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Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 788 students

 

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Posted May 1, 2014

My daughter is finishing her first year at PS 185 and we have been incredibly impressed. The teachers are dedicated and skilled and the school leadership (both principal and PTO) is strong. This school approaches education in a refreshingly traditional manner with a focus on how students think and solve problems rather than technology. I look forward to next year when the upper playground is back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I went to this school from Kindgergarten through 5th as part of the Delta program, I have very nice memories of it, from reading Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia with Miss Amendolia to bowling on the roof garden and a huge graduation party. No complaints whatsoever, it was such a wonderful environment for kids, I'd do it all over again if I could! I love this school.


Posted May 16, 2013

PS 185 is a wonderful school. MY 4 children attend and our oldest is graduating this year. We have been very happy with the administration and the teachers. I do wish the enrichment programs were available to more students. Bring in instruments for 3 - 5th grade, offer Chorus to more students. Get teh younger classes involved as well, let the children try new things and have a talent show, a piano recital, an intstrument recital. Children need to express themselves and have a creative outlet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

The student- teacher ratio is high which is not helpful. 24 kids for one teacher is a lot specially in kindergarden. I do not know how the administration is using the money to improve the quality of the school but that student- ratio is not good for offering more individiual attention to the kids. The lunch room is not well supervised neither clean. Besides the school is under construction which inside is a mess and very hard to listen to the class. The construction work it seems to last forever who knows when is going to be finished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

the classes are over-crowed and the lunchroom is a mess. the teachers need to stop yelling and behave in a professional manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

My two sons are studrnt of this school,The principle,Class teacher and parent teacher co ordinator are very much helpful,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

My son just finished up second grade at PS 185 and it has been a great experience. We heard good things about the school, but were unable take a tour. They only have a tour once a year, and if you miss it, they are not very forthcoming with information. Given this cold shoulder we were skeptical of the school, but gave it a try based on the recommendations of friends with kids in the school. We are glad we did, the school has been great. My son had 24 children in his class and two teachers. The second teacher helps kids who fall behind, but is also available to help the high achievers. It is also a true neighborhood school, with parents walking their kids to school every day, and good parental involvement. The teachers were also very engaged, and were happy to discuss our son's progress.


Posted September 8, 2009

Mr. Linas is a gem principal very involved and, absolutely cares about the students.There are a few teachers I think they would be better off without but as long as the principal is an advocate for the kids that is what matters. The school is definitely homey and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

I am a grandparent and the first time I went to the school to pick up my grandson I was met by the Principal. He introduced himself and very politely ask who I was, to my surprise he knew I was on the list to pick up my grandson. This really impressed me to see this person out with the students. I live in Arkansas and if you see the principal here it is a miracle. Again, thanks for caring for the students safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

We are a transfer family from what we thought was a VERY good public school in Manhattan. PS 185 has room for improvement but so far we are delighted and happy with what we've seen so far. It is overcrowded but not as much as our prior school where they had to take the library away and use it as a classroom! All in all I give it 4 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

I love this school....it's a small public school that feels like a home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

I too am disappointed with the Delta program, I expectecd more by way of creative thinking, than by just dumping alot of, what I would describe as meaning less homework. The school itself appears to be in a somewhat time warp as well... there is a very minimul music, and art program, no after school programs offered to the whole population, and the school puts way too much emphasis on disciplinary behavior, instead of individual growth. The classes are also over crowded, which would explain the need to constantly inforce discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

It's an awesome school. I graduated this year and it's sad. The teachers are nice and the principal is very active. Overall this school is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

I'm a little bit disappointed in the school Delta program. It is not so advanced as we expected, just a lot of a homework. The ratio of classwork to homework is about 30:70. The teachers don't explain too much and just relay on extra home activity. Also an IQ level of students is very different. I have no an idea how some of them were placed to this must to be advanced class. So overall this school is above an Brooklyn average school. But we are no so impressed it is below of our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

P.S. 185 is a very good public school. The principal is a strong leader and aware of what is happening in the school. He is a problem solver and open to discussing issues with parents. So far, my child has had amazing classroom teachers who are experienced and knowledgeable. There is certainly and obviously a wide range when it comes to teacher education, dedication and ability. Parents know which teachers are passionate. Some of the specialist need new inspiration. All of the children need access to instruments! It would be wonderful if the PTA had more volunteers. I have heard not every parent feels welcome. The meetings are at inconvenient times for many. Regardless, more parents need to get involved. Plus, an afterschool program (for all the children)on the premises is much needed. Overall, I am happy with my child's educational experiences at 185. If it should change...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

This is a great school! I dare to say it is better than the most of private schools. The teachers are dedicated and professional. Its Delta program is one of the best in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

Very good school with good dedicated teachers. Very happy to send my child here. Safe Bay Ridge location. Regualar out door activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

P.S. 104 - Teachers are both professional, qualified, and easy to approach and speak with. Educational materials and programs are great overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

This is a wonderful nurturing enviornment for the children. Kids here get an excellent education wether they are in Delta or not. There is true concern for all the children from most of the teachers. Parents are welcome in the classrooms and are especially encouraged to come in while the children are in the younger 3 grades. Lunch Aides are, for the most part, as they are in most other school. PTA needs to reach out to it's community and make all welcome. New principal is well liked and tries hard. He really seems to have a very soft spot for the younger grades. Any child in this school is lucky.
—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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
43%

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 "C" 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 77% 48%
Hispanic 1 15% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 8% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 111%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 256%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 56%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 565 responses

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents51888%
Teachers4796%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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