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Ps 72 Dr William Dorney

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 921 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 25, 2014

p.s.72 this is a great school.my son attends this school and iam very proudto have enrolled him here even oughi had a few problems but it turn out to be just find the principle, ms.colon is a great principle as well as the school staff members mrs, dunphy is a excellent teacher. a teacher that teaches her students and go beyond to teach all or more to her students. I love this school and this teacher she is the best of the best .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

My daughters has been going to this school for three years. I think it is amazing what the leadership of this school and community have created a culture where by the progression is steady increasing. This school is definitely headed toward being an excellent place for learning. It is definitely a great school. If you get a chance to put your child I this school get involved, be part of the SLT or other groups and see and be part of the great strides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

My kids attend this school beginning with Pre-K which was fabulous program and full day let not fail to mention that. So far my both daughters have had great teachers that are dedicated to preparing them to advance with their reading and math. They are very proactive in developing the children's knowledge to assist them in achieving the highest score possible on the state examines. I am a true believe of challenging a child's mind, because if you don't the minds get lazy and they learn to except that average is acceptable. I'm a product of Public School and I see a different in the teaching now from then, which I think it's much better now. So I have to say, PS 72 in doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

P.s 72 is a great school. The principal is the best. All staff are wonderful. All my children went to this school. I love it. They have a lot of program to help your children to learn and improve in they class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

This is a bad choice for your child. This school is unorganized and poorly managed. The security guards talk to the kids like they are criminals the teachers rather turn their head then deal with real issues and the parent coordinator never answers her phone or returns phone calls. I am trying to get my child into another school and I would suggest that you avoid this extra head ache if possible .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

This school is one of a kind in helping kids in their learning education and the best of it that the principal if involve in every activies going on the school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

School sucks! My children are wasting there time here! Am going to try my best to get them out! I gave one start cause I had to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

PS 72 is not efficient .Ms.Colon is nice and outgoing but that has NOTHING to do with the education provided in this school. They have poor reading and Math scores. They focus on school attendance and state test scores much more than genuinely providing children with knowledge and fundamental skills needed for advancement. they have a weak Science and Social Studies curriculum poor technology (kids play games the entire computer period) my kid can't spell as well as she should be & this seems to be ok with the district and school system,as long as they pass the state test everything is ok according to them. Many teachers curse,I have reported 2 this year alone! I wish parents would identify the learning gap this school or should I say the curricula being taught to our student in this school or perhaps many others, they are failing to I've them a proper education and then they blame it on parent involvement which is not the entire problem,a shame so many parents are oblivious and can only identify with the principal being nice . Unfortunately I can not afford private or catholic school tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

II had all 4 of my children in this school and when it was considered an A School ; with my last child and ever since Colon took over the school fell off.. she has her preferences. She will not consider other children and they have faculty clicks. MY CHILD HAS 100 % attendence. And she has never been awarded .. they have their priorities mix up.. change the way the school is... or change the school altoghter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

My daughter graduated from this school in 2008 Currently my son is attending this school. Bothof my kids been in this school since kindergarten. My son is in the fourth grade now and my daughter is attending The Urban Academy of Civic Engagement in the 8th grade. I can truly say the teachers and the staff in P.S.72 and also the prinicipal Ms, Colon have been very understanding and very helpful in my childrens years at this school. There teachers so happen to be very very helpful and understanding to my kids needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

MY SON LEARNED SO MUCH THIS PAST YEAR THAT IM SO GREATFUL FOR AND I THANK THIS SCHOOL AND ALL STAFF WHO WORKED WITH MY SON, TEARS OF JOY COME OVER ME WHEN I THINK OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED HIM. MY SON IS OFF TO A NEW SCHOOL NOW THIS YEAR BUT THE GOOD WORK STARTED HERE IN P.S.72 AGAIN I THANK ALL BECAUSE HE WAS A NOT ALWAYS ON THE RIGHT TRACK BUT WHEN POEPLE COME TO GETHER FOR A CHILD IT BECOMES ART YES ART. FROM COLON
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

In ps72 my girl was happy she loved her teacher ms. massoti now she has nothing but complaints from her classmates and teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

The administrators have accommodated my child's needs before I mentioned anything regarding to my child's disability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

The school has gotten better since Ms. Colon became the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

I am so happy to have my kids in this school! After moving the kids around so much, It's nice to finally find a school that the kids like as well as the parents. The whole staff is awsome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2009

I have never met a principal like Ms. Colon. Sometimes I wish I was a child again in elementary school and could have her as my own principal!! Her positive spirit is refreshing. I am also greatful for the teachers. They truly care for the children's growth. I see it in my children. Thanks to all of you for your sincere dedication to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

hi... i used to go to ps 72 about 2 years ago. mss colon is the best outgoing principle alive. she relly get involved around her school and knows whats shes doin. almost everyone in family went there and we all hade a good experience. if your child goes ther they wont regret it.. i promise you that. and the teachers make learning easy and fun. anyway have fun if you go to PS72 : )
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2009

This school has done a 360 turn around thanks to Mrs.Colon the new principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

ms colon has made me the happest i have ever been whith a school my children have gained in grades and reading levels ... thank u ms goodman ,mr.marabela ,and class 240
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

Ms. Colon is the best principal! she is energetic, down to earth and really support her staff and her sudents. It is a blessing to have her. Extraordinary leadership qualities.
—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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
50%
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

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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
Hispanic 1 68% 23%
Black 2 21% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
White 1 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 16%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 274%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 51%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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Based on 469 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents40558%
Teachers64100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. MARGARITA COLON

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2951 Dewey Ave
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