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Ps 161 The Crown

Public | K-8 | 818 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

My daughter is in the 2 nd grade now at this school. She started with the gifted and talented program in kindergarten. I was upset that the class size increase in the 2nd grade and there have been some shifts. The teachers I have worked with are great. Phone, email communication...I love it! The principal is also awesome. Never had any issues with the school thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

This school has come a long way from the last Principal the new Principal has done an excellent job in turning it around ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

The school has a new Principle and he is wonderful. I want to see if he can turn this school around, I hope so because the middle school was terrible HORRIBLE last year. The new principal has really changed things but iit is not enough yet. Fairness, he's only been there for 3 months. If you have a bright middle schooler, don't send them here because the other students will pull your child down. Good teachers focus on the ones that need help but at this critical stage, ALL of the children need help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My son is in Kindegarten at PS 161. From Day 1, I did not like the atmosphere. Children were running around the cafeteria with no supervision, (teachers were just standing there doing nothing), the floors were wet with milk spills (no one came to clean them up). The so-called helpers were rude and disrespectful, they did not show any regard to my feelings, I am a first time mother, this is my first experience with the public school system as a mother. I attended public school and my has it changed. They treat parents like the enemy. Fortunately, I see signs of learning from my son. He is doing well. I know that is important, but when I can, I will remove him from this school to find one with more professionalism and respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

Both of my children attend this school. Although they are doing well w/their school and homework this school offers no conflict resolution, regular gym activities, art, or anything outside of school work. My daughters teacher this year is very immature and doesn t show the level of care that the Stellar program should offer. The amount of staff that care decreases year after year (my children have been in the school since k-3/4 grade). The Crown school indeed reaps all the benefits given to the school. Ever since it was added attention given to the elementary part of the school has dramatically decreased. It seems like the entire extra curriculum and activities are given to the JHS instead of nurturing the younger children. Hopefully I am able to get my kids in a Charter school that can nurture and enhance their learning instead of limiting them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

The first grade should be a memorable for all six-year-olds. My daughter has had an unforgettable experience since attending The Crown School. There is a tremendous cultural bias at at the school. There should be cultural training classes for some of the teachers. My daughter's teacher is culture shocked. I don't know how they teach in the Carribean, but public school should not be military school. Seriously considering changing schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

My child has attended PS 161. This school has taken a serious nosedive in the past 3 years and I am thankful that this will be our last year in attendance. School focus- citywide test scores. Students are plagued with testing material. Bulling is a major problem and principal's attitude towards students as well as staff is distressing. Assistant principal tries hard and the few great teacher that have not yet run for the hills are few and far between. Sad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2006

As the graduating class of 2006, I feel that P.S 161/ Crown School is a terrible school due to the fact that the students pay no attention and are disruptful in class. The quality of the teachers is ok but the discipline factor does take from the learning material. I also feel that the middle school should not be joined with the elementary school as the older kids do not provide a sense of responsibility for the younger ones. You can tell that the school was built for younger kids as many of the facilities are too small for the middle school children. All in all, P.S 161/ The Crown School is a very poor school that continues to spiral downwards each and every single year.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2006

This school focuses more on the low achievers than on the high ones. It is not fair to focus all attention to the bottom of the class and give no recognition to the top half. If you have an A student then do not send here. Classes are overcrowded. Mr. Kurtz gave the school its great name, once he left the school just is going down. So sad but true.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2005

It's a GREAT school! Principal And teachers work hard to maintain the high standard that this school is known for. Let's pull together as parents (our children's advocates)and join the team, for greater success for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

My sister attended P.S. 161. It is better than a lot of the other public schools in Brooklyn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

The principal focuses on 'Dress for succes' over learning. It is an overcrowded school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

My sister went to that school. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

This school is not what it use to be. Lost a lot of great teachers during this 'restructuring' and curriculum overhaul. Music, art,and pe offered is very limited. Not what I would call an accelerated curriculum. Parent involvement is not at an acceptable level. Hard to meet with Principal. Great Assistant principals. School needs to do re-evaluate before it loses it good standings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2004

wel i think parents should do things thats students enter.besides sport.like parent should volenteer to help out at the shcool.I went there four like 4-5 in half years. i should no what to do.unlike some parents who had there child in that shcool longer doesnt mean any thing.half the students parent should no how to do things.butsome of the students went to school ther but what i have to say is thst i no how parents are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2004

There are to many students to not have school safety outdoors during the mornings & dismissals. The school has become overcrowded and it is losing its edge but is still better than most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2004

This school is not what it use to be. Ms. Barrett is loosing control and respect from the students, teachers and parents. She does not really listen to the great staff and parents that have put their heart and soul into making this school so successful. We are loosing many exceptional teachers. The students are not disciplined or motivated anymore especially in the 'Crown School'. A successful house system was destroyed. However, this school can become a 'jewel' once again with the continuing success of Gloria Arthur of the PTA and Ms. Bent, Ms. Norfleet, Ms. B.Adler, Ms. Schwartz and Ms. Pooser.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

I think that P.S.161 is one of the very best schools there are in Brooklyn. I loved it. Mr. Kurz did a good job and Ms. Barrrett is on her way. She needs a little more time to adjust, but in time she'll have complete control. The dance program is exceptional. All ages are open to learning traditional West African dance with an exceptional teacher. The test scores are above average, and the children are fairly well behaved. Its good that the teachers are into the students personal lives because that way they can help the children to learn better and they'll know the childrens situations.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 12, 2004

I find that teachers do not try to hear the parents out as well as the students they show no communication skills there are no activities for the kids to do while in gym and the education performance that they teach is back. I have 3 kids who attend there during my 1st child who graduate she did good but ever since the change the principal has decrease. Remember Mr. Kurtz he had every one on there toes he was at the corner store chasing them kid out of the store rain snow or shine. Mr. Kurtz was there for a principal he also new every child name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

I am the parent of two students (one recently graduated and one in the elementary section of the school) Ps 161 is work in progress. It is not the best possible school, however it has seen great success compared to others in similar geographical areas. The teachers need sensitivity training to deal respectfully with the students. Administration needs to admit that the school is not perfect. They need to accept critism and focus on strengthening communication with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 32% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
18%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
12%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
18%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
14%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%
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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 78% 19%
Hispanic 1 10% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 8% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 1%
White 2 2% 48%
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 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 292%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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 465 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35963%
Students7791%
Teachers2963%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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330 Crown St
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: (718) 756-3100

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