School Details

Transit Middle School

8730 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051
(716) 626-8700
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 1013 students 14 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

52%
48%
30%
45%
49%
40%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Williamsville Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
50%
29%
54%
50%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Williamsville Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
56%
29%
64%
57%
33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Williamsville Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
63%
36%
55%
49%
22%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • Williamsville Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Transit Middle School is a public middle school in Clarence. The principal of Transit Middle School is PRINCIPAL - MR. DANIEL F. WALH and can be contacted at dwalh@williamsvillek12.org. 1,013 students go to Transit Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Transit Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 7% of the 1,013 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Transit Middle School is 14:1. St Marys School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 86%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 8%
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 11%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    nice school but difficult at times. too much homework tests and quizzes sometimes makes it hard for me to relax!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a current student at Transit Middle and I locve this school! The teachers are great. even the subsitute teachers are cool. I and my friends like this subsitute teacher she is so pretty and nice and helpful. She is very good looking her name is Ms. C. i cannot wait to see her again in the new school year. i hope she is a subsitute teacher in all my classes!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is absolutely fabulous. Speaking as a current seventh grade student I love it there! The teachers are kind funny and always willing to help. The classes are always interesting and I now love classes that I used to hate. The atmosphere is wonderful and the anti-bullying policy is strict and effective. Even the bus drivers are good; they are kind but enforce all the essential rules for safety. This school definitely deserves a 5/5.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is definitely a good school in terms of quality and cooperation. But I worry that Transit's reputation for academics overlooks something that has been the undisputed bane of my daughters' existence- the homework. My eldest daughter for example qualified for all three of the 8th grade advanced courses but took only two of those classes because she was so worried about the workload. And even then she was up at 11 most nights trying to finish her assignments. My younger daughter took the regular courses and suffered the same problem. The teachers also have a habit of assigning projects over breaks which in my opinion completely defeats the whole purpose of a short vacation during a school year. It certainly is depressing when your kids each have 3 projects to work on during Christmas.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is really good! The teachers are great and the principles and guidance counselor really help you make many friends! This is also number one in academics and it even has its own store! You should really go to this school because it's a smart school a cooperative school and a school with awesome clubs and activities!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have really enjoyed my time I have spent at Transit. If there was anything that went bad it wasn't because of the school in its entirety- it was because of the acts of the few. Also many students do care about doing well in school but there are many who don't try at all and that shouldn't be the school's fault. It's all about your attitude and not who to blame. Anyway if you get yourself involved positively you're bound to have a great experience at this school. My refuge was art class- I was there nearly everyday before school working on a project. Find what works for you and go off from there.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have just moved from that area and I have been in this school for 2 years and I love [D] IT!!! I moved to another town and it didn't even compare to Williamsville schools or Transit Middle. Here in this school district I am so far ahead of all of these kids and I am very thankful that I got to be at Transit while I could! But there are some cons to Transit the only thing is you never want to go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    lazy teachers useless administration and an aura of medocrity

  • (6 years ago)

    Transit for me has been a little clique-ish and has had a few disadvantages but overall I really enjoy it here. Most of the teachers I have had have been amazingly helpful and have cared about how well I am doing only a few have judged me because of my one older sibling (although he was quite a trouble maker). Honestly I believe that this school is better than the surrounding schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is probably the biggest nightmare i have ever had to deal with. My kids would come home crying because the administration is so corrupt and the ladies in the office are no where near pleasant to deal with. Granted the academics are strong but the atmosphere is horrible. There is a reason the kids nicknamed the school alka-transit

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an awesome school!! I love it!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has been in Transit for 4 years. He has been on high honors each semester and looks forward to going to school because of the great caring teachers good friendships he has made wonderful events for kids that want to not only have fun but learn to give back to the community It has the best education and sports programs around. The ranking is certainly outstanding and should speak for itself but the care and concern is tops a . For parents that get involved meet other parents and are on top of what they are doing this school is outstanding. For those who like to blame everyone else except their child for their own choices and accountability this may be the wrong school . Transit teaches not only acedemics but good charactor and responsibility for ones own actions. -margaret

  • (7 years ago)

    Transit Middle School is really well. We are the number 1 middle school. Teachers care about the students. Nobody fails a grade and if they do it's because they don't care. There isn't even violence in the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Worst school in Williamsville. Everyone may say this is the 'best' school - don't believe them. Academics weak in addition to a very bad environment - a lot of things you wouldn't want your child exposed to going on at this school. I pulled my child out after seeing first hand what was going on.

  • (8 years ago)

    I moved into the district in 3rd grade and spent a great time of my life at Transit.Accademically they are great.For example teachers are always there to help you understand something the material is learned in a fun and easy way and it has a good mood in the classroom. But other than that i absolutely hated transit middle school.Transit is a very... militaristic school.The rules at transit are extrodonairly strict and odd for example the dress code states that girls are not allowed to wear spagetti strap tops but boys are allowed to and they are also allowed to wear skirts mini-skirts or whatever else strikes their fancy.

  • (9 years ago)

    Not impressed with this school at all. Did not feel the education was good.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to this school it is a wonderful school Mr.Bova and Mr. Kirisits to 8th grade teacher are great. They really care about the kids.All of the teacher are like that. They try to make learning fun. If you are in the WNY area I would highly recommend this school. Since moving out of the area I have missed the teachers and school greatly.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school. Mr bova is a Great Teacher. We Need More Teachers like him throughout the school district !! Mr Kerson is cool too.

  • (10 years ago)

    My answer is short but sweat. Transit is a great school with great teachers. The best way to improve Transit is to get a new principle.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is the highest rated school in WNY with it's test scores on the ELA's. The middle schools offer excellent programs to get students into advanced or high school courses. This is a great disrict for cultural exposure and for advanced course placement.

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