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Ps 108 Philip J Abinanti

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 586 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2014

PS108 is a great school. My daughter has attended this school since kinder and we were always happy about the teachers including principal and the programs such as summer camp to a farm, project boost, sicence fair, and etc. that the school has developed. All the teachers (as far as we expericenced) were fair and nice to the kids with a reasonable levels of strictness. I would give more stars only if I can. I believe this school has to be rated as 9 if not 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

This school has been robbed a true progress card rating because some wrote their own dissatisfaction in the school survey instead of going to administration. They should have an A rating because they are a well developed school. Teachers truly have the children's best interest in their successes and aim toward getting the best scores on the state tests they can. All the teachers including the physical education teacher integrate their subjects to enhance the children's education. This school is rich in educational resources to help children that need it. The principal has an open door policy that I have needed on several occasions and was never turned away. The lunch aides are there a long time and also know the kids by first name along with their likes and dislikes. The lunch staff cook up a nutritious lunch urging kids to use the salad bar and eat their fresh fruit and veggies. The custodians work day so the school is always a very clean and safe environment. I know these things because I am parent of a child in the fourth grade. This school has a very active PTA and the Parent Coordinator is such a great asset to the school and willing to help parents at any time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Love the staff and the interest they have as a team to improve the students academically.. im a proud parent knowing my son attends this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

P.S. 108 is a great elementary school. The teachers work very hard and prepare the kids well for the tests. Parents also need to work with their kids for the best result. The staff knows what to teach and they don't waste the kids time. Class size is too big, but teachers do an A+ job in educating the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

I am a parent of (2) children attending PS 108X, grade 3 and grade 1. Last year was the 1st time my children attended a public school settng so it was a hard adjustment for me and the children. I agreed to a public eduation so they can receive the addtional help in reading and writing that could not be accomplished in a Catholic school setting. I must admit that the school is very well maintained, and the support staff and teachers are very nurturing. It may be hard to communicate directly with the principal regarding your concerns, for the exception of securing an appointment so good luck on that one. Despite my unsuccesful attempts to communicate directly with the princiipal, I handled all of my concerns direclty with the IEP team and teachers. The school yard had a complete makeover, which the community also enjoys when school is not in session. Both my children are receiving supported services with a warm team. I am happy that I've made this transition. Kudos to PS 108X and keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

I am in 7th grade now but i went to ps 108 from kindergarten to 5th grade. i highly recommend this school to anyone who is having a hard time making a choice with what school to send their kids to. the learning is great and there is not too much homework so your child will have time to relax. i made many friends even a great friend i still see every day today! the staff and teachers are very nice and helpful so you are sure that youre child is in good hands! the only thing i didnt like was no sports teams or afterschool activities except for ymca


Posted December 14, 2011

I love this school and my son loves it even more he loves his teachers and he loves his friends
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

My daughter attends this school and has since kindergarten. Although the budget cut have affected the afterschool programs such as the high way robbery after school program that charges $200 for young students to baby sit your child till 6pm and have no experience nor actual planned activities.The extended day program has been cut down from 5 days to only two. The teachers ask students about personal information that is unnecessary for them to know. The school itself does have a safe community feeling, although it has received numerous bomb threats through the years, which can make you feel very uncomfortable. As for school trips there are many, but don't expect to get picked for chaperoning school trips with our child. They exclusively pick favored parents,preferred parents. The reason for the 4 stars is definitely because of the educational progress my daughter has made with this school besides these other little details.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

My level of satisfaction with this school remains to be seen. I chose PS 108 over neighboring catholic schools because of the level of transparency and accountability built into the public school system, as well as its adoption of progressive teaching methods and technology tools that you just don't find in catholic schools. PS 108 partially fits the bill as a solid neighborhood school, although I question how much of the student body is truly from the neighborhood. I've been happy so far with those who have taught my children, but some of the students we've encountered have been abhorrent. Disruptive, disrespectful, and a distraction in the classroom, not to mention a less-than-stellar influence on classmates. While I understand that public school is open to all children, it's a huge detriment to the school as a whole and should be handled better. Additionally, relations between faculty and administration are visibly tense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

I have three children in this school and I am surprised by this rating. I feel this school is a ten. The principal and new assistant principal are very personable and are doing an extroridarny job. All the teachers my children have had are so passionate about there job along with the paras and lunch aids. I read a comment about Ms. Sanabria so this is why I am writing a comment now. Ms. Sanabria is every parents dream come true though I have other experiences with other teachers no one comes close to her. She is just a remarkable woman. I must also compliment the gym teacher as well there has been no better than Ms. Mac, I thought we had no hope with all the gym teachers we had in the past 5 years. Iam stuck in the Bronx till they all graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

i love this school i was in it 4 1 year and i loved it the aids were really nice and the teachers were really nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2009

My Daughter has been attending this school since the second grade, this year she'll be in the 4th grade and I love this school. It's clean, teachers and staff are all wonderful people, the school is almost like a second home for her. My daughter was in the cheerleading team last year and she loved it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Great school, my son graduated from this school 4 yrs ago and now my daughter attends here. She's in first grade and is doing above average she loves her teacher and so do I she is amazing!!!! Thank you Ms. Sanabria they need more teachers like you and Principals
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

Both my son and myself love this school The teacher, the administration and the Principal are great and work togehter as a team. My son is now in 4th grade and I am terrified as to where he will go after next year. I am sure that most parents who's children attend ps 108 feel as I do upset and disappointed as to the schools available to our children. Where do they go? What do we do? Catholic? can we afford it. Being a single mom I know I can't. But, no way no how will I place my son in IS 144.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

I love to school very much, but the school needs to have more sport activities. From What i seen the gym is small which I am not happy with, They call it the all purpose room & it is the all purpose room. Other then this the Teachers & principal are great. I wish the school would go up to 8th grade. k-Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

I and my daughter love this school. They care for all of the children. They have great teachers and the Principal is outstanding! This school rocks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

It was excellent school to go to. I really enjoyed going there for the 6 years I was there if only it went up to a higher grade like atleast 6th grade because there they had really good disapline there was no cursing, no fighting, and nothing bad ever really happened. When I went to middle school this year (2007-2008) it was alot different than P.S.108. My name is Christopher Blanco and I really loved and enjoed this school for the 6 years I was there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2007

I love P.S.108. Its a great school and my children feel safe there. Teachers aids are the greatest and always helpful. I like the fact that the Principal is strict on uniforms and also very well organized. I only wish that the school offered after school sports teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

I like the school very much. Their study pattern is well organised. Teaching staffs are well trained. Good school for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

i love p.s. 108. it is a great school, my son is now in 5th grade i really want to cry that he has to leave in june-2008. i am so worried where to put him. i wish this school went up to the the 8th grade. it is a very clean and safe place for the kids. the teachers are wonderful, very caring and patient. i would recommend anybody to put their children in this school.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
65%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
80%
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
Hispanic 1 45% 23%
White 1 31% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 12% 9%
Black 2 10% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 28%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 267%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 46%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

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

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.8
 

City average

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

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28954%
Teachers2978%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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