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Ps Is 104 The Fort Hamilton School

Public | K-8 | 1207 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

School is great with teachers who listen. Principal is a great listener and knows where the short comings are, especially when it comes to the PTA. Lazy, lazy, lazy is all I can say about them. Very catty and only care about their egos and their bulliyness instead of actually trying to fundraiser for the school itself. Petty women with a lack of everything.


Posted June 22, 2014

Ok first off, this is coming from a PS/IS 104 graduate (class of 2009). From PreK - 5 grade, I attended Poly Prep, a highly acclaimed private school. Due to exterior issues, my family and I decided it would be best if I transferred to public school for the remainder of my middle school career. This school is what you make of it and the quality of your child's education depends on their motivation and desire to succeed. I studied for my exams, read the textbooks, and felt academically challenged and enriched. To be honest, I had a more positive experience here than I did in my private school. I was prepared to enter an academically challenging high school (Brooklyn Tech). However, my best fried from 104 ended up going to Fort Hamilton and dropping out/never graduating. We had the same teachers and same classes, so clearly it depends on the student, not the school. I graduated salutatorian of the 104 class, and hope to come visit soon. 5/5 for me.


Posted May 8, 2014

I have 2 children in this school ,one is in the 7th grade and one is in the 5th grade. Both my children are doing very well, both academically and socially. I cannot say enough about everyone in the school. From the principal, vice principles, faculty, and staff to the security guards, and janitors everyone is wonderful.The teachers always make themselves available to both students and parents if there are any issues that need to be addressed. When both my children developed medical conditions and needed special arrangements to be made for them there was no hesitation from anyone. Whatever needed to be done was done and like I said both kids are doing great. I could not ask for a better school for my children and would recommend and support it. always
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My daughter is in the G&T Kindergarten class this year and so far she loves the class, is very challenged but also very interested and learning a lot. The teacher is great and the assistant principal and office staff have been very responsive and helpful when necessary. My only criticism, thus far, is that the school does not involve the parents as much as they should nor encourage or create opportunities for the parents to meet each other. That has created a somewhat alienating experience and you have to really go out of your way to meet the parents of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

My son is in G&T Kindergarten class and he has gym daily..Is learning sign language and Spanish. They allow time for play and creativeness There are fun activities to participate in like the halloween pumpkin patch where he is allowed to still dress up for halloween..the book fair so far there has been two class trips planned the school keeps us very informed with everything going on in the school with phone messages and letters home Every day my son is excited to go to school he loves all the friends he has made so far I am extremely pleased with the education enrichment and drive of his teacher Ms Nadeau I honestly could not be happier with a program or with a teacher. She truly has made the Public Elementary School experience very pleasing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

I am sure that any parent reading the comment where the parent said the staff had the nerve to ask for id to sign her child out, realizes the importance of safety for our children and the need for parents to respect that particularly in today's society. It seems that some parents simply expect schools to do what they feel is in the best interest of their child not all children. I attend PTA meetings and never see more than a handful of parents attending. I guess it is easier to write anonymous posts rather than get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

Horrible experience. We were lucky enough to randomly get the best teacher ever in Kidergarten (by her own effort!!), but the school's crew is mediocre, groce and very unhelpfull. They seem to work on turning every little thing very difficult for everybody. They treat you like they are robots, following rules, and that they are not happy working there. That does not work when you are dealing with kids and so many unexpected things going on, they should be more humanized. They had the gut to even ask me for ID when my daughter was sick in the nursery, knowing me from everyday, and refuse to release me my sick child. A cold environment, lots of bullying, mediocre education, no outside area and 30 minutes of film daily for the kids while they should be learning. Lots of lower level learning kids mixed in the classes randomly without any care, turn the learning slower and less efficient than you should expect if you have a smart kid. And they dont care, they just keep going to get their paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

As a parent who took my son out of a private school and placed him in a NYC Public School, I could not have been more pleased. He entered into this school as a mainstream student in the 3rd grade and in 5th grade was placed into the Delta Program My son is graduating this year as an 8th grader and the experience of this school has been incredible for both he and I. The PS/IS 104 Staff, Faculty and Teachers are impeccable!. They are straight forward, play a very active role in the child's life and are informative. I have always been able to reach out to any and all members of the school regarding any issues, concerns or just simply to say hello. The school is very safe, very involved and many of the students are overall good children. The school is diverse and I believe offers a very good learning environment overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

Is this safe for kindergarten kids? My little boy is zoned to go to this school in September, and I'm worried about all of these posts about bullying. Please advise!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

Student review: I was in the Delta and Superintendent programs (for gifted & talented) so my review may differ from the ones below. Despite NYC schools being on a lower budget, I always felt extremely academically stimulated and enjoyed being challenged by my teachers. My classmates that are still in NY (unfortunately, I moved :() are the ones going to top feeder schools (Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, etc.). Many of the kids in upper grade levels outside of superintendent did not seem to care much about academics, though, and fights did happen.


Posted March 29, 2011

P.S./I.S. 104 is just an other school that offers mediocre education. We strongly feel that extra home education is required to balance the medium quality classroom instruction provided to students with the demands required to prepare for upper echelon high schools. Given that most NYC public schools provide lower academic levels of education in order to fullfill the'assembly-line' strategic requiremetns, no wonder PS/IS 104 -specializing in museum studies! - feels proud of its medium quality product. I suppose not being among the worse feels good, since misery loves misery.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

My daughter goes to PS 104 and is in the 4th grade. The teachers are great and she loves waking up every morning to go to school! Best school in the Bay Ridge area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

If your child happens to be African American, this school is not for you. My son has been in this school for three years and I refuse to allow him to stay a fourth year. this one doesnt discipline ALL the students fairly, what good is it to tell your child to go tell the teacher when the other students hit him, when all the staff does is tell the other student to say "sorry", but if my son were to act the same way, he isn't allowed to just say 'sorry". In my sons's case, one incident was enough for them to send a letter saying he has a "behavioral problem", while all year he has never gotten into any trouble. Bottom line is I wanted the same kind of discipline to apply to my son, but that wasnt the case. If you're African American and you're bright, this is not the school for you. This school is the perfect example of ways that school staff try to attach negative labels to black children when they see they cannot rob them of their intelligence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

This school was a tragic experience in my daughter's education and development. She attended the school for 5th grade. She scored unbelievably high scores from the moment she started. She was always a good student, but there was always room for improvement. Here the work was so easy that there was nothing for her to learn. And the teachers and staff yelled at the students every day indiscriminately. I approached the principal about this, and she told me that this is the way she runs the school to keep order and safety and that if I didn't like - it was too bad. The breaking point came when they had their annual musical. The administration thought it was smart to jam the entire lower and middle school as well as parents into one auditorium. The staff yelled at the students prior to coming up to perform! Outrageous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

i am a 8th grader in this school and i got to say since i have been at this school it is a great place in the beginning i hated this school because just like all schools there were thoes mean rich girls but after i got friends and found the perfect people i gotta say i love this school it is the best. you will make true and great friends and just like every other school there are problems but our dean is great. she solves every problem and we always end up getting along this is the best experience in my whole enitre life and i gotta say the teachers here care so much they will always be there for you to get good grades they will be at your side till you get the grade you deserve so this school i would totally recommend:]
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2008

I currently attend this school and I'm in the 8th grade. The school in my opinion is really great. The teachers are always their for you, I never saw a student being turned away by any adults their. Many people complain 'its filled with drama' or 'the teachers are mean' but what school doesn't have that. I've been in this school since kindergarden and I may hate this school at times but overall it really is a good school. I give it 4 stars though because I think it should have more after school activities like dance or drama. we only have champs which is sports and some students dont enjoy sports so their should be other options. otherwise it really is a good school. [:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

The school overall is good but it lacks a sense of community. There are certain functions that make students feel united, ex the Ragamuffin Parade, magic show, etc. but it is not enough. I would like to see some after school programs and/or weekend activity options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

I'm not impressed with the school administration, or with the fact that the kindergarteners and first-graders watch television or movies every single day in the annex cafeteria at lunch. Laziness to the extreme!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

i think this school is not at all exciting. It has no activities, just this horrible thing called CHAMPS. All you can do is basketball and volleyball. I dislike that a lot. i think we should have more activities 6th,7th,and 8th graders can attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

I am currently attending P.S/I.S 104 as an 8th grader and I really am going to miss the school after graduation. The teachers are tremendously helpful and they really speak out for the students. I have never felt insecure at this school either since i started attending it back in kindergarten. The only reason though I give this school a four is that they lack in educational equipment. I am currently the head of mouse squad and when we go around to repair some of the computers, laptops, printers, etc. a lot of it has been kept in poor condition. Hopefully that will change soon though but overall this school offers a promising future for all students. I never found a teacher that wouldn't devote every single minute they had to help a child excel.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
81%
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 29% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
82%
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 29% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
42%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 "A" 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 51% 48%
Hispanic 1 27% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 17% 9%
Black 2 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 9%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 267%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 45%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
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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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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Parents93498%
Students39092%
Teachers6489%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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