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Ps 91 Richard Arkwright

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 842 students

 

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Posted October 21, 2014

I find P.S 91 to be a wonderful school. Most of the teachers are caring, helpful,competent, and knowledgeable. I have a child that graduated this school and the education she received help to equip her for junior high school and the heavy work load that comes with it. I have a younger child attending this school as well and his writing and early reading skills are improving vastly and school has only been in session 2 months. What the school needs is funding for a wider range of programs and more parental involvement. Both of which are issues that are out of the schools hands. ~An Involved parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2014

I have had nothing but a good experience with this school. I have 1 child that graduated from P.S 91 and have 2 other children that currently attend this school. I have had a few minor issues in the pass, but as soon as I brought it to the attention of the staff I was helped immediately and the issues were solved. Ms. Feliciano the Parent/teacher coordinator is a caring, giving, and wonderful asset to the school and is very knowledgeable on the everything and anything involving this school and the Board of Ed rules & regulations. Ms.Psahos the Assistant Principal stands out as a another excellent and helpful person at this school. The teachers are great with the exception of a handful (but that is like everything else in life). Mrs. Catalano (Principal) has made great changes in this school over the years she has spent here. The PTA is pretty good at getting kids excited about school and trying to get parents involved. Although there might be some work needed in the PTA as far a a shift in staff, I think it is time for a new President. Then maybe there would be more parental involvement. Otherwise A+ for 91.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

Many times that I went to pick up my nephew from school, the school needs to work on dismissal, it's chaotic during that time. Plus the classes are overcrowded. my nephew has also mentioned that his teacher does not check his homework, maybe once a week. He's in first grade.


Posted September 18, 2013

I am a student in P.S.91Q I in this school from K-5 i'm starting 5 grade. The teacher"s are very kind,caring,strick,and very thoghtful. I LOVE P.S.91Q!!!!


Posted September 9, 2013

Ps.91 is great school, I have 3 kids in this school, great teachers and very hight education level. My child was principal honor roll, so proud!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

My just graduated from this school. All I can say is that principal, teachers and staff are all amazing people. I'm really sad that my son will no longer attend. My son attended as a special needs student and being in this school he's progressed so much. I feel really safe sending to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

i have to say that i am on edge with this school i have been trying for years to pull my children out of this school, i have had so many problems, between the dirty bathrooms, the teachers that are too mean and apparently are not attentive to the children the way they should be, my 2nd grader is afraid of his teacher she dosen't even check the h.w and he dosent even want to tell her when he has to use the bathroom because she yells. its horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

This school is fantastic. I was a student here from kindergarden all the way to grade 5. The teachers are super nice and support and care about their students. It was a great elementary experience.


Posted April 5, 2011

I agree Don't expect to get any help if your child needs and IEP or is having trouble with schoolwork. You are on your own! My son is in danger of getting left back and no one sounds interested enough to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

Am very unhappy with the school and especially with the teachers. I have two kids one in first grade and the other one in 5th. My first grader is having a hard time with the writing & reading that every morning he cries because he is frustrated and scare because he can't write or read like the other kids. I asked the school for help but was told is best for him to repeat the grade! He won't be attending that school next year! School is overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

I think this school is great.I have 2 children that attend this school and I must say they have done a great job.My son's reading level has improved tremendously ,and my younger daughter just loves it.I've seen nothing but improvement.this school is Great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

i have 2 children that attend this school and i must say that i am not pleased at all, my oldest one cries every morning because he dosent want to go to school, he is a special needs student and he is not getting the services that he needs to achieve, i recently attended parent teacher meeting and they plainly told me that they could not do anything to help my son i requested resoursce room, a para, tutoring, any kind of special extra help and they told me the school was not funded for those services so they could not do anything for me. as a result they have my son on a promotion in doubt list on the first marking period, i feel this school is unfair, extremely disorganized, and they just don't pay much attention to most of the children in the school. i am very dissatisfied!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

...Cont Dismissal is also chaotic with all second grade classes being let out one door, one class at a time. The teacher that gets to the door first starts passing off kids one by one to parents and good luck trying to get near the door to get your child since all parents are squeezed up near the door waiting for their kids. They need someone regulating dismissal as well/ Ms. Feliciano the parent coordinator is fabulous but she can only be in one place at a time, which is usually with the younger kids during dismissal and arrival. And forget after school and extracurricular activities. There are none!!! There is an after school study for kids who need extra help but even that is only for an extra 30 minutes. I am very unhappy this year and hope with this new principal there will be big changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I recently transferred my daughter from another school to this school and it was a huge mistake. I find that this school is sooo disorganized and very overcrowded. this is now the second week of school and I just found out that she has classmates sitting on the rug because there are no more chairs. On the first day of class all the parents were allowed inside the school to line up their children which caused nothing but fear and chaos for all the other children not to mention all the children that were just walking back outside with noone at the door to stop them. Dangerous on sooo many levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

My daughter recently graduated from this school, and I found the staff to be unhelpful in regards to the school that my daughter would be attending in the fall.As of now, my daughter still doesn't know what school she will be attending in the fall.I loved this school throughout these years but in the end, they just push the kids out of the school, with no regards for preparing them for the future, this left me extremely dissapointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

I have worked here as a self-contained special education teacher since September 2006. I absolutely adore the children here...all of them. The teachers here are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life, and it has been great to meet people who share the same passion as I do. The teachers really take pride in what they do, and they strive to give their students the best they can. The administrators are extremely helpful and supportive and they too, strive to give their teachers and students everything they need to be successful. Our school has gifted and talented classes, along with top classes. We also have a high population of special needs students that attend either CTT classes or self-contained classes. Although it is said that no one or no where is perfect, I truly feel that this school is darn near close. -Danielle Warner 504
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2008

My daughter is in kindergarten and loves chool here. She is excelling rapidly and enjoys all aspects of school. The teachers are excellent and most seem to really care about the kids. Ms. Santoro is one of the best. Ms. Feliciano is the parent liason and is the one to go to with any questions. She is extremely knowlegable about all school related issues and will always go out of her way to be helpful. My daughter has gym, music and art classes and she loves them all. It's very rare for her to come home without having something special to share about her day. This school also has a gifted program and a special needs program. In short, it's a wondeful school that we're lucky to have nearby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

I have one child in Kindergarten and one in 4th grade. I think the school is excellent. My 4th grader excelled on her ELA tests and the teachers are very proficient and helpful. The after school program is great also. Everyone is very helpful and considerate. My Kindergartener is doing excellent in math and reading and I could not ask for more from the staff. Down to dealing with the school nurse I've always felt that my children mattered and were not just a number.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

level and quality of academic programm is very good, my daughter is very happy in this school music is unfortunately not available but sports yes and parents can participate telling their opinion about different situations regarding school and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

My daughter came from KY to NY in her 2nd grade year. She was a happy child, but she found that there were few teachers that she cared for. There was at that time an Art Teacher that was wonderful with her. I personally had a problem as I found it difficult to discuss things with the teachers, volunteering was not an option, and in general they *In My Opinion* were bogged down by more children then they could work with effectivly.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 32% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
47%
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 33% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
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 30% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
72%
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 "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
Hispanic 2 53% 23%
White 1 40% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 1 2% 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 29%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 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 48%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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35051%
Teachers3861%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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68-10 Central Ave
Glendale, NY 11385
Phone: (718) 821-6880

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