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Ps 212 Lady Deborah Moody

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 620 students

 

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Posted December 3, 2012

The principal is not very well rounded when it comes to common sense. She doesn't have the know how to take charge or show much competence in the leadership she was given. I can only hope the next principal will be able to repair the reputation of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

The school office secretary, principal and teacher of preschool set up a firewall. I tried to do an evaluation only to encounter resistance in an emergency case. The office secretary, "I'm just a secretary" the teacher has to talk to the principal before you can come. They have to micromanage everything and set up red tape. What are they worried about. Nonsense I will not go here.


Posted February 10, 2012

I believe the Principal is impatient with the Students. Principal causes more stress to parents than should be if the principal would just involve the parents more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

This school is horrible. If you have an option, do not choose this school. First off The Principal is vicious woman who destroys everything she is involved in. This school used to be a community before she arrived. They used to have a wonderful music program which she single handledly destroyed. She insisted on using funds to put a dance studio in the building, hired a dance teacher and then excessed a professional dance teacher. The children don't even use the studio to dance in. The Drama program is a joke. The school had a gifted program which was taken away because she never fought for it. And not enough parents chose the schol to send their children to. The Assistant Principal yells at the children like an animal. The teachers are trapped. This woman has destroyed many peoples lives. I dont understand how the teachers that actually make a difference dont forge together and fight back..... Rest assured anyone that writes a good comment is either a teacher thatis afraid for her job or maybe Marsela herself..


Posted May 27, 2010

My daughter attended P.S. 212 from pre-K to the middle of 2nd grade. If you have a choice in sending your child here, DON"T!!!!!!! It was extremely unorganized, the teachers have absolutely no patience or control for their students. Her kindergarten teacher actually said that my daughter was too affectionate!! That is just disgusting, telling me that my 5 yr old was too LOVING??Isn't that CRAZY??? The kids couldn't even go outside for lunch!! They just would stick them in the lunchroom for the entire period and give them print outs to color! And don't let me forget the total lack of respect the students have for authority!! I am SO glad I was able to take my daughter OUT of this school, now she attends a school that she actually ENJOYS, and the teachers are PHENOMINAL!!! Not to mention they go outside every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

I love P.S 212 because the teachers all work together for one thing... to help the children of the future excell and achieve great things for the future! In addition I love the fact that everything is done with the children in mind!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

i think the school is excellent,my daughter attends and i am very satisfied with her academics,and the teachers are great.. what do people mean by when they say this is rated the top school. I tell you what they mean,they mean they're are no colored people and that most of the school is mostly white..has nothing to do to with the academic or the test scores..By the way i am white and do not agree with parents that say this school is not good..if they can be more specific on why this school isnot good please feel free to explain yourself...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

This is an unsafe school with poor communication. As a parent, we have to protect our children by either moving or attending a private school. We feel sorry for the children who have to stay and survive, ie to cope with the difficulties and bullies. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

I have nothing but great things to say about P.S. 212. I have 2 daughters who go there and this school is amazing. I am always well informed of what is going on and my daughters actually love going to school so much that they get upset if they have to be absent. All the teachers and the principal and assistant principal work together as a team to make sure that the kids are being challenged and are always well prepared. If someone is unhappy with this school it is because they are not taking an active role in their child's education as a parent. As for anyone who complains about teachers being unfair or lax in their discipline techniques, remember this, discipline starts at home. It is not the teachers responsibility to TEACH YOUR KIDS right from wrong it's yours. Margo LaRue, parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

i had 2 of my kids go to this school. now i only have 1. i wish none of my kids go to this school. this school has alot of problems with teachers and the principal as well. their safety issues are very questionable. my daughter stills get bullied at this school and i have tried everything to keep her safe and moved to a different school but she cant. that is why we r moiving now. this is sad that that school will not protect our kids from being bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

It sounds to me like the first three reviews were written by the same disgruntled parent. The errors in grammar and spelling are consistent. As a teacher of the gifted and talented, as well as a parent of a student who graduated last year, I am appalled at the review. Our teachers and principal put the well being of the children above all other issues. I taught gifted and talented for over 8 years and the parents of my students would disagree with those reviews. I also find it cowardly to post something and not put your name to it. By the way, didn't this person see that we got a B on our school Progress Report and Well Developed in our Quality Review with 16 Outstanding categories? Maria Hatimy
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Posted March 6, 2008

This school should close their existing talented program due to the unorganized, unfair, and lack of discipline. The problem student was put with the qualified students in order to open a so-called talented class. It provide major problems and bad influence to the students who take education seriously. Bullying always happened even in talented classes. This should not be happened again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

Students need music and art classes. The principle cut the above grogram for no reason. Playground is very limited for they use it as a parking lot for the staff. The school disciplines without any reglations and rules. Safty is main problem here. No commuicatoin to parents even the parents try their effort. They should make some improvement in order to be a standand school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Teachers should put displine as the rule of thmb. Safty is what parents want. Teachers should take things seriously and shouldn't shift their duties to students. This school is more a tutorial classes, but not a formal school. Environment is not clear, somehow dirty. We worry about our child's safty every single day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

I have two kids attending P.S.212 and the school is very nice. The teachers and Principal are very polite and friendly, The children in the school are very nice. I have my youngest daughter attending this school in sept. I recommend this school to any parent. I also want to add they have a good drama class, Leadership class that the kids love to attend and come home to speak about it at the end of the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My husband and I are very happy with PS 212. Our 2 children attended through end of 2006 and now only one of our children are there but, the staff and teachers are wonderful and so very helpful. Mr & Mrs. J. Corleone
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
42%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

73 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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
78%
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 "B" 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 28% 9%
Hispanic 1 26% 23%
White 1 25% 48%
Black 2 21% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 222%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 279%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%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 438 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents38873%
Teachers5096%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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