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Jhs 185 Edward Bleeker

Public | 6-8 | 1254 students

 

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Posted April 4, 2014

This i a great school. My daughter is in the 7th grade and she has maintained herself on the honor roll. There are many opportunities and activities for kids to get involved in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

This school s the worse!!!! Teachers n faculty ignore how disrespectful the kids are, bullies r there to do whatever they want n to whoever they want!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

I am very, very SAD of my son's decision on wanting to leave this school, I found this school to be one of the best schools in the area, and all I can say is that while my son was attending to this school (6grade) every single staff was involved in his academic studies, discipline, and personal development. Thanks to the principal, teachers and the dean staff that did a great job; my son became more confident, focus minded, and responsible. Although, the other school he will be attending is not bad at all and is closer to our house, I will miss this school a bit time. I wish I can change his mind, but I can't force him to stay. P.S 185 Keep up the good work, you are the best!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I fell in love with this school when myself and child when to the open house. My child was selected to attend this school as my child goes his 6 th grade we both see how wonderful is this school . My child loves the teachers and students. The school had alot to offer . AWESOME SCHOOL !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

My son loves this school. I'm sad that he has to move on. I wish he could continue to go here through high school. The principal is top notch, on the ball and really gets it. I'm saddened to read another review that a child was being bullied and cried everyday. I feel like that issue needs to be addressed, although my son has never experienced this, that should not happen to any child. He doesn't see fights often either as the other child did. I guess it depends on what grade and class you're in. All around a good education with caring teachers and a friendly environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2012

I was part of what was the first class to go all through this school. I moved out to Centerport, NY and didn't complete middle school here. It was a wonderful school with lots of promise and I really enjoyed my time here. From the ratings and reviews it seems to have lived up to it's promise. Is there an alumni site for this school?


Posted January 14, 2012

the students like to bully my friend and disrupts the class almost eveyday. the deans treat them nicely anddoesnt seem to take any action. my friend cries to me everyday because of how they treat her. the teacher seems to be very caring and understanding to her though. the education is great but the way the principal, dean, and the most students is unfair. fights are also happening almost every week.


Posted July 8, 2011

You Hear This School Is Amazing But You Don't Know How Much Until You Actually Tried It! Better Than I Expected To Be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

WOW ! This School Is Amazing! No School Could Beat This One. JHS185 Edward Bleeker Is The Best School Any Child Could Be Sent Into. It Has Organized Activities That Made School Fun For Every Student Learning In It. My Child (Who Used To Be The Most Lazy Student I Knew) Did Better In School Ever Since She Came Here. All Teachers Are Amazing And Are Patient With All Students. This School Has High Expectations In All Academics But The Teachers Teach In Ways That Are Cannot Get Easier/Better. Staff Treat Kids Wonderfully. My Child Loves This School Which Makes Me Feel Great That She's In A Secure And Fun Learning Environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

this school is the best school in the universe! boys and girls actually enjoy being here. my child is a lazy student and this school motivated her to good in school. there is a variety of activities that students enjoy. the teachers are excellent. my child was crying it was the last day today. the teachers enjoy doing their job and they do it with pleasure and effort. they explain what kids need to know correctly and they show that they could do anything they can to help a student succeeded. teachers treat students with respect and they have a lot of patients. this school cannot get any better. i love how the school is organized. the staff help students with any problem they have. my child feels really safe in school. the guidance counselor gives excellent advice and that can help each and every student out in the future. there is no negative stuff in this school... its the best of the best! my child describes it a home away from home. i cannot be more satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

Love being here. Had some really great teachers and there were so many fun organized events to do throughout my three years here. Top notch school


Posted March 23, 2010

My daughter and I are very pleased with JHS 185 Edward Bleeker School.My daughter is in 6th grade and I am satisfied with the way teachers share their knowledge with students.Safety procedures are acceptable and i feel safe to send my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

My child and I have been extremely pleased with our experience at JHS 185 Edward Bleeker Aspires Magnet School since her enrollment in 6th grade Sept 2009. The principal is always available and interested in the students' needs. Her team of teachers are excellent. It is not uncommon to hear teachers telling those they encounter that JHS 185 is a very special school, one of the best, certainly a great place for our children to learn and grow. And my child and I agree 100%.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

This school is excellent i think everyone should go to this JR High School. The staff is great and take great care and listen to all of us. Are you going to listen to a parent or a student who actually goes there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2008

This school's administration needs an overhaul. Their educational ideas are in the dark ages. The treat children with special needs with harshness. The school treats children like prisoners and the principal is the ward and the parents have to obey her command. The principal believes her staff and has no interest in listening to the children or the parents. On a positive note, there are some really excellent teachers in that school. It is too bad the administration is ruining it.
—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 29% in 2014.

514 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

529 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
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 29% in 2014.

468 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

474 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
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 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.

479 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

401 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

409 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

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 48% 9%
Hispanic 1 27% 23%
White 1 17% 48%
Black 2 8% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 271%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 19%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 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
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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 2240 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents89068%
Students129493%
Teachers5673%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. THERESA MSHAR

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Arts & music

Music
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  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
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147-26 25th Dr
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 445-3232

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