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Jhs 291 Roland Hayes

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 641 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2014

This school is the best school ever! The parties are amazing and the teachers are really amazing! It's also a great place to make new friends! I am currently going into 7th grade and I love this school.


Posted January 15, 2014

This school is the worst!!! But this school is on closing down and not taking any more students!


Posted September 24, 2013

This is not a recommended school. I mean it has improved over the years but if your child is an A-B honor student, grades will be dropped.Trust me. ~ Student 2011-2013


Posted July 13, 2013

Well coming From me i just graduated this year And lets just say that 291 has alot of drama like this one time in seventh grade My ela teacher Ms west got hit in the face with a book And so she fell On the floor And started crying And for the rest of that year My class spent it in inhouse for antihigi nico eles On 291 My kik Is: josieluv2013 but it was fun


Posted May 14, 2013

This school has improved so much in the past year. All of the staff members are willing to stay after school and give up their lunch and free periods to help their students succeed. They spend their own money buying supplies such as pencils and paper, even though the students are supposed to come prepared already. The only problem is that the students are not willing to come after school or during the day to catch up on their work. Very few parents make the effort to come up to the school to check on their child's progress. Need to improve on parent-teacher involvement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 9, 2012

I would like somebody give a more recently review of this school, we are moving to this neighborhood and don't want to travel 20 minutes everyday. They are attending an excellent school. One will be in middle school next year and other in elementary school. They are excellent students. what would be the recommended schools around it? Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

This school is no good my son see kids that bring drugs to school.Stuff in the school hate my son cause his color
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

I.S292 used to be a really bad school but its gotten better. phys. ed activites are very good
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2009

IS 291 is on the path to great accomplishments. Quality Review ratings have improved tremendously over the past 2 years and we have presently been removed from the NYS SURR list. Students are exposed & offered many activities & experiences outside the realm of a modern school day. (e.g. skiing & snowboarding trips, Broadway plays etc) Parental involvement still needs to improve, along with parent/student accountability.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2007

this school has improved since principal sean walsh came and took matters into his hands thanks alot
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2006

Tough community and the school reflects that. Teachers and all staff struggle to do the best they can. Before one puts down the school take a look at the surrounding community. It is hard to divorce the community from the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 8, 2005

I think that I.S. 291 needs to improve its academics programs. I don't think that the schools staff challenge the children. The school is too quick to give a child detention but yet they don't have the ability to challenge the kids mentally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

The academic programs exist. The teachers do there jobs well, but it's up to the parents to tap into the resources that are available and to demand the institution of programs that are desired and are non-existent. Although the students receive instruction in Art, there is a lack of music, sports and other extracurricular activities. Once again, the parents need to demand that these programs become available to the students. The level of parent involvement is low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2004

I find it very heart wrenching that this school seems more like a zoo than a school. As the parent of a former student who will not be attending this school, this coming year, I must warn anyone considering sending their child to this school. your child id guaranteed to be left behind. their is a complete lack of leadership from the administration, starting with principal Lark,on down to the custodians. This school should be considered for total restructuring at all levels. There is not enough space here for me to continue, but I warn parents and alert Chancellor Klein that IS291 is so far below standard that it is a direct threat to our children and there futures. I am available for further comment into this school and my ideas of what some possible solutions could be.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
11%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
12%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
15%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
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 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

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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 1 78% 23%
Black 2 21% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
White 2 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 226%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 296%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 52%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 913 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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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

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents34467%
Students51992%
Teachers50100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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