Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Ps 24 Spuyten Duyvil

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 886 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

57 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted September 30, 2014

My daughters and I moved to New York from Arizona and have lived in Riverdale for almost 5 years. They both have attended PS 24 for several years. I appreciate the frequent communication with the teachers and school sponsored events. They have great cross walk attendants and car attendant for child drop off as well as assertive yet friendly security personnel. It's a safe, clean and nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

There are out of control children at this school and faculty does not discipline them. Instead, they are lead to believe punching and hitting others is within norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

My son loved it! And for me Its not that grate but chinldren last word, is two street from our hause !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I moved to Spuyten Duyvil in the search of a great public school. Well, PS 24 is considered one of the best in this area, it is organized, have strong parents leadership, and multiple fundraising activities at the cost of parents pockets. PS 24 falls flat when it comes to teaching academic, it does not have an after school program that is free and no homework help unless your child has special needs. If you have a bright kid chances are your child will not be challenge. Teachers are so overwhelmed with over populated classroom and extra curricular activities that they have no time to properly assess their students or to challenge them. Hope the reviews would have given me some insight about this school before I moved here. This is very disappointing and frustrating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

PS 24 is an excellent school - my son's first grade teacher was fantastic - she was firm but loving and the kids received a great deal of instruction. In contrast to his kindergarten teacher (at a different school), he loved his first grade teacher. He finished the year receiving all 3s and 4s and reading at grade level. His occupational therapist also had helped improve his writing - so much so that his OT is reduced to 1x per week (vs. 2x/week). The school also offers special clubs during lunch as well as Spanish and Theatre classes. My only regret is that the school goes up to 5th grade and that he'll leave to attend middle school. Parents Association does a PHENOMENAL job in raising money and is relentless in raising funds - having raised $150,000 during one year to pay for additional teachers and programming. The building is old and can use a renovation, but the education is solid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

This school is just ok if you have a regular kid. You will surely be disappointed if your kid need special help academically or is very bright that need more challenge. Some teachers are great, some are just so-so. The fact that it is not a union free school make it very difficult to let those long time "so-so" teachers leave. So it's a true hit-or-miss situation every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My son is in 4th grade at PS 24, and our experience there has been extraordinary. we only wish there was an equivalent middle school in the bronx. every teacher my son has had has been extremely talented. some have been a bit more warm than others, but for the most part the staff is extremely empathetic and they genuinely love their students. The administration is innovative and energetic, and very effective. Like any public institution, there are disgruntled and resentful parents, and you can read their bad reviews here! but pay no heed to them. we have found it very easy to participate in the parent association, and we volunteer regularly. my only complaint about the parents as a whole is that there is considerable resistance among many to contribute to their children's own education. but, that is changing. with every new class, we see more parent involvement and more participation in fundraising, which is great. the money raised by parents has provided smart boards, computers, and trips to lincoln center. I will miss this place when it is time to move on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My daughter couldnt be any happier then she is this yr at PS.24. We moved to the bronx a few months before school started and I was worried about her transition. Her teacher is amazing..kids are great. Very good school support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

This is a public school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Riverdale section of the Bronx is the most affluent area of the Bronx. The school is so great! All of the fantastic things about it cannot fit into the regular 5 day week. Therefore, unlike all other schools, PS24 needs to have a revolving 6 day week. The only problem with this is that no-one knows what day of the week it is at PS24 without consulting a source other than a calendar. Please disregard all negative and mysterious comments about PS24 that are posted on this site. Such comments are clearly made only for political gain.


Posted September 8, 2012

This is a public school in the Riverdale, a section of The Bronx. The demographic profile reflects this reality. Most of the parents are hard working people with backgrounds that love Bell's curve and they know that PS24 is one of the best schools in the Bronx and recognize that their children will have a solid education here. Somebody ill informed calls this school "a favorite for lazy parents" and although I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this opinionated commentary was made in one's bad day. PS24 is very well organized, parents are involved and teachers are very interested in one thing: our children's education. Some irrationally irated comments seem politically motivated, either to keep away interested people in order to avoid overcrowding or just cause damage for some cryptic reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Great school. I went there as a child and now my daughter attends. Still hosts a wonderful learning environment. Teachers are superb. School is in excellent shape as well. You can literally eat off the floors. The diverse ethnicity of students make for socially advanced children. Just my opinion. Very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Our child started attending PS24 in the fall for Kindergarten. While the school is academically very sound, the environment is very cold and the kids are treated very harshly. The Principal walks around with her nose in the air and does not greet parents (unless you're the president of the PA). The PA is amazing but needs to be more inviting. Whiny parents, snobby community. After hearing so many wonderful things about PS 24, we were very dissappointed with the school overall. We have transferred our child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

Can't understand all the great reviews there are probably 2 great teachers if that many and the teacher my son has now her strings are being pulled by the class and grade reps .Thank god my son is smart and I always find new ways of helping him because this teacher really does not care about teaching she only cares about what the top parents think.There are only a select group of parents who are allowed to do anything in the school the rest of us are not even spoken to only when the class needs money they invite us to participate .Thought this was a public school but it is not being run that way
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

My son passed the practice test for the ELA test that decides whether he would go into 5th grade next year. So, we've already spent thousands of dollars on his ideal summer camp, the time of which coincides with the mandatgory summer school he now faces. The official ELA scroes were available well before June 20. The letter about him failing the language part of the test was dated June 20, but we didn't receive it until June 24. How do we tell a 10-year-old that he may not go to 5th grade next year and that he may not be able to attend his ideal summer school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

We began renting in Spuyten Duyvil because we hoped that PS 24 would be a good fit for our children, and we are so grateful that we did. Our son is now in first grade, and although he entered kindergarten not reading at all, now he is a "level M". I am so impressed with the quality of teachers he has had. Mornings are so easy for us because he LOVES going to school. His class composed a full orchestral piece that was then performed by an adult orchestra. He looks forward to Chess Club during lunchtime. He is constantly engaged in charitable activities - most recently we donated books to send to tornado ravaged elementary schools in the South. The school is on a 6 day schedule which allows students to take additional "specials" like theater, music, art, and conflict resolution. We cannot say enough good things about the school. You can't look at the out-of-date postings below. The school's new principal (of almost 2 years now) is really doing things right. by our child. We are so convinced that PS 24 is a great school that we recently made the leap and bought a home here in the neighborhood. We are here to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Our daughter graduated 2 years ago from PS 24. Her cousins go to Fieldston. We think she received a better education than her cousins and had the added better benefit of going to school with a real cross section of NYC. Most of the teachers and administrators were extremely engaged and prepared to teach our daughter. It was a great jumping off point for middle school and where ever she goes in the future. Avril Wenderoff and Steve Bloom (4th and 5th grade teachers) truly rock and should be cloned
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

P.S. 24 has been an awesome place for both my daughter (in G & T) and our son (who started kindergarten after having been recently adopted and not speaking English). They are children with very different needs; P.S. 24 has been a supportive environment with great teachers for both. The distractions around its Principal (or lack of one) prevents it from getting 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

After having two children at this school for a total of 11 years, I can say with conviction that PS 24 is a mediocre school with many unprofessional teachers, staff, and administrators coupled with very competitive parents who live vicariously through their children. My younger son had a wonderful woman as his 4th grade honors teacher, but for the other grades the teachers were substandard. If I had to do it over again, I would have explored the many wonderful options in Manhattan and the private schools. Both my kids now go to other truly great schools outside of this community, thus illuminating the mediocrity of PS 24. My advice to parents is to look beyond PS 24's fame status and really check out the types of adults (teachers, parent coordinator, assistant principal, etc.) involved with this school . . . and then run as far away as you can!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

I love this school. It's organized and my child is diciplined. They are informative and I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

My daughter was accepted into the honors program in fourth grade. The teacher was so nice. She was sweet and caring for the students. I was very flabbergasted when she was accepted because her grades were below average in second grade. But the third, fourth and fifth grade were strong. I am very proud of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

146 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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
86%
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 "C" 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
White 1 44% 48%
Hispanic 1 36% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 10% 9%
Black 2 10% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 360 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

Close
 
This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

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.

Close
 
This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.0
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

Close
 
This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

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.

Close
 
This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents32945%
Teachers3154%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

660 W 236th St
Bronx, NY 10463
Phone: (718) 796-8845

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT