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About This School

Duryea Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Duryea Elementary School is Ms Deborah Harbin and can be contacted at 1,103 children attend Duryea Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 34% of the Duryea Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 64% of the 1,103 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 73% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Duryea Elementary School is 16:1. Walker Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 58% 38%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 9%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 37%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 41%
Limited English proficiency 34% 17%
Economically disadvantaged 64% 36%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    To say we are unsatisfied with this school is putting it lightly. Our son went from straight A's to failing the entire grade when we moved to this school. The open concept is VERY damaging to a child's education and that is a professional opinion. I have spoken to a large number of people in our neighborhood and they all have had problems with this school and have the same complaints that we have. We will be moving immediately to a better school zone. Everyone speaks Spanish or acts like they are from the ghetto. Do NOT move to this school zone its not worth it.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter 1st year at Duryea was last year. I'm not impressed and I feel that the majority demographic is catered to at this school. There isn't a lot of parent involvement becuase they advertise that Thursday is the day for volunteers. This is a turnoff for any parent that can volunteer any other time except the requested Thursday. The classrooms still seem to be a bit overcrowded especially for the tiny classroom setup they have. I recently noticed the campus goals on the website and it's all a lie especially the goal about hands on science. My daughter loves science and she was very disappointed last year. Deep Reading/Compelling Writing Student Safety/Positive Behavior Strong Problem Solving Hands On Science Integrated Technology/Engaging Instruction Higher Level Thinking Parent Involvement None of this is going on at Duryea.

  • (2 years ago)

    Unfortunately there is very little parent-school communication. Teachers seems great but PTO was non-existent very few to none activities. Wish we could move back to Walker where the principal was very involved and the school had numerous activities parental involvement and the education provided was exceptional. When asked about school activities school uses the excuse that parents are not involved however I went a whole year without ever being asked for anything and I gave over 50 hours of volunteer time to the middle school last year so I'm sure I would have found time for the elementary school and work my full time job as well.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children moved from Jowell to Duryea and the first year I was far more satisfied than I had been for the 3 years at Jowell combined. The teachers are very personable and take time to communicate with notes or calls. The nurse calls just to say if your child is not ill but came in the principal is VERY involved and willing to address any issues that may occur. The school participates in various fundraising activities and the money is used towards purchases that are visible and needed. The school is clean and has a great system of security. I love Duryea and think it will continue to flourish in the next few years.

  • (8 years ago)

    My 2 children attended Duryea for 2 years until they were rezoned. I really like Mrs Harbin the principle because she is one of the most caring and involved principles I have met. You can always count on her to show up in any events even during chuck e cheese or skate night. She cares about her students in every way. The PTO also did a great job in fundraising. Just within a year we got a shade for the playground. I disagreed on the other parents about the school not hving much extracurriculum. The problem this school has is overcrowding having 1600 students!! I would understand it would be hard to actually accomodate everyone in any extracurriculum not to mention normal activities. Let's be more understanding and patient. It will be a great school under Mrs Harbin leadership. We were so sad we had to leave Duryea.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love this school. The staff are very organized and helpful. I especially love the teachers. I feel that they need more activities at this school. There are lots of parents that are involved. I am one of them. Whenever I can I volunteer.

  • (8 years ago)

    The Pre-K program is wonderful. It is a school that cares about the students. As soon as an overcrowding issue was identified they did not hesitate to create another class. In addition they push the kids to excel.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had children there since the school opened last year and I particulary do not like the administration much. Some of the teachers are great but you have to do your research. I don't like the fact that they schedule parent nights in the morning or at noon which makes it very hard for working parents. They lack essential materials for learning like books which are extremely important. I had to joing a website in order to get books for my first grader to read at his appropriate level because the school 'doesn't have any for them to take home' which I find very dissapointing. I am a teacher myself and can't see how a school funcitons without books for the children. If I could I would transfer my children to another school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers are great and really seem to care about the development of all the children. The school hides behind the fact that they are brand new and therefore there are so few events and extra activities to excite them about learning and exploring. Otherwise nice and clean and well organized... but could use some improvements when children need a little extra help!

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is a Kindergartner at Duryea. I like it so far; except the fact that they do not have a variety of extra curricular activities for the kids to participate in...i would like to see more technology integrated into the school.

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