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Ps 26 Rufus King

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 617 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

I've been involved with this school since 2007. My eldest did his 5th grade from here. My middle son was here since Kindergarten and graduated from 5th grade last year and my daughter has been here since Pre-K and is going on to 2nd grade in Sept. My kids have had a wonderful experience throughout these years. Individual attention, personal growth, encouragement, opportunity, hugs, compassion, you name it, this school provides it. Dr. Koski & Ms. Gershman have been great leaders for many years. There are ample extra curricular activities and the PTA does a fantastic job at fundraising & using those funds throughout the year. The only setback, I think, is not having a G&T program in the school. Other than that (& a sprinkle of complaints about a couple of teachers in these 8 years) I have great words for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

My daughter is always happy to go to school. She is always looking forward to go. It make me happy that the school have diffrent culture and that the kids all get along as one. I am sorry that some parent do not feel that way but all children consider themselves as one. I wish the parent will get along with each other as the children do. The teachers are very professional and also the staff. We should not fight. Keep the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

Beware of this school if your child is shy. My daughter just started Kindergarten. She is extremely shy and as such, does not and would not talk to adults. There's been instances when she goes to a friend's house and even after spending the entire day there, she would not speak to her friend's parents. After two weeks at the school, instead of trying to draw her out of her shell or asking the parents, the teacher took it upon herself to enroll her in ESL. The teacher did not even bother to ask the parent if there are any issues why the child is not talking and just assumed she did not speak English. This is absolutely ridiculous and I (the mom) is absolutely furious and totally disgusted. What type of teacher would do this to a child? Penalize her for being shy...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2012

My son started this school in 1st grade and I loved it! The teachers are great, really put kids first and make sure parents are informed of child's progress. My son felt comfortable in his environment & loved his science teacher. We've had no problem there of any sorts. The faculty & staff really encourage children to do well. I've moved out of state and really miss the school and my kids do too. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

It's really a great school. My daughter went to Gifted and Talented program in District 26 from PS 26. I don't feel the new school is better than PS 26 at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I am a 2008 graduate of this school. This schoool is the most amazing school in the universe. It is academicly good and it has different activities and programs that gives parents and teacher a chance to get involved. But PS 26 isn't about helping themselves it's about helping others like classmates, friends, neighbors, etc. Almost every year we pick a theme and we fill up backpacks with donations for school, camping, etc. We ask for donations from students and we donate them to an orphanage who is unfortunate than us. I have learned many things in this school that has prepared me for the bumpy trip through junior high. I love this school it taught me many things. My education is known to me as a tree but my roots are right here at PS26.


Posted January 12, 2009

P.S. 26 is a wonderful school. My son is in Ms. Seonwoo's kindergarten class and doing extremely well. I feel infomed and included which I believe is key to a childs education. I'm pleased with the curriculum and the progress he's made since September. When I've asked him about Dr. Koski he says 'she comes to our class and gives us compliments'. My son does nothing but rave about all his teachers. He's having a wonderfual time and I'm glad we are part of P.S. 26.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

PS. 26 is a great school. My daughter is in Kindergarten right now and very happy to be there. She loves her teacher Ms Bilczic, who is a wonderful person and very devoted to her work. As a parent I'm very happy with the fact that she is aware & pays extra attention to each students' needs and aptitude level and try to focus them on appropriate activities accordingly. Principal is great and gives personal attention to all students. Over all the environment is excellent and very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

P.S.26 is a great school. Principal has great leadership. Teachers are nice and encouraging. I especially like Kindergarten teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

PS 26 is simply a geat place for children to learn. The school is first class. From the crossing guard on the street to the principal, every one is wonderful. The teachers are very intuned to their students and are in touch with the parents constantly. The PTA is very helpful and always provide up to date infromation about the school and progress. I am very proud to be a parent of a child who attends PS 26. Kudos to Dr. Koski for a fine job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

I love this school! The principal, Dr. Koski is so involved with each student and the parents. You can tell she really cares about this school and it's students. The school's standards are high, and the test scores prove it. The teachers are wonderful and are very helpful, and also keep close contact with each parent. I am proud that my son attends PS 26!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

I have had 3 children graduate from ps and I would like to say the staff at this school is wonderful. Dr. Koski who is the principal has proven to be a wonderful principal with care for her students and their wellbeing. The curriculum is one of high standards with not much room for failure. This school was the best elementary school my children attended. I did not worry about safety or their education because for every meeting I had with any staff the results and the plan was ready for review and acceptance. Ps 26 is the school to send your child to. Their is diversity in this school that is amazing. My children learned of many different cultures while attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

I was a former student of PS I didn't graduate butt that was my because that was my fault. PS is a good school it taught me a lot it had good discipline it has teachers that is there for the children and not for the money. It has many cultures so your child can learn about different culture.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 25, 2005

PS 26 is a wonderful learning environment for all children. All three of my children have been a part of the PS 26 family and benefitted greatly from the teachers in the classroom as well as the cluster teachers. I served on the PTA as well as the School Leadership team. The teachers and staff at PS 26 are exceptional and eagerly work together with the parents to provide the best learning opportunities for all the children. The quality of education is the best in the city. We are moving out of state and will miss the teachers, administration, parents and children of PS 26.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2004

P.S. 26 was a really good school. The teachers were great and because of them I am in advanced classes now and I will also be in advanced classes in high school. When I attended this school, there were great after school activities that I was apart of. From my perspective, the activites were fun and they even helped me do my homework. I would recommend this school to everybody.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
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 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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
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 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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
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 Students59%
Female60%
Male57%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities19%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students71%
Female67%
Male74%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities38%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant71%
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 Students40%
Female44%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities20%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

Math

All Students63%
Female65%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities30%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities85%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students53%
Female56%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities19%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Math

All Students55%
Female52%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities25%
General population61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
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 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 64% 9%
Hispanic 1 16% 23%
White 1 10% 48%
Black 2 9% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 159%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 69%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

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

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents31362%
Teachers3581%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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195-02 69th Ave
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