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Ps 162 John Golden

Public | K-5 | 681 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This is an outstanding school in Queens. My son attended the first half of the year in Kindergarten here. School was very organized. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Teachers are ok. Some better than others from what I heard and seen. But the school itself is really good. We had to move in the middle of the school year. We moved to Manhattan and my son currently attends one of the most prestigious (as they call it here) in Manhattan but let me tell you: here in the city they are way behind PS.162! My son was starting to read in kindergarten (when at PS 162). When we moved here, the children in Kindergarten did nothing but play and eat sugary treats all day! Also, the schools in manhattan are very disorganized. I miss how PS.162 was so organized. The Principal and her Assistant were always in the school yard in the morning. The parent coordinator Debbie was the best. Always friendly, approachable, and ready to help. I have nothing but good memories here. If your child is here, congratulations! This is a wonderful school! If you're considering enrolling your child, I wouldn't hesitate for a minute!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2014

My son transfered to 4th grade and he is now in 5th grade at P.S.162 John Golden school. I have very good experiences with the school teachers and staffs. My son felt like he can do anything with his current teachers. His 4th grade teacher was very accommodating and 5th grade teacher is very good at motivating students, at least it is the case for our son. Our son excelled beyond our expectations. I have seen many parent coordinators in the past but nobody is as dedicated as Ms. Debora Strassburg at ps162. She is very knowledgeable and approachable. I always feel comfortable asking her questions or clarifications. If It wasn't for too many fundraising events, I would have given the school a 5 rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Great school, and good teachers in PS162, the school have musical, baseball , ballroom, State test prep and so on for afterschool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

This is a HORRIBLE school. They do not care about the kids. They only care about public appearance. And all they do is fundraise for the PTA, however I have yet to see any of the funds benefit my kids. Most of the staff, including the teachers need to retire or find a new career. The parent coordinator is not there for the parents or students. And, this is a big BULLY school. The principal is the worst offender. You would think that if a parent calls to discuss this issue she would have the decency to return the calls. They do not address this because they themselves are Bullies. Can't comment about the current PTA, but in previous years, they are the worst offenders in breaking the rules. They would be the ones ready to run you over with their huge SVUs because they were late in dropping or picking up their kids and they will never stop at the STOP signs. The only time any issues are addressed at this school is when someone gets seriously hurt. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

This school is horrible, my child had such a bad experience here and she still talks about how much she hated going to ps162. The school does not care about the child at all, all they care is about test scores. If your child doesn't meet the standards, instead of giving them the extra care that they need they just hold them back. The principle and the teachers act nice and caring in front of you but all they care is how they are going to get better scores and if they think the child can not perform they just take the chance away from you, is that fair? Your child doesn't even get a chance to take the test, so how do you know if your child is going to pass or fail?, they just decide you are not good enough and take that chance away from you and call you a failure even before you have failed. My child is in private school now and she loves it, she loves going to school, the staff is very friendly, her teacher is wonderful and absolutely no bullying. According to her new teacher she is up to date and doing fine has no problems academically. I DO NOT RECOMMEND PS162 TO ANYONE IS A HORRIBLE SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

It's an average school for district 26. It all depends on what teacher your child will get. Some of them are amazing, and some are lazy and should be fired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

The teachers there are great. School environment is excellent. The new Principal is very warm and friendly who tries her best to make the school become a very safe place for students to learn and grow. But the admin. workers there are very unprofessional and also very unfriendly. They never said " Thank you", "Please", "Sorry", and I guess they've never attended the kindergarten. I heard they yell at the students and treated parents in a very rude manners. The worst part is that they acted like they are the big boss who control the school. Don't forget that without all the parents supports, the school can not function well. Remember, you are only the worker there, not the President of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2011

my son went to this school for 2 years... little recess time, art and music ... the teachers are constantly screaming in the hall wall. The staffs don't welcome parent involvement. Parents are not allow to go in the classroom to celebrate birthdays. All the administrative staff including the principal are unfriendly. My son is really shy and he said the teacher is constantly yelling at other trouble kids. Overall.... a very NOT caring school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

We've been in this school for 10 years. I wrote a 5 star review after my child's first year here and now its down to 1. The principal prior to the one who recently retired seemed to have it right. Most of the attention in class is spent on the loudest child-usually with behavioral issues. There is a lot more bullying going on. It has come to screaming matches and tears among parents in the yard during pick up. Most of the teachers are Wonderful educators, but there's a handful that are more concerned with their cell phones than their classrooms. They should be required to leave their phones in their mailboxes upon entering the building so they are not tempted to use them during working hours. Everything in this school is about the testing. This is not my idea of a well-rounded education. Huge lack in the spelling dept. What happened to the annual spelling bee???Positive changes are definitely needed. Parent Coordinator has made some, maybe she can bring back plays & trips too. Keep in mind: disrespectful, loud children get the attention here. If your child is quiet but may need help now and then, there is a good chance they will fall through the cracks of this overcrowded school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

My son is about to graduate PS162. He is going into Middle School. This is one of the worst schools possible. I was on the PTA for years and very involved in the school. I had a different opinion from the principal and was severely retaliated against. I only asked that the kids get a real recess and not be made to stand in line during the whole time, field trips, access to class parties, art and to feel welcomed in the school. Apparently these things are too much to ask for. I have switched my younger daughter to PS130 and it is like the opposite experience. I now know what an excellent school is. PS 162 should be slated to close and start all over with a whole new administration and I mean completely new. Beware if you are stuck with this school. Ask your children what is going on and follow up on what they say. They are most likely telling you the truth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

I give it a 5-star! My son just started the kindergarden in PS 162 this September, and I have noticed that my son has been learning a lot every single day. The Principal is a very warm, organized, and professional school leader. The teachers there are very passionate in teaching. My son is so happy to go to the school, and he even asks me why he can not go to the school on Saturdays and Sundays!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

I love the dedicated teachers - they put in much more that a regular workday and it is obvious as soon as you enter the school. My child is always happy to go to school and his older sister has only fond memories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

My child,Winnie has been in PS162 for 3 years and is in 5th grade.For her state tests,she always get a full score.I recommend people to go to PS162.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

The teachers in this school are great. My daughter attends this school and have so far received a great education. The parent coordinator has been a great help to me. I'm so glad the school has her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

I am a parent of two children in this school and I would like to acknowledge our Parent Coordinator. She is a wonderful asset to our school. When a problem arises, we as parents know that we can go to her and she goes over and beyond to make herself available and see the issue through to the end. Most importantly, our children know that they can go to her at any time if the need arises. She shows exemplary service in her duties and we are proud to have her as our Parent Coordinator
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

I just graduated from this school last year. I thought this school was a great experience. The teachers teach you if you don't understand. The principal is nice, but she was also strict. I thought this school met all the standards. This school even got us ready for junior high. They got us ready by: Each teacher was teaching a subject. We went around the school to get to our classes just like junior high. It was fun. A former student, Christie
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2007

I graduated from 162 2 years ago. I loved the experience. The teachers were wonderful. I learned alot.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 3, 2007

My child is in Kindergarten currently and so far we've had a good experience. My child's teacher is fantastic and caring. We were lucky to get one of the best. My child is learning so much and is reading books on her own now. They focus primarily on reading and math. However, art and music do not seem much of a priority if any at all. I'm not even sure what they do for physical education either. The majority of the children come from Asian immigrant parents, therefore, there is some hesitation to participate due to work schedules or lack of understanding English. Overall, its a good school, but it would be nice if all the teachers were as great as the one my child has this year and if there was more of an emphasis on creativity and the like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

My son attends this school and I feel that the quality of the teaching staff is excellent. These are wonderful caring people. I have had some not so wonderful experience with the administration. They are not concerned with the students as they should be. I've also sought the help of the parent coordinator and found that she was not only concerned with my child but also with me as a parent. The school has some exceptional qualities and the administration should open their eyes and give some respect to it's staff of dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I believe the negative review below is unfair - there was construction being done around the school and the children were kept indoors for their safety for most of 2005. The school also has a large percentage of students for whom english is not their first language. I have been in the school for four years and have had a completely opposite experience. The teachers have been caring and wonderful. The PTA is excellent however participation on the part of many parents is non-existent. I hope the reviewer's experience has improved because this school can be a wonderful place for a child to learn.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
98%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
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 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 "B" 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 68% 9%
White 2 22% 48%
Hispanic 1 9% 23%
Black 1 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 211%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 154%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 76%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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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents38271%
Teachers3383%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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201-02 53rd Ave
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