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Ps 2 Alfred Zimberg

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 696 students

 

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Posted December 18, 2012

Good and safe school overall. There is a great family feel. My daughter is happy in the school and it feels like home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

This school is the epitomy of what can go wrong in a public school. Lazy and incapable administration and staff . The entire staff needs a lesson in manners and how to be true professionals, from the administration to the teachers to the school aides. At lunch time the aides all gather round and talk leaving the chidlren to fend for themselves in the mayhem of the cafeteria! They never take the children out to the playground during lunch. The staff is jaded and set in their ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

Ps 2 is the greatest school in queens I really chocked when I read that some parent don't like it , from my experience I always see the principal and his assistant around also there always communication between me and my son teacher, over roll after 3 years in this school I find this school is one of greatest school in queens .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

PS 2 is a really good school. My son has been going there from kindergarten and he is entering 2nd grade this year. My son's kindergarten and first grade teachers were amazing. It is true they don't go on many trips which I hope will change this year but overall the school is definitely a good one and I am very pleased with my son's education experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I don't like Ps2Q it is not a good school in many ways. The principal doesn't pay any attention to special ed program there. He doesn't even greet special education parents or children. My son is enrolling the special education program in the school since 2007. The speech service is not good one either. The speech teachers too busy doing everything else but teaching lessons. They only do care about general ed population and don't pay any attention to special ed kids. They forget about the funding they get for special ed children in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I don't think P.S. 2 is such an amazing school!!!!!!there is lack of communication btwn.parent/teacher..The principal,is never around......it's to overcrowed in the classes,they don't take the children on any field trips,and they also don't help the children so much in academic wise...to each there own..I mean w/so many kids they have no-time!!!very unorganized in all their events,....i wouldn't let my son thru 5th in here......i give it a 2!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

This is one of the best school , my son ever go to. He loves his teacher, he loves his school so much that he ever miss the school. The stuff is so good that I really love to go to & talk to them for any issue. Well I am so lucky that , my so go to this school , I am looking forward to send my other sons to send them in this school. Kabir Ahmed,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

This school is nothing but the best ,my children love it here and i trust it,its so safe i recommend it to all you mothers and fathers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

I have been involved with P.S. 2 for a very long time. It's a great school with a great family feel. Everyone looks out for one another. The teachers are amazing. They truly care about each child as an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

I love PS 2. The staff is excellent. They are super friendly and with a school this big I find it very comforting thst as soon as you walk in the door they staff whoever it msy be knows who you and who your child or children are....And in my case I have 4 and they know each child...by face and name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

This school is overcrowded and inproperly managed. They have cut teachers which are needed. They have a principal, why the need for 2 assistant principals. It just goes to show the principals lack of involvment and inadequacies that he needs 2 individuals for support. Math and reading scores are low, methods of teaching are ineffective and the children pay the price. This is a classis example of how the board of education likes to waste money on an executive level. The teachers and support staff to the school is courteous and genuinely care about the well being of our children. They struggle to do their best to teach and take care of their students with the lack guidance and experience that an effective principal should have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

I think this school is great the principal and assistant's and the parent coodinator are wonderful, they are always trying to help when you need it, I have been in the school for past 4 years and have quite a few too go, looking forward for P.S.2. will have to offer, thanks guys keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2007

I love ps2 it has an incredible enviorment for learning and for us kids too socilize.It my have it ups and downs but the kids and the staff are family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2007

I find communication between school and parents to be insufficient. Most announcements are given in very short-notice, which hinders my ability to play a more active role in my child's activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

I am writing in response to the latest parent review. On the contrary, I have found that three of my daughter's past four teachers are exceptional. This year, in fourth grade, Ms. Graham has her students using a wireless computer lab on a regular basis. She is creating powerpoint presentations. She is using the Daily News. I am very content with the education that she is receiving. My only reservation with the school is the principal's lack of involvement. He is the weak link in an otherwise exemplary school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

P.S. 2 is a school that is run by people who know how to run things and have been doing so for a long time. You know how you ask a professional a simple question and their response is, well I've been in this business for umpteen years and this is how we do things... P.S. 2 is quite simply - old school. It's clean, efficient and to the point. Get them in, get them ready for the tests and get them out. NEXT! I have found my child's classroom to be uninspired, and messy. His teacher seems worn out as if from another time. I actually feel sorry for her! People have raved about 2 being one of 'the' top elementary schools in Queens. I think some of this is just plain hopefulness and test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

I have 2 daughters in PS2 that have been in the school since Kindergarten. PS2 is an exceptional school with excellent teachers. I find the principal and the teachers to be sincerely caring of the children. I wish PS2 went to 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

This is a great school with only one downfall, the principal. He needs to get more involved with the children and have respect for the parents. He has the parent coordinator do all his dirty work and clean up his mess. She should be principal then the school would be perfect. Its a great school just don't expect anything from him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

Although the school is performing extremely well in the early grades, there is a sharp decline in math and English by 4th and 5th grade. Why is this happening and what is the principal doing to address this issue?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

I have a child who is currently attending PS2 and one who has graduated from PS2. I'm very happy with the school. The teachers are great and I have had several meetings with the principal, and he has been very helpful. My experience with all the teachers except one has been exceptional! The parent coordinator is great. They have a wonderful resource program for children who may need extra help. I give them two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
74%
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 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 2 39% 23%
White 2 36% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 23% 9%
Black 1 2% 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 117%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 172%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 52%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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Based on 504 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

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

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents46488%
Teachers4091%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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75-10 21st Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: (718) 728-1459

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