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Ps 85 Great Expectations

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 1089 students

 

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Posted March 18, 2013

I attended this school when i was in kindergaden through 5th grade and i honestly can say they were the best 6 years of my school life. I still wish i can go back in time and live those years a little more. The teachers were great some of them showed tough love and were strict but it helped me. I'm now a senior in H.s and still live 2 blocks away I pass through the school every morning to take the bus to my H.S and I can say that its not the school who arent paying attention to the kids but also the parents. Dont motivate your kids I hear some young kids talking about wanting to cut school , It's a 50/50 responsibility when it comes to learning theres school to learn in then theres home training , and the ones i seen definately do not have home training. Maybe if as parents you would help your kids out and not depend on teachers to do everything like also helping the kids with the home work everything would be good. My step siblings are coming from DR this summer to live here in Ny and im trying to Convince my dad to enroll them in Ps.85 thats how much i love and enjoyed the school. Everytime i walk by its a trip to memory lane with a smile on my face


Posted October 22, 2012

I am extremely dissapointed at the way this school cares for its students education. I do not even think they are even following the curriculums and if they are, they are teaching poorly. As far as safety, there is a lot of bullying and fights because staff members rather ignore and turn their heads. Parents need to become more active when it comes to their childs learning. An educated society demands for a better quality of life, while an uneducated society will settle for mediocrity. It is up to us to make sure that the school performs at a standard level when it comes to education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

ps.85 is the best school ever the kids get better ever day the staff is ok and my kids get the best since 1st -5th this year the move on to middle school with tears in the eye . <3


Posted March 28, 2011

My name is of no importance but i am 17 years old. As a former student at Ps85, i was always the loner kid who no one really paid attention to but i can tell you the teachers in this school do(or did) care about their students very much. im not sure how the new teachers are now but back then it felt like a place away from home to call a home. Had great teachers like ms. kravitz and even mr. raia and ms. morey. i do agree that parents need to be more involved with their kids in this school which would increase the peace and learning environment by a great amount. i am now a senior about to graduate and head to culinary school. i never had any REAL issues but there were a few bumps in the road but what kid doesnt have that?


Posted February 26, 2011

i definetely LOVE this school . I went there for 3rd to 5th grade and left that school VERY HAPPY ! I wish i could return there because i love it soo much . I miss all my friends and teachers . But then i had to move :( I love being in the ghetto rough neighborhood a lot ! My name is Nelci Gonzalez and i was supposed to go to ms391 which they say is BAD but my cousin LOVES it . I LOVE BEING BROUGHT UP IN THE GHETTO , ITS JUST MT THING <3333


Posted November 16, 2010

my child attended this school for kindergarten, her teachers were great , However most of the students in this school are being brought up in a rough neighborhood and as a result violence is the solution to simple problems. i also believe that if parents were more involved in theirs kid progress the school would do so much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

it is great school my two daughters both graduated from there with smiles and great grades nd now my two sons are there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

This school is the worst by far!!! The children is a product of their ennviroment, therefore the Staff at PS85 don't take the children education seriouly like they should. My son and i are new to the area and he had to defend himself everyday from bullys in the 2ND grade. Smh this coming school year my son will return to private school. The parents arent envloved in their children education neither is the Board Of Ed. This school needs to be reported. NEW STAFF IS NEEDED ASAP
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

There are many teachers who are dedicated professionals. PS 85 is a very large school and has large class sizes. There does need to be more parental involvement to insure student progress. It cannot only fall upon each of the teachers; the accountability does need to fall upon parents as well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2009

I wouldnt say that the the teachers and the principal do not care about the children because that is definitely not true. However the students in this school are being brought up in a rough neighborhood and as a result violence is the solution to simple problems which interrupt class instruction time. Most teachers are very nurturing and take their job very seriously. The parents need to be more involved and this will help oimprove student achievement. It is not the sole responsibility of the teacher to teach a student manners, math, social skills, values, integrity, social studies, science, etc... The home training is vital to progress.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 20, 2008

This has got to be one of the worst schools in the Bronx. The teachers dont know what they are doing and as a result the children are failing. The principle is not invovled the way he should be. i would never recommend it. I would advise other parents not to take their children here and if the child is in a lower grade, transfer him/her immediately. You will be sorry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

This is a horrible school teachers do not care about their students. Honestly, you re child will not learn anything in this school I recommend and strongly advise not to send your child to this school, it s a joke. The principal and all the teachers should be fired their a disgrace to the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

I have had several issues with this school. I'm not impressed with anybody there except the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

So far, my 6yr old daughter and I both like what this school has to offer. I went to this school years ago and never had a problem. Once again Im around the area and decided to give her a try. Keep up the great work teachers, parents and principals. I'll rate with 3 stars for now. Hopefully the ratings will increase.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

They don't know how to handle the children.
—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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
14%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
22%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
5%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
35%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 70% 23%
Black 2 28% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
White 2 1% 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 126%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 196%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 36%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

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence in School Wellness (2010)
  • Blackboard Award (2009)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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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
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.1
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.4
 

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

 
6.4
 

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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents40949%
Teachers5559%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. TED HUSTED
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (718) 584-7765

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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  • As a NYC Empowerment School, we aim to create a school community that meets the needs of all of our learners. For this reason, the Great Expectations School is organized into four small learning communities based on Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Students in grades K- 5 are assigned to each of the four Academies: Math and Science, Arts, World Studies, and Writing and Technology. We strive to provide high-quality learning experiences for all students. Teachers use the balanced literacy approach to provide well-rounded instruction in reading and writing. The balanced literacy instruction is supported by the use of the 100 Book Challenge in grades 2 through 5. Students are challenged to read 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home every day. Teachers use the Everyday Math program to support students' mathematical development. Cognition skills are nurtured through the use of Thinking Maps across the grades. A Professional Development team, consisting of assessment coordinators, math coaches and literacy coaches, support classroom instruction by providing curriculum resources and modeling effective instruction techniques. Students in all academies have access to technology with four dedicated technology teachers and interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. All students also participate in arts learning with visual arts, music, and dance teachers. Classroom teachers also strive to integrate arts and technology in their daily instruction. Students participate in regular physical education classes and lunchtime recess. In addition to meeting our students’ learning needs, we believe children’s social and emotional needs must be met as well. All of our teachers have been trained in Vanderbilt University's Classroom Organization Management Program and are supported with a guidance staff of a school based social worker and a guidance counselor. We benefit from a number of community partnerships and professional learning organizations. Our partners include TurnAround for Children, NYC Mission Society, Dreamyards, Midori and Friends, Bronx Arts Learning Community, Digital Age Learning, Learner-Centered Initiatives, Communities for Learning, Montefiore School Based Health Clinic, and Bank Street College of Education. Public School 85 has been recognized for Excellence in Education with the 2009 Blackboard Award and the Excellence in School Wellness Award for 2010.
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