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Jhs 259 William Mckinley

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1468 students

 

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Posted August 27, 2014

I was born and raised in Bay Ridge. This school has proven to be a good school in the past 5 years or so. I have to applaud Ms Geary and her staff for such great involvement. Teachers are attentive and serious about teaching. Don't let bad comments about this school steer you wrong. Students that come from involved parents, and a respectful home with values and principles, do excellent in this school. --- Mom of a graduate student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

School is awful if your child is struggling and you care as a parent. Teachers dont call you back, have favorite students, pre shool tutorial is a joke(they just tell you to sit there and read your notes) teachers dont notify parents if child fails a test or require parent to sign test so child doesnt have to show parent bad mark. Teachers dont give students specifics on what to review before tests. I could go on but...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

My school is great. The teachers are one in a million. Great after school preparation for the SHSAT.


Posted October 25, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS A REALLY GOOD ONE, THEY MADE STUDENTS FEEL COMFORTABLE, MAKE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND EACH CLASS AND MAKE THE BEST THEY COULD


Posted February 4, 2012

this school gave me depression and the teachers descriminate a lot of students like ms decarlo. they dont help certain kids. thank god i left this school. i wish i passed the dyker test to get in their school. (they also dont care about bullying). dont let these reviews decieve you.


Posted January 29, 2012

I AM CURRENTLY AT MY LAST YEAR . I AM GRADUATING THIS YEAR . I HONESTLY HAVE TO SAME THIS SCHOOL IS GREAT! THE TEACHERS MAKE LEARNING FUN AND ENJOYABLE . THE TEACHERS HELP YOU LEAD YOU INTO THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND MORE . THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPLES ARE TRULY DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE . THE SCHOOL ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT YOU DOING THE RIGHT THINGS IN LIVE .I WILL MISS THIS SCHOOL :-)


Posted May 6, 2010

My daughter is currentley in 6th grade in this school and she is in the Principal list a 95 th average.. We both are very happy with hte school..The school is very organized.The Principal,teachers and the rest of the staff are very happy and very dedicated and it shows with work they do with the students. .My daughter is in both the marching and concert bands playing the saxophone.Everyday my daughter gets up excited to go to school.The school is very safe the security guards are nice and the do an excellent job in keeping order and safety in school.This school is awesome it is a treasure. Please continue to do a great job with these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

i love this school! And this yea i am graduating this year!! :D And on 7th grade at Mckinley i actually got a 4 on my state test in Math the first time and i was very pleased!! Thank you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2009

i lovee this school. (byt he wayy its better than dykerr!) it rockss!! i'm goin to seventh grade and i cant wait. can september 9th come any faster?? (see normal kid who hate there school would not say that i love my school so I am saying that! :p)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2009

I think this school is awesome<3(: all the teachers treat you the way you treat them & they give you respect & all the lessons you need to gain your knowledge (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2009

I love Mckinley! Every kid tries their hardest to be all they can be! The teachers help us too! It's just fabulous to see and Mrs. Geary, the current principal just LOVES kids! She'll do anything to help us achieve our goals!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2009

McKinley259 is awesome! me and my friends have been here since sixth grade, and we're graduating this year, and we love it. They are currently adding an extra extension to the school, and all the eighth graders got to sign one of the beams. Our school does tons of fun stuff, and the teachers are fun most of the time. :) i reccomend it! We learn alot, and still have fun doing so, like this year we had a mock operation. We also go on many fun trips, and getting good grades isn't problem for most students, for example my friends and i get great grades, and still have fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2008

I've been in this school for three years now,so that makes me a 8th grader and I'm just going to say,this school is amazing and I'm going to miss it so much when I leave out of it..hopefully :) My English teachers,math teachers,social studies teachers,science teachers,have been so much help. And I love that 259 but P.A. for the students.Dancing for three years straight,is wow! hard work,but hard work pays off. i love ms.applegates<3. she's amazing.and so is everyone else that works there! 259 is a well-ordered school.They're very welcoming and they are very very,safe. It's amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

Mckinley a fabulous school. I currently go there and is now a 7th grader.I still remember the first day of school in 6th grade all the teachers were helping us going to our classes cause we didn't know how to get around. The mckinley Family is amazing all the staff and teachers are very welcoming. There is also the superitendents program which I'm in. Mckinley is the pride of Bay Ridge and a 'A' rated school. I love Mckinley
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2008

I am currently in the 8th grade and in the honors program. Mckinley is an awsome school! At first i wasn't so thrilled about going but im glad i did. Many people say its a bad school but it isnt. They might have bad kids but they have them in ever school. Just pay attention to class and do the best you can and stay out of trouble. I love this school. There like my second family and many of the teachers are awsome! (espically my 7th and 8th grade teachers.) They have many activites for you to join and if you ever need help, you can always go in the morning b4 school and they'll help you. Its the best school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

I really like mckinley....except Freshman Friday -_- But it is still awesome, students will do bad things and bully others at times. But Mckinley is the best and idc if another school gets better grades than mckinley, cuz I.S. 259 is the place to be!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

i like this school. this school let me learn so many thing. and i like a teacher named mrs.shuangkuan ,she is best teacher.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

I currently go to McKinley, and I'm in the 7th grade. To be honest, the school is okay. I mean, not the worst, not the best. The do have a lot of programs kids can join, and the teachers are okay. But most really don't care about the kids. If a kids doing bad, they don't help, they just fail them. That is very bad, and pretty much all that I don't like about the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2008

I seriously enjoyed my three years of Mckinley. It made me reach up to my potential and I made every effort to go from a regular student, to a honor student & I've been on the hallway honor roll ever since! =) I loved my teachers; and they've really opened up to me and showed me a lot more than I could actually learn and accomplish. I'm a proud mckinley graduate of 2008!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2008

i love mckinley but some teachers are to nice that when kids get in trouble they dont care because they think they could get away with it and the school i think needs more stricted teachers and the deans dont want to susspend kids that are bad bc they say their rankings will go down but hello they threatend a fight here this should be fixed by them getting susspended
—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 29% in 2014.

441 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

450 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

417 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

434 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
52%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

513 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

531 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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 2 44% 9%
Hispanic 1 27% 23%
White 1 27% 48%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A43%
Source: 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 45%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

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
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents91869%
Students128890%
Teachers9599%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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7301 Ft Hamilton Pky
Brooklyn, NY 11228
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