How can I find a safe elementary school in the Amsterdam, NY school district?

I heard there are a lot of racial issues and gun and knife fights at the Amsterdam school district. I've also heard theres a lot of bullying. I have an 8-year-old son and will NOT tolerate this behavior. We are looking at moving to Hagaman but not if the school has a high percentage of violence and low percentage of graduates.

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Michael Schoch, Noodle Intern

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This is a great question that makes a lot of sense to ask before enrolling your son in a new school. I did some research on the elementary schools in Amsterdam, NY and came up with some figures for three in the district.

William H Barkley Microsociety is a public elementary school for grades PK through 5. It has an Educational Quality rating of 73 out of 100 and a Climate (or general happiness and social comfort) rating of 74. Its Noodle page reports that there were 7 incidents of bullying last year, which equals .0196 incidents per student.

Marie Curie Institute of Engineering and Communications is a school for grades K through 5. It's Educational Quality rating is 70 out of 100 and its Climate rating is 72 out of 100. The school had 19 incidents of bullying last year, which equals .0421 incidents per student.

Lastly, Raphael J McNulty Academy for International Studies and Literacy is an elementary school for grades PK through 5. It has an Educational Quality rating of 68 and a Climate rating of 72. Its Noodle page reports 9 incidents of bullying last year, which comes out to .02 incidents per student.

Since you mentioned your concern about graduate percentages in your question, I looked up the graduation rate for Amsterdam High School and found that it's 63%. Additionally, of a Freshman class of 303, 63 students transferred or otherwise left the school by their senior year. It's important to keep in mind that there are a variety of potential circumstances that affect these numbers.

After searching online, I found a few sites that reported on the general crime rate in the Amsterdam, NY area. Homefacts, usa.com, and city-data.com all state that Amsterdam, NY has very low crime rating compared to the rest of the nation. Homefacts.com reports that its schools scored a grade of C for overall education quality, which is inline with the Noodle scores.

I realize none of these figures definitively answer your question. Deciding the pros and cons of a particular school district is a highly personal decision that each family makes according to different factors. The numbers mentioned above are offered as a way for you to measure the school against your own expectations. Hopefully this helps you make an informed decision. Best of luck!

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