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Ps 172 Beacon School Of Excellence

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 587 students

 

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2011:
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Posted October 24, 2013

My children enjoys going to school. This school creates the best learning . Thank you ps172 for creating
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I love this school! I unfortunately had to leave in 3rd grade. When we came back to New York I wished it was both an elementary and middle school. Mr.Spatola is a great principal. The teachers and staff are really nice. It has a great arts program. Sometimes I still visit during summer school so I could see my music teacher and the staff that say how much I've grown. My mom went there when Mr.Spatola was still there. I wish I could go there forever. Amazing school. I wish I could give it 100 stars.


Posted October 10, 2013

PS 172 is an amazing school with great leaders within the teaching/ support staff, PTA and most importantly the students. My daughter has been a student since kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade. Every teacher she has had has been amazing, friendly and dedicated to ensuring that she and her classmates reach their potential. My daughter tested for G&T the past 2 years, but I have not changed her because this school is one of the best in all of NYC. The PTA really make a difference. The recent board has been really great at creating fun and enriching programs/ events which bring the community together. This is definitely the best school in Brooklyn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Public school education doesn't get a lot better than this especially in early childhood. From the principal right down to the custodial staff everyone here is focused on providing the best learning environment our kids can get. This school was one of the top five reasons we purchased a home in the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

My children go to this school and we love it. Education is of the level of a gifted and talented program and is geared specifically to each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I am very happy at PS172. I know my children are getting a top notch education in a safe, caring environment that will address my concerns and their individual needs. At a time when the curriculum and testing has become so tough its nice to know my kids won't be left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I think this one of the best school there is . I have to kids there now , and one that already gradated from there. The teacher are great , the principal Mr.spatola is a great man , he care's about every single kid, he is always there for them. One of my kid is on 3rd grade, and the other one just start it pre-k. This is a great school kids learn to read quick , teachers take there time with the kids and help others if there are having trouble, they help each child. I would recommend this school to everyone ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

P.S. 172 is one of New York City's public school gems! Under the long-term leadership of G. Jack Spatola, the school and its dynamic group of incredibly hard working teachers/staff do a phenomenal job of providing a fun and safe space that inspires our children to learn and be creative. Parents are welcomed and can often be found volunteering in many ways an under-resourced public school needs help from translating for other families to planning fun family events. I am so very grateful that our family has been able to be part of the truly special PS 172 community. It's not perfect but it is constantly improving and that is a great thing to be a part of. We love PS 172!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

My daughter is in 2nd grade this year she started at PS 172 in kindergarten my experience has been great. The principle Mr. Spatola is always on point the kids love him,he knows all the children by name and he has a great relationship with all of them. My daughter had a hard time for a little while but Mrs Hendrickson was my rock! I love PS 172, you rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

This school has an amazing staff down to the principle that care about our children. My daughter just entered 2nd grade and loves school loves learning it's all about the environment they create to support the children learning. Blue ribbon school in 2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

I am very happy that my children attend PS 172 and that we are part of this great school community. My children are happy to go to school and love their teachers and Principal. Each learner is treated as an individual and when my child is in need of extra attention they are given the support they need in a small group setting or in after school enrichment. Each classroom has an extra teacher that pushes in for small group support in reading, writing and math. They even have Saturday school for third grade and up. The entire school starts and ends at the same time each day because the dedicated staff voted to keep all students from 8:15 until 3:05, including pre-k. The school offers PE, Dance, science, music and reader's theater to all students. They have a new playground in the school yard where the children have outdoor recess daily if weather permits. I am extremely proud that my children attend PS 172 and know they are given an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

P.S. 172 is a wonderful school and could not be lead by a better leader. Mr. Spatola, he highly invest in making this school reach above & beyond the typical standards of a public elementary school. The faculty is great & the PTA staff is incredible. The meetings are informative & their continuous efforts at involving parents is wonderful. My son is now in 2nd grade & loves his teachers. I'm proud to have him attend this fantastic magnet school for leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

I have two Girls in ps 172 love their teachers they are always ready to help with anything school staff is great , excellent parent involvement...one of my daughters pass the gifted and talented test was accepted at the p.s. 38 the pacific school but I been reading reviews and I think I rather leave her here than taking her to an unsafe school ....which school was your daughter at for the gifted and talented classes???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

This school reminds me of when I was in elementary. Filled with enthusiastic teachers/staff ,welling and able to give students and parents 150% of themselves to insure the progress of the kids. So rare in brooklyn. PS 172 is the true jem of our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

I recently registered my daughter to this school. This was our number one choice and we are very happy she was accepted. The principal and staff are always helpful and kind. I look forward to my daughter starting school in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

I am pleased with my son's progress in school. My son who is currently in Ms. Minerva's class loves her and coming to school. At first I didn't know what to expect from my son being so shy. Thanks to her and the support from home he has become a confident kid and loves reading. Thankyou Ms. Minerva your the best. Love the Michel Family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

I HAD such high expectations for this school until I applied for my daughter for kindergarten. My daughter was given an assessment which a kindergarten student is given mid year on the grade. All of this pressure to receive a notice in the mail that there wasn't any space for out of zone students.....but wait it gets better. I KNOW people who live out of zone who WERE accepted. I have a feeling that they choose according to how students do on this assessment and its UNFAIR!!!! If every school could choose its students like this, then they would ALL be on the news for having the highest scores. Don't get me wrong, it seems to be a good school but if your child is a 1 or 2....chances are they won't get in! If parents have experienced a similar situation, please feel free to respond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

they dont wanna take me for lack of proof of address yet i show all i have even the placement office seems to ask why they do that
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

We were one of the lucky families that was able to chose the neighborhood we live in and we chose based solely on this school. I am surprised by the review that states "staff can work harder". Having worked in many schools I can say this staff goes well beyond what is expected, teachers go well beyond what they are limited to by the UFT, doing everything in their power to make sure every child regardless of language or special needs becomes a proficient, self-directed learner. The staff and Mr. Spatola in particular, are an absolute inspiration. My kids love going to school and they have learned so much. Every school could learn something from P.S. 172. Plus you don't get to be the #1 school in ALL of New York City unless you are working really hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

We are still new to this school. I find it ok; however, not pleased with the fact that there are no consistent, afterschool enrichment programs. I believe that the staff can work harder on recruiting good, affordable programs that will expand kids abilities beyond passing State exams. Parents who work fulltime and who believe in enrichment will be very frustrated.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%
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

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
100%
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 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 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
Hispanic 1 81% 23%
White 1 12% 48%
Black 2 4% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
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 133%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 290%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 42%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 488 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
9.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

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

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents44492%
Teachers4498%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MR. JACK SPATOLA

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825 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Phone: (718) 965-4200

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