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Is 61 Leonardo Da Vinci

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 2320 students

 

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Posted June 18, 2008

this school is the boom trust me im in that school. There is no other school like this. A lot of compititions contest and cool events. Diffrent acadamys they are Princeton!Harvord,Cornell,Stanford and Yale. Many kids this school has everything. I'm proud to be a I.S.61 student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2008

Hell yeah this is the best school!!!!! Kids if u want to go to the best school of your life and if u want to have the greatest time of your life then come to this school> I'm a student currently attending to this school, im in the cornell academy and we just won the in the school's first spirit week .I'm in the eight grade and so freaking sad that im going to leave the school where i met the my best friends of all life (im talking about the teachers too) in this school you can trust anybody if u need extra help or if just need a friend to talk to. i give this school a 10 out of five
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

i say this school may have its ups and down but i love it im a student here and its great to be in here even though i hate the uniform good teachers security good lauguge arts{ela},math,scienec,sosical studies,health,spanish,gym,art,drama,chorus,dance and all the other free school during classes and different academys like harvard,yale,cornell,princeton. all have different sections and activiets for use kidshope when you go there you like it also i been here scince the ffirst day of school in2007 from the 6th to going on 8th. im in the 7th grade here and its really cool here i like it not that much but its okay if you want to be somsething in life.!.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2008

I am a former student at IS61 in 6th grade, Standford. This school is great so far for the past few months really, great school, great grades, great teachers, and great classes. I love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2007

They dont do enough to keep children under control. They dont make students wear uniforms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

I am a former student of I.S 61 and my son currently attends the school. I am a member of the P.A and on the schools leadership team. I visited the school during school hours and the children were unruly in the class rooms and very noisie. I think that the principal and the A.P's should really tighten up on the children, they are certainly a rough bunch and the teachers dont seem to have any control. The dress code is a very good idea but should be inforced. Parent participaiton is verv low. Test scores are also very low. Overall i think the staff is trying but they need to try much harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

I was a former student at the Leonardo Da Vinci one of the nicest school I have ever been to most of the teacher were really nice kids got along good I love their lunch those big heroes they use to have in ice scream I just love very much that school never had a complain I
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 26, 2005

I think this is a great school. the staff is dedicated yo teaching all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

At the beginning of the school year the Principal introduced a school uniform policy that was supposed to be enforced - it was not, and the kids once again are free to where whatever they like. The afterschool program for extra English and Math for the many kids who are scoring 2 in the City tests was over subscribed with no hope of space opening up. The teachers I have met are great, despite the daily challenge they face from unruly kids who show no respect and clearly have little parental supervision. PTA meetings are poorly attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

This is my son's first year in the school, I am not impressed with Principal(Mahoney)his leadership skills-especially his methods on safety and academics are below standards. The school itself with the exceptions of others show no professionalism. It is a good school with tuff students but what makes it upsetting is that if leadership is weak then what guidance do the students really have. Students are spoken down to........and the school has a dress code that-they don't even enforce... they have a parent coordinator that is not available when there is a conflict and the Principal has an open door policy but is never available. I recommend a parent to visit the school and judge it for yourself...... Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2005

I'm a current student in I.S. 61 and I believe that the school is making an effort in changing. The teachers are excellent. I will say that the school is good but a few students aren't. Our new principal, Mr.O'Mahoney is doing all he can to provide the students with safety and most importantly an EXCELLENT education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2004

This is probably the best school ever. The afterschool programs are the best, and the teacher quality is amazing. Also leadership is a strong part of the school. In this school school you will feel safe most of the time, and the students are friendly no matter what your race.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2003

The school has great leadership under the new principal (Mr. Purus) but it needs more involvement frm eachers and parents. Safety (Too many students) s a major issue.


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 30% in 2013.

708 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

717 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
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 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.

788 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

811 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%
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 33% in 2013.

761 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

781 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

772 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
49%
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 Students12%
Female12%
Male13%
African American15%
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities1%
General population15%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%

Math

All Students22%
Female21%
Male22%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities0%
General population25%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
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 Students15%
Female18%
Male11%
African American15%
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities2%
General population16%
English language learners2%
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Math

All Students15%
Female15%
Male16%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities2%
General population17%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English23%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%
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 Students17%
Female21%
Male13%
African American19%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities1%
General population20%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Math

All Students19%
Female20%
Male18%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities1%
General population23%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

Science

All Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities21%
General population70%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 81% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 12% 9%
Black 2 5% 19%
White 1 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 136%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 291%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 38%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 3822 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents149769%
Students222296%
Teachers10359%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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98-50 50th Ave
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: (718) 760-3233

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