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I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Intermediate School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 1617 students

 

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2011:
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Posted May 19, 2010

I love the multicultural environment. Students from all different corners of Queens come to this school, bringing with them cultural richness. It's a friendly and safe environment. It isn't treated like a prison with high security and metal detectors like many schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

My son goes to I.S 227 and im very pleased with the overall outcome of my son's education. the teachers are very attentive and they always keep you informed of thinga that going on in school, or programs that might help my son further his education. i love this school and its staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

The educational standards at this school -- the teachers' commitment so high -- that I can almost take them for granted and instead be grateful for the rich offerings of electives, such as the string orchestra in which my daughter performs. The ability to aspire to high standards without 'teaching to the test' is a rare one these days, and is something for which I am profoundly grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

Louis Armstrong is one of the most diverse schools in our District with students representing many cultures. I am proud of all the achievements the school and students have accomplished but most of all with my two sons who have learned so much and everyday continue to be challenged. The staff and teachers at LAMS are outstanding and must be commended. The Principal, Mr. Fahey has done an amazing job and has been involved from day one in his first year at LAMS. A special thanks to Mr. Fahey, Ms. Filakouris, Ms. Del Valle, Ms. Conway, Ms. Jimenez, Mr. Grambo, Mr. Blum, Ms. Kahn for being outstanding role models as teachers and leaders at LAMS. Last but not least to Ms. Cataldo (Parent Coordinator) who continues to do an amazing job and Ms. Williams (words just cannot express). Thank you for caring and going above and beyond! I am truly grateful for your dedication!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

LAMS is an amazing middle school! The music program is superb; more so because it is still valued and kept running even in these tough economic times. The school is welcoming and always clean. My daughter has to commute 45 minutes to get there, but she loves it! Sending her to LAMS has been our best experience within the NYC DoE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

Louis Armstrong is a very good middle school! The staff is amazing! The teachers are very prepared. Mr. Smith was my daughter's first teacher in LAMS, what a great experience! I'm so thankful for the way he cares about each student. This year she is loving her teachers. They are helping her a lot in every matter. Even when she needs to commute every day about 1 hour to get there, she is so excited to be there. We love LAMS, we are so fortunate to have this special middle school in Queens! Go LAMS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I can not begin to tell you how happy I am that my daughter got into this school. She loves going to school every day. The teachers are nothing short of amazing. The school Band is great and is funded by the Louis Armstrong Music foundation. Their Robotics class is wonderful. My daughter goes on and on about her teachers, esp the science teacher, Mr. Grambo. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

LAMS has beeen a wonderful,enriching experience for my son,who is graduating next month.A big thank you to Ms. Gold,Dr,Wu,Mr.Drum and all the rest of the staff that he has encountered since 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

My daughter has become very independent and responsible since attending IS227. This has been a very good experience for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I've had 2 children attend Louis Armstrong Middle School and they are both doing extremely well now because of the preparation that they received at Louis Armstrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

It is diverse, has many varied programs in the arts, the science teachers are wonderful and dedicated and the staff is very responsive to parent needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

Lams offers my son an enhanced learning environment that has brought out the best in him. Because this school he has discovered his love for Jazz
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

LAMS is an amazing middle school! A special thanks to Mr. Fahey. My son goes to I.S 227 and im very pleased with the overall outcome of my son's education. A special thanks to Mr.Dippolo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I love L.A.M.S. because it is so unique and diverse. It has so much to offer children and anyone else who is part of the LAMS community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

The Parent coordinator of this school is truly awesome. She keeps you abreast of everything. She accessible and returns phone calls promptly. The teachers are great and offer extra help during free periods. The school has great trips to really open up a child's mind. My daughter commutes but loves the school so much she doesn't mind boarding a bus at 6:45am. She truly loves the atmosphere and teachers at LAMS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I love IS 227 because it gives my daughter to explore herself in other areas beside academic. IS 227 staffs, teachers are very informative and caring. This school has the most wonderful parent coordinator, Mrs.Debra Cataldo. She is the best asset to this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

Most teacher's work hard ,talk to parents to help the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

This is my daughter's 2nd year in LAMS and she is averaging an A in all of her classes. The teachers are very involved and caring. They offer help on free periods. Overall the best school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2009

this school is great, there are lots of electives like band, orchestra, art, chorus, etc. the teachers are great too. and also we are very earth friendly, we started a program were we recycle our lunch trays to reduce waste. this is a great school and i strongly recommend it for your child's sake because im sure they'll enjoy it. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

My son is an 8th grader about to graduate and we both share the same opinion. It's been a great learning experience. My daughter who now is in college still have beautiful memories about LAMS
—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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

456 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
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 Students48%
Female52%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities8%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Math

All Students62%
Female61%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities46%
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
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 Students39%
Female40%
Male37%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities5%
General population41%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male53%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities10%
General population55%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
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 Students46%
Female53%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities15%
General population48%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Math

All Students49%
Female48%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities20%
General population50%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
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 Students43%
Female50%
Male36%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities7%
General population44%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities7%
General population48%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Science

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities14%
General population83%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
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 "A" 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 2 41% 23%
White 1 29% 48%
Black 1 16% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 14% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 166%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%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 2725 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents129081%
Students135692%
Teachers7977%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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32-02 Junction Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
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