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P.S. 261 Philip Livingston

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 822 students

 

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Posted January 21, 2014

Excellent faculty, PTA community, and principal! Our pre-k director recommended PS261 to us over our G&T and success charter school choices. We could not be happier here. We had an excellent Kindergarten teacher who taught my daughter to love reading and math. Since Kindergarten my daughter has also been learning Arabic and comes home with friends singing songs in Arabic. She is now in the first grade and loves it! The school is such a diverse beautiful place! Thanks to Principal Mills, the faculty and PTA at PS 261 for all their hard work in creating such a friendly and engaging learning environment for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

P.S. 261 is a very parent friendly school. My son has been in other public schools that forces you to drop the children off at the front door and leave, but with P.S.261 they allow you to sit and have breakfast with your child until 10 mins before the first bell. The students are nice, the staff is nice. I am si excited to be part of P.S.261's community. My son is in the second grade and he loves it. The class he's in, he is pushed to do his best. The community is amazing as well. The parent board is great. The principal walked me and my son to his class the first day he started and she is very hands on. The parent coordinator knows me by name. I love it! If you are thinking about putting your child here, STOP THINKING AND DO IT!!! You'll be happy you did. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

Both of my daughters attended 261 and enjoyed it tremendously. One of them transferred from a Brooklyn private school and the other from a Caribbean country. Needless to say it could have not gone well at all! The teachers were nurturing and open to discussion and always responded to emails and requests for a visit. The curriculum was well paced and organized and learning occurred in a healthy environment. Both have since gone on to middle schools and are doing well. I am hoping to get my K and 1st grader daughters in this fall. I am saddened to hear that families outside of the district are now unable to get in. I'm still going to try! Anyone know is Ms. Zip MIlls is still the principal?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

We are quite happy at the school with our son in 1st grade and daughter in pre-K we feel like we can relax and enjoy this excellent community for the next five years. Good admin, good teachers, and good parents working together for a great school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Great administration, good parent involvement, excellent teachers and a diverse student body all add up to a wonderful learning environment for our children, who we feel are getting a terrific education. We never would have imagined we could offer them so much at a public school and we will be sorry to leave the school behind when our kids graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

we are big fans of PS261. ourselves included, many parents have chose it over an offered district G&T spot. excellent teachers, dedicated principal, family-like community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

PS 261 has an engaged principal in Zip Mills, wonderful teachers and excellent parent involvement. All of these factors combine to make for a wonderful learning environment for my two daughters, who are second graders and have been at the school since kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

Diversity, good teachers have I met there and and excellent principal


Posted October 19, 2010

The school is incredibly diverse and the teachers, parents, kids and administration are fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

We have had a very good experience at PS 261. I have one 3rd grader and one graduate who is now in middle school. 261 has a great school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Our family has been at PS 261 for 6 years. We now have a 3rd grader at PS 261 and our older daughter just graduated from 5th grade. The Principal, Zip Mills, is a wonderful leader and has created a fabulous community to nurture and teach children. My middle-schooler is doing extremely well based upon the foundation she received at PS 261.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

It's a school that feels like a small community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

its a great school..my daughter is happy to go to school everyday because of their friendly environment..and everyone makes you feel welcomed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

very attentive, loving atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Diversity and Parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

great Principal, great teachers, great families from a fantastic Brooklyn melting pot community. A truly happy school with a great PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

dedicated teachers! diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Great principal, teachers are really involved. It's got a great mix of kids and 261 does a great job of doing the most for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

All 3 of my children have attended PS261, the last 2 graduating June 2010. This is a wonderfully diverse school whose teachers are not only dedicated to students' immediate educational and emotional needs, but also to the preparedness of their students in furtherance of their lives both in and out of the school environment. The PTA is also outstanding. PS261's administration welcomes parent involvement and cooperation; plus, the PTA maintains an afterschool that can't be beat. Overall, PS261 feels like family and will be truly missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

We have two boys currently enrolled in P.S. 261. It truly is a diverse nurturing environment, where your child is sure to receive a wonderful education. We have loved every teacher we have had thus far from Pre-K to 3rd (oldest only in third). The Principal is truly a caring and AMAZING individual, and also a huge Giants fan. How can you go wrong with that combination? :)
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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 31% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students49%
Female42%
Male56%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities0%
General population58%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant49%

Math

All Students42%
Female34%
Male50%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities0%
General population50%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant42%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students30%
Female31%
Male28%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities13%
General population33%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%

Math

All Students33%
Female34%
Male34%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities8%
General population39%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

Science

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities54%
General population93%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students40%
Female41%
Male37%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities0%
General population45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

Math

All Students23%
Female21%
Male25%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic3%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 36% 48%
Black 1 29% 19%
Hispanic 2 27% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
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 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 144%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 38%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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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents31346%
Teachers4272%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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314 Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 330-9275

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