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Ps 315

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 785 students

 

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Posted May 21, 2014

I've read the comments. You should read them carefully. If the writing is any indication, I'd think twice about willingly sending any child to this school. The reviews are embarrassing to read and actually laughable. The real pity is that the writers don't know they are illiterate. Close this place down or fire the leadership and start over.


Posted March 20, 2014

My school is an excellent environment for learning. We are moving forward with rigorous lessons in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Physical Education, Library Media. We use ReadyGen for reading and Go Math implementing the Common Core. We have an active parent Association but more parent participation is desired. We are working toward meeting the needs of all of our students including the students deficient in reading and/or math, English language learners, and students with other special needs. We are well into the 21st century and have Smart Boards, document cameras, desktops, and laptops available in all classrooms. This is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2014

I would like to know why an announcement was made by the principal of this school that the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is being replaced by "The Learning Leader's Pledge"? We received this bit of information from one of our grandchildren who has been attending PS 315 since Pre-K.


Posted October 26, 2013

This school is excellent!This School provides many activities such as Band or Orchestra which gives your child an opportunity to play an Instrument for $20.00 including for a music book and other accessories for the instrument.Or your child could sign up for art or sew wat .In art your child will learn different type of art techniques.In sew wat,your child will learn how to sew.If it's you childs first year in sew wat she or he will learn how to make their own pillow.If it's their second year, she or he will learn how make a stuff animal or doll.They will get their applications to start all of these activities in third grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I think this school needs nice,excellent,professional teachers. and principal.That School need to change with everthing inside and outside.classrooms are so old and every drity.i feel sorry for all students in that School.They are learn nothing from the teachers.only they learn from the teachers is.i buy this bag from Macys for $45.it was on sale.so what do you thing about that school.as a parent. L
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2013

My daughter attended the school for 2 years -kindergarten and 1st grade. SHe was in a CTT class and in K it was a great experience! Unfortunately her teaching team was less then stellar in 1st and resorted to yelling as their means of discipline. THe arts activities were great and they had many nice activities to involve parents such as Movie night.Overall it was a good school but my daughter now attends private school instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

excellent teachers srong principal/school leadership excellent communication with students and parents. the main office workers excellent school registration programs every helpful with all the documents.thank you so much. im every happe.p.s.315 is great school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

I used to go to PS315 when i was a young girl. I am now in 10th grade in Wagner highschool in SI, NY and i still remember all the great times i had back then. To singing in the chorus, the amazing staff and kids i met and all the activities, this school really is amazing. If you're indecided to where your child or someoen you know should send their kid, choose Ps 315.Your child will have a blast growing up and start maturing, getting to express themselves in the dance classes and chorus and other activites. I haven't been to the school in about a year so i'm not sure if much has changed sincei last visited. None the less, 315 is a great learning environment for your children.


Posted October 16, 2009

My son is in third grade now and he likes the school. So far all the teachers he had since kindergarten are down to earth and very nice. I love the priciple as well. The problem is lunch and not enough recess!!! Children need to exercise more, but I think this problem is a city wide problem and not necessarily a problem of PS315. Overall I think it is a good school, lots of trips and activities. But since it calls itself a performing art school I think students are not exposed to the arts too much. So far my son has not learned any musical instrument, the school has no band, just a choir, I think some improvement of the arts area is necessary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

this is truly one of the great school in New york, Dr Bryant the principal seems to understand the students and community .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

My son been attending P.S 315 since kindergarten. I would like to say that i came across some very good teachers. For instance Ms. Marke, and Ms. Withman are very good teachers. They cared alot about my son, but i have came across some bad ones too. The Principle is not too bad. Overal the school is an excellent school. My son always scored very high on the ELA test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

I love it my daughther go's there and every day she learns something in school and tells me about they may not have the3 best dissapline but it is a peforming arts school and it it great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

My daughter has been going to this school for two years. It's hard to find enough teachers , let alone staff, that have the patience, tact, skill, and creative solutions to encourage the right behaviors as well as consistent academic achievement. I find that the principle is uncaring and aloof and encourages teachers not to be forth coming about a parent's options as to their children's academic career and counseling about their negative behaviors. The teachers are very stressed out. The staff only complain. They are not trained to sufficiently deal with children outside of yelling, threatening,ignoring children and dumping on them to their parents on any given oppurtunity. As for this 'performance arts' business, the children are still bored and uninspiried. The entire staff lack concern for behavior modification and other outlets for children who are exicitable and hyperactive. They look out for themselves and their jobs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

i went to this school for two years...im sorry but those were the worst two years ever. It was so boring...even though I didnt go to that school, i had friends from ps 152...i went to p.s 152 the next year and i must say it was wayyyy better. In 315, if u dont understand something you dont really get any help...u just sit there...and it was boring too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

My child attends 315, and I am happy with her performance. I like the fact that the teachers and staff are readily available to communicate with you, and they keep you notified of all important issues with your child. I feel she is being prepared academically. I also enjoy the fact that she is exposed to music and the arts as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

The curriculum lacks creative, hands-on activities that keep children engaged and excited about learning. There are no extracurricular sports and, for a performing arts school, very little performing arts in the curriculum--my child had dance instruction 2 out of 5 years there and learned to play the recorder. Recess time is often replaced by test prep leaving children restless and without balanced activities. K-5 children need to run and play every day. If the administration would understand this, they may have fewer disciplinary problems resulting from bored and restless children.
—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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
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 Students21%
Female22%
Male20%
African American22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities0%
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English23%
Non-migrant21%

Math

All Students17%
Female20%
Male13%
African American19%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities8%
General population19%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English19%
Non-migrant17%
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 Students24%
Female28%
Male19%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities10%
General population26%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%

Math

All Students20%
Female19%
Male22%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities14%
General population22%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%

Science

All Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
African American92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities86%
General population91%
English language learners46%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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 Students25%
Female35%
Male14%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities0%
General population31%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students20%
Female25%
Male16%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities5%
General population23%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%
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

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 2 74% 19%
Hispanic 1 15% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
White 2 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 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 112%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 174%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 50%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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

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

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents37359%
Teachers5398%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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2310 Glenwood Rd
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