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About This School

Maurice W Downing Primary School is a public elementary school in Malverne. The principal of Maurice W Downing Primary School is MS. MARGARET MCDAID and can be contacted at mmcdaid@malverne.k12.ny.us. 366 children attend Maurice W Downing Primary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 12% of the Maurice W Downing Primary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 366 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Maurice W Downing Primary School is 11:1. Grace Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 45% 58%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 27% 19%
Hispanic 20% 17%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 30%
Limited English proficiency 12% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I think this school leaves a lot to be desired re it's Special Education program. The overall performance/behaviors of the paras therapists psychologists the principal & especially the district chairperson (Ms. Martini) is mediocre; at best. The SE teachers do however have their hearts in the right place & try. It's just not enough. It upsets me tremendously to be stuck in this school & I will try my best to get out ASAP.

  • (5 months ago)

    Maurice W. Downing has a wonderful learning environment. The teachers are caring and truly dedicated to each child as an individual. The school atmosphere is inviting and all of the children and staff are happy. It's an excellent school. My children made many good friends there and have always had great teachers. There's a terrific after school program available which is very convenient. If you're trying to make a choice for your own child consider MWDowning. My family is happy we did.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter started kindergarten this school year and I am extremely happy with her progress. Their workshops also help build children's confidence. I take my daughter to MAC ( Malverne aftercare ) that is a big help since I am a working mom. Excellent teachers and a great principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son has been attending since kindergarten and we have been very pleased with his progress. Especially the attention he has received when needed. The teachers are wonderful and well prepared. Sending him to Downing has been one of the best decisions we have made. th the bestr decision we have made

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have been in Downing for four years and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the education they are receiving. The school has an outstanding staff of truly committed and gifted teachers. Class size is very small and there is also a great feeling of community in this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    After only 4 short months I am certain I made the right decision for my son. I did extensive research on this school district as a whole as well as parochial schools in the area. The teachers are at the top of their game as evidenced by Malverne District 12 having the NY State Teacher of the Year teaching in our middle school. The administration including the Superintendent Deputy Super and all 4 building principles are committed to the students and having each and every one of them perform academically to the best of their abilities. There is a wonderful mix of culture. This exposure will help insure we raise a well rounded respectful young man. The level of instruction can not be compared to private schools in the area at the elementary level. I look forward to a long productive relationship with this school and it's district.

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent school! The special education program is the best support system I have ever received for my child education. Teachers staff information location and condition of the school is way above the average.

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