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Ps 127 Mckinley Park

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 523 students

 

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Posted May 28, 2014

Who writes these reviews???? I have one word for you - RUN! How is this school not overcrowded? Up until 3 years ago the school had under 400 students, now they are close to 600!! Classes have 35+ kids in them, the teachers don't care about anything but themselves. As for the principal, who knows anything about her because she NEVER speaks to any parent, she has the parent coordinator protecting her and the bullying, don't get me started. Coming from a real parent with a REAL review... RUN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

The staff is very involved with the students and makes every effort to ensure every student do well. My child just started kindergarten and I especially like the fact, compare to many schools, her class is not overcrowded which is essential in meeting needs of all students . Even though the school does not have gifted and talented program, the fact that, the school makes every attempt to improve their curriculum and ensure "no child is left behind", makes this school unique and outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

The PS 127 administration is caring and motivated as are many of the teachers. My children enjoy school and are eager to succeed. The small size in comparison to other neighborhood schools provides a nurturing, dynamic environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

I have two children in this school - both were G & T ranked (one got into NEST) but chose to keep them in the neighborhood and walking to their elementary school experience. Do not regret that decision for a minute. They have excelled at this institution. Quite simply, PS 127 is the little red schoolhouse of the 21st century. This is an outstanding neighborhood school. The staff is responsive, the PTA is very strong. The academic program is top-notch. Although space is limited, the staff have utilized every aspect of the building to incorporate art, music, physical education and a host of liberal arts programs for each grade. The administration is dynamic and sensitive to the needs of both students and parents. The school community is highly active, diverse, and focused on both enrichment and curriculum training.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

We feel lucky to have been zoned for PS 127 for a variety of reasons: First, we love its smaller size that allows for easier community formation and connection among the school staff and parents. Every staff member and even teacher seems to know every child and parent by name. The rich ethnic and economic diversity mean that my child already has a broader view of the world. While I do feel that the school (and its parents) feels pressure to perform well on standardized tests, as all schools do, I've always come across teachers and administrators who are willing to listen and respond to parent concerns and to shift strategies in response. My child's first year of elementary school coincided with a new principal. From increased parental involvement (class parents, Learning Leaders, new committees, PTA volunteers, etc.) to better communication between staff and parents in various forms (a printed newsletter, monthly coffee 'n' Q&A sessions, class parents, better website, monthly "family fridays" where parents can observe and engage in the classroom), we have seen nothing but improvement and positive change from the school and expect that it will only keep getting better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

I have two children at PS 127 who are thriving there. The curriculum is standard and sound, the teachers are concerned and well-trained, the principal is receptive to parent-input and open to new ideas and the parent coordinator is amazing. Teachers and staff are interested in what parents have to say. Both of my children tested into G&T programs, but we thought PS 127 was a good neighborhood option, because it was small, close to our home and there was no G&T program to suggest that some students were better/more important than others. It is rich culture and language, and the PTA is active, involved and engaged with the community. My son and daughter LOVE to go to school because they like their teachers, enjoy what they are learning and they want to be with all their friends and classmates. Over the years we have seen more and more parent-involvement--which is turning a good school into a great one. I don't expect any school to be perfect, and of course, PS 127 is not. But it gets high marks for hitting all the notes in terms of providing what kids need to be successful their educational long haul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

I was nice enough to give it one star. Every time I read bad reviews I assume this person is just picky or they are being too harsh. Well I guess that's not always true. I'm very disappointed in this school. Although my son receives pretty harsh work that's fine we're up for a challenge! Of coarse as long as you prepare them. I never knew my son was even studying science or social studies. Never got homework never saw science folder etc. yet one day there's a test a HARD test. Where's the practice they had to PREPARE them for these test?! Now my son has bullies in class and yesturday he got punched!!! Yes a child punched my son in his stomach!!! And what did his teacher say when I asked her who was the child that hit him?! She said "he doesn't speak English! What difference does it make?!" Ok so I'll just sit at home delighted that my son is getting abused and I can't say anything about it because this child or his parents can't communicate!! I can't wait until my son leaves this unprofessional disaster because you THIS is FAR from what I consider a school to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

This school is a very warm, caring, and very traditional in its ways. The academics are very aggressive though. My daugther is very happy, and is prompted to be outgoing and is learning high order thinking. I love the teachers, all well seasoned and there are no behavioral management issues! I feel my child is safe and happy. Thank you PS 127
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2010

I have mt two sons in this school; and I mest say the teacher involovment and school enviroment is excellent..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

i think this school is okay but they have no activitys. but to say the truth my song enjoys being at this school the teachers are nice and kind and they principal and staff are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I like this school, and my duaghter is doing well however, I do think it's too small and with all the extra outdoor space for a school yard it should be expanded. I know it's wishful thinking considering all the budgetary contraints on the state and city. overall I would give it a 6
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Our grandson is graduating this year. Its been a wonderful 6 years.The office staff is really oustanding as well as the teachers. They go beyond and more to help the children learn. My wife and I will really miss them all . Gilbert Lee
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I am having a great time at this school. They have healthy lunches, kind teachers, and great students. (Even though some are not successful as others.) I have been in this school for 4 years and they all have been a wonderful time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2007

My son is finishing his fourth year at P.S. 127 and both he and I couldn't be happier. From his first days in Kindergarten he felt welcome and quickly became a member of his school community. He was tested and accepted for the Delta program however I chose to place him at McKinley because I heard so many good things about the school. I have never regretted my decision. He is thriving with the academics he receives, we are happily anticipating the 3rd grade citywide test results, all his test prep scores were high. The variety of school activities keeps him well occupied - hey - he's going to Carnegie Hall this month to play with their orchestra!! The parent coordinator is fabulous and our principal knows my son by name, as I think she knows all the children, how nice is that! I look forward to our next two years.
—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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
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 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 "D" 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 1 63% 48%
Hispanic 1 22% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 13% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
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 217%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 263%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 67%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 350 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

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
8.4
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?

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents31373%
Teachers3797%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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7805 7th Ave
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