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Ps 207 Rockwood Park

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Posted August 3, 2014

I have had 3 children of mine in this school . All 3 of them hate it ! The staff and principal are rude ! Some of the teachers are ok and some are just terrible . The administration and principals are terrible !! This school is racist , plays favorites and are just flat out rude and nasty !!! I would say if you didn't grow up in the area do not send your children there ! The school has a huge bullying problem . Some of the families are just like there children . These kids have an entitlement attitude and are no different from the bad schools in any other area it's just that these kids are white !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

I agree with the other reviews about the bullying at this school. This school is absolutely not a nurturing environment for a child to grow up in. The teachers seem to do the bullying as well. Teachers choose their favorite kids and cast the other students aside. The best interest of the child is not regarded only what is in best interest of the teachers and the school. This school has their own way of dealing with everyday activities that do not follow normal public school protocol. I was definitely disappointed with my experience and decided to put my child in a private school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Bullying is rampant in this school. Children are judged on everything imaginable. Staff often turns their heads to bullying. staff seems more concerned about making administration happpy than genuineely caring about their students. There are some good teachers, but they seem to be punished for putting the kids first.,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My son goes to Kindergarten and I have to say he likes his school very much. He's doing very well. Kuddos to all the teachers in K01. Thank you for all the time you put into my son Vince. I hope he continues throughout his elementary school years to be as ambitious as he's been in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

Bullying at this school is the worse I've ever seen (and I do have 2 older children who attended different NYC public schools). The parents do not discilpine their children and the school looks the other way and lets it go on. I've never experienced such a large number of spolied children and adults. I will be taking my son out of this school before September. However, the teachers are wonderful. It's a shame that they are doing away with the honors program for the middle school students. Some of these kids are serious students and have worked really hard to get into the ARP program & now they will have no honors listed on their 7th grade transcripts. The principal is constantly making terrible decisions and the children suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

Wow these posts are terrible! I am shocked by the reviews. Yes there are some parents at the school that are very clicky. There are some parents that will look down to you if you are not rich or do not belong in the district. What hey don't want is out of zoned kids they suspect will be a problem. If you show them attitutde they have no problem showing one back. My sons are out of zone and everyone knows it because I disclose it to all of the parents. I have never heard of a list! H.B. is really a small area and everyone is either friends or a friend of. They know who belongs in the school and who doesn't. If you have issues ignore it . Give it time and you will find you love it here and your kids are getting the best education around. Maybe you guys are being a bit quick to judge. Racist, come on! It is majority white, but saying the school is racist is just totally wrong. There are kids from all walks of life here that have no problem. There is good and bad at any school. However, this school just happens to be top rated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

This school allows bullying. They do not protect the victim. When the victim tries to defend themself they get into trouble. The bullies continue to get away with it because they get no repercussion. The aides are not well trained on how to monitor the children inside and outside.


Posted July 11, 2011

Just rang about the procedure to register my daughter for kindergarten as I've just moved into the neighborhood and my conversatioin with the principle was very unpleasant. She proceeded to ask whether I had bought a home in the neighborhood and when I advised her that I am leasing, she told me that I needed 2 proofs of address which I am aware is process but she seemed bothered that I was just a tenant and not an owner. She had the nerve to ask whether my landlord claims my living there on his taxes and that I may be required for him to physically be there with me as proof. I'm sorry but if that is the attitude the principal has, I certainly do not want my daughter learning her social manners from someone like that. Shame!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

Every year they put a list out for the out of zoned kids twice a year. I tried agin putting my child on this list and all of a sudden they are telling me that there is so such list and you must be zoned for the school which I find Very, Very funny. There are a good amount of children that are not zoned for this school and I found the ladies in the office are so unprofessional and rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

this school is only good if you spoil your kids with juicy, uggs, ed hardy, and northface. My children were made fun of because they never liked the clothing the other children liked. everyone is racist and judgmental. its not the education that counts in that school, its how wealthy you are.


Posted November 10, 2010

Solid education overall. Teachers are for the most part very good and genuinely care about their students. Class sizes are relatively small and faculty get to know all of the students. No after school activities to speak of and very few celebrations or fun extracurricular activities for the children. The biggest complaint about the school is the way that parents are treated in the school. There is a very distinct and pervasive feel that parents are not appreciated nor welcomed in the school. Parents are invited to very few events during the course of the year. It's a shame, too, because the children appear to be treated very well. If only the parents could have a chance to be a part of the environment, this school could be truly outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

nothing but good vibes about ps207 hope for many more good years to come
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

We have wonderful children and teachers as well as the rest of the staff. Our school is safe and clean! Our PTA is the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Our school is great. The principle, the staff and especially the teachers are terrific. They all really care about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

My kids love going to school everyday. I think that says a lot about the teachers and staff and general atmosphere of the school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

We have a great principal and a wonderful teaching staff that really cares about our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

The teachers, administrators, aides, paras, safety officers & kitchen staff all work as a great team. Their #1 priority is the safety & education of all the children. The dedication i have seen displayed is unrivaled by many schools that i am familiar with (thru friends or family) in many other districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This is in responds to the post on Oct 26 2008. Laurie Heedles was the best thing that ever happened to P.S/M.S 207 s P.A. She cared about the school, the kids, and even the teachers. That is more then I can say about the P.A President before her or the one after her. She knew what she was doing and put the kids before everything. The school will never be the same with out her. She is and always will be the best P.A President P.S/M.S 207 could have hoped to have. To the new parents, I am sorry you did not get to know her. I am a parent that has had at least one of my children in the school for the past 12 years. So I have seen the best and the worst of P.S/M.S 207. The school is and will always be a good school. The problem is now it does not have a P.A that stands for anything anymore. They raise money; and spend money, that is all. I am just glad that P.S/M.S 207 became a middle school before this new P.A took over because they could have never did what the old P.A did. (And yes, it was the P.A of P.S 207 that made the school a middle school) The new P.A has no leadership They do not stand up for anything. The P.A has a lot of power if you have the right people running it Hope to see that change soon ..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I disagree with the statement made 1/16. I know for a fact that PS207 is a Great school and we should be Thankful for the adminstration/teachers that work there they are caring and understanding individuals. We as parents should understand what they do on a daily basis to keep our children safe and should respect them for it not put them down. I don't see what you see. I see more children coming to this school because of safety. Whats sad is that you can not see that.


Posted October 26, 2008

i was here for 9 years. PS 207 was more of a home rather than a school. the teachers aren't there to yell or make you fail. They always look for the best for their students. Though Laurie Heedles ruined 207 when she was there, its still a strong school that I recommend.
—Submitted by a student


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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 32% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
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 elementary and 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
White 1 75% 48%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
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 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 147%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 49%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

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

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents45889%
Students20699%
Teachers6480%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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