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About This School

Goshen Center School is a public elementary school in Goshen. 213 children attend Goshen Center School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 15% of the 213 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Goshen Center School is 12:1. Education Connection Special Education is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Hebrew
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Mandarin
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 96%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.09%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Goshen Center School is a mess! At the end of 2013 five of the school's classroom teachers were retired or reassigned. A fourth-grade teacher was reassigned to third grade; a third-grade teacher moved to first grade etc. etc. Those reassigned are generally weak teachers. I can't imagine these teachers will be more effective teaching grade levels where they have no prior experience. After ten years of teaching kindergarten at GCS a very good kindergarten teacher was tossed out! She was transferred to the high school! With a new principal in place GCS has never been more poorly run. Teachers fail to teach basic skills parents are dissatisfied and everyone is hostile to parents' concerns. When parents speak up principal and teachers retaliate against both parents and our children. Last year several parents moved children to private schools in the middle of the school year! Instead of listening to parents and making fundamental changes the District is determined to "double down" on discredited programs like Sitton "Spelling" and Math "Investigations " to reassign (rather than fire) ineffective teachers and to shun older teachers who are sensible and effective.

  • (1 year ago)

    Goshen is staffed by young teachers with poor knowledge of subject matter. Teachers are empowered to ignore parents concerns and thumb their noses at parents. They want to get involved with parents only when parents are praising them for doing a good job. A previous parent pointed out that teachers refuse to answer e-mails and it is difficult to arrange a face to face meeting. They have used Sandy Hook as an excuse to keep parents and grandparents out of the school building. Teachers think they re doing a good job but standardized test scores are disappointing for a prosperous small town school with low student teacher ratios. They don t teach penmanship (who needs to know how to write with pencil or pen when we have computer keyboards?). They don t teach spelling (because there s always Spell Check). There is no serious math (because adults always use calculators)! They don t bother with traditional testing. I have never seen a corrected test paper or writing assignment. Goshen Center falls well short of parents' expectations. This school is a good argument for school vouchers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I could not agree more with May 31 2012 parent review. It could be a much much better school. They make enormous issues out of picking up children after school or dropping them off. They have done nothing since the Sandy Hook shootings but spend countless amounts of time on minor issues that seem to consume all their time. The teachers through the superintendant refuse to answer e-mails or arrange face to face meetings. The school lacks leadership the district lacks a goal. They terminate good teachers and have forced the older teachers to retire the place is a mess and no end in sight. The old principal ruined a perfectly good school- the new principal to timid to lead.

  • (1 year ago)

    Goshen is a fine community and the school was outstanding years ago under the previous administration. The school has gone downhill recently. Parents are widely dissatisfied with the district's acting superintendent and GCS principal (who is leaving in July 2012). Parents are generally unhappy with the math program that was adopted in recent years. Region 6's math program does not teach traditional addition subtraction multiplication or division in grades 1 2 3 or 4. The math program (TERC Investigations) is radical and does not conform to state guidelines (Common Core State Standards). This puts me in a position of having to "home school" my kids in math. I'm dissatisfied with the uneven quality of teachers. Older teachers have been retiring. Newer teachers lack the perspective skill and experience to excel. My son recently had a young teacher who is not sufficiently sensitive to the classroom needs and learning styles of boys. The administration recently terminated a young untenured teacher whom many parents loved. GCS is a school in transition. It suffers from lack of well-seasoned leadership. It's not the worst place in the world but problems abound.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attended GCS and received a wonderful education. The teachers care a great deal about each individual student. And the there is a close relationship between the school and the parents which ensures a cooperative effrot for our kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our son has gone to GCS since Kindergarten and is now entering 6th grade. He has thoroughly enjoyed it. The teachers are highly skilled and take a great interest in the students abilities and needs. GCS is a small school about 200 students for a K-6 school! The principal knows each student by name siblings parents etc. There is a very active PTO who do alot for the student's enrichment programs.

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