PIERRE VAN CORTLANDT SCHOOL

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3 GLEN PL
CROTON ON HUDSON, NY 10520
Phone: 914-271-2191
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Croton-harmon Union Free School District
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 137.5
  • Number Students: 550
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 11619
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Barbara Ulm
  • 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 2012-06-24
    "PVC is a terrific school if you have a child who is above average as a student or an average learner. It may be great for struggling learners, too, but I don't have any direct experience with this. This year, the school featured wonderful learning oppostunities in math, science and literacy, and compared quite favorable to the "gifted programs" in Manhattan. The students seem happy and the small size of the district really gives everyone a tailored learning experience. We also enjoyed the FRE afterschool program that included chess, lego robotics, math olympiad, theatre and art. The school day music program allows the children to take two instruments or chorus for free."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-24
    "As a parent with two children at PVC I give the school an average rating for a number of reasons, mainly because I think they have the potential to do much better than they are doing. The school is in a small district, only 3 schools total, and has been very fiscally responsible which is great. The facilities are pretty good and the administration runs a tight ship. The kids are fairly diverse and have a lot to offer. The only program that I would consider exceptional is their music program otherwise they provide a solid average education in a supportive, caring environment. I think their biggest problem stems from a lack of a unifying vision for the district as a whole. Too many competing forces, pushy parents, state mandates, teacher unions are all pulling at the administration and the result is mediocrity. Consistency is spotty throughout the district in curriculum and teaching. There are no mechanisms built into the system to enrich higher achieving kids and stretch them, you have to rely on individual teachers most of whom I've found are satisfied when their students achieve proficiency. In general it's a solid learning environment but certainly not an exceptional one."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-27
    "I think that PVC is pretty good compared to other schools i have seen. PVC has a BIG issue with helicopter parents who are under the impression that their kid is a prodigy. Not only do many parents think that, they take action about it too. If a parent on the school board has a kid doing lots of athletics, guess what? Athletics spending goes up while academics spending goes down, as it has a lot recently. This really irritates me about PVC. Why are after school sports valued higher than extra curricular activities like Math Olympiad, Destination Imagination, yearbook club, etc.? Everyday we always hear about how various extra curricular activities are scraping for money with bake sales and fundraisers while the football team just got thousands of dollars of equipment. Can we fund things that actually mean something on a college application? The problem is the parents, not the teachers."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-07
    "For all those people who think that this isn't a good school is completely wrong. Before I went to PVC i went to a different district and the curriculum here is much better along with the teachers. If anything I would say that there is too much parent involvement because their kids do something wrong, and their child could never do ANYTHING wrong."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2006-02-07
    "Teachers don't return calls and are gone at 3 pm exactly, progress reports come too late (at end of reporting period), classes are too large, and insufficient attention is paid to kids who need organizational help and learning assistance. It's fine if the student is self-motivated, but if not, the staff is ill-equipped to deal with it. Also, lack of late busses interferes with extra-curricular involvement when children don't live within walking distance of school and both parents work. Disgraceful inability to prioritize by Board of Education. High taxes and little to show for it. Very mixed staff abilitites. A few are great, most are merely ok, a some are downright poor."
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