools to that of districts that you believe are "good" school districts. That said, this school is the only one in the district that competes well in all aspects with those in districts like Scarsdale and Bronxville and is better in some ways than Tuckahoe. Also, the Parent Involvement and PTA involvement along with dedicated administrators and staff make this school a phenomenal place to be! So glad we are here, wouldn't change it for anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

This is the best public school that Yonkers has to offer. Unfortunately, they are so busy teaching to the test that they completely overlook quality of life for the children. When the art and music programs were cut, it was the final straw for me. The archaic curriculum does not serve the students and the pen, paper, copy until its perfect method did not sit well with me. My son had a wonderful year in kindergarten but was miserable in first grade. Perfection was praised above creativity. Children are not allowed to interact all that much. They sit at their desks and do worksheets all day long. I loved the diversity and wish his current school had more but I felt like I had no choice. I pulled my son out in the middle of the year. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

My daughter has been in the school for three years now. The programs are excellent, the teachers are good. The teachers work to bring every child on aboard not leaving anyone behind. And above all parent participation is amazing. This is a public school but run and managed like a private school. Kids are mostly well behaved. The curriculum could be challenging but if your kid is a rapid learner, this is a good place to provide educational activities and program to keep up and not slow them down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

The kids are smart and what not but my son learnt inappropriate language and many other bad things like new words which I will not say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Honesly This School isnt all as good as its cracked up to be. its not fun shareing a school with four year olds if you are 13 like me and the people like the principals espessaly Ms, Fearson are just to hard on you i mean c mon just recently 3 people were suspended for 5 whole days for standing outside the school while they were on bus and another kid got detendion for putting his head down for 5 days, i mean c mon thats abit 2 harsh
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2011

WOW! I have been at Pearls ever since Pre-K... I absolutely love it!! I have made many, many friends....... however, I think (I am in 6th grade) the sixth grade teachers give a little too much homework... But otherwise..... I think if you are moving ti a new school and you live or are planning to live in Yonkers, NY...definetly TRY and enroll your child/children into this wonderful school.


Posted September 9, 2010

I have lived here a long time and have had my children and know many parents of children in other Yonkers schools. The bottom line is that Pearls is absolutely the best choice for a Yonkers Public School Education, comparing to top rated nearby schools with much higher taxes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

Great school and teachers with parents involve 100 % .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

This is an excellent school. I am very pleased with my childrens progress and appreciate having a public school like this available to my family. My kids both enjoy school and do not have any difficulties completing their assignments and juggling their extra curricular activites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Being upset about an issue isn't the same as rating a school. This site is based on a rating system, one which parents look to in finding a good school for their child. The bottom line is that it's a fantastic school with an amazing staff and extremely bright children, regardless where they came from. That is what matters. Take your gripes up with the board of ED!
—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 32% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
93%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
91%
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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 39% 23%
White 1 24% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 20% 9%
Black 1 14% 19%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 244%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 67%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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School Leader's name
  • MS. MARJORIE BROWN-ANFELOUSS

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
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350 Hawthorne Ave
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