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Van Wyck Junior High School

Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Public
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  • Grades 7-8
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  • Enrollment: 923


Van Wyck Junior High School
6 Hillside Lake Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 227-1700
Van Wyck Junior High School is located in Wappingers Falls, NY and serves grades 7-8.It received a GreatSchool rating of 5 out of 10
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Reviews9 Reviews

I am totally unimpressed with this school. It's overcrowded and the teachers don't appear to know how to handle kids' behavior problems. It has gone from a school "to watch" to a school "to watch out for." There is a system of pass-the-buck when a parent inquires about their child; you are told to contact the 6th or 7th grade principal, you get the secretary who directs you to the social worker who directs you to the psychologist who NEVER calls you back. You then call the guidance department thinking you might get some help there but then find out that "guidance" is another name for "leave us the name of the child absent and we will get them their homework assignments." My son was supposed to switch from orchestra to chorus. I told the 6th grade secretary before school started who said she would take care of it. Then I was told to write a letter which I did. My son is still not in chorus and tomorrow is the 1st of October. The social worker is the only person on the ball in this school!
As a student, this school could be described as mediocre. It is overcrowded(in my experiences I have not had a class under 30 kids),nothing is done about the way too often physical fights, and the students' negligible grades. Although some teachers really do care, others just clearly do not.I seriously would recommend that if you are zoned for this school and have money to spare, that you send your children to a private school.
2nd year, not very hopeful. Extremely crowded, PTA not useful at all (poor attendance there), academic materials leave much to be desired. Complaints about lackadaisical discipline of bullies goes unheeded, classes are chaotic, students have difficulty moving from one class to another and getting there on time. Good students who do what they are supposed to do are penalized along with the bullies, or their coping difficulties are brushed aside as part of adolescent experience. Agree with the student regarding course content - there are sixth graders from catholic schools who are way ahead of these kids. Not the teachers' fault - it's the district, and lack of space - a problem for many years.
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