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Jhs 220 John J Pershing

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1261 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

My daughter's school has excellent programs which help students to success in their academic skills incorporating all the standards as well as the common core.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

i went to this school from 1970-72 i had some great and some bad teachers


Posted October 8, 2013

Hi, I am from this school and I really need people to know about this school. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this school, people think this school is bad but once you experience it you'd notice that what other people said is wrong!! Seriously people shouldn't rub down on us just because we are in Pershing 'cause you'll never know if some student is just as smart as someone who goes to McAuliffe. School shouldn't be judged harshly, we are all learning the same thing from the same curriculum of NYC. STOP JUDGING US it's not okay.


Posted May 17, 2013

im in this school and I'm starting to like it. It is awesome.I hope others go there too


Posted March 31, 2013

Teachers show favoritism. Not all of them though, out of the entire staff, I think only 3 teachers have their head in place. I'm graduating this year and I'm happy to be out of here because of the awful staff and students. The students are just plain obnoxious, and don't take anything seriously, their main focus is "who can get the most people to like them?". The teachers (excluding the 3), are also obnoxious and doesn't listen to what the students have to say. They just give you assignments to do and assume that it's best for you, not to mention that some of them are just plain lazy. I can't say I found any good friends in here either, they all disappointed me at some point. What utter rubbish!


Posted November 12, 2012

I graduated PERSHING on January 1945. Had a great time in the school with teachers like Ms. Spear who later on became Mrs. Biedenkapp, Mr. Goldstein, Mr. Copeland, Mr Eisenberg and last but not least Mr. Unterberg who lived on 9th Avenue between 42nd & 41st Street. I also played on the schools basketball Team and at that time there was agreat player by the name of Moe Goldman. A wonderful time was had at this school and graduated in January 1948 in Class 9B8.


Posted June 17, 2011

Teachers BEWARE: Not exactly the best place to work. While there is one solid administrator there (not the one in charge), you will find that this school is not managed well. They motivate with threats ( 'motivate' is really stretching it) and do not know how to efficiently manage people. Had these individuals been in management positions in any other sector, they would not have lasted long. There are high attrition rates here in terms of new teachers and there is a reason for it. They do not provide solid mentoring nor do they offer any constructive criticism. Criticize they will most definitely do, but not in a manner that will help improve one's performance and grow as a professional. Like most schools here in NYC, the main focus is test scores and most administration makes this their obvious priority (although they will try to claim otherwise). There are plenty of good teachers at Pershing, but in all honesty, those in charge do not belong where they sit. One of the assistant principals should actually be the principle himself and the others need a solid lesson in how to manage people... adults and children alike...
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2009

well, i am currently in my last year of this school and i really had such a great time in Pershing,. Ill miss all the awesome teachers that take the time to learn personalities of the students, and who are helping me achieve my goals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

This is a great school for kids my child is doing great in school for the such good academics they have and extra carricular activites I recomended this school for all other kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

I have worked in this school for several years now and have really enjoyed teaching here. There are a lot of challenges because many of our students are english language learners. However, both the teachers and administrators really do work hard to analyze problems and try to find solutions. The school also provides a wonderful theater and art program.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 11, 2008

I use to be in this school, its to big, so teachers in the school cant take care everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2006

Its a good school but you cant say very good. you can give it a 2and a half.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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 29% in 2014.

387 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

407 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

424 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

437 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

436 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

453 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
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 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

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 51% 9%
Hispanic 1 41% 23%
White 1 6% 48%
Black 1 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 243%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 185%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 12%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 41%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%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 2011 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents66555%
Students125195%
Teachers9594%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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