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P.S. 115 Glen Oaks

Public | PK-5 | 649 students

High-End Technology, Gifted/Talented Program, Music & Art Programs

 
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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 5, 2014

P.S.115 is a great school! The Principal, Assistant Principal and Parent Coordinator are very caring and passionate about the parents, students and the school environment. The very visible and hands-on approach by the Administration creates a welcoming culture for all visitors to the school. Its Music, Art and Grade Performances enhance the quality of instruction throughout the school. The Grade Performances are outstanding! The addition of the G/T Program has increased the school capacity and it has been a wonderful addition to its rigorous curriculum. The students are engaged and my children love this program and their teachers. The G/T teachers are passionate, innovative and caring. The Parent Coordinator keeps parents well-informed through emails and flyers and he is always available even during the evening...he always responds to my emails. This multicultural school had a wonderful celebration of its diversity recently and I was amazed at the number of students and parents that participated. What a Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

What a great school. As a parent of a child in the G&T program it was difficult at first to choose the right school for him. I am happy to say that my son is doing great. The education they are providing is exceptional. The new science lab, computer lab, music class, art class and the involvement of the teachers and Principal has definitely made a positive impact on my child's education. He thoroughly enjoys school. Lastly, the parents all seem very involved in their child's education and are friendly. I do not regret my choice in school and encourage other G&T parents to consider this amazing program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

This is a wonderful school with great educators from the principal to the janitorial staff to the parent coordinator My children have settled in so well and that is due to the wonderful teachers who really care for all the children. I love the fact in addition to all the core curriculum lessons, they have music lessons in school and an after school violin, viola and cello program for the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

We were placed in the school as part of the Gifted and Talented program. The school as a whole is clean and up kept well. The staff is a great. It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm from the Principal and parent coordinator. The school's score has increased this past year and hope it will continue to over the next years so it will be more competitive within our district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

My school is very good. The teachers are well prepared for each day. The kids' grades are improving. The school grade is acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

My daughter is in 1st grade at p.s. 115q and showed lot of improvement...Teacher's teaching skill is excellent and also cooperative...very happy to put my kid to this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

My son is always smiling, and loves to go to school! The staff is friendly, the coordinator is a saint, and it's my zoned school! How lucky can you get!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

The school has a friendly environment for students to learn. The staff at the school are a pleasure to work with
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

PS 115 Q is the same school that I graduated from, over 25 years ago and I am proud to send my children here. The principal was my grade school teacher and so I have the confidence that my children will only excel in this loving and nurturing environment. I have first hand experience from the way the Principal taught years ago and so I know that she will only make the school even better than what it is today! The parent coordinator is absolutely one of the most caring and helpful individuals at this school. He always sends updates via email and ensures that parents are very much involved in their children's education. Most of the teachers that I have encountered are very concerned about their students' education and will steer them in the right direction if they need help. It is mainly due to PS115 that I did not move out of the neighborhood. I know that my children will become successful and caring individuals from the knowledge they gain from attending PS115Q!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and is currently starting second grade. She is a part of the gifted and talented program. My husband and I are both teachers, so not only view things as parents, but as educators. We are beyond pleased with P.S. 115! All of the teachers my daughter has had have been nothing more than wonderful! The school is probably one of the last schools around that values the arts and provides education in the arts, despite budget cuts. There is an afterschool program, right within the school building, that provides additional educational and extracurricular activities. The parent coordinator is helpful and resourceful. The principal takes time to listen to and address parental concerns, and is genuinely a wonderful person. I highly recommend this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

School with excellent teachers and great staff. The teachers are seriously committed to improve the student's deficiencies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

My daughter used to attend this school. The only way they communicate is by yelling. Most of the time the teachers do not have control of the class. The teachers are only focused on the state testing and the students only learn about state testing. They need a severe teacher evaluation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

My daughter use to attended PS 115 Q when she was a student there she was involved in everything. The school always show the parents that they care about the students and the parents. When my daughter needed extra academic help they gave the extra help she needed . It is a wonderful school both Principals and the parent coordinator was awesome. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

My child had a horrible experience here...school is overcrowded and could be unsafe. School is so overcrowded some grades have to have their lunch at 10:30 a.m.. Children are not properly supervised during recess time. School promotes a bully-free environment but then teachers and assistants could downplay when the bully is an exceptional student....This does nothing but harm children. School is made up of mostly Indians since it is set in an Indian community. Principal is very nice and personable but there is only so much that can be done due to the amount of students in the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

I read the two previous comments, I think maybe these parents' ideas or suggestions just won't work for the school that's why the school did not take it, and that doesn't mean they're defensive and go against those parents. My daughter is first year here for pre-K, I talk to staffs and teachers, the way the principal speak, I see nothing wrong. It's just that you have to ask yourself, is your ideas or suggestions reasonable or not? What effort can you put in to work with the school to improve it and it's program(s)? Please, think before you act and rate the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

Unfortunately the Principle is very disrespectful and dismissive towards parents that do voice their concerns. Any ideas parents offer for improving the school are taken as criticisim by the principle and he reacts in a very defensive manner, quick to point the finger elsewhere instead of acknowledging that certain things need to change! This is no way to improve the school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2012

Parents should stop patronizing the school staff. Many have pulled their kids out of the GNT program. One is left with no option but to vent it out in this forum, because you are not heard here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

my kids are doing very good here , teachers r good.... and my daughters r doing good here....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

My son has been attending this school since 2009. The school got a C grade under this year NYC grading system. This might be the lowest grade in the entire district 26. Shame on the school admin and staff! The school should have focused more on learning. If possible, I absolutely want to make a transfer to any district 26 school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

My son has been the student of this school since he was in grade 2 and he was also in the after school programme offered by the school.He finished his grade 5 this year.My son has been been exellent student and i am very happy with this school and their after school programme.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
81%
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 "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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 65% 9%
White 2 15% 48%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Black 1 7% 19%
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 28%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 245%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Italian
Korean
Spanish
Urdu
Greek
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NYC Council Proclamation (2013)
  • NYS Assembly Citation (2013)
  • UFT Teacher Recognition (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Common Cents-Penny Harvest (2013)
  • Alley Pond Environmental Center (2013)
  • Lymphoma/Leukemia Society (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.
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 283 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents25056%
Teachers3387%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:45 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • MRS. KATHLEEN A. SCIORTINO
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (718) 831-4014

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Samuel Field YMCA
  • Common Cents - Penny Harvest
  • Alley Pond Environmental Center
  • St. Francis Prepatory High School
  • Iron Will Kids
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Kickball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Kickball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • P.S. 115Q received an "A" on the 2012-2013 Progress Report. The school was ranked in the top 1/3 within District 26.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
50
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
50
Students typically come from these schools
School-zoned

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
MS 172
MS 67
MS 74
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80-51 261st St
Floral Park, NY 11004
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