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Ps 159

Public | PK-5 | 535 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

My daughter attends this school and I have nothing but good things to say about this school! Blue Ribbon school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

the best in the district. Grandchild is a fifth grader and I know she and her family will feel badly when graduation day arrives. Mr. DiDio is a great leader!


Posted March 8, 2014

The staff are kind and pleasant and there are some excellent teachers, especially in the lower grades (PK-1). But the school itself is overly reliant on test prep beginning in the testing grades , and really suffers when it comes to helping special needs students succeed. The PTA meetings are well- attended, but the principal dismisses most parent suggestions .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

From a student that attended P.S. 159 until 1959, it was a great school then but my opinion of the way it is now would not be accurate.


Posted August 1, 2010

I had several kids who went to this school. There are some truly excellent teachers ... but also an exceptionally bad teacher. The leadership at the school is stoic and dismissive. They had an after school "enrichment" program which was a thinly veiled disguise for unstructured daycare. I didn't really feel welcome nor unwelcome at the school. Overall, your child's homeroom teacher is THE most important factor. if this teacher is good then you will be happy to be there. But if not ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

This is a wonderful school. My son is in third grade and he loves it and thrives in the school. They have guitar, computerc as well as all the regular classes. They also offer enrichment during school and after school. Parents are very welcome in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

We just came from another country and this school is the one nearest my house. As a new student who came from another country, my son is doing his best to adjust but it seems that his teacher doesn't give him consideration. As a parent, I am worried because in my country, my son has been performing well in school and he has always been an honor student. But the teacher he has now in this school keeps on giving negative feedbacks about my son. Why can't she give my son enough time to adjust ? The other staff who have dealt with my son give positive comments about him except her. I am thinking of pulling him out of this school..On the other hand, I am commending Mrs. Zucker for being very accomodating as well as Mrs. Brevis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

My son is just finished the K and going to first grade this September. When I first put him at this school I was worried so much and scared for him he might not get use for the new school. But as time went by. I put 100% of trust to this school. It is so safe and people are so nice. And most important my son is studying very well and got a very good report from school and also state test
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

The teachers are very strict. The school is very safe, the staff very caring and accomodative. My son loves going to school. The teachers dont update about the children's needs/ area of improvements the way they should. They are giving out positive results and you dont find out till the report cards are out, to find out what they are lacking in. The student accessment also lacks. But every teacher is different. Mrs. Lazarus in Kindergarten is one of the best teachers a student can ever have. She boosts the confidence of children and genuinely cares for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

My son graduated from PS 159 in 2002, and I always thought it a wonderful school. The principal, Marlene Zucker, is absolutely excellent. I was grateful that I happened to move into the zone for this school because my son really enjoyed his time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2007

This school is and was horrible for me. I absolutely dreaded going there every day. The day my family and I moved was the best day of my life. I was plucked from a horrid, boring school to one with class, excitement, and kindness. PS 159 had horribly rude and strict teachers, absolutely NO extracurricular activities (with the exception of guitar playing, which was horribly boring and we honestly played terribly anyway), and was just all-around a dread. The safety program actu was down-right terrifying. It made you wonder WHY the school needed a security guard. To manage the Kindergarten hooligans? I think not. In conclusion, I would just like to say that this school was a terrible experience for me. I am very happy that my family and I moved, and I am never coming back to PS 159. Good luck to future and current students!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2006

The school is excellent. I do think that teachers should be a little less strict, but not to lax so that a shy child can be more open to her. Otherwise, they do a tremendous job in teaching them to read in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

The academic programs are very good and better than the private school my child attended previously. I find the leadership of the principal and assistant to be extremely competent, truely dedicated and caring for the stucents and school. The curriculum is enriched with great programs such as ballroom dancing for PE, guitar for music and chorus throughout the class day. The PTA is vibrant and has a dedicated active membership that work hard to put in many programs for the students. There could be more parents involved but it is better than the 20%/80% norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Parent involvement is in excess to any other school I have been involved with. Parents not only help children, but each other. Teachers are just amazing, not only with their skills but with their charisma. P.S. 159 has given my son a sense of involvement, belonging and has increased his knoweledge immensely. I am a proud parent. Proud to be involved in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

P.S. 159 has made my son confident and intelligent. Since he joined the school in kindergarten he has never told me he does not want to go to school. He looks forward to each and every day. Ms. Zucker the school principal is wonderful, personable and her happy disposition is a reassurance to the children that she really cares. I only wish my son could stay there through 12th grade! Oh let me not leave out our wonderful crossing guards. I thank all of them for their hard work, but Crossing Guard Linda outshines them all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

P.S. 159 is a wonderful extended family. Our principal and teachers work with the parents to such a great extent. Our PTA is an active community of great parents working towards bettering our school. This family of teachers has made such a lasting positive impact on my children. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

Many teachers in this school are either very strict or very lax. A strict teacher can be very intimidating to a child, especially a shy one. The lax teachers seem to let the kids who need just a little extra help slide by, which catches up with them in the suceeding grades. The principal, Ms. Berg can be a very nice person. No extracurricular activities are offered by the school unless mandated by the City, which is down right rotten. The school is very safe, requiring Photo ID at the door. To some people this is a hassle, but I don't mind because I know they're not letting just 'anyone' in. Overall, you won't find many schools like this one in Queens, NYC or anywhere.
—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 32% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
91%
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 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 33% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
93%
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 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 45% 9%
White 1 33% 48%
Hispanic 2 18% 23%
Black 2 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 250%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 73%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%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 375 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents34676%
Teachers2988%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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205-01 33rd Ave
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