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P.S. 35 Nathaniel Woodhull

Public | PK-5 | 663 students

 

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Posted May 29, 2014

My 2 daughters are currently enrolled in this school. The school is wonderful. The principal, Mr. Dempsey, seems to know the names of every student enrolled in this school. He would do stuff I wouldn't imagine other principals would do like helping the teachers get their car out of the snow by shoveling for them, greeting children every morning outside the school in the snow. I would get a positive call from him (on my daughter/s) on a Sunday! My children had the best teachers like Ms. Fredrick, Mr. Licata and Ms. Valte. The security guard is strict but friendly (except to out-of-control parents). Ms. Lloyd, the Parent Coordinator is a darling and very helpful. The PTA is ok, They worked hard this year, but I think they have to improve the way they present themselves to the students and parents. I think they have to act in a more professional manner (not chewing gum while addressing parents and the children!). My daughter had a 3 in ELA and a 4 in Math last year. My kindergartner jumped more than 10 levels in reading from September. I wished this school was a K-12 school so my daughter won't have to go anywhere for MS and a G&T program so my daughter can stay for first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My son will be entering Kindergarten this fall . I have two other children in another school which my son did not get into. I recently registered my son at ps.35 and so far I'm pleased with the appearance of the school, the staff seemed friendly and I had the oppertunity of meeting the principal who seemed very involved and approachable. The parent coordinator was welcoming and happy, she made my son feel very comfortable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

P.s.35 is amazing. My daughter graduated last year with great academic scores and passed the ela and math exam with high scores. The principal cares for his students and staff and. Calls to give you updates on your child. Love this scbool and my daughter loved it too. She is now in the honors program at her jhs and has a 90 average and that is because p.s.35 prepared her for her new challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Both of my boys went to this school and they loved it there. Mr Dempsey was always great to my boys and took very good care of the school. We now live upstate NY and my boys always talk about their years at PS 35.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

As I read all the glowing comments about Mr. Dempsey all I can do is shake my head. All of those comments can be true as long as you agree with what he says. My son has been in P.S. 35 for three years and for the most part I had no problems with him until I didn't go along with what he wanted me to do. The end result was me getting an ACS case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

My daughter has been a student at P.S. 35 since kindergarten. I have no complaints. The only complaint that I have was with a particular parent and Mr. Dempsey settled it and corrected the issue. He made these years very very easy. He listens to his students and listens to the parents. He is a very positive leader which makes his staff a wonderful staff to deal with. I will miss this school wish it went all the way to eighth grade : ) P.S. 35 of hollis queens is the best elementary and thank you for these great years. Regarding the negative review - If a parent has had any problems they should make an appointment with the principal or teacher they will help you and your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

You all must be talking about another school because that has not been my experience for the last year since my chils started this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

P.S.35 is the most wonderful school I have ever come across. It is under the administration of one of the most incredible principal- Mr. Mark Dempsey. He takes extreme care of the children. He is very cooperative and he coordinates very well with the parents. His extreme dedication and hardwork for the school will one day lead the school to reach on top. The staff is also good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

I have served the PS 35 school community for the past thirteen years. I love working in this community. The parents, students and staff work together. It is our village.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 18, 2011

was so worried about my son going to this school for CTT class setting but was pleasantly surprised! Mr. Singh is a very good special Ed. teacher with lots of patience. Mr Ruiz(Science) and Ms. Calucci(SS) are very good too-They make kids enjoy learning! The principal is Amazing! He is always available, always walking hallways and in the lunchroom. He knows everything that's going on in the school, keeps the school neat and clean, and really cares about the well being of his students!! Mr Dempsey is also the Track Coach which was a great experience for my son. My son was only there for 5th grade(1 year) and I wish he was there all his school years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

I would also like to commend this school Mr. Dempsey the principle really cares about the students and it shows ! And if your child is blessed enough to have Mrs. Wealcatch and Mrs.Young for Pre- K they will soar Mrs.Wealcatch is an excellent teacher who goes above and beyond .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

I would like to commend the principal, Mr. Mark Dempsey for engaging with both the parents and children on a daily basis. He cares about the students and knows their names. We have received a few calls in the school year at home on a Sunday evening from Mr. Dempsey informing us on our child's improvement. We have never heard of a principal that does that. Mr. Demsey goes above and beyond for the children in the community and at P.S. 35. Mr. Dempsey is a wonderful principal. I would highly recommend this school. The teachers are very dedicated to the students excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

My husband and I are very pleased with PS 35 in Queens. Our son came from a private school, but we had to place our son in a public school environment, we were very concerned. However, Ms. Gallello, our son's fourth grade teacher, has certainly brought out the best in our son. He is almost one grade above in reading, he scored a 4 in Math and English. Ms. Gallello is very thorough with every child and she distributes a homework sheet every week, so that it's easy for us as parents to check our son's homework on a daily basis. Ms. Gallello is an excellent teacher and she truly cares about every child in her class! She has changed our perception about the public school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I am happy with my kids going to PS 35 Q. There are some great teachers in this school. One of the most outstanding one is Ms. Valte. She has exceeded almost all my standards as what i think a teacher should be. I wish most other teachers can learn from her. Student recongnition (student of the month, and other school wide recognition) system is biased and not transparent. I wish they look into this and make them more transparent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

My child had never been without a family member until she stated going to PS 35 at first I was reluctant to send her but I must say the staff and students there are wonderful. The teachers go beyond the call of duty to help students and the results are found in my child's academic and social improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I've been teaching at P.S. 35 for more than 15 years... the staff is the absolute best.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 6, 2009

I wasn't sure what the school would be like and it turned out enrolling my children there was the best decision. Mr. Dempsey and the assistant principal are very hands on and always available. The teachers are wonderful and my children are so happy. They are already reading books and are only in kindergarten. The school is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My son has been going to P.S 35 for a year now and I love it. His teacher and principle are excellant. Mr. Dempsey looks like he loves his job and he really cares about his students. He even called me personally to let me now how my son was adapting to the school. What other principle would do that? The school also promotes family time and togetherness by holding family nights. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

this school has shown so much improvement in the last 2 years.. hats off to the staff, principal and assistant principal ..good job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

some teachers are strict but others let things bounce off their back.if you moving to the shirley area i would sign up because have ALOT of fun times there and test scores are higher then state average! stuff like the E.L.A. and stuff aint that bad because teachers know what theyre doing(and the library is pretty cool too)
—Submitted by a student


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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
37%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
54%
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 "D" 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
Black 1 40% 19%
Hispanic 2 29% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 23% 9%
White 1 4% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 3% 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 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 266%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 63%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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22543%
Teachers3581%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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191-02 90th Ave
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