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P.S. 234

Public | PK-5 | 646 students

 

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Posted April 15, 2014

I love school ps234 this school is care about the personal keys should every one have to be better person as much as the education they give to every child they help you raise your child as a really strong ,kind and respectful kids .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

I love school PS 234!I have son and two my girls there going to school PS 234 .Very good school I like .Very nice and friendly teacher 's there help a lot to my kids and my kids learning late.I switch the school from PS171 to school PS 234 and I'm glad what I didn't .I am so happy and want this more important my kids is happy at School PS 234 .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I have three children of which one remains in 234. My second one just graduated from there. We are lucky to be zoned for this school. The school is well run. From the principal to the office people to security to the teachers, everyone is always trying to help the children in every way possible. There are always special family nights and the staff volunteers. The kids are given a lot of practice so they can do good on their tests. Teachers work hard to get their students to do better. The administration is always buying the newest things for the teachers to teach and for the kids to work with. Thank you 234 for helping my children so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

I love this school for my son Im so glad I choose this school. He loves it here and the school staff is sooooooo friendly. The teaching and the kids learning is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

My son love his teacher Miss Teodoratos. ,he is in special education he made such a great progress .The O.T.,P.T.,S.T. they all work together ,we see Miss Pallos everyday she know all the student by name .We are happy to be part of P.S. 234 ,GREAT SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Great school, amazing building, very nice teachers and staff. The parent coordinator is helpful and organized. The Counselor is one of a kind person, really caring, really sweet and dedicated to the children she sees. There is a sense of "home" inside the school, where everyone feels as if they are really a part of a family. I would suggest that the parents work deeper in getting themselves more involved with the school. There is always room for improvement, but i am happy that my child has had these people in her life, after having such a hard time with violent behavior in another school. At PS 234 violence is not accepted at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

Ps 234 is trully excellent! starting with their leadership. The principal and Asst. Principals are very professional and care first and foremost about the students and their teachers. Scores go up every year because of these professionals. Mayor Bloomberg has nothing to do with that. Keep It Up 234 you're awesome!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

When my son attended PS234 it was the best thing for him. It is an amazing school, amazing Teachers , Mrs. Fauerstein is the best Asst. Principal ever. I have never seen such a wonderful group of people who care so much and treat all of the children as if they were there own. They worked with me all the time no matter what and that was very important to me... It is such a great feeling to know that your child will suceed, get the best education and have a great school year and have fun at the same time. For the first time in 9 years my son Loves school and cant stop saying how much he misses school. Thank you all for the best school year , keep up the great work and we miss you very much! =)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

Both of my children attended school at PS 234. My son attend school from the day they open for the first time in 2004 until 2008. The teachers are great and Ms. Pallos the princinpal is great. The school is big and eventhough they don't wear uniforms I love how everything is handle. I really miss my children going there. Everything was more organize.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

My son went to this school. Was the public best school he could go. He learn english as a second language in 6 months, and became the best student of the year in one year. Thanks to all of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

Great leadership, great students, wonderful parents, a supportive faculty of teachers who strive for excellence and an attractive school which constantly displays the creativity of its students with pride. What more can you ask for?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2008

P.S. 234Q is a home that houses over 700 children per day. In the four years since we have been opened our doors, not only have our test scores risen to new heights, but so have our administrators. Having left another school in the district to join the staff at P.S. 234Q, I am honored and lucky to be part of this family. Mrs. Pallos along with her three assistant prinicipals make it their business to love and care for every one of their students as well as their staff. I have become a better teacher, through the guidance of these four amazing women. Our job is to make sure that our students learn and we go above and beyond our call of duty. Mrs. Pallos you are an amazing leader who helps guide those around you, I am truly grateful to be part of this amazing school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 30, 2008

Bravo P.S.234 for its achievements in four short years! It is to be commended for its concern for the children, their parents and the community. there is an administration and faculty of new and seasoned personnel who, through their interactions and cooperation, work together for the benefit of all children. The academic and artistic programs instituted by the administration as well as complyhing to the Dept. of Ed. regulations, seek to and do address the numerous needs of all students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2008

The Principal is a devoted caring professional. The children always come first. I have witnessed Mrs. Pallos s compassion and genuine concern for the children. I have seen Mrs. Pallos console a crying child, calm a troubled child, and ease parents concerns. To the staff her guidance and instruction is right on the mark.


Posted January 16, 2008

My child goes to this school and I have complete confidence in the current leadership. The environment explicits good discipline and tight controls. Teachers are hardworking and very interactive. Although I am an immirant as well but I never had any issues . As far my feedback is concerned, I foresee my child's bright tomorrow in the prevailing setup.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

This is a fairly new school and parents might get the impression that this is a good school. My experience with staff and teachers has been very interesting. The teachers are fairly young and are manipulated, they would not make a move until administration says so, so the teachers are not on the side of the students in anyway. The principal has a handful of staff that acts like her sidekicks. Their attitude is not appropriate for a school environment. Diversity is not welcomed in this school. However, the reality is that there exists a large population of immigrants in this school and language at times might be a problem, this school does not in anyway work with these parents. This school is springs to action very quickly in an attempt to label certain children. And they are adamant about it. There is plenty of talking down to students and parents alike. This is a small school and has a lot of potential to be a great school but with a different principal and staff. This school is in desperate need of a principal who has an open mind and posse s people skills and most importantly a heart for the well being of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

My son completed pre-k at PS 234 last June and his transition to kindergarten was very smooth. He is sounding out words, learning to write, adding numbers and being creative. The homeworks are short, fun and consistent as they should be at this grade. Each day of the week rotates through at least one additional class of music, computers, library, art or gym. He loves his teacher and looks forward to school in the morning. PS 234 offers many workshops to parents to help themselves and their children. There is an impressive mix of ethnic backgrounds & nationalities enrolled, and an even more impressive effort by the staff to open lines of communication with parents. PS 234 is providing my children with a solid educational foundation, more so if I stay involved. Good luck & RELAX...if you are researching here, then you care, & they will be ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

My son is in Kindergarten, and I really am impressed with how much he has learned. The arts are stressed, and the academic standards are high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

Very unimpressed. The leadership is poor and there were several violent discipline problems.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 23%
White 26% 48%
Asian 19% 9%
Black 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 516 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents48695%
Teachers3071%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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30-15 29th St
Astoria, NY 11102
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