School Details

Farnsworth Middle School

6072 State Farm Road, Guilderland, NY 12084
(518) 456-6010
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1128 students 11 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

38%
38%
29%
66%
65%
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
  • Guilderland Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
44%
29%
59%
59%
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
  • Guilderland Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
56%
36%
30%
30%
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
  • Guilderland Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Farnsworth Middle School is a public middle school in Guilderland. The principal of Farnsworth Middle School is PRINCIPAL - MR. MICHAEL LASTER and can be contacted at summermatterm@guilderlandschools.org. 1,128 students go to Farnsworth Middle School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Farnsworth Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 8% of the 1,128 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Farnsworth Middle School is 11:1. The Bethlehem Childrens School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 8%
Limited English proficiency 1% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Farnsworth is an AMAZING school! To start the teachers are cool and fun and engaging! Secondly The school tries so hard to make you feel comfortable and fit in with other school members. Lastly here's the truth... even though the students and teachers are great the establishment isn't. The building is falling apart with no reno. or upgrades since 2005 when they added a new section to the school (seneca); which leaves all of the other sections dwindiling on their last thread since they are 30 years older than seneca. Litteraly there isn't any proper heating inside the classrooms which makes it freezing during the winter. And there isn't any AC during the spring/summer. If they want to keep the building standing they better make some reno with the taxes we give them. Another thing to note. At farnsworth it's if it isn't broken don't fix it. Almost everything in the school that is broken or in need of repair gets duct-taped back up or sugar coated with new paint which usually falls off after a couple days. Besides that the fun and engaging staff members provide a solid experience for new or existing students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Generally good test scores here but having been there for three years and now in high school i feel entitled to say my first year was quite uncomfortable. Not much offered here to individualize to fit the needs of the student. Only special needs students get special attention. Otherwise classes are quite general and class sizes are growing exponentially. Guilderland though they have great schools now don't know what to do with their money and no longer care about the student. They change schedules and arrangements for the worse and try to make it sound better to appeal to voters. Unfortunately the residents of Guilderland are as greedy as the members of the school board and throw money only at what is best presented to them. It's about time they face the ugly truth that Guilderland won't be able to uphold a standard of excelence if they can't stay financially afloat.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a 6th grader in FMS and I LOVE IT. Although i do have one reccomendation. I happen to be *hehe* one of the most gifted students in hiawatha. i am sad to say there is only one enrichment teacher for the 200+ gifted students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Farnsworth is an awesome school. I am in sixth grade there. The teachers are soooo nice. This is the best school ever. Why do you think it got a 9 out of 10 rating?

  • (8 years ago)

    Farnsworth is a wonderful middle school mainly because of the extraordinary teachers and staff members. They truly care about children and go above and beyond to ensure their success!

  • (8 years ago)

    I find that Farnsworth Middle School has the greatest teachers who have formed strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. My child has encountered greatest teachers that are warm accessible enthusiastic and caring at FMS. The teachers at FMS have these qualities that have stayed after school and made themselves available to the students and the parent who need them. They are involved in school-wide committees and activities and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I do agree the special ed program is better than that of the enrichment. Stupid? Than this is the school for you!

  • (9 years ago)

    A wonderful school although not accomidating enough for gifted and advanced children. Most extras in Special Education not enrichment

  • (9 years ago)

    I taught there as a substitute teacher and found the teaching staff and academic programs to be exceptional.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is the best school...i am one of the students and i love it there everyone makes you feel welcome! Even though i got a 'D' in science it means that they work you hard! The school should have a billion gold stars!

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