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Ps 321 William Penn

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 1474 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 19, 2006

The school is overcrowded, and yet works really well. One reason it does, I think, is because the teachers are very dedicated and overall very good. With two children having gone through a total of seven grades, so far, we have only been disappointed with one teacher, and have been thrilled with many. The other reason it works is that a good proportion of the parents are fully invested in the school and the kids' education, expecting a lot from the school and the children. Liz Phillips presides over this seemingly chaotic enterprise with grace and humor. I fear continued growth in the school population will bring it to a breaking point, but so far, so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

This school is too crowded and it takes months to get the attention of a social worker. I also wonder if it's academically rigorous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

PS 321 is an excellent school, but its future seems precarious in light of the extraordinary increase in new housing in the district that seems certain to push the limits of the schools' resources should there but a precipitous increase in student enrollment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2005

This is an excellent school, though it is starting to get crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2005

This school has a enormous amount of parent involvement, as well as dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2004

The school tries very hard to stress on sense of community. P. S. 321 has a strong principal leadership; Ms. Phillips is extremely hard working. The school is overcrowded because parents moved into the zone to get their children into this great school. The Assistant Principal for Special Education, Ms. Ferrara, is very helpful. The staffs have a very harmonious working relationship. The environment is caring and loving. The teaching quality is excellent with the exception of a few teachers. They were okay but not as great as the others. The PTA is well run and the parents are very involved. The PTA pays for children who otherwise cannot afford some of the activities. Unfortunately, helping hands are hard to find. It is usually the same bunch of parents who work very hard on the school activities. The after school program is a work-in-progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This is an excellent school, with great teachers. There are an abundance of extra-curricular activities for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I love PS 321. My son has learned so much here. The curriculum is almost perfect... I would like they put more sports as a part of it. The teachers are great! Olga Acosta, mother of a kindergarten boy.
—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.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

202 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%
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
White 2 70% 48%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 10% 9%
Black 1 9% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 111%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 49%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 585 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

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
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents51843%
Teachers6777%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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