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Ps 58 The Carroll

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 869 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 15, 2013

Great school! We feel lucky to have two kids enrolled in the excellent dual language program, with very dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

I have had two children at PS58 for the last 3 years and I have been nothing but happy with their experience. They are learning all things necessary to propel their education. They are also subject to many amazing in-school programs like Opera, Drama, Orchestra with an instrument for every kid, ballroom dancing, and chess. I speak with other parents from districts outside of the city and the basic diversity in programming and opportunity my children have available to them is far superior. I am thrilled to be able to raise my family in an exciting place and have such a positive experience with the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

My daughter attended kindergarten this year at ps 58. I really wanted to love it--and I tried to love it but unfortunately it was a miserable year that only taught my child to hate school and be afraid of teachers. It's a very classically based system where kids are expected to behave and listen without question. Curiosity is not only not valued--it is punished. There is 20 minutes of free time a day and they are expected to stand in straight lines and not ask any unnecessary questions. My daughter went from loving school to utterly hating it--and, worse, being constantly afraid of getting in trouble. Individual differences are not valued--at best they are tolerated. I expected kindergarten to be about developing a curious mind and exploring the structure of school; I was badly mistaken. This is not a school that values creativity in any way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

Everything is not what it seems, unfortunately politics get in the way. In order to keep the grade you have to ween out the children that are not doing so well, that way the school gets the grade and that equals money. At the end of the day its all about the money....Many unethical practices with this school, how unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

The Dual Language Program is phenomenal. I can't believe how well my daughter writes in French, all while maintaining a high reading level in English. My Daughter LOVES going to school. She feels a strong bond with the school staff. The Principal has created a strong community within the school. Great after school choices! Parents are involved and feel welcomed. My youngest daughter also loves her patients and caring Pre-K teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

The Dual language program is awesome and my daughter can speak, read and write very well in both French and English. The school offers a lot of other programs such as music, arts, drama or chess. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

Because they want to educate the kids in the region and they make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

It's a solid public school that honorably serves its neighborhood
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

It is a school filled with dedicated and smart teachers, wonderful academic support professionals, great principal and vice-principal, involved families, and child-centered in all major decisions. Curriculum is well-rounded and differentiated instruction is meaningfully applied. Art and music programs are exceptional. Physical education is valued and fun. School facilities always well-maintained. After school programs are terrific. A true community school and a happy place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I have been a part of the PS58 family for 10 years now, this is my youngest daughter's last year at PS58. I will really miss the great teachers, Principal and staff. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school and our experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Inventive with curriculum (it spearheaded a dual language immersion program two years ago), and committed to the academic, artistic, althletic as well as emotional growth of its students, Public School 58 is a place where amazing teachers, parents and students become collaborators in education. 58 boasts exemplary teachers, fine facilities including gym, auditoium, new science lab, computer room and llbrary as well as two outdoor play areas and it's across the street from the lovely, green Carroll Park. Arts and music are alive and well here, with vital programs like Studio in the School, in-school programs from the Met and Guggenheim and a rare strings music program for all students in grades 3 through 5. The PTA builds on it all by running wonderful after school classes like robotics, martial arts, knitting, art history, tennis, Japanese drumming, cooking, orchestra, track and field. Many teachers and staff are from Carroll Gardens which only adds to its strong sense of community. Wow. I'm proud to have my kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

P.S. 58 is a wonderful warm school where kids and parents feel included in the community. In a tough budget climate the school still offers art, science, music, athletics and lots of amazing afterschool programs for kids. Teachers are wonderful. We feel lucky to be part of such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

The atmosphere at school is very positive. The general curriculum at 58 is state-mandated, but the arts curriculum is strong: a strings program beginning in 2nd grade, drumming workshops, creative movement, visual art. Everyone takes science as a 'special' every week, and some twice a week. There is a French dual-language program for students (selected by lottery) beginning in Kindergarten. A new library should open this year. The playground for older children is still nothing but a vacant lot and the cafeteria seems a bit chaotic. The principal is approachable and involved and the community wide-ranging and enthusiastic. The after school is well-organized and consistent, run through Kids Orbit. A great public park is across the street, which makes for good community building and friendships between the children. We have been very happy at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

With the new principal in place, this school is doing great. You can see it on the kids' and parents' faces in the morning at dropoff; everyone is excited to be part of the school atmosphere. My daughter entered in K this year, and I'm glad she's going someplace where the mood is upbeat and everyone gets down to the business of teaching and learning. The results are impressive so far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

A great school. Very well rounded and filled with enrichment opportunities for the kids. We're thrilled and very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

Wonderful School that is part of a great nabe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

After two years of forward movement, innovative curriculum, and a building after-school program, our principal was removed and the past four months has been utter turmoil in the school. We now have a new interim acting principal, who we all hope will restore stability and provide ongoing development of the curriculum and after school programming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

The academic program at PS 58 is quite strong. The teachers are very well trained and they work very hard. The principal has put a lot of work into choosing excellent teachers and support people. The children are well behaved, curious, and eager to learn. One terrific strength of the school is its diversity. There are all kinds and colors of children in this school, and it adds up to a great atmosphere. They live up to the high standards the principal sets. There are quite a few extracurricular activities, including a music program and an art program. The parents are involved and interested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

PS 58 is a very good school. My son is in a collaborative/integrated classroom. His teachers have been very skilled and competent. They teach using the Teacher's College reading and writing program - it is innovative and effective. I observed a second grade class reading quietly and independently - just wonderful! The music and science programs are very strong. The teachers keep us informed through meetings and curriculum letters sent home. The children are truly engaged in learning. The school is kept clean. The PTA is involved and organized; they have several fundraisers throughout the year. The school currently has several after-school activities but will add a full-fledged after-school program in the fall. Lastly, P.S. 58 has exceeded my expectations. It is definitely deserving of being added to the list of the 'well-known' highly sought-after Brooklyn public schools.
—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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
80%
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 "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

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 2 67% 48%
Hispanic 2 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
Black 1 7% 19%
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 18%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 117%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 11%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 31%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 496 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

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

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents43958%
Teachers5790%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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