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Jhs 292 Margaret S Douglas

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 783 students

 

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Posted April 30, 2014

I believe that this school is exceptional and should continue it's good work. The teachers are well educated and are the reason this school is doing as well as it is. I really love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

How can a school be allowed to have students wear different color shirts to identify the gifted students from the non-gifted students? Why do the teachers give access to quality resources to the gifted students while the "yellow shirts" do not get treated the same? I had to remove my child after a semester because it was not a good place for him. The teachers need to stop treating the kids like some students can learn while others are simply stupid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I love my child's school and the staff is very warm and welcoming to parents. I would like the school to remain the same, however we are now being obligated to divide our small school into three schools and I believe the whole dynamics of the school will change. Hope it is for the best because the principal, Ms. Williams and the staff are doing a great job. They are my village helping me raise my children. Maria Guevara Ruiz
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2012

My daughter went to IS 292. I was very pleased with the quality of work and the high expectation. My child did very well, and was recognized for her diligence and commitment on several occasions. The teachers work with parents to get every student on grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

It was unfortunate that this school was given negative publicity in the front page of NYC Daily News. In fact, this article about littering the 911 memorial site somehow seeks to over shadow an institution with a strong academic program, exceptional after-school outlet for kids and many supportive services. I must confess this is not the best school in NYC but a school of this caliber in a low income neighborhood does an excellent job in ensuring that many kids meet requirements for specialized high school; this year was no different with 10 kids being admitted to Brooklyn Tech and Stuyvesant schools. Even though my son did not meet my expectations is not a sufficiently good reason to cast aspersion on this school. At least he was fully engaged in specialized high school prep, completely overwhelmed with homework and assignments, exposed to a variety of vocational training including photography. He was even given the opportunity of completing high school credits (regents). The many complaints were just noises he made but in the final analysis I saw growth. Like other school, some kids have little regards for adults but at the end of the day the administration should be commended
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

This school used to be a terrible school were children were very violent. But over the years this school has established a gifted and talented program that promotes all above average children. This school also has many excellent performing arts programs. This school has also got a new principal since 2004. This new principal is strong and really cares about children he has established Saturday school and a breathing program that tries t help kids focus and relax.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 29, 2010

Very bad school. My daughter attended only a couple of months and I had to transfer her. A lot of fighting and bullying in this school. The staff needs to be trained. Just a very bad school over all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2009

I graduated in the class of 08 and this school really did ready me for high school. In fact, high school is way less intense than school at 292. I love it there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2009

i went to I.S 292 and it's not a very good school at all
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2006

I attended 292 for three years. I never had a problem.I never complained. My friends told me so much bad things about the school but the school is not that bad. No school is perfect. Every year 292 continues to improve. The teachers are great. They try their best to help the students succeed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2006

My son attended for 3 years and I didn't have any problems. He did really well and didn't get left back at all. My son worked really hard. He did everything he was supposed to do. His teachers really cared and worked equally hard. However, if you have a child who was like mine, you may not want him in 292. Why? Because, like me, you want to see him rewarded. It is a privilege and honor to be rewarded with a graduation. The teachers=excellent. The principal=fail
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

My daughter goes to I.S. 292 for the past 2 years and I do not think it has helped her to much at all! Teachers are very disrespectful to the students, I also feel that they do it more for the pay check than for the childs benefit of learning. That is why we are moving, so that my child can get a better education some where else where they truely care about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2003

The atmosphere of the school pretty good. It is an overall clean building and we have a lot of supplies. However, in the midst of the changing school curriculumn (across NYC) there is a great deal of anxiety, confusion and frustration on the part of the teachers, coaches and parents. As teachers we're doing the best we can, but it is not easy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 19, 2003

This school used to be real bad. It's improved alot this past year. People may still say bad things about it, but the students that attend this school know that it has improved alot.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

256 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%
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

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
Black 1 63% 19%
Hispanic 2 30% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
White 2 1% 48%
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 27%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 176%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 53%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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Based on 1084 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
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents36155%
Students67595%
Teachers4894%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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Brooklyn, NY 11207
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