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Ps 112 Lefferts Park

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 521 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2012

The school curriculum stinks. When my oldest son went there over 10 years ago, he was an awersome student. Then the educators changed everything to balanced literacy and everyday mathematics. My middle son and youngest son have had nothing but problems with that stupid curriculum. The teachers are TEACHING TO THE TEST......They are filling the students with junk for the state exams.....my son forgot how to multiply and divide because they are shoving the test junk down his throat EVERY DAY!!!!!!! Kids are supposed to be learning in school..........not having to go to after school tutoroing to learn how to multiply and divide and to spell. Bring back old school teaching and learning!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

I have really been pleased with everything I have come to realize about this school and really have had nothing but positive experiences over this past school year. I have to say that I am extremely thankful to the school for being a big reason for the great strides my somewhat shy daughter has taken during this 1st year socially as well as academically. All in all for this first kindergarten year I would have to say it has been an A rated experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

My child use to attend this school. Overall most of the teachers are pretty good. The school does have some pretty good programs and if you have the perfect child everything is great. If your child is not perfect on their standards, they tend to be labeled as a trouble maker no matter what the situation is. The principal is a smart business woman but needs to learn how to be less condescending and less abrasive (less shouting when reprimanding) to your child when you are not around. It takes more than business smarts to know how to work with every type of child . Her job is to help mold and put structure into them not to ruin their self esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

My oldest daughter went to PS 112 K - 5 and graduated in 2008. We had a wonderful experience with the school. She liked all of the teachers and her principal also. Now my youngest is attending Kindergarten there. It is even better than I remember it. The school curriculum is up to date and good learning habits are encouraged and promoted without overwhelming the children. The principal is always on top of matters so they don't get out of hand and she works very hard on behalf of the school. Thanks to all of the staff there that have made my children's learning experience very memorable. It is a very good foundation for their future educational years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

I love this place, and I've kept my daughter there even after we moved out of the area. Its small and clean and the reading/math scores are in the top tier of any school in Brooklyn, but you'd never know it because the parents aren't the same snooty breed as in schools in Bay Ridge and Park Slope. Its got some shortcomings...no gym and a skimpy music program...but the small/mid-sized school feeling and a dynamite principal make this a gem of Brooklyn, not just the neighborhood. Main downside is that it only goes to 5th grade..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

This school is great. My son attended kindergarten in 2007/2008 and will be attending first grade this September. If I could mention a few things it would be that the staff (most of the staff) tends to be very condescending when speaking with parents. I found that some of the older teachers are very abrasive when they speak with parents as if they look at every one as a child. Additionally, this school is behind the times when it comes to communication of upcoming events and general topics of interest. They do not post events on their web site, they send paper home for everything and the paper that they do send home at times tends to be vague. I really think that in this day of 'green' and being responsible for waste, this school would come into the computer age with their communication to the parents of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

As a parent, you want the best for your child. This school is a hidden gem. The teachers are high quality, always looking for the best way to teach in a fun and exciting manner. I am very happy that my child has the opportunity to attend such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

This school is amazing. The quality of the teachers is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

This school is the neighborhood's best kept secret. The students are treated with respect and individuality as well as stroked to achieve their highest abilities. Music programs starting in the first grade as well as academic intervention immediately if needed show that it is a truly individualized programing schedule by trained professionals who care. Some of the extracuricular events such as the 'Someone Special Dance' or 'Family Fun' night force the whole family to participate in the academic environment thus showing students that school is indeed a 'fun' place to hang out.
—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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
62%

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
59%

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

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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 45% 9%
Hispanic 2 27% 23%
White 1 27% 48%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 118%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 186%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 54%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 466 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents431100%
Teachers3597%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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7115 15th Ave
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