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Ps 39 Henry Bristow

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 369 students

 
 

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Posted May 20, 2014

From the PS39 PTA: PS39 is a wonderful school and gem in D15, but it is now facing severe overcrowding with no relief in site. Parents considering moving to the PS39 zone and those already living in the zone must be aware that they are not guaranteed a spot at the school. The DOE is working on trying to find a new school to deal with overcrowding within the zone, but the process is slow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

PS 39 is a wonderful school, perhaps the most well rounded of all the amazing schools in District 15. It is academically excellent, has a tremendous principal, teachers who go above and beyond and a committed parent body. It has small classes and loads of enrichment. Test scores and PTA contributions are rising rapidly. The school just added an after school program in fall 2012. My two children are thriving there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

PS 39 is a gem of a school. The teachers are truly dedicated and the parent association is very strong. There are many school events, such as an nternational potluck dinner, Halloween party, and carnival, where the parents and teachers come together to make this school a true community. Ms. De Paz (principal) is super. My daughter feels great about herself, has many friends, and is academically challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

My son trots off to school happily every morning and comes home every afternoon with accounts of all the interesting events and knowledge he has gained throughout the day. The principal is really really smart, aware, caring and approachable, as are the teachers and staff members. Great combo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

P.S. 39 is like the good thing in the small package. It is a small building but, the education is huge. Children learn all they need to know to become achievers. We are very proud of all of the children in the school. I personally love them all.


Posted April 20, 2010

It is a wonderful little school. My daughter is very happy there, and the academic level is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Wonderful family atmosphere; small class size; informed and caring leadership; great enrichment programs; wonderful teachers...I could go on and on!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

i think the children are learning very well in this school. My compliments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Because my grandchild attends it and loves her school and teachers and is obviously learning a great deal.


Posted April 20, 2010

I am very proud of the progress my granddaughter has made at P.S.39. She is challenged and happy. What more could we ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

This is a great school! The kids love it and are learning! Lots of great programs and enrichment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

Both my children have received a tremendous education at PS39. The teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

A true neighborhood school, where all the kids know each other--and all the teachers know all the kids! PS 39's small size means small class size and more attention from the excellent, dedicated staff. The past four years, under Principal Anita DePaz have seen the school grow and flourish--our kids love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I have to disagree with the last reviewer's comment about working parents not being welcome at PS 39. My husband and I both work full-time and have a daughter in Kindergarten at PS 39 (she started last year for pre-k). We have always felt welcome at school, and found her teachers and the administration willing and able to communicate with me via phone, email or in person when I have been able to be at school. This year, I am a class parent, involved in fundraisers and truly enjoying meeting many new people at the school. There's an active Yahoo group for parents to keep up with the issues of the school, and no shortage of information that comes home each day. PS 39 is a special place, one my daughter feels very much at home in, and one I appreciate more and more each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Great neighborhood school with smallish class sizes and a fabulous teachers, staff and principal. Plus a great PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

PS 39 is the best elementary school ever! It's one of the oldest school houses in the city, which makes it very intimate and warm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

PS39 is like a second family. It's an incredible community of teachers and parents who are wonderful influences for our kids. My daughter has learned so much and we have made treasured friendships. The school's approach to teaching each individual child based on their needs is outstanding. They provide excellent support to the teachers to make sure they have the tools to assess and challenge every child in the class room. They all deserve gold medals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

A gem of a school hiden within Brooklyn. A great school that reaches for the stars for all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It's warm and friendly, it's small and everyone knows each other; all the teachers know all the kids, there are no hallways, the kids walk from room to room through classrooms and don't disturb the class that's going on; the teachers get G&T education without imposing a G&T structure, so there's no feeling of elitism; the principal is warm and smart and welcoming and has been there in one position or other for over 2 decades, and my child is thriving! she was adopted and she's just thriving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

PS 39 is a small and very welcoming school where the excellent teachers are excited to be teaching there. Everyone who works in the school knows almost all the children by name. It feels like a family. The teachers are progressive, caring, and good collaborators. My kids love it!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
74%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

48 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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
89%
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

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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 2 60% 48%
Hispanic 1 20% 23%
Black 1 12% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 8% 9%
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 26%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 61%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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Based on 231 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents20465%
Teachers27100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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