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Ps 253

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 737 students

 

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Posted November 14, 2012

The principal of P.S. 253, the parent coordinator, the faculty and staff are absolutely amazing!! It is obvious in everything they do, that the children come first. It is an environment that I am proud to send my daughter to and I am extremely pleased with the nurturing and care displayed by the principal and her staff. This school is a gem!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

I am proud to be a graduate of this public school, which was many years ago. I came from a big family and had recently immigrated to United States. We came here with just our clothes on our backs. My experience at P.S. was tough but I took alot away from that. One specific teacher Mrs. Beatrice, who taught 5th graders, made a big difference in my life. She enlisted in me the importance of self confidence and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Though they were not her exact words but it was hers actions and continous attention to each student as an individual that I still remember to this day. From that point I went onto graduate high school, complete my bachelor's degree, and then entered medical school. I completed my residency and am currently an emergency medicine physician. Thank you Mrs. Beatrice, where ever you are!!


Posted June 24, 2010

THANKS TO PS 253 FOR SO BEAUTIFUL AND WELL ARRAINGED GRADUATION TODAY (6-25-2010). EVERY TEACHER AND SCHOOL STUFFS ARE BREATHING WITH CHILDREN AND ARE POLITE, GRACIOUS, KIND AND GENTLE. THEY ARE GIVING THE CHILDREN A GOOD EDUCATION, EXPERIANCE AND TEACHING THEM MORE THAN SCIENCE , MATH OR OTHER ACADEMIC SUBJECTS. THEY ARE TEACHING THEM THE LIFE, POLITE BEHAVIOR. A PRINCIPAL IS A ROLL MODEL OF EVERYTHING BEST WHAT MIGHT EVERY PRINCIPALS HAVE TOGETHER. THE CHILDREN ARE WELLCOMED EVERY DAY BY STUFF WITH A GREAT PLEASURE AND LOVE AND EVERYONE CAN FILL IT. THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME PS 253 TEAM FOR YOUR PROFESSIONALISM. YOU ARETELLING TO EVERYONE THAT YOU REPRESENT THE U. S AND WELLCOME TO EVERY CHILDREN NO METTER WHAT AND PROVE THEIR FAMILIES THAT THIS COUNTRY IS THE BEST AND EDUCATION HERE IS THE BEST EVER. GODD BLESS YOU AND THIS COUNTRY. BEST REGARDS DALI, KHATIA'S MOTHER
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

my child has attended this school since 2004. she began attending after being inlisted in a private school for the 2 previous years and will now be graduating this summer (june 2008), and i must say this school has reached my every expectation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

My son attended Pre-K this school year (2006-2207). He had a dedicated, respectful and caring teacher. Our experience at this school has been wonderful. School staff understand parents concerns and address them accordingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

I think that some teachers in this school are only there for money and they don't care about the kids. I don't like how they scream and yell at the 9-10 y.olds.
—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

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
79%
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 "A" 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
Hispanic 2 46% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 38% 9%
White 2 15% 48%
Black 1 1% 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 228%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 196%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 630 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

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
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

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
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

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
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents57399%
Teachers5797%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. LISA SPERONI

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601 Oceanview Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: (718) 332-3331

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