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Ps 29 John M Harrigan

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 708 students

 
 

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Posted May 25, 2014

My son goes to this school. I love the staff. My issue with this school is the lack of homework. My son is in kindergarten, and if he brought homework home twice, he brought a lot. My other concern is Why do we need to pay for afterschool care? That service is suppose to be free for all public schools. I would surely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

It has only been 2 weeks so far but my daughter has expressed that she is enjoying her school much better than her prior school. The community is extremely supportive of the PTA. And the support allows the PTA to provide great services to the kids and parents. The teachers and staff that I have met so far are knowledgable, friendly but with the right amount of firmness. The principal is clearly involved in making the school even better during and after school-hours by organizing committees to tackle any problems. In addition during school hours she is easy to approach by the kids as she spends time in the lunchroom assisting the volunteers and staff. The school also is commited to provide healthy lunches by growing their own vegetables and bringing in a chef to create better balanced meals than the city provides. I have to say that so far I'm very impressed by school staff and the community coming together to help give our kids a better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

PS 29 is GREAT; if your child is a little white girl. If they are "of color" (ANY color) come and be ready to deal with administration again and again. So many people push to get their children in this school, but parents of African American boys are pulling them out. I can count four right off the top of my head. (All good students, who have gone on and done quite well) My son was subjected to "major" racial incidences EVERY year (K, 1st, 2nd, ...) . Administration? Uninterested and uninvolved. And with as many First Year teachers they hire, would it KILL them to hire a teacher of color? I mean really.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I do not recommend this school to anyone who asks. We have been here some time and, unlike others in the school community, we don't have resources to move to private school. This school preaches diversity but does not practice it. Children of color or whose parents aren't constantly present are left out. They teach too much to tests and once the tests are done - so are they. Late May and June is a play date. It's clear the principal and her staff get "bonuses" based on tests so they have little interest in providing a strong education. Most 5th graders are stumped by simple math - a failure no matter what the scores are. And the new scores bear this out. Look at the decline from 3rd to 5th. There are some good teachers there but they are hampered by administators who hover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

P.S. 29 is a wonderful community school that values diversity and provides an enriching environment for all students. The teachers and staff are all committed to the students and to helping them learn and grow as people. I feel fortunate to have been a part of this community and that my children have had such a wonderful experience there. The PTA is very active and has been able to raise funds so that even with massive budget cuts the school can continue with the arts and music programs that have helped to make the school special. The wonderful garden in the school yard gives children an understanding of where food comes from and encourages them, through participation in growing and harvesting food, to eat better.


Posted April 14, 2010

PS 29 is a wonderful school, with great teachers, administrators and a very engaged parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

PS29 is a terrific community, everyone in it together to provide kids with a great education. I have been very impressed and am looking forward to my second child attending next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

Great school with good arts, science and P.E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Amazing teachers, strong leadership, caring and involved parents, great arts initiatives, high standards, wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

The warm and wonderfully involved community; the amazingly organized and helpful staff/adminstration; the great teachers; and openness to new ideas--anything to continually improve the school and give the students the best education and experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

It's writing program makes kids love writing as early as kindergarten. The teachers are caring and go out of their way to help students learn. The whole school is a community where many different cultures mix and get along. Everyone volunteers to make the school better. It's a big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

PS 29 is very socially and environmentally aware. I love the garden they have in the yard teaching the children about healthy eating and farming
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

We love PS 29 for its great teachers, arts collaborations with BCM, BAM, Food & Farming, etc., small class ratio, and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

the community is awesome, loving and friendly with good values!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

I love PS29 for many reasons. Here are few reasons: The principle's vision and leadership, talented and dedicated teachers and staff, passionate and savvy PTA, and of course, because my son loves going to school every morning and comes back happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Caring and professional staff. Safe environment. Strong curriculum connections. Diverse hands-on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

The best teachers and administration
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

The teachers understand differentiated instruction and really help kids work at their individual levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

They teachers are amazing and there are a million events and projects for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

My daughter leaves for school with a smile on her face every morning and comes home with an even bigger one. She went to Pre K at PS 29 and loved every single day of it. So far Pre K is the same experience. We love the community spirit at the school and the commitment from the teachers to make this the sophisticated learning environment we cherish for our daughter.
—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.

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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 31% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities38%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant80%

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant79%
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 Students63%
Female68%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities33%
General population71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Math

All Students71%
Female67%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities47%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Science

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities62%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities20%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
African American27%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities27%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
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 "A" 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
White 2 65% 48%
Hispanic 2 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 11% 9%
Black 2 7% 19%
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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 119%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%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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9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

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

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents44673%
Teachers4485%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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