BIRCH SCHOOL

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2400 CENTRAL PKWY
MERRICK, NY 11566
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Phone: 516-992-7250
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Merrick Union Free School District
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 75
  • Number Students: 525
  • Number Teachers: 72
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 18676
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 400
  • Principal: Ms Kerri Galante
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (8 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (7 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-02
    "I like the principal here but agree about the turnover in merrick schools. The problem w this principal is she doesn't tell the truth, I don't believe she means to degrade. She will never say a bad word about anyone or anything there. It's highly unionized with enormous salaries and they all protect each others turf. The director of pupil services is atrocious as is the new asst superintendent and superintendent. They are not at all compassionate or for the kids. They act like they have no power, all of them. I'm sorry I moved from north shore. No gifted program for young kids. Adopted horrid common core standards. Worst special ed program. Kids learn zip. They slap babysitting aides on the kids who do more harm than good. I have seen them be totally neglectful or overbearing, little in between. They don't like to integrate because then teachers have to work. So they offer self contained or slower class, both abysmal choices. Also school is so old and they put no money into its renovation. It's quite ugly. Playground is cheap. They sign forms to stop bullying but in reality do almost nothing. I think that's hard for any school but this place was not warm"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-25
    "The administration in this school has a lot to be desired. It has changed hands more often than not in the last few years. The principal is not professional and maintains a stale smile the entire time she degrades your dilemma. She has had two assistant principals within the last two years. This is not by mistake, as she has the inability to be compassionate toward her students and parents and her staff dislike her very much. The class breakdown on inclusion students to regular education students is not balanced. Security in this school is lax. They teach to the test which is for the teachers not the students. Wishing I never moved here. The teachers seem overwhelmed with the testing, and with the class make up. It is a very stress filled environment for the children and the teachers."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-07-23
    "can't recommend the special ed program here. Teacher is underqualified and is not good with kids. Very few options for kids in special ed, the district has in place what is has and they do not budge."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-09-09
    "I am a teacher as well as a Birch parent, and Birch is an outstanding school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-09-22
    "Awsome school.Teachers are very devoted to the kids"
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