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Ps 8 Robert Fulton

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 589 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 22, 2009

PS8 has wonderful, committed teachers, a dynamic and highly engaged principal, and a fantastic community of parents who are the key to making this a great school in a great neighborhood. We are extremely lucky to have this gem of a school, in the midst of the huge NYC public school system, to call our own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

PS8 has a wonderful environment filled with enthusiastic and dynamic teachers. My daughter loves it there. We're very lucky to have such a great school in our neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

PS8 is a strong community as well as an excellent school. Teachers, administrators, and parents all participate and communicate beautifully together. The children thrive in this safe and tolerant atmosphere. The emphasis is on long term learning and growing rather than short term test score improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The teachers, staff, parents, and administrators are committed and caring. I also really appreciate the diverse mix of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The diversity of students, teachers and academics, plus the extra curricular programs like robotics, film making and art. To have such offerings in an elementary school is tremendous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We love the community of PS 8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Principal Seth is inspirational and energetic. The parent involvement is the highest I've seen in any institution I've seen so far. The teachers are caring, talented and wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Excellent teachers who provide such a wonderful learning environment for my daughters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

PS 8 provides a wonderful child-oriented, community-oriented nurturing education. Kids like to go to school there due to the excellent teaching staff and welcoming and fun environment where students can explore, discover and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My child has progressed so much here. The teachers are the BEST!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

This is my family's fifth year as part of the PS 8 Community. The principal is energetic and cares deeply about the children. He truly turned this school around from a place that everyone had forgotten to a place where everyone wants to be. He works tirelessly to find excellent teachers and to develop their skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The committed teacher and PTA make our school incredible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers here are consistenly first-rate and the parents are involved in all school activities. Above all, my son looks forward to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My girls have been at PS8 since Kindergarden i even took my son out of Charter School so he could benefit from being at PS8. The teachers keep us parents very involved and informed. I feel like i,m a walking advertisment for the school because i am always telling people how great it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

PS8 is great! The top shelf teachers as well as the administrators are responsive, nuturing and caring. What a wonderful environment for children to learn and grow in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

best teachers, math stars, chorus, plays, robotics, film club, & field trips
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers, great community, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Dedicated teachers, amazing parents and students. It's just a wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love PS8 because PS8 has the most wonderful teachers. Our teachers care about educating children and teaching children to love learning, Teaching is not just a job for our teachers, it's an investment in our children's future. My children love school and I give all the credit to the teachers at PS8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is a school where all the teachers work hard and genuinely care about giving each child the best education possible. The parents are involved and are an important part of the school culture. The school is a great community! Best of all, the kids are happy to come to school because they are learning and having fun!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
88%
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
White 1 61% 48%
Black 1 18% 19%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 218%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 12%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 34%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 362 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents29053%
Students4596%
Teachers2757%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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37 Hicks St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 834-6740

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