School Details

Valley Cottage School

26 Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY 10989
(845) 353-7280
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 432 students 13 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

25%
32%
32%
38%
45%
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
  • Nyack Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
45%
33%
43%
45%
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
  • Nyack Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

26%
29%
30%
47%
51%
40%

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
  • Nyack Union Free School District average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Valley Cottage School is a public elementary school in Valley Cottage. The principal of Valley Cottage School is PRINCIPAL - MS. GINA CAPPIELLO, who can be contacted at gcappiello@nyackschools.com. 432 children attend Valley Cottage School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 8% of the Valley Cottage School students have "limited English proficiency." 28% of the 432 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Valley Cottage School is 13:1. St Paul School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 47% 54%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 24%
Hispanic 20% 13%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 26%
Limited English proficiency 8% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    A true family with many different races religions and cultures. I feel blessed that we are raising our children in a school where differences are the norm. Where celebrating those differences is encouraged. The school is lead by a wonderful charismatic Principal who leads with grace and respect for every individual. Very happy with the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Both my children graduated from VCE and were more than prepared for Nyack Middle School and now Nyack High school both socially and academically. The staff and administration genuinely care about the kids and their education. I can't imagine a better place to be a kid. Like another parent said some of the discipline tactics are a bit too traditional for me.. I have lived in this area for 6 years and would highly recommend the Nyack School District a very racially ethnically and economically diverse place with lots of opportunities for all. I am a real estate associate broker and have moved many families into the area so if you have any questions feel free to email me!

  • (7 years ago)

    Great emphasis on building solid reading and social skills. Has a Spanish program which teaches children a foreign language starting at Grade 1. Active PTA program.

  • (8 years ago)

    The VC Elementary School has been great for my son. We are very happy he loves the school and the teachers principal etc. and gets involved in what he can. The principal makes sure she knows all the kids and gives all words of encouragement etc. The academic programs are first rate and all the extracurricular activities are readily available and have the most wonderful teachers running the programs. All of the teachers we have met (my sons teachers and from other grades and programs) have been wonderful and always available to talk to and encourage us to be involved and our son to always do the best he can and know that as long as he does that he is 'ahead of the game'. I would recommend this school to anyone who is in our area and has children ready for school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academically the literacy programs at this school are excellent. Children with advanced skills are recognised and challenged. The arts program is also wonderful. Mrs. Mahan is turning out little Picassos like mad! Parent involvement is high. Overall I have been very happy with my daughter's education. I think the school needs improving in the area of discipline although some parents find the strictness a good thing. I would prefer to see a kinder approach in some instances and this is also my daughter's only complaint.I am very happy we chose this area and would recommend Nyack schools highly.

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