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Ps 212

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 792 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 30, 2014

The school is great when it comes to the teachers and some support staff. I do believe that the school tends to favor some Hispanics families and ignore the other types of families in the school. The PTA does the typical fundraisers without any consideration for other families who, for example who prefer not to give their kids junk food, or just host movie nights that appeal to very young kids. They want volunteers but when you do volunteer theres no direction and very little appreciation. They rarely ask for help just so that they can complain they don't receive any help, I feel like you if step on the wrong toes, your child is doomed, so try not voice your opinion or make a small change cause its not worth the aggravation


Posted June 6, 2014

This school is a very nice place to work. The staff is very caring and knowledgeable and the related service providers (OT,PT, Speech, Counseling, etc.) are very dedicated and involved. There are lots of programs that the kids can get involved in both during school hours and also in after school. The PTA is wonderful with activities for the kids, raising money for the school and also providing support to the staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 5, 2014

My daughter attends 3rd grade here im very pleased and all teachers and staff are wonderful . The school has tonsss of programs for the kids i love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

As an OT at PS212 Q in Jackson Heights, Queens I truly believe that our school is a supportive environment for student with special needs. We have a wonderful team who always puts learning first. Using a multidisciplinary approach we meet bi-weekly to discuss student who currently have classifications/IEP's, along with RTI strategies for other students who are struggling in the school. We have a full, on site related service team including OTs, PTs, Speech, Guidance , a school Psychologist, a Health Coordinator, a SETSS teacher, an Adapted Physical Education Teacher, etc. Along with an amazing support staff, we have amazing special and general education teachers (K-5) and administration who's top priority is to make sure that the students feel safe and comfortable to promote the acquisition of learning. They are knowledgeable about techniques to use in the classroom to adapt the environment for students with attentional difficulties and have become very creative using techniques such as velcro on the inside of the desks as a fidget, changing the lighting in the rooms, and using programs such as Activity Works to give breaks for movement throughout the day as needed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2013

I love PS212. This will be my daughter last year at PS 212 she will start 5th grade in September. She's being at PS212 since 1st grade. I LOVE the school. Teachers and staff are great with the kids. Education is GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I think this school is great with the wonderful teachers in this school. I miss this school and wish I was still there


Posted November 15, 2011

This is second year of my son and i am not very happy .My son tells me that she speak most of time spanish and he does not understand her.and my son is very good at reading and he got 2 for that because we don't send any gifts for teacher as other parents does
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

i love this school so much now i am in middle school and i still love mrs ellis and everyone in ps212 more than my middle school people. I think mrs ellis is the best principal in the whole wide world.


Posted February 1, 2011

i am in 5th grade and my opinion about this school is that its excellent. i think this because im in this school and i know how it is like. they are very organized and hard working people.they try there best to make us have the best last year with 5th grade prom , yearbook, graduation and more.i will miss it when i leave because ive been there since kindergarden. thanks P.S.212


Posted January 25, 2011

Registering a child to Kindergarten is a nightmare at this school! The ONLY hours they will allow you to do it is 9-11am and not a minute later. And if you can't make it at that time, o well, too bad for you and your child. So many of us, parents and caregivers, work at those hours and can NEVER make it in time for the registration. I sincerely hope that this can and will be changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

It provides a great educational basis for my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

this school my child helped when he got lost
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

It's our second home; a haven for learning and growing. I can honestly say that I love my job! I'm very thankful for our precious little ones, our cooperative and hardworking parents and the most wonderful group of professionals you will ever meet. Thank you P.S. 212.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

There are great therapists and a fantastic related service staff as well as parents who are supportive and involved.


Posted September 23, 2009

This school is the safest from all the other schools that my children have gone to. The staff and the teachers are very nice and they helped my child grow strong. They are very educational and they teach my daughter all that she needs to knows. This is the best school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Best staff, great parents and of course wonderful students. We are very lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love that the therapists are involved with the students even outside of the therapy domain and care for their student's overall well being and success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 22, 2009

We work really well together as a staff. We also keep each other well-fed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 20, 2009

my daughters go to that school and they think its great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

The quality of the teachers is superb! Caring knowledgeable teachers that make a difference.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
70%
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

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
71%
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

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 75% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 16% 9%
White 2 7% 48%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 18%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 268%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%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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Based on 624 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents57985%
Teachers4583%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. CARIN ELLIS

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34-25 82nd St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: (718) 898-6973

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