Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

P.S. 95 the Gravesend

Public | PK-8 | 909 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 9 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

44 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted March 31, 2014

I wish this school would be more tech savvy when it comes to email communications. It would be great to get missed homework or assignments via email or school website/portal. I love that my kids get to go on RAZ and GoMath to work on their studies and check their progress. That is definitely moving in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

As a former student of this school, I remember my experiences were terrible. I was heavily bullied, (physically, emotionally, verbally, socially, etc) and none of my teachers did anything about it. In fact, they thought I was responsible. Looking back at some old report cards, I saw many grades of "misconduct." Plus, the ESL program was lacking in many ways. School was, in general, very hostile to immigrant children. Fortunately, I transferred to a much better school in 4th grade. It's really strange too. That first year I didn't change any of my behavior or study habits, yet my grades somehow skyrocketed. So if anyone from this school actually reads these comments, PLEASE work on student relations. God knows how I would have turned out if I remained here.


Posted November 20, 2013

hi, I am a Parent , and my son attends ps 95, for 2 years already, well i gotta said, at the beginning i was kind of scared, i read so many reviews here, so that was by 2011, when all the changes hit this treasure school, new principal, after so many years of neglect people handling this job, new personal, ans as our case new people, we are from Boston, education in Massachusetts is a serious issue, so, when i was in the search for a good school to my son, i check here, i talk to family members who also were to happy with this idea, and then one day i decide to show up in school and check by myself.....well the building is not like awesome, but is safe, big classrooms, gym, yard, i meant, they have everything our kids would need, after i have some words with someone from the office, this person, say to me this: Yes i do understand your concern, i can not guarantee anything, but trust me our school is in and going thru a lot of changes, including the principal, we are a new team of professionals, passionate about creating a great school... WELL 2013, MY SON IS PROUD OF BEEN A STUDENT HERE , AND OUT SCHOOL IS RATE "A" by the state, not parents , results, i love it. thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

I decided that it's time for a better review because, what better review of a school then the from the person who sits there 7-8 hours a day? Let's just say, I am a student here.I've been one for many years, and sadly, this school is losing the great potential it had when I first enrolled.It seems to me that every year, this school gets worse and worse.This includes student behavior, grades, safety (physical fights), and lack of feeling confident with the adults. I find many things in this school that are truly horrid.I truly recommend your child(s) to be registered in another school.It is very unfortunate that the schools own student has to say this.


Posted October 8, 2013

This school is keep on improving. I love the worm welcome faces when I see the staffs. My kids love this school. Hope they will keep their good work and make this school the best school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

My kids have great teachers at PS 95. The principal is fair. Most of the parents are working parents and some of them like to complain a lot. Their attitudes are horrible. I am a parent too. I can't stand some of the parents' attitudes toward the teachers and the principles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

I canot rate this school as of yet,,searching for a school for my grandson to start next year 5th grade


Posted March 13, 2013

SO MANY COMPLAINTS yet I never see anyone at the PTA meetings. I'm a mom of 2 in P.S 95. Parents who really care will put in work to be involved in this school. So many DANGEROUS and terrible Brooklyn schools, if you think, this one has some great potential. AS FOR THE SURVEY, NO ONE bullied me to fill it out. It was handed to me and I mailed it out anonymously from the privacy of my home. This is New York City where you need to be strong to make it. Think. This is a school of 1,000 students. Also, N.Y.S exams are far more challenging than other states. Try to be your own child's private tutor. There is an App on Ipads to gain insight on these exams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

I would say that it's a very promising school, with lots of potentials. I have 3 kids and they all go to this school. The teachers are great and my kids love to go to school everyday. My 7th grader is an excellent student, got a 4 in state math test and a 3 for ELA because of this school. Well, I would say that the principal and some people in the administration are not that friendly, but aside from that this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

There has been many changes in the school. Some good, some bad. The Principal is a woman of two faces. You get the all sweet and smiles face when you agree with her and when you don't you get ignored. Last I checked grown adults are allowed to have difference of opinions. If she acts this way what the heck is she teaching my child? The school has some really amazing teachers but administration has left a bad taste in my mouth. It is not a B school as listed its really a C school but once again the parents were bullied to only write positive things on the parent survey. Those survey's should be sent directly to the parents at home not through the school. They hold on to them until Parent-Teacher conferences and pressure you (bully) to fill out the survey in the auditorium right in front of them. Seriously how anonymous is that?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

I am actually a step parent to 2 educationally challenged children that attend this school. I personally have not been impressed with anything the school has done since my step children started attending in KG. I also do not believe both children are just bad students I am beginning to believe they're the product of bad teaching. I agree with many of the parents about the inappropriate behavior/dress of the staff...the rudeness and lack of respect to the parents...the consistent passing of a child that is continually failing and below standard...the list goes on. My husband and I live in NJ in a town with a very fine school system. Unfortunately I am not the "parent" as I would have immediately removed them from that school 2 years ago. As a thirteysomething career oriented female with an advanced degree I am concerned about what will happen to my step children as a result of remaining in this environment and particularly this school. Their study habits, discipline and total mindset with regards to anything associated with education is completely poor. They do not suffer from behavior problems and tend to be more of the shy type.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

I just want to say that this school is absolutely terrible. I am a former student and it was a grueling experience. The other students are uncontrollable and the faculty couldn't care less about you. Just a disappointing school.


Posted October 3, 2012

The school discriminates against kids of immigrant parents It is a wasted year if your are in the 4th grade sigma. The teacher doesn't teach the kids anything just gave them inappropriate reading material. This school picks on only the kids that she knows their parents will not fight back. This teachers bully the kids and embarrass them in front of the other kids. This school doesn't teach your kid anything. If you do not get a private tutor you will fail every state wide test. I wish my kid never went to this school. Please parents do not send your kids to this school. This is not a gifted school, but the complete opposite of it. I am a parent who is not just writing this because I have my own personal grudge but because I want to warn all the other parents that your kid will not get a proper education in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

can there be a 0 how can a school be so incompident to not know a child passed the math test not just one child but lots of them this school has the worst state wide test results i am disgusted they need to do something to improve this school and fast
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

OMG!! What a disgrace of a school building, my child will not be returning to this unorganized environment in the fall. Today I went to pick up my child on the Ave U dismissal location, the parents were right up against the doors in the thunderstorm- what a scene!!!! The adults were pushing and literally on top of me. I was so scared for my child and the children exiting the building. Then the doors were shut in our faces due to this uncontrolling chaos. ADMINISTRATION WAS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. Teachers were trying to resolve the crisis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

You took the words right out of my mouth! I'm also a working parent of 2 children in the school & can't take off all these days in June. I can't go to the Senior Awards since I'm already taking off for 3 other days in June for school activities, my younger child's trip, & graduation. Senior Awards in other junior highs are sometimes (always?) held in the evening. It even adds to the drama & gives it a "grown-up" atmosphere which is desperately lacking at 95. There is practically nothing that makes this junior high stand out. It's as if we kept our kids in an elementary school and they missed out on growing & maturing in a junior high setting. Where were the trips? The night-time plays and performances? On top of that, there is a lack of professionalism in manner (smoking outside & cursing when kids can hear you) & dress code in some of the teachers & staff. It's like they're dressed to go out to a club. Aren't they supposed to be role models for our children? How is that possible when one 5th grade teacher wears tight tops & knee-high high heeled boots? Inappropriate and unprofessional. I want more for my children.I have 3 other kids and I think they should go to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2012

Im a student here since 5th grade. I didnt really like it before but now its growing on me. The staff is great but some teachers really need to improve their tone. The new principal, Mrs.Ndzibah, (ithink thats how you spell it), she is doing GREAT. She is really good at inforcing all rules. She is always there to greet children goodmorning, pushing them to do better, and she also has come up with some great things.exmp: she has afterschool, AIS, extended say, etc. These programs are great and are really helping some students. I feel like im really going to do good on the state test this year :)


Posted March 26, 2012

Can I pick no stars? I flew my daugther out of this place last year. The new principal Nzibah, or however you spell her name, is rude, incompetent, and looks like one of the school aides. I'm not denigrating the aides, what I'm pointing to is the fact that this woman doesn't project a professional aire. I went through many, many problems at this school when my daughter was there, from bullies, messed up kids, and inattentive staff. the bathrooms in this place extremely dangerous and disgusting. I worried everyday for my daughter and when I had the opportunity to move her elsewhere, I moved at lightspeed. I even complained to Superintendent Dimola about this place, and to be honest, I got the impression that nothing was going to happen; other than the superintendent listened to my complaints, and made a few notations that she'd handled an irate parent who was no longer going to be a part of this school. I think she was relieved I wasn't going to be there complaining anymore. I was one those parents who kept notes, dates, times and track of every problem I had with this school. I feel badly for the parents of kids who have no choice but to send their kids here. I do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

This is the worst school ever! Unprofessional staff! Teachers Do Not care if your child is learning or not. I am so done with this school, transferring my child out. Complaints are not addressed. Do not send your child to this school. Very poor leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

One of my kids already graduated from this school. My other kid is still in it. My older son had plenty of problems. Teachers that passed him regardless of his knowledge, bullies that have beat him up and when i complained that it's a gang they did nothing about it. Bathrooms with urine on the floor that kids slide on and the smell is very strong in the hallways. Water fountains not working. They took away all the snack machines. The old principal left without the parents' knowing...mind you when she started she made so many promises including a park, football field...etc. Nothing was done. I complained about teachers smoking outside the school nothing was done. They are not up to date with technology in any sense. Kids carry many heavy books. The ps 95 website has no info, no directory only pictures of students that i don't think should be public for just anyone to see.
—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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%
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. 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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
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. 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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
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. 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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%
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. 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%
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. 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 34% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
10%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
37%
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. 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 "C" for the elementary and middle 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 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 37% 23%
White 27% 48%
Asian 25% 9%
Black 9% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 47%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 755 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

Close
 
This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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.

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

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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.

Close
 
This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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.

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

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents51967%
Students16899%
Teachers6897%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JANET NDZIBAH

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

345 Van Sicklen St
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone: (718) 449-5050

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools


Big Apple Academy
Brooklyn, NY






ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT