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Ps Ms 498 Van Nest Academy

Public | K-2, 6-7 & ungraded | 348 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted June 22, 2014

I must add that MOST of the teachers are great & stay on task in spite of administration. Thank God for those that do otherwise I couldn't imagine what the day to day would be like. Kids First People not our own agendas. We need to let our kids know that they can make change and lift us to a higher level of moral and educational fortitude.VNA should stand for Voices Not Appreciated or Voices Not Answered. Administration is truly not concerned despite the efforts of the parents to make the school more of a parent friendly environment. We are invited to events and made to feel unwelcome. Many parents opt to stay under the radar and in some ways I wish I had, as having chosen the path of involvement has definitely cost my child . But we are not the kind to give in to demands of mediocrity and submissiveness under duress. It's truly scary to send your child to school everyday knowing that the principal is a BULLY, you have to constantly weigh the cost and the value of the proposed outcome. But standing up for change is priceless. Thank you for reading my posts. And if you are a parent interested in VNA please do so with caution you have been forewarned. BTW my child has a 3.9 avg.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

This school is good, but it gives a lot of Homework (about 1-3 hours) everyday and on the weekends they give even more. Also, some of the staff at this school are really nice but others are rude and dont teach well enough. if you dont do the homework, or accidentally forget to do eve one homework, you get detention right away. it a school rule they have. Another thing is they have a section sheet where they mark by your name if you were talking, playing around, not doing work, etc. if you get 3 marks you automatically have detention. But this school is not all bad, i liked it here because i made friends and some teachers were funny, but there were some things that werent fun.


Posted November 23, 2013

Congratulations VNA! I just read the newest school "report card" and Van Nest received an A! This is not at all surprising to me, My daughter was in the first graduating class last year and the education she received was top notch. She is attending a private high school in Manhattan and she was more than prepared by the teachers at VNA to tackle a rigorous high school curriculum. I am so grateful that I chose VNA for my daughter's middle school years. The atmosphere in VNA is welcoming, the principal is hands on and her staff is dedicated. .We miss the school, but I am forever grateful for the experiences we had there! Keep up the excellent work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

So far so GOOD! My daughter is a new middle school student and has adjusted really well within the first few weeks @ VNA. There are many extracurricular activities to get involved in - grade specific "dances", glee club, cheerleading, chess club and a library group just to name a few. I am definitely impressed with the amount of homework my daughter receives regularly as well as the school's uniform policy. VNA has vowed to go green and encourages students/parent/staff to use the internet to stay in the loop with your child's academic progress, touch base and to reach out whenever necessary. My daughter speaks highly of her teachers and is very comfortable with her classmates. The school is very engaging and the principal is actually within reach! Since the first day of school I have seen her EVERY morning at the front door greeting students and anyone else who graces the doorstep at VNA. This has been a very positive experience and I cannot imagine what lies ahead as VNA has been full of so much ingenuity thus far. M. Foust-Dent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Now I am in the eighth grade in VNA and now the second graduating class, overall I used to think the teachers were so rude, but then I realized that all they were doing is helping us in order to be successful in the next path ahead of us. I do miss many of my teachers from the 6-7th grades but now I have more advanced curriculum, they are preparing us for high school, so yeah sometimes they need to be strict because if you were a parent, wouldnt you want your child ready for the next grade with passing marks and goes onto an amazing high school when having a not so amazing teacher, than have a failing child with failing marks. Overall my experience was amazing here at VNA and it will always be a part of my heart forever. Class of 2014.


Posted November 13, 2012

I have been so dissapointed in this school. The principal, assistant principal and some of the teachers are rude, not friendly, and not helpful at all. They have never been willing to help me the parent nor my child. Whenever i get a call from a staff member it is always so stressful and frustating. These people should not be working with children. If i feel this way as a parent imagine how my child feels. This school needs a full overhaul! The whole staff needs to be replaced with people who actually care and have the best interest of the children and parents. i dread taking my child to school. I can't say that my child has learned anything since attending this school. This is a shame. Something must be changed or this school will keep failing our children. P.S. the only friendly staff memebers are the security guards. They always great me and my child with a smile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

If you enjoy mediocracy, then this is the school for you and your child. After reading some of the stellar reviews this school received, and picking myself up off the floor, I questioned whether it was actually school personnel writing the reviews and posting them as parents. My opinions reflect those of my child in the middle school. The principal is condescending, the vice-principal lacks leadership, the school social worker is unprofessional and I despise the "buddy" or teacher acting as a "friend" to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2012

i am a 7 grader at vna and i can say that this school is not a dream come true. when students think middle school they think lockers, independence, more friends. but yea you do get to meet new people but the kids mostly stick with their friends so you should have someone you are always gonna be friends with because it's harder to make friends especially if you coming mid-semester. like in elementary school you still have boys line girls line and teachers not even letting out of the room by yourself. there are no lockers just closets like elementary school. the rules in this school are pretty good but if someone goes over the limit just a little they get strict, such as a BR incident we had almost 2 months ago we still cannot go to the BR without signing at the security desk. this is a no bullying school but there still is name calling and "joking around" but major fights don't happen. overall the school is NORMAL. nothing too special. i am in seventh grade and honestly, i think most of the students here come to school every day more to spend time with friends than to learn and be educated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2011

I love this school!!!!!!! <3 <3 the teachers are nice, and r good to joke around (like they r really friednly there like friends to the students, and u feel like u can discuss anything with them) and it really feels like a second family. this is a no bullying school, which means NO ONE will get bullied. i admit my first day i was scared but everyone was super nice and now i have a ton of friends i m in the the 7 grade presently and top of my class. :D, any one who has a complaint, u should try thinking its yourself becuase everyone truly loves this school. sure there r a little bumps but nothing is perfect. the principal is super supportive and if u introduce a problem to her she gets to the bottom of it right away. we live in a caring envionment and since we spened most of the time were awake at school it should be that way. never once had i had to complaint and i never will. there r so many opportunies at this school. all of the teachers teach and care, and make learning fun. i used to be queit and shy but now i have spoken up, smiling all the time. VNA has changed me. this isn't like your normal school nowadays, u don't find anything that will encourge your child to do negative.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2011

i love this school --it's been one year my daugther enter this school-she loves to wake up in the morning and rushing me as the parent out of the house. my daugther tells me-mom please i don't want to be absent from school. i am happy and the principal-staffs and teachers are very friendly and the school is super clean i'll give this school a 5 stars-great teaching too especially in reading!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

At first I had my doubts about the school. I was concerned with it being new and staff being inexperienced within the facilities. I am so glad to say, that with one year under our belt and 7th grade ahead of us, it was a wonderful year. The principal is gracious and extrememly personable. I had a personal issue with my daughter, that is all a part of growing up and I didnt know how to handle it. The Parent Coordinator helped me through it and exceeded my expectations by following up on how I WAS!!!! its a great school, great learning enviornment and Im proud to call it "our school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

My son just finished kindergarten. He reads with ease and is interested in the reading. He is also adding and subtracting two digit numbers. I measure the success of the school by what my son is capable of doing, and he is doing great. He exceeds the kindergarten standards, and I am grateful for all the work his teachers are doing with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

at first i was so please that my child got accepted, but today i can say the school has let my child & my family down.... i'm going to try my best to get a transfer.. he went from being an honor student to a failing student in my world that's not acceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i NEVER had a problem with my child's work or behavior. all his teacher prior to this year have always praised him, you do the math....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

My child enrolled this year at Van Nest Academy in its first year of existence. There have been a few bumps in the road, but with it being a brand new school that was anticipated. However, the teachers the principal, parent coordinator, and all staff has worked together to really make this school outstanding! Due to the intimate setting, everyone knows everyone and even the school safety officers make up part of this warm welcoming environment. I am excited that my son has such great support and a technologically advanced school with smart boards and computers in every classroom and opportunities to use the community every which way possible. A partnership has been made with a neighboring medical school having scientist come in and do age appropriate teachings. I know going forward the school will have access to many more things as it is more established and out of its "acting" phase and all the great things that the principal has in the works will be put into motion. I also hope that in the future parent involvement increases so that all of the wonderful ideas that are planned can be put into motion. Van Nest really is the Best!
—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 29% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
54%
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 29% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
70%
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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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 2 66% 23%
White 1 13% 48%
Black 1 11% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 278%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 38%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

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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 534 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

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

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

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

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents26462%
Students23989%
Teachers3197%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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900 Van Nest Ave
Bronx, NY 10462
Phone: (718) 409-3001

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