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About This School

Putnam Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Putnam Valley Elementary School is Ms. Margaret Podesta, whose e-mail is mpodesta@pvcsd.org. 612 children attend Putnam Valley Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Putnam Valley Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 15% of the 612 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Putnam Valley Elementary School is 14:1. George Washington Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Field hockey
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 82%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.05%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 8%
Limited English proficiency 2% 1%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school that cares about their kids! The other children are very friendly as well. Our daughter was very uncertain about starting a new school after our move but came back from her first day so excited that should could not wait to go back. That was two years ago and she has loved it every day since!

  • (4 years ago)

    Every year my son comes home from his first day of school more and more excited about learning. PV Elementary has a strong focus on reading and has inspired my son to explore and learn more on his own.

  • (4 years ago)

    Putnam Valley education is extraordinary.As a parent I am very pleased with my children education.

  • (5 years ago)

    Uninspired to say the least. Pathetic after school programs. Teaching to the test to get a paycheck...period.

  • (6 years ago)

    The biggest problem with PV Elementary is that scholastic achievement is not encouraged. Students in the classroom who are disruptive aren't disciplined properly (and there are quite a few) and consequently others are quite distracted and resentful. Homework is sort of an afterthought and kids aren't academically oriented and encouraged. In addition..as a result of some of these outbursts and sometimes downright dangerous threats and behavioral issues on the part of other students some of my children have had their safety seriously compromised. The district takes a very 'politically correct' approach to discipline of students threatening physical danger. In addition to these facts the schools blind consistency of following the 'No child left behind Law' has resulted in many children being left behind academically

  • (6 years ago)

    We love your daughters school! They are very open and caring they reassure you about your childs progress. you can stop by anytime and not feel like you are intruding.. the teachers actually want you there to be apart of you childs learning experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    The biggest problem with PV Elementary is that scholastic achievement is not encouraged. Students in the classroom who are disruptive aren't disciplined properly (and there are quite a few) and consequently others are quite distracted and resentful. Homework is sort of an afterthought and kids aren't academically oriented and encouraged. In adition..as a result of some of these outbursts and sometimes downright dangerous threats and behavioral issues on the part of other students some of my children have had their safety seriously compromised. The district takes a very 'politically correct' approach to discipline of sutudents threatening physical danger and as a result It's made my kids in various age groups feel 'unsafe'There is a poor record with safety.

  • (7 years ago)

    Putnam Valley School District in general is trending positively. They have made some major improvements in curriculum & excurricular activities. They have one of the most active/involved PTA's greatly enhancing the school experience for the children. Additionally all children need to be challenged.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are disappointed with the education our children are receiving in PV. There seems to be a heavy emphasis on children with special needs and little attention paid to those who excel. Our chief complaint is that the expectations for all are just too low. While we have had some of the kindest teachers around there is a difference between kind and skilled. The principal has a hands off (almost aloof)approach. Building relationships does not seem to be part of her repertoire. The leadership on a district level has changed in the past few years as has the curriculum. At first the focus was on raising test scores then reading and writing curriculum mapping and now technology. Perhaps they should focus on one thing and get it right before jumping to another.

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