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Ps 216 Arturo Toscanini

Public | PK-5 | 546 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2014

i love this school i never wanted too leave at PS216 we have a garden a kitchen and chicken did u ever hear of a school with all of this well now u have . the teachers aren't to mean but they are all great teachers


Posted July 22, 2014

If I could grate this school it WOULD NOT GET AN 8 MAY BE a 6. First they could hire much better teachers like Ms. Bambino, Ms. Adler Ms.Alatta, or Ms.Read. Second at the beginning of the academic year some classes at least know what is the class number or a teachers name the rest is a CHAOTIC MESS no one knows were to go who is the teacher or the class number. Third the garden it is nice and fun but I want my kids to learn about more important subjects.Ms Glazer is rood. I just wish someone from DOE could read that and take some actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

The school is very disorganized . One the first day of school they have my daughter to stay in 1st grade though she supposed to be in 2nd and when she complained they didn't care!! I had to go the next day and tell them. Also they have worst teachers ever, never care who understands and forgetting that they are kids and always being very mean! I wish the NYC school department to take an action with this horrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Love this school very educational but there are a coupke teacher that dont teach any thing the school teachs to stay orgnized they provied extra help if a student needs it there are fun taskes like the Garden & a cooking class so that he student would look fowered to going to schools.look at the bright side your child has something another wood dream for .


Posted November 27, 2013

Agreed with the previous comment 1000%. The garden is ok for the kids to learn but they would better hire some good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

If anyone from the board of Ed would ever read this comment. This school PS 216 is a CHAOTIC MESS. No one from the school administration knows what's going on. Starting from the principal Ms. Kaplinsky, Ms Glazer and the rest of the staff have no idea how to handle the simplest administrative or educational tasks. I must say school is so disorganized that makes me scared of my children not to get proper care and attention. Staring from the first day of school no one could tell what class the children were, which for no reason makes a bid inconvenience to the parents. If you call the main office they are very rood to you on the phone saying that it is the order of Ms Glazer not to disclose any information. During the school year the communication with parents is very poor. The kids don't get their homework until few weeks after the school starts. WE WANT OUT KIDS TO GET PROPER CARE AND EDUCATION. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE GARDEN OR THE VEGGIES THAT THEY CROP WE WANT OUR KIDS TO LEARN NOT TO SPEND TIME COOKING IN THE GARDEN KITCHEN. BUT THEY DO CARE ABOUT KIDS BEING PICKED UP ON TIME SO THEY CAN RUN HOME. I ONLY HOPE MY REVIEW WOULD BE READ BY AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE HELP!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

My school is the worse at p.s216 because teachers are mean kids yell and bully me and teachers don't care if kids don't know they say it's your problem so i think it's a horrible school no school is wrose than p.s216.


Posted October 21, 2012

Great school with a leveled challenging academic programs plus IEP programs. Keep up the good work. I will continue my son to attend there until he graduates within 5 years. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

This school was not only where I began my education, but also where I learned English. I came to America in the middle of first grade and since I did not know the language, I was put into a class with other immigrant children. Our teacher, Mr. Wosher, was extremely accomodating and understood the varying needs of his students. He helped us focus on learning and developing without making us feel intimidated or pressured. The teachers I had in the subsequent years, wether for general homeroom, ESL, or art, inspired us to be the best we can, and I, personally, was never discouraged. I loved school, which every elementary school child should and I am extremely grateful to teachers I had while I was at ps 216. Although many of the teachers have probably changed from ten years ago, I haven't heard any bad things about the school so my opinion remains the same.


Posted March 24, 2010

I give this school an A+++, I have 3 children that attend this school I could not have made a better choice for my children then sending them to P.S. 216. They have a staff of Teachers and a Principal that truly cares about everyone of there students. My children, are learning so much. They offer many extracurricular activities, they have art, dance, Gym, band, chess, chorus and many more activities. They have bingo night for parents and children to spend quality time together and a spring hop with a different theme every year. They have an open door policy to see the Principal whenever needed. They have a great PA staff always willing to help. I can not say enough good things about this school. I really wish it would go up to 8th grade, I really wish my children could stay longer then 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I like this school. They should have more activities aftre school during all year not just last 3 month of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

Hi, i was formerly a student at p.S. 216 And have to say it was a horrible repeat horrible school!!!! the teachers barely thought anything, the lunch was awful, (they barely give anything else other than bread), and safety isn't the best, either. Take my advice: be careful about this school and read my opinion!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2008

Hi i am a parent and first year in the school. P.S. 216 is very open and welcomes you into the building . I lovethe fact if you have a problem they are there to help ( not alot of schools are like this.) It is also nice when you walk into the building you see your childrens face on the tvs it is like a big family. The PA is great always trying to help the kids in anyway they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

I just had my first open school day and was able to sit in my son's classroom. I love the energy of his teachers and their consideration for the differences of the students... some are 3 soon to be 4 and some are turning 5 after the first of the year... big difference. My son loves school, asks to leave early so he won't be late or miss anything. They are learning letters and I have seen my son's mind expand as he learns to spell words he cares about, like Spiderman, Transformers, Hulk....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

I have 2 kids in this school and I can tell you that it's the great place to start your kid's education. My younger daughter started a pre-k this year, and wow! the teachers are very caring, and very helpful. Thank you very much
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

When i was growing up i went to catholic school until its was time to go to high school then is was a public high school. Which is a bit different. So public elementary school was new to me as an adult, i was a bit nervous for my son. And all i can say is wow what a great school. The teachers are great and very caring. Any problems they had with my son was brought to my attention asap and what more can a parent ask. The teachers work hand in hand with parents and take special interest in every child. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants to get the best possible education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

The Arturo Toscanini School is an excellent school. It has a dance class, a gym class, a computer class, a music class, and more! When I went to school there, I had a wonderful time! It is still as I remember it today.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2006

We transferred our son from a private school to this school. After hearing a lot of bad things about New York City public schools, I was surprised how great this school is. The curriculum is great, the children learn in groups, and the teachers use many new teaching techniques. The children also learn to play musical instruments, have art lessons, computers, gym, and sometimes have guest teachers, such as a puppeteer that visited my son's class recently. The only complaint I have is that not all grades get to go outside to play during recess. Otherwise, this school is superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2004

The majority of the teachers are great. There are a select few that would benefit from new teaching methods.
—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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

73 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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
75%
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

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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
White 2 58% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 20% 9%
Hispanic 2 17% 23%
Black 1 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
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 215%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 191%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 62%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%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 466 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

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

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents42987%
Teachers3797%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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