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Ps 103 Hector Fontanez

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 1096 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2014

My kids went there last year and we transferred they said my kids couldn't read well and gave them baby books only they didn't have security my kids passed the gifted and talented and were reading 6th grader novels I reported the parents not signing in at the annex and the dangers of cars I suggested cones and more stop signs for the fire drills that have children crossing a busy street it was when I went for training to be a volunteer I received a letter I was band for bogus lies and allegations I keep a water dispenser in my living room and one day my child came home and stuck her mouth on the spout in said where did you learn that? she said no we just drink it like that so it don't spill.. I asked the school why they said that I need to provide cups for the class I said no I'll bring one Sturdy water bottle for my kids only I can't afford to provide for the school all the fountains are broken in the school and all season kids have to go back and fourth in the cold to the main building rain sleet or snow most times with no coats terrible school low grades low expectations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2014

My son attends P.S.103, and if it wasn't because of his intelligence , coupled with getting help when he needed it, he would be heading for a failure. I think the teachers do not care enough. They do not take enough pride in what they are supposed to do as teachers. The staff is rude and lack integrity. The security in the school is lacking and the security staff tend to be rude as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I have two children attending this school, so I think it is a very good school, good teachers and a great principal. When a parent decides to send his son to school alone and something happens on the road can not blame it on the people who work there, as parents we have responsibilities, like helping our children and not blame it on school staff or teachers, when things go wrong, also the education begins from home, please support our school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

I am new to this this website so my comment is kinda old. I went there for 1st grade and my mom pulled me out of that school for second because she found out that it was failing school. They taught things that you suppose to learn in kindergarten. I remember me and my friend John always to get in trouble for talking because we already new the work. The first graders was not even in the school we was in like a big box with classrooms. Now I am going to 8th grades honors because of: P.S.41 M.S.144 I wrote my review for both school just look for the day July 4 2013 Hopefully this review was helpful


Posted June 4, 2013

How appropriate that an 8th grader who went to this school has written a review with not a single piece of punctuation in it. His teachers must be so proud. Good job, Mr. Jacobs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

they do not challenge students or keep track of them they let my daughter leave school by her self and she is only 6 years old i found her in the street the water fountains are all brokeyou dont have to sign in unauthorized nameless parents assist the school and students they are given keys to the school as well water is 50 cents in lunch room only uniform is three color yellow blue or maroon your choice cars drive in and out of the playground/parking lot if you complain they will build up false reports they said my children cant read i had them retested and found out they read very well passed theyre grade level teachers loose homework and say that it wasnt done they are mean to children when you not looking if you dont wear sneakers rain sleet or snow you fail gym
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

I used to go to this school I was part of the graduating class of 2010 and I'm in 8th grade now when i went to this school it was great although i didn't do great the teachers were good most of the time unless you made them mad then you would either get detention or your parent called although after that the teachers respected you and helped a lot and they have a great robotics team i was part of lead or used to be lead Mr.Jacobs i have no information about it but it was a great after school program and we actually won some competitions in the making and i have a medal to prove it.


Posted July 24, 2011

I was wondering what the color of their uniform is. My daughter will be starting in september and i want to start buying the school supplies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

My Father is The Principal of This School right now & he is doing a FANTASTIC Job!! i am sorry tht some of these reviews say tht the school is too "strict" it is a matter of discipline tht a child need 2 better them selves in their future life.your doing a GREAT job Daddy!


Posted November 13, 2009

My daughter is a PS 103 student since first grade, she is in fourth grade now. I am satisfied with her progress and the care the school staff provide to the children. PS 103 is a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

PS 103x has a free After School Program for all students run by the Sports and Arts Foundation. They have family nights, Children at Work days, Penny Harvest, participation in box tops, School rewards store and much more activities for both students and parents. The parent coordinator is always available to answer questions as well. My son is currently in the first grade and I see great progress as well as interest in his love for school. The school has a new playground and a garden with chess tables and benches. Homework is given daily and teachers provide a warm environment for fostering young curious minds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

My 2 children attend this school and i've it to be rewarding for both of them especially the older one. Its important to keep in communication with your child teacher as that would foster a better growth and development for you child future academic years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

My child use to go to this school, the reason I changed her school is because its way to strict, I dont even think they have fun
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

I have 2 kids attending ps 103 and I think its a great school..the teachers are very good .I have not had any problems .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I think that there should be more after-school programs for the children. Something should be available to interest all the students. Such as the sports, music and art programs. I think it is completely left up to the parent how much they involve themselves in their childs education. I was fortunate enough to have Mrs. Maietta as my sons teacher and I was very happy with her level of communication with me. Although I think my son could have done better academically. He believes he wasn't challenged enough. I think that since we cannot give each child individualized attention, we should at least expect there to be more programs available to pique their interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2007

P.S.103 Hector Fontanez Elementary School is a great school. This educational environment not only foster learning it has a great 'High Five' program that students love. I have the privilege of receiving the elementary education of two of my children at P.S103. My experience was and is positive about this school. I recommend that all parents take the time to volunteer in the school and experience this learning environment by helping a child to learn how to do math, teach them to read, write,or just help out in the lunch room or perhaps other areas. Getting involve with the school will help them to develop a positive relationship with the learning environment Principal, Parent Coordinator, PTA Members,and other staff members. These individuals really care about your child. So show them that you also care about your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

This school is not doing good when it comes to paying attention to the kids needs. The needs of the students are shon aside like yesterdays news. I wish they would do better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2006

so i dont ramble on forever, i'll address the topics above: -academic program is great, there is no gifted and talented program but they recognized that my son was bright almost immediately and helped me with the steps to get him into a specialized school. -there are no extracurricular sports or a music program however they incorporate 'music' in to the curriculum, whether it be singing songs or making different noises of the rain forest. -parents are very involved, i cannot be involved as much i would like to be but i am always getting flyers from the PTA and the parent coordinator at the school for various activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

This is my son's first year at this schoool. I can't really say if I can give it a negative or a positive rating. I do not have any real complaints about the school. My son is improving well. However, I do have a complaint about the PTA, not about what they are doing, but on their efforts at getting parents to participate. I don't know if a study has been done on the number of working parents in that area, but this is New York and to live in New York most people have to work. Yet, the PTA chooses to keep the majority of its activiites during the day, in fact, in the early moring. They cannot possibly want the parents to be involved if they choose to keep meetings and events at times when they know parents cannot attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I do not know the history of this school in terms of parents involvement or even the overall discipline of the students but, base on the average of the past three years its not acceptable we must do better this year and future years more so my son just started this month as parents we will have to work very close to the teachers and the school administration in a whole to improve the grades of our school! Yes! If our kid go there then its our school too!
—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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
31%
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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
58%
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 Students10%
Female11%
Male10%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities5%
General population11%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English13%
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students4%
Female2%
Male5%
African American5%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities5%
General population4%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English5%
Non-migrant4%
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 Students12%
Female14%
Male10%
African American8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities0%
General population13%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English13%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%

Math

All Students7%
Female6%
Male7%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities0%
General population9%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant7%

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities58%
General population76%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
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 Students13%
Female15%
Male9%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities4%
General population14%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%

Math

All Students13%
Female15%
Male9%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities8%
General population13%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%
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
Black 1 51% 19%
Hispanic 1 41% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
White 2 2% 48%
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 18%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 3%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 1%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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

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

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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
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents44552%
Teachers6786%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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