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Ps 31 Samuel F Dupont

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 610 students

 

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Posted October 16, 2013

ps31 samuel dupont.MY SONS A 2ND GRADE SECIAL ED STUDENT AT PS31.HES BEEN HERE SINCE KINDERGARTEN & SOIM HAPPY FAR WITH THE SCHOOL.I FEEL THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE HELP& COMMUNICATION BTWN SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHERS& THE PARENTS.THE SCHOOL SHLD HAVE BETTER EXTRA HELP FOR THE SPECIAL ED PROGRAM.THERE NEEDS TO BE AN EMAIL PROVIDED FOR PARENTS FROM TEACHERS SO THAT WE CAN COMUNICATE BETTER I FEEL I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY SONS DAY& MILESTONES BEING REACHED.HAVING A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD IS EXTRA EMOTIONAL& I NEED TO KNOW THE BREAK THROUGHS HE'S MAKING OTHER THAN JUST PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE 2X YEARLY.I HAD A GREAT EXPIERIENCE W/1ST GRADE TEACHER MS.MAKOWER LAST YEAR,SHE WAS ABOVE AND BEYOND OF BEING A GREAT TEACHER,OTHER TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM HER,SHE WAS MORE THAN INFORMATIVE,SHE WAS JUST AS PROUD OF MY SON AS I WAS WHEN ACCOMPLISHING A GOAL& HIM BEING AUTISTIC SHE HELPED MONITOR HIS SOCIAL GROWTH& I REALLY APPRECIATED KNOWING HOW HIS DAY WENT SINCE ITS DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO EXPRESS THIS TO ME. LIKE I MENTIONED I LOVE THIS SCHOOL& FEEL MY CHILD IS SAFE HERE. I THINK PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHLD SEPARATE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN ACCORDING TO THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS SUCH AS AUTISIM,THEY NEED SPEC. INST
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

PS31 samuel dupont THERE NEEDS TO A BETTER BULLYING SYSTEM AND MORE TALKS WITH THE CHILDREN REGARDING WHAT BULLYING ACTUALLY IS AND LET THEM KNOW THERE ARE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES TO BEING A BULLY. TEACHERS NEED TO PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO WHAT THESE KIDS ARE SAYING TO ONE ANOTHER WHETHER IT BE AT LUNCH OR IN THE HALL, IN THE BATHROOM BECAUSE THIS IS WHEN ITS HAPPENING. I KNOW ITS HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF A WHOLE BUNCH OF KIDS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A CHILD BEING BULLIED , ITS SERIOUS.CHILDREN CAN NOT LEARN PROPERLY, THEY DO NOT WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL,THEY ARE IN CONSTANT WORRY AND FEAR & CANT FOCUS LIKE THEY SHOULD WITH THEIR SCHOOL WORK. MY CHILD HAS BEEN BULLIED HERE , EVEN THOUGH I KNOW THERE IS BULLYING IN EVERY SCHOOL , IM NOT BAD MOUTHING THE SCHOOL I JUST LOVE THIS SCHOOL SO MUCH IT & WOULD BE SHAME TO HAVE TO CHANGE SCHOOLS BECAUSE MY CHILD IS CRYING DAILY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This school is amazing and always has been point blank period. I am now 26 am went there from 1st grade all the way threw 6th grade and even as a kid I loved it. I always told myself if I were to ever have a child they would attend there as well and sure enough my son has attended Pre-k and now is in kindergarten and I couldn't ask for more he love his school and the staff. He learned soo much in pre-k and now being in kindergarten is already learning sight words and brings books home daily for me to read to him. Everyone is very attentive and organized the classrooms aren't over crowded and I am constantly getting letters home keeping me aware of all that is going on in the school. I highly recommend this school! A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

This school definitely has more pros than cons. There is excellent communication amongst teachers and parents. I feel one hundred percent sure that my child is safe. There is no bullying tolerated thanks to the lovely principle. There really are a wonderful group of parents and children. Although, at times the children may be on overload with home work my son loves his school. i do wish there were some fun activities like recess but, education comes first. In the future this will pay off. Teachers especially work so hard and have a very important role in our childrens lives. A big thank you to all the staff at P.S. 31.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I am not convinced that this is the ''BEST'' school as everyone seems to rave about. I yet to experience the challenging academic programs . All I see are teachers covering for each other and worrying more about petty situations instead of making it a fun experience for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

The school is amazing. yes they dont have recess, and yes the kids are HAPPY there. They do gym, trip, Holyday party, Faboulous Fridays.They have chess, visual arts and movements/arts programs, they grow trouts, chickens and frogs, with very little amount of money. But most important, they are great ACADEMICALLY, the kids, all, have amazing grades, the teachers are extremely well prepared, they follow each and every kids individually and they are extremely caring. The principal is always available and constantly listening to parents and staff suggestions. The PTA is full of initiative.There is no bullying at all, the school is 100% safe and the staff is dedicated to make every kids comfortable.There is overall a concentration of good willing people at the school. I personally have two kids here and drive from another district , with a more "artistic-less caring school "every single morning for the sake to give my kids the best education they can have, and I never regret to have left the school in my block for one more far away. And in regard of the recess I can provide as a parent as much free time as I want for my kids when they are out of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

I agree the review posted on 11-29-12 is not from a parent. Parents want the best for their children, should be somebody that doesnt know this is America, when you have rights, we pay the services, nothing is free. I was surprise when i knew this school dont offer recess, but this school has a lot of good things, we can be more involved for get what is missing. I feel good for this school because my child is safe, the enviroment, activities, organization, he feels happy. There are an after school available for this school but they need to walk to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2012

If parents are going to write reviews, they should proof read THEIR work, not t-h-e-r-e. It is sad when you have someone that cannot write intelligently suggesting others to go somewhere else. Is this person a product of the school? I agree that the school falls short of programs but it can be a great school if we have the right mix of staff & parents working together. For someone to dismiss the arts by suggesting that its about crayons & coloring obviously does not have the intellect to even write a review.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

Great school, Great Principal , Great Staff ,awesome Children ,Great education .. If ya don't like the school & how well your child is being taught than by all means Go somewhere else that your kids can run around in the yard (recess),maybe fall & get hurt , or put there books away that they were reading and learning about History or englishand math and take out there crayons & color .. Like really Get your priorites straight .If ya not happy Hey Find another school that can offer all that oh and baby sitting services after school LOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

P. S. 31 is an excellent school. They encourage their students to work hard and constantly challenge the limits of their academic abilities. Despite budget cuts, students consistently do well on standardized tests. More importantly, students are happy and feel safe and secure in this school. The staff has become increasingly accepting of parental input. Retired teachers come back to volunteer their time in an effort to continue to provide students with programs such as music, chess, art, etc.. There some issues. There is no science teacher or art teacher and most parents are not as involved as they could be. However, i've found over the last 5 years that the staff and PTA are open to constructive criticism. They've been as responsive as possible given budgetary and DOE constraints. Overall my family has been very happy with P. S. 31 and will be sad to say goodbye in June.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

IS 318 is were most kids go im a student myself its really cool they have lots of activeies


Posted November 3, 2011

This is not a review but a question. I have a 3 year old son and thinking about moving to Greenpoint. While I see two great public elementary schools, PS 31 and PS 34, I don't see a great JHS in the area. JHS 126 is on the other end of the spectrum with the score of 1. So where do these smart, well-taught kids go for 7th and 8th grades? Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

My daughters attended PS31. They accomplished so much because of the schools great teachers and staff. The schools curriculum was astounding. At times they were pushed beyond their limits. I must say at the end of the year it was well worth it. I have to say PS 31 is the best school in Bklyn. Again, I thank everyone in the school for educating my girls in a great manner. Parents do not hesitate in giving your child a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

My kids loved the school, the teachers and their classmates.


Posted October 28, 2010

They have helped my girls read so much better in just 2 weeks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

P.S. 31 IS A GREAT SCHOOL AND HAVE TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMEBERS WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN , AS A PARENT AND ALSO AS A STUDENT WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I RATE THIS SCHOOL AN "A".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

Each morning my child is happy to go to school. She leaves with a smile and returns with one as well. I know she is learning. I know she is safe. I know she is around professionals whom take the teaching and learning process seriously. I know she is happy! P. S. 31 provides such securities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

My grandson is learning a lot and loves school! His teacher cares about her students, which greatly enhances learning. Can't ask for a better endorsement.


Posted October 21, 2010

My husband used to attend this school as a child and now my two kids attend this school as well. This school has a great principal, great teachers, great teachers' aides/staff and a top-notch academic system. As a parent I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

Absolutely the best at all levels - from the students to the teachers and the principal...
—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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students53%
Female64%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant53%

Math

All Students64%
Female68%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant64%
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 Students58%
Female62%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities9%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Math

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities18%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged101%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students67%
Female69%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities37%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities75%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/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

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
Hispanic 1 46% 23%
White 1 38% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
Black 1 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 27%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 275%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%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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This school
9.3
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City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

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

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents40083%
Teachers3485%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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