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Ps 96 Richard Rodgers

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 1055 students

 

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Posted January 13, 2014

This place ruined my life, the teachers were horrible, I just don't have any words to describe what went on in there; to be honest I wish that I had never went there.


Posted October 8, 2013

PS 96 is an awesome school. They challenge the children to do their best and work hard. They are very attentive to the needs of the children and have low tolerance for violence. I feel good when I leave my child in school for a day full of learning and safety. There are quite a few teachers whom are very warm and loving and willing to help your child reach their full potential with patience and understanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

Day 3 and they are so unorganized this is my first yr there I hope they change on how we can pick up the kids easier...,, oh may I hope so
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

i loved this school so much ! i graduated from there in 2009 and it was the best years of my life ! even now in highschool i think of wanted to be back there! the music program was amazing, ms. horn was the best teacher for music. even though she was strict, she taught me how to play the violin and helped me notice my passion for music. now i play the violin, drums, keyboard, and guitar and i plan on playing music for a long time. i am also a honors student thanks to this school because it encouraged us to be the best we could be and rewarded us for everything we did right instead of degrading us for everything we did wrong. if you want your child to be happy and learn, bring them to 96 ! i loved it and i still do !


Posted August 9, 2013

ps 96 that is the best school ,what i like about this school is that it has great teachers and
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

This school is great from the Principal to the school guard. That includes the administrative staff, ESL and the rest of the Teachers, school psychastrist, social worker, guidance cousoler. Some people brag about Manhattan schools well 96 is on top of that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2012

No school is perfect and this one is not, BUT, considering the alternative of a private school like St. Lucy which in my opinion is not worth the expense, it meets the fundamentals. The teachers in the majority are accesible, cordial and competent. The principal is ok. She does need a refresher at charm school, although the stress of a 1,000 kids would make anyone cranky. The school is clean and well kept. The auditorium should get the air conditioning fixed. Overall, the school, the neighborhood, the nearby parks and the sense of safety makes this part of the Bronx and city one of the best kept secrets for raising a family. I hope the cat is not out of the bag with this review, lol.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

Excellent school, great staff, great communication with teachers & parents!!! Teachers are caring , We love 96!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

I was a student at PS 96 back in 1975-1978 and I will always remember one teacher Mrs. Gellis as an outstanding teacher, and as a person who brought honor to the profession, which seems to be lacking in today's new breed of educators that I have come across in recent times. Maybe it is my impression that the teachers in the poorer performing states are being compelled to teach to an exam, but it is my opinion that previous generations of American students were not only prepared academically to venture out into the world, but were also able to think on their feet as well. Peter Charneco


Posted March 10, 2011

THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL ALL THE TEACHERS R EXCELENT THE PRINCIPAL IS THE BEST & THE STAFF ALSO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .....................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

This is an excellent scholl with one fault. Ms. Ocasio at the door. They need to change her and place someone else with more compassion towards the children. She does not care that the children are small and waiting to go inside prior to the cutoff breakfast time which is 7:55am. Some of these kids make it early to school to go inside to he warmth and not wait outside in this freezing weather. She needs to adjust her watch. I have seen many parents outside arguing with her because she wont let the small kids inside and it is not 7:55am yet. They really need to do something with her. I implore Ms. Garcia the priinciple to get this lady a new watch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

My daughter also came from a private school and I have gone through some similar issues but I find visiting the school and speaking with the teachers personally can help clear matters. My daughter has only good things to say about Ms Cline and Simms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

My kids are in 1st and 3rd grade at PS96, Bronx. I appreciate Ms Garcia for excellent leadership , also Ms Carol and Ms Belvette for great teaching skills. Special thanks to Ms Belvette .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

I think this school is wonderful. The principal and teachers are very loving and caring, and my daughter has fun while learning everything she needs to know for her age and grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I love this school. The teachers are very caring and the children learn alot. My kids love it and have learned alot since attending this school. I give this school an A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

Very good school. The teachers and other staff members work very hard for the children to achieve the best. Class size in this school is very small. I am very happy with this school and my children love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

The school is staffed with wonderful people as well as the teens who volunteer, the learning assignmetns really help my 6 year old get ready for schooling to come..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

I am very happy with this school. My children's teachers are extraordinary and make great efforts in helping my kids with all their academic needs. The school itself it's amazing great leaders behind it all. I am proud of my kids progress and they seem to be very excited to attend classes each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

I attended this school years ago. Graduated 2003. It was an amazing experiance. Looking back, I had a great time and learned so much. The teachers are truly dedicated. The Principal, Ms. Garcia, took control and made things better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2008

I think this is a great. I attended and now my son does. Clean classrooms, lunchroom, and good teachers. Love the after shool program. Cant wait to see what the years bring.
—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 31% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students22%
Female25%
Male18%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities3%
General population27%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Non-migrant22%

Math

All Students24%
Female23%
Male24%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities18%
General population25%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English24%
Non-migrant24%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students23%
Female23%
Male21%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities12%
General population23%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%

Math

All Students22%
Female20%
Male25%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
General population25%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%

Science

All Students94%
Female97%
Male91%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities88%
General population95%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students21%
Female22%
Male20%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population23%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%

Math

All Students14%
Female15%
Male15%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities7%
General population16%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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
Hispanic 2 61% 23%
Black 2 22% 19%
White 1 11% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
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 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 190%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 49%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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.0
 
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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents70384%
Teachers71100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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