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Holmes School is a public elementary school in Mount Vernon. The principal of Holmes School is MS. CAROL QUINONES-SMITH and can be contacted at 360 students go to Holmes School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 16% of the Holmes School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 360 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Holmes School is 13:1. Traphagen School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 84% 78%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.09%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 60%
Limited English proficiency 16% 8%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This school was previously rated very effective by parents. Currently this school is going downhill. The new principal is not responsive to student's needs and does not address parent's concerns. The teaching practices focus more on giving students busy work rather than challenging their intellect. Students are allowed to curse and bully others without any consequence. Furthermore there is a lack of supervision during recess. Students fight in the playground and those supervising place very little effort to prevent or stop the altercations. Also beware of addressing concerns with the administrative team because they will retaliate against your children. The leadership and practices within this school is simply a disgrace for the Mount Vernon community.

  • (3 years ago)

    I must say the principal teachers school safety officer and staff have a remarkable commitment to the students. Our principal has a strong leadership skill and determines to have all his students challenge themselves academically. I am so grateful all their hard work. I m also extremely proud of the PTA and can t wait for the new school year.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter transferred schools in October 2008 from a public school in the Bronx to Holmes School. I have to say how impressed I am with the standards practiced at Holmes. At first I was concerned because Holmes is not recognized as being a "Blue Ribbon" school. I've come to learn that Holmes school exceeds the standards of "Blue Ribbon". In just one month of being at Holmes my daughter was reading with ease and understanding the words she was reading. The 1st grade teacher pushed my daughter to reach her potential and with hard work my daughter reached and exceeded her potential. She's now in 2nd grade and doing wonderful in school. I highly recommend this school. It's not over crowded and each child gets the attention they require.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the better schools in the district. Many child friendly teachers great principal. I truly felt that my child was in an envirnonment that taught him to be responsible and caring to others.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter just completed k. at holmes school and she had an outstanding experience my husband and i were so pleased with the teacher parent communication the love dedication and respect we recieved was so well recieved. we thank the holmes school for a great year and look forward to many more great yeas. We really appreciate the principal his views his vision and his ideas around education and parent involvement make a huge difference. leadership is greatly important and from there it filters down to the teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    Holmes school stands out in Mount Vernon largely in part to the excellent leadership of its principal and the dedication of its teaching staff. Holmes is innovative and includes the arts as a large part of the learning process. The Music teacher at Holmes along with children in the Holmes School Chorus put on a fantastic theatrical production each year. What other elementary school in Mt. Vernon is that creative. My niece is now in the fourth grade and excels at Holmes school. Parent involvement is high and this also lends to the schools success

  • (8 years ago)

    Good pre-K program. Highly recommended. Strong principal and assistant principal.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love Holmes School. My son is going to 4th grade and he has excelled in his academics (honor roll student). I know that his teachers care and that the principle takes intrest in easch and every student.

  • (9 years ago)

    The availability and assortment of extracurricular activities could be much better.Some of the teachers are impersonable. Few teachers care and are excellent individuals. The quality of academic programs could be way better and way more competitive with others schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    this is a well run school -- mount vernon does not have many extracurricular activities in their school district but the level of parent involvement in the Holmes School and the great leadership of thier principal makes this school one of the best elementary schools in the district.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a great school. The principal is a great leader. Keep up the good work.

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