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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:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted May 15, 2014

An excellent school with a focus on the arts with an outstanding after-school program (Wingspan). The school is relatively small and many children and families know each other. While the school admissions is open to the district, the vast majority of children are from the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

The Academy of Excellence through the Arts, PS 303 is a very close knit school that nurtures and supports the children as they become well rounded students. With only two classes per grade, all of the students and teachers know each other which lends itself to a great community atmosphere. The student/teacher ratio is way better than many of the schools in the area. The school does lack a library or gym, but it is made up for by the programs and curriculum it provides. My children love attending the school and I would recommend it to anyone who asks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

The Academy of Excellence through the Arts, PS 303 is a wonderful experience that every child should have the chance to receive. From the loving staff to the unique and excellent programs offered there contribute to making this a top notch school. My older daughter started in Pre-K the first year they opened. She graduated last June,2013. She misses it tremendously. She enjoyed each and every day of her school days there. Luckily, I have a second daughter there in Kindergarten who wakes up and can't wait to see her teacher everyday. I only wish it went thru to HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is a great school for my child. The teachers are very professional and are easy to talk with. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate, either on school projects, trips, or even volunteer during the lunch time. The school demands high standards from the children, and the children are able to provide this. I'm very glad my first born has been fortunate enough to attend PS 303, and I'm hopeful that my child's sibling will be able to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

AEA does an excellent job of using it's resources to bringing students to where they need to be for the third grade ELA/Math Test. Earning the top score in the district in previous years. Reading, writing and math starts in Pre-K here. If your child lags behind in any of these subjects s/he will receive extra help afterschool beginning in Kindergarten. The kids have a rotation of art, drama and other electives (cooking, video star..etc) added to their schedules through the year and starting in the first grade they'll have the experience of putting on a play. All the teachers at PS 303 work hard to get results. Two recommendations I would make for this school. First is that they allow the Pre-K students to have more scheduled free play time and Second, to allocate some resources towards those students who are ahead of the curve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Excellent school with caring educators that go above and beyond to see their students excel in all areas. The children love this school because of the many wonderful events and activities they put together. There are productions they put together where the kids partake in reading lines and there's always something exciting going on. In short, if you want to see your child excel and reach their full potential then this is the school to send them to because this school takes their students success very seriously and they work hard to achieve success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We are proud to be part of P.S 303 family. Our kids are getting a great education from such dedicated teachers who challenges them to learn and succeed. I especially love the attention and caring the school gives the students. My kids are very happy there. I wish they could stay there until 5th grade. We feel so fortunate that our kids are able to attend this special school. Mrs. Leto cares so much about the school that she's always thinking ahead of how to make it better. That is why there is such support from parents. We see that she wants what's best for the school and our children. We love P.S 303!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

As a parent we always want the best school for our kids. I feel blessed and fortunate that both of my kids were part of this amazing school that offers strong academics and nurturing, warm environment. My daughter has graduated from this school two years ago and my son will be graduating this year. We will miss this school and all the staff dearly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This is a great school very good teachers very clean and very save. This is the best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This is a special school. As an educator, this school excels in so many ways. The teachers that my son has had for kindergarten and 1st grade both have been stellar. The school has this unique balance of keeping students challenged and engaged in learning but doing so in a caring and thoughtful way. The school has become our second family--my son knows all the children, teachers and staff by name due to not only it's small size but because of how engaging and involved the 303 team is at the school. We literally won the lottery when got our spot and so thankful that our son will have strong educational foundation and diverse interests due to the drama, arts, and music incorporated into the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

AEA is a very special school and one that I am thrilled beyond words that my daughter has an opportunity to attend. The teachers and staff are nurturing and caring. The Principal and Assistant Principal genuinely care about each and every child and there is a great balance between academics and fun. When I asked my daughter the other day how much she likes kindergarten at AEA, she told me she loves it! As parents, what more could we ask for...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My son transferred into 303 in 1st grade and it was the best decision we could have made. Small class size. Amazing creative programs. Outstanding academics. He is getting a well-rounded education and loving every minute. And their after school programs are top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My child is a first grade student at AEA. She has been there since prekindergarten. Her teacher Mr. Dejesus was the perfect teacher to prepare her for school. He was enthusiastic and great. He always listened to concerns. Her kindergarten teacher Mr. Burgos really helped her reading and made it fun. This year her comment about Ms. Bates was "I like her because she makes writing fun and she makes us use creativity." My daughter participated in a play and I was impressed with all the work the students and staff did. Ms. Leto does listen to concerns and Ms. Gallo is always there to help. The PTA and school website always keeps us abreast of what is going on. I am so happy that my daughter is receiving an exemplary education. She also loves her new drama teacher. First grade has been a great year. Thank you AEA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

PS 303, A.E.A is a wonderful school. I can not say enough great things about it. My daughter is getting a very well rounded education, from reading and writing, a science enrichment club which she loves, dramatic and fine arts, and Singapore math. 303 is a warm and nurturing environment that we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to take advantage of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I very highly recommend PS 303. The small size and limited amount of students allow for additional attention for each child. Additionally, the focus on learning through the Arts contributes to a fun learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We are lucky that our daughter got lottery to pre-k in this school. Her teachers are wonderful, very professional and caring. Everyone working in this school is very warm and devoting and know what they are doing. The school's facility is very new, clean and organized. It has very warm ans cheerful environment. Every kids here are happy to be at school. Principal - Ms. Leto is very profesional and very clear about the direction to lead the school to. She is very caring to all the sturdents, knows every students by name. Stuffs at school are also very caring profesional. My daughter is very happy in this school and looking forward to go to school everyday. We are glad that she will be continue in kindergarten here next year. (Our 2nd child will have sibling priority to gp to this school too.) This is a wonderful small public school that has private schoo feels. The class program is very advance, compareable to those of G&T if not better. PTA here is cooperating nicely. It would be hard to find any school in NYC to have such a nice environment as this one. We visited a few schools and prefer this small school over many top schools in Manhattan or even any borough. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This is a wonderful school ,The teacher very very nice and funny. He make the class funny and the kids learning. My son is at kindergarten 218 now, he learn lot, He love reading and painting now. it is very important my son became cheerful personality a lot than before. He happy to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This school is really wonderful. The emphasis on the arts allows learning to take place in a creative way, which is lacking from so many schools these days. All of the staff are attentive and supportive to the children and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

AEA303 has provided my son an excellent education over the last 3 years. He is currently in the 1st grade and I am thrilled with the education he has received thus far. An important part of the education is art and theater based which my son loves. They put on an impressive 1st grade production of Henkesville which was outstanding. This is a unique school that offers an enriching enviroment for early education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I could not be happier with this school! Their strong academic focus is enriched through learning through the arts. The small family environment makes children feel nurtured and gives them an opportunity to express themselves. The faculty and staff communicate well and have a wonderful open door policy. I am so grateful for 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.

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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 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 57% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 23% 9%
Hispanic 2 18% 23%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 116%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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
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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 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
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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
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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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