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Ps 21 Edward Hart

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Posted April 28, 2014

PS21 is a great school. My daughter loves this school. They have many fundraising activities such as movie, game and pizza nights to name a few. The guard Ms. Juana really does a good job and loves children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

I attended PS 21 in the 1960's to 1970's, then JHS 185, then Flushing High, and St. John's University Law School, and went on to become a lawyer so I can't complain. There were some unusual things going on in the school back then, but I have mainly good memories of my school days, and the teachers there for the most part.


Posted February 3, 2014

My son came here when he was in Pre-k. I wasn't happy with PS 21, had the opportunity to switch school to PS 242 near Pathmark(Best thing I ever did for my kids). So, for kindergarten - 3rd grade. both my kids attended PS 242. PS 242 only went up to 3rd grade. When 4th grade came around I decided to put him back to PS 21 hoping for the best. Hi is back in PS 21, I have issue all around. My son got sick and they never notify me, they wouldn't look up my work no, They only call the house. Why would you call the house if you know majority of parents both work? So the next day I went to the nurse room and ask to change the emergency contact on the sheet to my work, she does not change her sheet. Another is the teacher. She only gives out math assessment tests(which is once a semester and she never sends it home), she barely checks the homework or goes over it, and student grade is based only projects. One project or two projects at a time; on top of the abundance of homework. Poster making is unnecessary, just as long as they show they understand what is needed for the common core. Had a meeting with the assist. principle and teacher. Don't think it made any impact.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

PS21 Q.. I am a parent of 2 kids who both have been in the school since Pre K . The teachers do the best they can with the budget and class size.There is a mix of great caring teachers mostly the newer patient ones with older impatient teachers who in my opinion should retire. Unfortunately due to the politics they just get rotated to other subjects or grades which is unfortunate for the children. The lunch aides serve no purpose since they are either yelling at the kids or gossiping with each other. And yes I have passed by on several occasions with other moms and we have seen this. Pre k -2nd grade was wonderful as well as the GFT teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

The school promised the world but did not deliver. We are totally disappointed with the teacher in charge of the G & T class in Kindergarten. She was mediocre at best and my daughter could not hear her voice when she was teaching. She was poor at teaching Mathematics and we don t think she understood the concept herself. She sent my daughter bunch of homework but did not even mark them. We decided to move our family and try another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

so happy with this school words cannot describe! my son is in pre-k loves it! and is exceling beyond my belief! he was just accepted to the gifted and talented program so siked!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

The teachers in this school are Amazing! It is a very well organized and well developed school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

This is a wonderful school. The principal and assistant principals are well coordinated and organized. You are very lucky if you are zoned for this school. The security guard, parent coordinator and pta are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

Debra Buszko and the Assistant Principals do a phenomenal job leading this school. I am extremely happy with the leadership and administration with this school. Happy Parent Rating 5
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

The administration and staff are great. Some teachers aren't that great. Student numbers have gone up in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

The admininstration and staff work together as a cohesive team to make education exciting .The school is warm and inviting.as you enter the school you are given a cheerful greeting by every one you meet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

I am a parent to a very active Kindergartner. PS 21 has helped my child to settle into her classroom routine. They are proactive, thoughtful and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter attended PS 21 for one year (2006-2007). WE LOVED IT! This school is excellent school. The staff is very warm and caring. The Students are overall well behaved. The Principal and Assistant Principals are awesome. They have a wonderful Parent Teacher Coordinator. Great Parenting Seminars! Great PTA. Great Security. Creative Family Nights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Ps.21 is a one of a kind school.I love it.The principal is a great leader,she has such quality and whats the best she knows all of her 1,300 students and parents. The teachers are great,they love each student.I am happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I love this school the teachers are great!! Also the PTA is a sucess.Iam so happy that even if I move I think ill still try to leave my son in this school that is how happy I am!!!Go PS 21!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

I love this school. The teachers arwe soooo kind a caring for all there students,the princable is great one of a kind .My son loves it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

My son Daniel now attends P.S.21q as did I when I was a child. From my experience as having been a student there from k-6th grade, it was one of the best experiences of my life. All the students, and all the staff are very closely knit like a family. Each is concerned with eachothers well being and academic progress. Now I am proud to say that my son attends and loves this school. There is a great music program in the school. Also, I notice that every child has a voice that is heard. The teachers pay close attention each childs needs and prepare each child for the future successfully through high academic priorities from which they were taught. I believe in my school and my son's future and there is no other place that I would recommend other than Edward Hart (P.S.21). Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

PS 21 is a wonderful school for children. The teachers are truly caring about their students and the music program is fantastic! My kids are very happy attending this school.
—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.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
80%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

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 31% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students41%
Female47%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities12%
General population45%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant41%

Math

All Students56%
Female53%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities44%
General population57%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant56%
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 Students52%
Female60%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities19%
General population57%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Math

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities23%
General population70%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population97%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 Students52%
Female58%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities8%
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Math

All Students56%
Female57%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities17%
General population62%
English language learners16%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
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 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 57% 9%
Hispanic 2 29% 23%
White 2 12% 48%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 212%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 173%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%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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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents1085100%
Teachers81100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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147-36 26th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 445-8833

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