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Ps 131 Abigail Adams

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Posted August 12, 2014

This school has an outstanding music program. My child participated in numerous outside performances including a concert at Carnegie Hall. The Abigail Adams chorus has performed at many prestigious venues and has a great sound and reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

This is a great school with a dedicated principal and teaching staff. Though Upper class teachers need to be more active as the students have to face state exams. Grade III to V students should get more home work and class exercises. Parents Teachers meeting is needed more frequently and effective. School can also arrange some sort of orientation meeting/workshop for the parents on taking care of their kids home work and other activities. Since there is always scope for for improvement, but overall the standard of this school is very good and I am happy to send my kid in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

This is a great school with funny teachers. great princeicpal, the only problem is they're is no gym
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

This is one of the worst schools in the district. It has very poor education standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

Just toured the school recently. The parent coordinator was very nice and helpful. The students seemed to be very well-behaved. However, the school does not offer any extracurricular activity anymore (sad). It does not have a gym either, so the PE teachers will lead the children to do exercise in the classrooms of limited space on a bad weather day. That could be many school days! In-class parent involvement is not encouraged, but they have night time workshops for the parents from time to time. The principal should really organize some extracurricular activities for the for the kids otherwise they would become nerds!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

I graduated from PS 131 in January 1944 and was well prepared for additioal education as were most of my classmates. I went on to Brooklyn Technical HS and then to Rensselaeo Polytechnical Instute culminating in a Masters Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. PS 131 gave me the foundation. I would like to obtain a list of the members of the class of January 1944. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Harry Ambs


Posted November 13, 2010

it is an excellent school. very good teachers math and ela studies! i think it is one the best school in 11432 or district 29! my name is gurpreet kaur i used to go to this school and get straight A`s ! i request every parent to put their children in P.S 131Q! (A.K.A- i went to this school five years ago!)


Posted April 27, 2010

I think the leadership is phenomenal! The principal is focused on the need of the children. The staff is also great! The principal has instilled the same values in the staff. I think it's one of the best schools in District 29!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

My child has been to this school for 3 years and I have no problems. The teachers are great so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

This school is one of the best school my child went to now my son is in ryan middle school and he has learned alot
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

Ps131 has been a good experience for my children. The school administration has no control over the teachers. especially those teacher's who mistreat children. However, the work isn't challenging for the students. The children who need help they aren't given them the services they need because they want to save money in their budget. At Ps131 parent's aren't respected by the school when they discuess issues to the faculty.Ps131 staff needs to put children first. Teacher's has help student in the past during State Exams. Some Parent's opinion aren't important when they have concern's about their children. PS 131 staff need to realize it's all about educating children mentally and physically nurturing our children so they can grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

Ps131 has been a good experience for my children. The school administration has no control over the teachers. especially those teacher's who mistreat children. However, the work isn't challenging for the students. The children who need help they aren't given them the services they need because they want to save money in their budget. At Ps131 parent's aren't respected by the school when they discuess issues to the faculty.Ps131 staff needs to put children first. Teacher's has help student in the past during State Exams. Some Parent's opinion aren't important when they have concern's about their children. PS 131 staff need to realize it's all about educating children mentally and physically nurturing our children so they can grow.


Posted July 30, 2009

Ps131 has been a good experience for my children. The school administration has no control over the teachers. especially those teacher's who mistreat children. However, the work isn't challenging for the students. The children who need help they aren't given them the services they need because they want to save money in their budget. At Ps131 parent's aren't respected by the school when they discuess issues to the faculty.Ps131 staff needs to put children first. Teacher's has help student in the past during State Exams. Some Parent's opinion aren't important when they have concern's about their children. PS 131 staff need to realize it's all about educating children mentally and physically nurturing our children so they can grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

P.S131 is a very good school.The teachers there are very good.You can rely on the principal and the teachers are great.P.S131 is a school I recommend people should go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2009

parents at this school are very happy about their teacher..specially miss douglas
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

This is a great school. I am happy for my child to be part of this school. Principal and teachers are very cooperative and accomodating to our needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

My thrid grader goes their and the entire school body is all about working with parents. When childen know teachers have dialog with their mom and dad, they give a higher standard in class, and perform at the level the parents promote at home. I am of the students and teachers at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

I attened this school years ago. It was a great school, will not alot of programs. I see that the school is growning due to the portable buildings outside in the school yard. The teachers are good, and the parent participation is good but as usual could be better. The kids get a good education here.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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 31% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students44%
Female52%
Male38%
African American27%
Asian/Pacific Islander51%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population53%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant51%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Female46%
Male41%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population46%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population60%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students46%
Female52%
Male40%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Math

All Students54%
Female57%
Male51%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population57%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 75% 9%
Black 2 11% 19%
Hispanic 1 9% 23%
White 1 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 223%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 190%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 81%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 493 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents44566%
Teachers48100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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170-45 84th Ave
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