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Ps Ms 29 Melrose School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 758 students

 

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Posted May 4, 2011

I agree no stars for this school...so much going on they don't know where to start. Here' s a clue...work on trying to make the parents feel welcome, the principle wants the parents to get involved but then when you get to the school you have to deal with people being rude. That school safety in there is too much. My lord her mouth is too much. And the way she speaks to parents that does not understand English is so sad. But I must say the ladies that work in the office are nice and helpful. I will love to get involved with the school but the what I see going on is too much for me. I pray to god that the school improves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

The changes that are being made in this school need more attention...I am dissatisfied completely on these so-called better changes...I understand the reasons but they need extreme thought before presenting them to the students and parents. And after presenting them to us and our children listen carefully to our concerns regarding your changes Then enforce them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

My kids have been in this school for quite a few years now and have had their share of problems with the bullying and teachers and staff not doing anything to prevent it. However, over the last couple of years this school has improved a great deal! The best thing that has happened to this school is the new principal. This lady is tough, caring and is keeping everyone on their toes. I have also come across a larger number of teachers who are loving, respectful and you can tell they really care about the students. I have seen major improvements in the amount of activities and guidance they provide to students and I am quite pleased that all this positive change has come while my kids are still students at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

My son has been in this school since pre k he had some problems in the pass with his old principal not getting to understand he had speech and learning disability, he has gotten left back in the 1st grade, thanks to the new principal the teachers and staff got together as a team and are helping my son and i. Thanks to the teachers, staff and the new principal my son is doing so much better now. Keep up the good work! (jenny)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Here's a brief update to my original posting from Oct. 2007... Finally P.S. 29 has ushered out its old principal who has decided to retire (thank the Lord!). They have transitioned in a new, warm, young and friendly principal. She really seems sincere and shows plenty interest towards parents and students concerns about implementing a much needed improvement to this school overall. Saftey issues with the bullies and gangs disrupting students at this school have become minimal where I now feel confident with having my daughter attend on a daily basis. Her academic progess in mathematics, language arts, music and the arts have improved tremedously! Hopefully she can attend the middle school located at Melrose/P.S. 29 this fall - only if the principal continues to keep up the good work! To be continued......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

I am not too happy with this school. Because I am disabled and the school is the closest to my home I have no choice but to have my children attend here. Kids bully smaller children too frequently. Some teachers disrespect. I had to go in to complain about these issues a few times and seems like no one is really interested or concerned with anything I had to say. With the exception of a few teachers and the guidance counselor...everyone else just seemed to think our concerns were bogus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Currently the school has low access to after school services, they have a middle school that is building slowly the wrap-round services it needs to compete with other middle schools. Parental involvement is low but not due to the lack of monthly meetings. But their annual Family Institute of Learning is growing nicely. Next year will be the defining year for the school since all grades will be in place. Parents need to join Learning Leaders and visit more with their child/children teachers to help give that support to the school rules. They have nice uniform colors Prek-5 wear blue/yellow, while the middle-school wears tan/white. The school staff all work together to ensure that children are learning , growing for their right subjects and grades.
—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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
33%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
22%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
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 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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
20%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
1%

2012

 
 
41%
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 36% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
14%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
22%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
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 and middle 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 2 63% 23%
Black 1 33% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
White 2 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 212%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 289%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 33%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 4%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 632 responses

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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.

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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.

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This school
8.2
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

 
8.9
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35362%
Students22591%
Teachers5492%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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758 Courtlandt Ave
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 292-3785

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