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Ps 251 Paerdegat

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 634 students

 

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2011:
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Posted July 18, 2014

P.S. 251 is a wonderful school I have had three kids attend this school two have graduated and the third is in 5th grade graduating next year.The principal and vice principal are constantly interacting with the kids and the parents I always see them walking around the school talking to the kids and the teachers. Every school has it's good and bad teachers but for the most part the teachers at this school are excellent and care deeply about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

This is a wonderful school, teachers are very involved. The principal and assistant Principal are very effective. Some tightening up on discipline and more opportunities for children who are gifted needs to be engaged. They need a bilingual program and music program (kids should be given instruments for home). Each and every classroom should have highly effective teachers, not just a luck at the draw depending on whether you get it from year to year. Curriculum and Instructions should be aligned across grades, more collaboration amongst teachers, so that each child receive quality instruction. I would highly recommend 251 if concerns are address, overall though, a good school but have the infrastructure to be GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

Ms. Lopez, left my daughter back in the 1 st grade... Who does that? Thats horrible. I still dont like her. I heard she still tries to do theses things to kids. Pay attention if your child ends up in her class. My daughter neededto be evaluated for special ed. Not left back!! So sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

My daughter has been going to this school since 1st grade and I wish I would have written a review then because it would have been a GLOWING one. She had a great teacher, one who cared about her students education. However we weren't so lucky for the 2nd grade, 3rd grade was better and this year is another bad teacher. It sucks when you feel as though you're playing lotto with your child's education because you are stuck going to your zoned school. PS 251 has all the ingredients to be a good school with a great stuff, (parent coordinators, AP and principle) PTA attendance, and good kids. But with all of that this school won't achieve higher scores without teachers who care. And honestly they are few and far in-between. My daughter will not graduate from this school because I am moving just so that I can get her into a better zone/school. Hopefully for the kids still there, there will be some sort of turn around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Excellent school with a caring staff and nurturing administration. The principal can be seen daily interacting with both parents and children before and during school. The teachers are good (mostly) and are willing to work with parents to improve the kids' education. In any school a parent MUST be involved if the child will be successful, and it is unfair to give the school fewer stars because the parents are not involved. The school does outreach and makes efforts, but a school can't FORCE parents to be involved. They have an wonderful environment that is receptive to parental involvement in several ways: SLT, PTA, Parents as Reading Partners and various volunteer programs, just to name a few. The only negative things about the school are that they no longer have an Eagle program for the Gifted and Talented students and there are no classes for foreign language. Other than that it is an excellent school with wonderful staff and faculty. From the crossing guards to the security to the secretaries to the teachers and administrators, I know that my sons are in good care when they walk through those doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

When my children first started this school about 3 yrs ago the school was alot better.Now Some of the teachers seem to not want to be there or teach.there's a feeling one gets when you drop your child to school everyday knowing your child is recieving a good education by a teacher that really cares.some Of the security gaurds are extremely rude to children and parents..I'm really praying my daughter lucks out with a great teacher year I know they're are still some who care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

I am very Happy with P.S. 251. My son has attended since pre-k. There may be a very small set af teachers that may not know how to deal with children, but overall I am satisfied. I moved to another district 2 years ago and still kept my child in the school because it is great. Now he is graduating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

I am very unhappy with this school. At issue are safety, discipline methods (yelling) and not removing the children that have serious behavioral issues, and curriculum. Teachers seem more frustrated than caring. I am moving my child out of this school ASAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

Good school. Great teachers. No parental involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

Overall, PS 251 is not that bad, it can be better. I notice that many parents are not really involved as they need to. When they do have parents that are trying to be involved the staff does not know how to handle certain situations. I feel that the staff are so overwhelmed that they don't an available time to deal with the parents'concerns.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
72%
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 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
Black 1 82% 19%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
White 1 4% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 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 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 286%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 37%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 188 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

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

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents14831%
Teachers4078%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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