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Academy for Excellence Through the Arts

Public | PK-3 | 210 students

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 22 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 29, 2014

AEA is a wonderful school. I feel very lucky that my son is there and thriving. The teachers are excellent, caring and nurturing. Outstanding academics as well as a good balance of the arts. Small class size. It feels like a private school. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We love this school and feel it it gives our son an amazing educational experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

My son is lucky to be in Pre k at this wonderful school. Mrs Leto is wonderful, and cares about the kids and always trying to better the school. Ms. weissbach is a fabulous teacher. My daughter went to this school when it first opened and we loved it, I wouldn't have wanted anything less for my son. Great school, excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

AEA 303 is a wonderful school, filled with talented, dedicated, passionate, creative teachers and staff. It is a wonderful place for your children to grow and to be exposed to a variety of curriculum, with an emphasis on the arts. To top it off, it offers a wonderful state of the art after school program through Wingspan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

It's a fantastic school for my child with a healthy focus on all of the pre-school topics I want my child taught about. The teachers are also warm yet professional with special regards going to the Principle Ms. Leto. She has a tough demeanor yet engages all of the students with the kind of firm gentle tone I appreciate as a parent. Very much a recommended school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

A caring and creative enviorment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

Very hard working teachers. Very little funds, but parents make every effort and help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

My daughter is a student and the school along with the teachers is a great benefit
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

The staff at this school go consistently above and beyond. The dedication they show towards the kids is beyond compare. Their is a sense of community in this small school that I have never seen before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

This school has an excelllent teaching staff and approach while promoting the arts and warmth and love to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

Why do you love The Academy for Excellence Through the Arts?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

The school radiates creativity. The staff is passionate and talented, and the Principle is warm and driven to support the children get a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

I am a caretaker, my niece attends this school. They truly care about the kids, and the teachers are very caring and easily accessible for questions and advice. They have a varied curriculum that makes things interesting and holds the childrens' attention.


Posted November 3, 2010

My daughter is one of the lucky ones who got in this school and when I say lucky I mean really lucky the school has all the attributes that one would send a child to a private school for its a new school with new infrastructure the school is only till third grade so there is very little chance of your child being bullied in school everyone including the principal knows each child by their first name the principal is very involved with school activities and takes great care to run the school efficiently all kids are bright because the teachers work hard and parents are also very active there is lot of emphasis on art and other extra curricular activity also the school has one of the best afterschool programs now my daughter is in Kindergarten and she is member of an enrichment club I think PS 303 is the best school in Queens
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I love this school because the teachers and parents truly care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

It gives my niece an excellent educational and social experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

My daughter has been attending this school since pre-k (now she's in K). The curriculum is excellent, teachers are terrific, the principal has a great vision for the school future. The school environment is nice, clean, friendly and cozy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

AEA PS303Q: amazingly talented and dedicated teachers and staff; wonderful artistic ethos coupled with an inspired academic curriculum; still forging ahead despite the crippling budgetary cuts. my daughter loves it there, and i'm proud that the NY public school system can still incorporate creative educational gems like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Love the teachers, the whole staff is dedicated and helpful. We love the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

i love that the kids learn in a nurturing environment.
—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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students76%
Female62%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant76%

Math

All Students68%
Female57%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%
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

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

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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
White 2 57% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 23% 9%
Hispanic 2 18% 23%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%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

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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Yoga club
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 161 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents14785%
Teachers1493%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MS. BARBARA LETO
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Together in Dance
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Girls sports
  • Physical Education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Musical Theater
  • Poetry
  • Reader's Theater
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • School Leadership Team
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108-55 69th St
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Phone: (718) 459-1358

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