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Ps 43

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 1247 students

 

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Posted August 21, 2014

This school needs to improve their special education program with teacher who are dedicated to the needs of a special needs child instead of their own needs. I would not recommend this school not even to my worst enemy who has a special needs child..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

If only people knew what s really going on here and how certain people on the staff are singled out by a certain AP who has a lot of issues himself. Why is he still here when its so obvious
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2014

This school need Good teachers,teachers who need a job,not hang outs . Good leadership quality principal , who observed the teachers intellectual abilities and team teaching approach. The front entrance needs steam cleaning too. The children project's need to be advertise more the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

It is.an excellent school with great staff. I had one child pass through who is now attending a specialized high school and graduate with honors and 2nd child in ap class..the schol is perfect for all 3 of my children..it right by the sea and the play groumd park is great for the kids..I hope my excellent review for this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

This school has exceptional teachers, and an excellent art, music and drama department. The princapal Mr. Fairweather is professional and is doing a great job creating a secure school with an amazing staff.


Posted March 31, 2013

My school is full of teachers who care about their students. There are so many people who want my child to succeed that I can't possibly list them all!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 30, 2013

Best. School. Ever. The teachers are caring and helpful. We really want to see PS 43 shine!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2013

Always drama going on with the people in charge. They should refocus on the meaningful issues and act with\ some honesty amongst themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

My 5th grader has been attending PS 43 since kindergarten & I have to disagree with the post regarding lack communication with admin. I have always been able to contact & receive return calls from admin, from the teachers to the AP (I understand not speaking to Mr. Q. He's a busy man). The teachers are caring, attentive, and very involved. Organzation can be improved. My issue lies with some of the children that attend the school. They come to school frustrated & angry, which makes the school environment distracting for others and at times unsafe. If the school should do anything, it should be more agressive with helping these children to channel their emotions, so that the environment can be condusive for all. Unfortunately, parents need to be more involved in this endeavor for it to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

One of the best public schools in the city. I love the fact that this school provides arts for the students. Principal-Mr.Q and Ms Holmes are doing a great job thus far. Parents need to be more involved in they' childrens lives and not just send them to school in name brand. Children need attention and taught morals and values!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

There is no organization in this school. The left hand doesnt know what the right hand is doing , so to speak. It is impossible to get in touch with the pricipal and asst principal for that matter. Administration doesn't return phone calls until they have a problem with your child. they doesnt even want to set up meetings to resolve things they just rather throw your child to the wolfs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

I have been involved with this school since it first opened! My sister was part of the first graduating class and now my children are going there! The school is really trying its best to get things right and to overcome any obstacle they may meet. I thank Mr. Q for being wonderful, caring and stern at the same time! P.S. 43 is the best and the parents need to come out more so that they can know that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Administration is more worried about the teachers than the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I was once a student attending P.S.43.The teachers and students are wonderful.I appreciate that they have new and updated books and we use them to our advantage.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2007

My daughter is in the dual language program, and I am happy that she is attending. As a parent I work hard along with my daughter so she can get the best out of what she is learning. Her teachers have worked hard to help her. I speak for myself, and I commend both the principal and the teachers in the dual language program for their hard work. I also attend the Math Club with my daughter, and have found this very beneficial. I commend the principal and teachers for trying to have these programs in place. It is hard sometimes for me to attend many of the things the PTA puts in place, and the programs the principal has in place as a working parent. I do appreciate their efforts. Thank you all for at least making the effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

This school is way to big and unorganized. If it wasn't the zoned school for my children, they would not be going there.
—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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
53%
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 29% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
45%
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 29% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
46%
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 36% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%
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 and 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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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 66% 19%
Hispanic 1 28% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
White 2 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 211%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 288%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 36%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%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 659 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.1
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35848%
Students26183%
Teachers4045%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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