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Ps 207 Elizabeth G Leary

Public | PK-8 | 1231 students

 

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2011:
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Posted January 21, 2014

I am really inlove with this school. I cant complain. Both of my kids are grade 4 students and I owe it to the teachers and principal. great communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Good school and kids get a good education but they're awful about letting kids go out for recess at the big school. Ms. Kepertis at the ECC is wonderful. She greets parents and children at the door every morning and the Children at the ECC go out in the schoolyard every day. I wish the admin at the big school realized how important outdoor time is for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

Kids are challenged and most of the teachers really care. Many reviewers wrote kids aren't challenged but since they started with the common core (CC) standards in Sept 2012 now all of the kids are being challenged as are the parents that are trying to help them! Before CC I didn't feel my child was being challenged but this past year between higher standards and the teachers and admin not knowing what to expect on the state tests, the bar has been raised several notches and I think it's great. teachers and admin have ALWAYS responded to my concerns and provided additional resources when I've requested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

My children go to this school and I am very happy. They get continuous support from their teachers and I am always notified if there is a cause for concern with their grades. The administration comes out every day and helps with the back up traffic jam at dismissal because parents refuse to park their cars and walk to pick up their children. This creates a very dangerous situation for the children and parents that are walking home. There is a need for more parent involvement but the parents involved on the PTA are there to support all of the children in the school. I give these parents a lot of credit to give up their own personal time to support the school. More parents needs to step up and help, the less complaining they do and more involvement they have will make this school the best it can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

Just check their test scores. This school administration will never challenge the students, because if it did, most of them will fail. There are a lot of students who clearly do not live in a district and got transferred. Because of that, there is no sense of community or joint parental involvement in students' affairs, unless you are part of that exclusive PTA crowd. Most of the parents in our class are not participating in collecting money and products when prompted and it falls on responsible ones like me to cover expenses.I guess they don't care about school and ultimately they don't care about their kids. That shows disrespect. I don't want my son going to school with these type of people. I want him to be academically challenged and have friends who actually live near him. And PTA, please concern yourself less with cookie and holiday sales and more with ways on how to improve academics and ask for new curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

My children attend this school. They are both currently at the E.C.C. I cannot believe how far behind the times this school is. The other schools in the community or near by communities are far more advanced academically. This school has good ratings because of the great support the children get from their parents, not from the educators or administration. I am currently looking into transferring my kids out of this school. I am not comfortable sending them to a place that is not offering my children the best education possible. This school needs to get it together to meet the new standards and assure us that our kids are getting the very best that a N.Y.C. public school can get.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

Do not send your child here if they are in special education, especially the early grades. They do a woeful job of educating the special needs children and blame everything on the parent. They do not go out of their way to support the child. The teachers get frustrated easily with the children and can't handle them. I'm not at all surprised that many of the teachers are on the worst teachers list, and several that didn't make it should be on there. No wonder this school has a C rating. It should be more like a D rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

My son goes to the ECC, he is in 1st grade. The entire staff including the Assistant Principal are a Class Act. Always helpful, easy to talk to, and very organize and great with communication. My son moved from a Grade A school to 207 for many reasons. I am A VERY HAPPY Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

By the way check out all the good reviews are by kids that are in CIG or Eagle or parents of the PTA who are in the "clique" how does this school have 4 stars???? they stink for anyone who is anything but white and have high scoring children and I am white..they are biased and even more biased with children who have any sort of learning problem. This school is not for educating our children but for SCORES and PRESTIGE...they ignore fighting and bullying hoping it will disappear, principle hides and they just cant handle the middle school poor quality school, unfortunately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2011

The real focus of this school is the almighty school grade. Nothing else matters at this school. Parents do not have a voice in this school and are rarely allowed access to the principal. Parents do an incredible job fundraising, but it does not translate into any any extra-curricular activities for the elementary school. Resources are usually directed to the Fillmore Academy. Please note that not every class in this school can have music, art, gym, etc, but they will get a grade for the class they didn't take! My child received an art grade, but never had art as a subject since she was pulled out for music classes. Art was taught by the homeroom teacher to the children who didn't have music. Ironically, my child received both an art grade and a music grade on her report card. She did amazingly well in a course she never took!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2011

I cannot speak for the General Education program, although some of my neighbors are none too thrilled. However, I can say from experience if your child has any type of IEP DO NOT send them to this school. The SBST is, to be kind, inadequate, and they do not invest their time in trying to support students with IEPs in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

It is a shame how quickly the school went into a downward spiral. It is time for a shakeup in the administration. The administration needs training on how to interact with junior high school students. Violence in this school is usually not reported or downgraded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

My older daughter graduated from the 8TH grade at PS 207 and was accepted to all 3 Catholic High Schools she applied for. My younger daughter is in the 5TH grade and loves her teachers and this school. This is an excellent school, and anyone who says otherwise does not no what quality education is, when it is taught to their children. The PTA is beyond compare, with truly dedicated and involved parents. This school will always hold a place in our hearts and memory, as well as the teachers, and friends my children and family have made here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

This school has many poor qualities. The teachers do not come off professionally. They can't handle the large class size. There are fights. Still I know there are worse school, but things could be better here if there were communication, but the principal doesn't seem to want that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

This school is awful, especially the ECC. The classes are way too big. The teachers seem overwhelmed. There is no communication between the principal and parents. You can leave messages and she'll never call you back. The main school is slightly better, but not much. All they care about is the grades, yet ironically they got a C rating. Something just isn't working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

My child is a 1st Grade Student in the ECC program. We've had absolutely no problems with the teachers or the administration of PS 207 thus far. We have easy access to our child's teacher and communication flows frequently from the school to the home. The quality of the education received has been very good, much better than expected from a NYC public school. The teachers, principal, assistant principal and staff have been extremely friendly and communicative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

the principal of early childhood centre is very rude and all the time scream and yelled at small kids .i am parent so please donot send your little ones in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

My children have had horrible experiences at P.S. 207. The principal is incompetent and should retire. She does not know how to talk to parents and always hides from them in her office. The Deans are the same way. You always have to leave multiple messages for them and hope they call you back. The children are not little angels like the administration wants you to believe. The administration does not know how to handle the older children because they are used to being an elementary school. My daughter was bullied to the extent that I had to get her transferred, (the school refuses to recognize they have a bullying problem). I also think that they need a man as a Dean, give the children someone to fear, and give the parents someone they can count on to see that issues are taken care of appropriately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The teachers and administration give special attention to each student. Each child is pushed to improve and maximize their abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Unless your child is in the Eagle, CIG or Gifted program, your child will be oerlooked. They do not care about the students that don't help the school look its best.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

146 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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

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 29% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
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
White 1 45% 48%
Black 2 31% 19%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 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 3%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 51%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 958 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

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

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents53255%
Students34998%
Teachers7796%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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4011 Fillmore Ave
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