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Ps 230 Doris L Cohen

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 1359 students

 

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2011:
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Posted August 6, 2014

No complaints. Confusion and chaos regarding testing standards and what's expected of the students and teachers, but that's no fault of the teachers, they do their best with what's given. My 5th grader had no problems coming in as a 1st year transfer, assistance was received immediately from the counselor to help with middle school applications. Decent environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

My daughter had attended this school since Kindergarten. Though despite the states best efforts to dwindle funding to the educational system this school really makes the effort. (1) Has a Gifted Program. My daughter was in this program for years. I wish the classes were smaller, but as our neighborhood grows having less than 20 students is a pipe dream. (2) Has lots of extra curricular and after school activities such as theater, band and strings program, South Asian Youth Action, Kids Orbit, and many others! (3) Brad Lander (councilman) has bought the children smart boards and laptops which should begin in 2015. (4) Many events to raise money. However, they need more parental involvement! This is a working middle class neighborhood so its hard to find parents with the free time to get involved but this school could really shine with a stronger PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

ps 230 has some excellent attributes. I can see the ratings vary depending on the parents and students. sometimes the teachers and administration need a push to help your child but that is to be expected in most academic environments with many children. my child is special needs and this school does a very good job with many of these kids, including mine. like many other schools there is no substitute for a parent paying close attention to what his or her child needs and seeking it out. there is no better advocate for your child than a parent. to expect the school to do the job here is unrealistic and you won't find it many places. overall this school has done wonders for my child. if you have a child with special needs this is a wonderful and caring learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I thought the Lower School was great. The Upper School, however, has been a nightmare. If you want an engaged teacher who thinks out of the box, this school is not for you. Too much attention is given to teaching to the test, and the principal encourages it and pushes away concerned parents. The administrators have broken promises to us many times. It makes me sad to post this comment, but I hope others don't make my mistake of trusting these people. They have failed my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

I am a parent of two boys that both attend PS 230. We are very happy with this school. It has an extremely diverse student body, a dedicated staff that and truly wonderful teachers. My boys love going to school every day, and that speaks volumes. I talk to their teachers daily, I talk to the principal and assistant principal, they are very accessible. They have a rigid reading and math curriculum, my first graders have turned into voracious readers because of their teachers. The PTA is a work in progress, but is really making great strides this year to create more funds for the school and incorporate more parents, getting all the amazing cultures at our school represented on the PTA. It is a school very connected to its neighbrohood. I am very happy with PS 230. It gets 4 stars, because there are always ways to grow and improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

If you haven't experienced other schools out there you might be fooled to think that this school has anything to offer for your precious child. This is one of those typical goverment school that is dumbing down our kids. Everything is done by the books and what they are told to do. I had my daughter in gifted class here and you would think you are getting the best but not until you ask around and find out what other schools are doing. How they actually find creative ways to teach their students to expand their knowledge and take time to engage with parents in lots and lots of fun activities. I'm just beeing honest there's nothing positive about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

P.S. 230 Is an excellent school. The kids that graduate from there go to good middle schools like: MS51, The Math&Science Exploratory School (MS447), New Voices, etc. Students that attended P.S.230 are now in great high schools like Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and Midwood. The school loves having fundraisers and events like: Family Science (kids and parents come in on a Saturday to work on fun science projects together). They throw festivals and fairs. They have things like "Hat Day" and "Pajama Day". P.S.230 also has a "Girls Night Out", and a "Boys Night Out". 4th and 5th grade girls and come in with their mothers/sisters or fathers/brothers, and the nurse speaks about how their bodies will start changing. The education is excellent, kids learn something everyday. The school is also very diverse, celebrating Chinese New Years, Bengali New Years and other cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

good school...lot of ethnc bangaladeshi festivals and actvities...truely caters to bangladeshi community in the neibourhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

nothing great about this school. embraces and promotes medocricity. there is no drive among teachers and students to excel in studies or otherwise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

This is one of the worst schools that you could send your child to. I have two kids in this school and the school is horrible. I can't wait to move from here. I'm doing you a huge favor please listen to my advice. THEY DON"T CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD HERE PERIOD. They pretend they do but they don't. Good luck please do your child a favor and moveee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I am very pleased with the gifted and talented program at P.S. 230. The school is a great environment, and the principal runs a tight ship (especially considering the size of this school). The teachers in the lower school, from gym to music-and-movement to art to science, are warm, smart, experienced and these are all in addition to the AMAZING kindergarten G&T teacher and strong first grade teacher. Also, a nice sense of community in the class, since the students move up together through the grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

The administrators at ps 230 have little vision, leadership, and imagination. They might plug in holes as they go along, but they do not have the capability to shape a school into something great. I spoke with the principal and assistant principals a number of times because I did not agree with some of their teaching methods. It was clear to me that they have no consistent pedagogy that guides them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

I am currently going to this school and I think it is the best school so far. I have been in this school since kindergarten and I am having a great year. I am in 5th grade right now so it has been about 6 years in P.S.230. The teachers here are very kind and they help you the best they can. I love this school. P.S.230 rocks!


Posted October 1, 2011

P.S. 230 is an excellent school with a diverse ethnic student body. I met Principal Sharon Fiden at the first PTA meeting and seems enthusiastic about the direction in where the school is heading in terms of increasing state test scores. 2010, I was very impressed with my daughter's first grade teacher Mrs. Saeed. Very detailed in her responses to my concerns regarding my daughters academics in math. Gave suggestions to improve her math strategies. Now in second grade, so far so good, I have no complaints. I do wish the band program included second graders. I wish they have more physical extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

They call this a gifted program? The so called gifted program at PS 230 is a water downed version of NYC gifted programs. Teachers are not allowed to move their students forward because the Principal Ms. Sharon Fiden has told them that their students have to be taught what the general education students are taught. This was once a great school with a great gifted program, but since Ms. Fiden arrived more than 8 years ago she has dismantled the program. I am just glad my child graduated this last year. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

PS 230 is an excellent school with dedicated teachers and staff. Great kids, great programs. The school is incredibly diverse and rich with culture. A wonderful place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

This school is a very big school with a small feel. They do a lot with their meager funds relative to size and with budget cuts, and where the city and state fail with regard to funding, the PTA is active and hard-working, and the administration and teaching works hard to meet standards while preserving its unique approach creative enrichment and learning. It is not a test prep factory. Teachers are outstanding and morale among seems high. Extra enrichment programs are often offered on weekends in science and art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Since starting as PS 230, my daughter has found a love a reading and writing, science and art. I am astounded by how much she has learned in such a short time. The school is a warm and welcoming place to parents and children. It is the best start to her academic career that I could have hoped for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

P.S. 230 is an excellent school that does its best to keep parents involved at each step of their children's education. They host curriculum meetings, send out monthly newsletters, and host open houses with the school's principal. The teachers are friendly, and have an open door policy. The P.T.A. is super active and trusted, and does a good job of raising funds. There is always a focus on the diversity of community built into the curriculum since the population of the school hails from all parts of the world. I just wish that the lower school (the school is divided into two buildings) had a proper playground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

I was a student at PS230 last year and I loved it! The PTA was very cooperative with the school with all of the fundraisers that they have for the school! The best was the school fair!!!


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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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
73%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 44% 9%
Hispanic 1 30% 23%
White 2 22% 48%
Black 1 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 236%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 286%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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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8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents74069%
Teachers8894%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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