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The Active Learning Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 373 students

 

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Posted February 20, 2014

My daughter entered in kindergarten of September 2013. On the second day of school, the principal already remembered her name and face. This completely caught me by surprise. Although he had approx 125 new kindergarten students, he was already well acquainted with his new students. After getting to know Mr. Groff, the principal for a few months, I understand why the school has been so successful and well organized. He knows his school top down and is involved with everything. He has a team of great teachers and staff who know all the student. There are a few staff members that I feel are exceptional and provide the right tools and guidance for my child. I recommend every parent to visit the school and meet the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

PS244Q is a wonderful, small school with a great staff. In my 12 years of teaching, I can honestly say that this is the absolute hardest-working staff I have ever worked with. Our families are involved and active. Our students are curious and engaged. The warm environment make this a great place to work and learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2014

In 2012, my child was one out of 400 applicants for roughly 135 kindergarten spots in PS 244Q. We beat incredible odds in winning the lottery and are lucky to be in a school that looks out for the complete well being of every student. The first thing you notice when you enter the school is how calm it is. The staff and faculty do their best to ensure a productive environment for all. When you look into a classroom, students and teachers are interacting in a collaborative and respectful manner. There is a harmonious buzz as students exchange ideas on their work and you can sense students' pride as they master each lesson. Examples of student work are rotated frequently on the bulletin boards inside the classroom and in the hallways and student progress is evident. I believe this balanced discipline, which is introduced from day one and carried over year to year, is the secret to having a happy, healthy and motivated child who wants to go to school every day. My child shares so much of what happens daily in class, centers, gym, recess and the cafeteria. Every part of the school routine is an opportunity to learn and grow and my child is thriving in our second year at PS 244Q.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

PS 244Q is what all city schools should be, a place where teachers, parents, and all staff members work together to support the students. After teaching 10+ years in various school, I am so honored to have landed at TALES. The administration is extremely supportive of their teachers, allowing them to use their expertise in creating a caring and engaging environment for kids to learn. It is truly an amazing team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2014

I grew up in the Flushing neighborhood and TALES has been an excellent addition to the community. The teachers are passionate and hardworking and truly dedicated to the students and their academics and well-beings! The small community makes the school feel like a second home! The principal knows everyone's names and always greets everyone! The school also has a hard working PTA that offers a variety of programming for the families. I'm so proud to be working here and I'm super happy to go into work and seeing all the students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 29, 2013

My son went to PS 244Q from K-3rd grade.My son got the best education and we are so happy with the school and teachers.The teachers are very energetic,vibrant & approachable at this school. The principal is one of the best I have ever come across,the students & the principal have such a great relationship.I believe that the elementary years give kids a strong foundation and that's exactly what my son got at this school.I only wish the school was till 5th grade :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This was a brand new school a few years ago and my nephew had the opportunity to be one of the lucky ones to start his education here and be part of the first graduating class from this school. Through his years here, we have noted that the teachers are all great and very caring towards the students at the same time. The principal is excellent and knows all the kids' names. He is very communicative and friendly with everyone. It is a brand new school, therefore they have the newest technology for the kids and teachers. Also, they not only care about the kids' academic education, but they also care about their health and fitness as they are a vegetarian school. Since my nephew has departed, his younger sister and brother are now attending the school and they both love it as well and look foward to going to school everyday. This is truly a great school and hope your child is fortunate enough to attend.


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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
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 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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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 2 82% 9%
Hispanic 1 12% 23%
White 1 3% 48%
Black 2 2% 19%
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 251%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 177%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 17%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 54%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 266 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents24073%
Teachers26100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School Leader's name
  • MR. ROBERT GROFF

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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137-20 Franklin Ave
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: (718) 445-5730

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