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P.S. 34 Oliver H Perry

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 525 students

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Posted April 29, 2010

great staff especially the computer lab teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2010

My son loves this school. The teachers are awesome and they really care for the students. The school is clean and well kept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The school is great, because my son learns a lot.He likes his teacher, and diffrent staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

This school is the best! My son comes home with new knowledge everyday and is excited about it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The best school I know. My boys love going to school. It's a safe, comfortable atmosphere and the teachers are the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

An excellent school with caring teachers my son loves it and is excelling
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

An excellent education in one-room schoolhouse/European style. The kids are innocent and well-behaved...which is very unusual for this media-soaked generation. People always ask me 'where does your kid go to school?' when they see his abilities AND his behavior. Few parents are affluent, but yet the principle/teachers/staff give a private school ed at public school prices. Tours of MoMA, Lincoln Center, and 1st grade Orchestra, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

PS 34 is an extraordinary school with an excellent staff. It is definitely Greenpoint's 'all around' best elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

It is a school filled with wonderful people who deeply care about children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

We love PS 34, great teachers, wonderful teachers, amazing principle and assistant principle and caring incredible staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Teachers work together with parents for great envarimet to our kids.The staff very helpfull
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

because he have the best teacher and principal .My dora feel safety this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

P.S. 34 is an all around wonderful school. It is a jewel in our Greenpoint community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My daughter loves going to school. PS 34 has the best teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

PS 34 is a wonderful school known for its academic excellence and wonderful teachers. : ) It's the place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

I have 2 daughters one of them graduated and now is going into a great high school my other daughter is still in that school i really recomend this school for everyone if you want your child getting alot of education. If you have problems with picking up your child they have afterschool programs wich include a meal. My daughters and i are very satisfied with this school because when your child is graduating they will make sure your child gets inot a great middle school like IS 318 even though this school isnt in manhattan doesnt meen its bad. This is one of the best schools in NYC !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

My daughter has been going there for two years not and it seems to be a very good school. All teachers are very nice and attentive, the students are disciplined and the principal seems to know every child under her roof - I am impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

in my opinion the best public school in all of Brooklyn We are fortunate to have our child in such a wonderful environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

great place for kids to learn and develope confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Zero tolerance for bullying, inclusive philosophy, students are driven to achieve at the highest level, great PTA and parental involvement. Small classes, cozy environment. Could use more art and music, but what else is new in NY public schools. Regardless, they do the best they can in that regard. My son is very happy at P.S. 34.
—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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
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 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 "B" 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 73% 48%
Hispanic 1 21% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 214%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1100%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%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
Polish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence Award (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
School leaders can update this information here.
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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Based on 428 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents40287%
Teachers2684%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:55 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. CARMEN ASSELTA
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Parents are integral part of the school community and serve on various committees. they support the school as learning leaders and artists-volunteers. the pta is vibrant and very active.
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  • PS 34 is a true community school where every child is nurtured and happy. Teachers and staff are dedicated and committed to excellence for every child in every classroom.
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131 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (718) 389-5842

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