School Details

Forest Park Elementary School

100 Forest Drive, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 869-3006
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 315 students 11 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

44%
40%
32%
49%
52%
42%

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
  • South Colonie Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

21%
34%
33%
44%
52%
43%

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
  • South Colonie Central School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Forest Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Colonie. The principal of Forest Park Elementary School is PRINCIPAL - MS. JILL PENN and can be contacted at jill.penn@southcolonie.k12.ny.us. 315 students go to Forest Park Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the Forest Park Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 315 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Forest Park Elementary School is 11:1. Saddlewood Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% %
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
Hispanic 5% %
Multiracial 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 20%
Limited English proficiency 8% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I currently have two children at Forest Park School. The teachers and staff are great. I wish there was just a little bit more effort to get the parents involved in the school activities though. Sometimes it feels as though your not wanted there. Example Unable to bring birthday cupcakes directly to the child's classroom. Instead the parents have to leave the goodies at the front desk. I'm sure security would be their reason however when you are a familiar face to everyone there I don't see why it's a problem.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's in my neighborhood it's friendly and neat and it's where I vote!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Forest Park because it is a small school and every kid matters. Kids do not get 'lost in the shuffle' like they do a bigger schools. Everyone at Forest Park from the principal to the custodian cares about the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers! Great Principal! Awesome kids!

  • (5 years ago)

    Because I don't have to fight my daughter to go to school everyday! She wants to go which says alot of the faculty and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandson went to Forest Park. He is now in 8th grade and I feel he got an excellent start in his education at Forest Park. The school promotes 'no bullying' good manners and being considerate of others. My son also went there in the 1980's...I loved it then and love it now!

  • (5 years ago)

    Because my grandson go's there and enjoys school. The teachers are great!

  • (5 years ago)

    My 7 yr old goes there and its such a wonderful school the teachers and principle are all on the same page they love the children.They are also the only elementary school in the district that specializes in special needs children kids from all over the area get bused there if they have a very special need.My son loves it there and has learned so much and has made some very good friends.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the school and I think the teachers have a lot on their plates and do a fantastic job with the kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    Forest Park is a great school. I have two children that have passed through its doors.To ensure a good education be active the teachers can only do so much.

  • (6 years ago)

    We are deeply disappointed in this school. The current principal is awful especially if there are problems that arise. There is not much encouragement from the staff to form friendships between the children and parents are not welcome to participate as much as they should be. This school needs serious attention and changes need to be made.

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