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Ps 117 J Keld Briarwood School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 1204 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2014

I agree with the last post the reception from the staff is cold. It doesn't seem as if the school cares about the poor ratings they receive because if they did then maybe the staff would try to do a better job in bring up the schools rating . It's Ashamed the staff don't seem to care about the child at the school. More parents need to get involved in how this school is effecting the area in which we leave due to its poor rating and us as parents need to file complaints with the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Many children in my family as well as many friends truly love PS 117 staff, education and atmosphere!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

This school is AWFUL!! I'm very sad and worried about my son's education. After talking to the principal and and my son's teacher about all my concerns, I was told that it is the not their fault but the NY governors.. SMH!! They just do not care. Homework is checked ones per week because according to the teacher she does not have enough time to do it every day.The school staff at the general office is very rude and unprofeccional as well. Thinking it was me being crazy, I asked some of the parents about their thoughts about this school and I was not surprise to find out most of them were very unhappy but did not know what to do. lastly, I would said that the principal need to take pride of what she does and work hard to improve PS 117. Being a school principal, I believe is a very hard job that requires someone with strong leadership skills, and a passion towards education. Because she does not have this skills, she should just let someone else take her position. This review is not about being hateful but to do something against the LACK of leadership, organization, professionalism and careless attitude towards education this school displays.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

The teachers are wonderful! The special education department is really great too! The OT and language therapists are great. One thing parents should know is that there is no afterschool programs, and the PTA really doesn't have it together due to the past PTA not having it together. There should be more parent involvment. The lack of afterschool programs is a real upset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Excellent school, wonderful ratings on their State Quality Review! I would love to have my child study at a school with this rating of success!


Posted November 14, 2012

PS117 used to be a good school but not anymore. It seems so disorganized, for ex: shool invited parents for open house to go in their child's class room & spend time. Parents were waiting outside & staff at front desk did not know what to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2012

This schools grade has progressively dropped every year since 2010, it currently holds the lowest possible C. Hence the reason why it has not been posted by the school. I am not sure what has been lost here, as not many teachers have been laid off in this school. This used to be a magnet school, with a grade A, but those days are long gone. Very unfortunate as there are not many choice public schools or in general many elementary schools in this area. I am looking to move for the next school year just so that my child doesn't have to attend this school for the next coming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

My sons are going to graduate this year and they learn a lot in this school.Teachers are exceptionally good and work really hard with students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

P.S. 117 is a great school. I love the interest they have in the students and the parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

I enrolled my daughter in this school for kindergarten after moving to the area from Brooklyn , and i must this school is way above average compared to her previous school . i have seen parent participation that exceeds what i have seen in many other schools. this school is a magnet school for arts and music, the teachers go above and beyond there duties to ensure the kids get the best education possible in a public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

My kids are going top this school from Ist great and they really like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My experience at P.S. 117 has been positive and uplifting. One could not have asked for a better staff - parent relationship. This school offers a large number of extracurriculum activities such as the Magnet Program , a well attended and modicly priced PTA run Afterschool program, the Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), the sports and Title 1 program. My son graduated from PS 117 and went on to an equally disciplined environment at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School. My daughter is a current student who takes advantage of every available activities. The fundraisers at PS 117 are superb. Graduates look forward to attending the shool's annual Halloween and Valentine's Day Dance. Theatrical productions such as The Beauty and the Beast, and High School Musical were well attended. I recommend this school to parents and students striving for a highly disciplined oriented environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

I think the teachers(some) are not professionally dressed as teachers should be. They are setting examples not going to clubs and casual events! secondly,they do not have the patience with the younger children or the proper problem solving techniques that is used amongst little kids.Thirdly, once a kid has made a few mistakes he/she is automatically labeled as the bad apple. Again, no patience and no proper experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

I feel very welcome whenever I enter the school. The staff is helpful, our problems are immediately attended to and the principal, Mr. Katz is everywhere at the same time...he is amazing! Inspite of such limited funds, I believe its an amazingly run school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2008

This is a horrible school. The teachers are very scrict and the school food is too unhealthy. I also found that this schools academics are not up to par.
—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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
64%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 38% 9%
Hispanic 1 32% 23%
White 2 18% 48%
Black 1 11% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 112%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 283%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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 727 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

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

 
7.9
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents66179%
Teachers6692%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. PAULA CUNNINGHAM
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  • (718) 297-1796

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85-15 143rd St
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