Ellenville Middle School

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Ellenville Middle School
Ellenville Middle School.jpg
School front entrance in 2007
28 Maple Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°43′06″N 74°23′18″W / 41.71833°N 74.38833°W / 41.71833; -74.38833Coordinates: 41°43′06″N 74°23′18″W / 41.71833°N 74.38833°W / 41.71833; -74.38833
School typePublic, Middle school
School districtEllenville Central School District
PrincipalAngela Urbina
Number of students542[1]
 • Grade 6124[1]
 • Grade 7144[1]
 • Grade 8140[1]
Average class size17
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Campus typesmall town
Communities servedEllenville, Cragsmoor, Town of Wawarsing

Ellenville Middle School educates students in grades 6 through 8 in the Ellenville Central School District, based in Ellenville, New York, United States and serving that village and much of the surrounding town of Wawarsing, including Cragsmoor. It is located between the district's elementary and high schools behind the district offices off Maple Street in the village.

Like the other two buildings, it was rebuilt in 1996. A 69,500-square foot (6,255 m²) addition was built at that time.[2] It is connected to the high school via an enclosed walkway from the southwestern corner.

All students in the school are assigned to one of three "academies" within it, for all grades: Lincoln,[3] Jefferson[4] or Washington.[5] In 2002, the school experimented with a partial return to single-sex education, offering some subjects in all-male or all-female classes, an experiment which the principal supported as it had, he believed, worked well when it had been done in the nearby Liberty school district. Parents had the opportunity to opt their children out, but only 15-20% did so.[6] The three-year[7] pilot program was ended in 2005, although the district claimed it had seen improvements in attendance and discipline during the first year.[8] In 2003, the school was classified as a "School in Need of Improvement" under the U.S. No Child Left Behind Act due to an insufficient number of students taking the state's eighth-grade English Language Arts and math tests.[9] which the principal blamed on student absences on test days. A year later the school had sufficiently improved,[10] but in 2007 it again fell short.[11]

That year the school also began a joint program with The Nature Conservancy, which manages the nearby Sam's Point Preserve along the nearby Shawangunk Ridge near Cragsmoor. Part of a movement called "place-based education", it uses the natural resources of the preserve to help students learn not only math and science skills but also area history.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e "2005-06 New York State School Report Card, Accountability and Overview Information for Ellenville Middle School" (PDF). (520 KiB)
  2. ^ "ACCI-CM client: Ellenville Central School District". Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  3. ^ "Middle School Lincoln Academy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  4. ^ "Middle School Jefferson Academy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  5. ^ "Washington Academy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  6. ^ Lenzer, Jeanne (October 2003). "Boys and Girls Alone: An Investigation into Single-Sex Public Schools". Chronogram. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. ...parents can 'opt out' if they want their children in co-ed classes. Only 15 to 20 percent did.
  7. ^ "You'd better keep 'em separated". Christian Science Monitor. October 27, 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  8. ^ Masterson, Teresa (June 22, 2003). "Single-sex classes earn high marks in Ellenville". Daily Freeman. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  9. ^ Masterson, Teresa (September 10, 2003). "Ellenville, Germantown fail federal test". Daily Freeman. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  10. ^ Earley, Steve (September 14, 2005). "Eight local schools classified as underperforming". Daily Freeman. Retrieved 2007-09-14. Removed from the state list this year was Ellenville Middle School, which had been cited for subgroup and participation shortfalls in eight-grade English ... The state now makes exceptions for students who miss tests because they are ill, which is why he said the school missed the quota.
  11. ^ Brooks, Paul (December 21, 2007). "4 more schools fail to meet fed standards". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  12. ^ Lee, Cara; Debi Duke (November 18, 2007). "Connecting kids and nature". Poughkeepsie Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2007-12-24.

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