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P.S. Is 178 Holliswood

Public | PK-8 | 484 students

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Posted October 24, 2013

I have two daughters has been at PS 178 for 2 and 4 years. It is a small school where everyone knows her. I love that type of school setting, and I'm very happy we are at this school! Her teachers are extremely helpful and the principal and staff work greatly solid, and I really appreciate their tough and wonderful work. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

My child has been at PS 178 for 4 years. It is a small school where everyone knows him. I love that type of school setting and am very happy we are at this school! His teachers are very helpful and the principal and staff work very hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

I have two children at The Holliswood School. One is about to graduate and will be attending Xavier High School in NYC. I believe that my son received an excellent education during his years at The Holliswood School. There are many extra curricular programs for the children to join. My son participated in rugby since 6th grade and loves the sport. The principal is very helpful and ALWAYS makes herself available. She speaks to all of the parents and knows all of the kids. The school is very small and everyone knows one another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I have been going to this school for 9 years! I absolutely love this school. Since we are a small school (compared to others) everybody knows everybody. The principal even knows every kid's name and says "Hi!" in the hallway. The art program is great, and the band is amazing. We have sports teams for a variety of sports, as well as acedmic teams that compete like the math team. The school has such a diverse group of kids, it's amazing! Everyone is so tolerable and open about their culture! The teachers are always open to students. (Especially in Middle School) You can tell your teachers anything. We're just one big family! Also, just last year, we became a "blue ribbon school"! No matter what you like to do, we have it. Recycling club? Of course! Math team! We've got it! Band? Sure! Art? Yup! Computers? Yes! Robot building? Of course! Penny Harvest? Yes! Drama club and acting? Yes we have it! If you're looking for the best school around, then go to PS/IS 178 "The Holliswood School" :D


Posted January 19, 2011

I really think that 178 is one of best schools I have ever attended. The school makes you feel like you re at home. The teachers know you very well and the staff is overall incredible. There are Smart Boards in every room of the middle school classes and I realized some schools don t have the money to buy these high technological things. The homework amount is very decent, not too much, not too little and if you get lucky, some days you won t have homework at all. :D


Posted October 13, 2010

Its a great school w/wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

The middle school part of this school is very good, but the children are not treated any differently as they were in the elementary part of the school. My child has been attending since kindergarden and she is now in the 8th grade. She used to be very enthusied about doing homework and going to school, but now she is reluctant to go. The school is GREAT academicaly. The new pricapal seems to be adjusting well. Some of the teachers don't know how to handle some of the students and some of the students on variance are very disruptive. Some of the teachers also treat the students rudely, but they are all very well learned and great at teaching. Many of them use e-mail as a way of communicating with the parents, which I think is great. Overal this is a pretty good/great school and I would recomend it to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

I love this school. It is the best school in the whole entire world!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2008

I got tranfered here from a troubled school and I like it alot there. There's smart student and they're nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2008

Great school but the PTA needs to get in touch more with new parents. They lack relationship building with other parents and shows up in the lack luster events & fundraising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

I am really happy to have my children in this school. The teachers here are very friendly and good in teaching. Mrs.Hobbs and Mr.Kolcek are also very nice. Hats off to all the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

I am so glad that I switched my daughter from private school to Holliswood PS 178 in second grade. We just started here April 2007. There is no comparison. It's like going from the Disneyland of schools to the real thing. She is now in 3rd grade & in just 5 months of Holliswood, she jumped from reading slightly below grade level to a 4th grade reading level! The teachers are amazing!--well prepared, creative, with a great understanding of child development re: their approach to studies as well as the kid's socialization. Order and discipline is excellent and tactful. The school goes out of its way to create a 'private school' cohesive atmosphere. Mrs. Corley, the Parent Coordinator and Mrs.Hobbs, the Principal are also amazing and very receptive to parent questions & issues. All of my concerns were addressed promptly and thoroughly. The PTA is also strong and wonderful. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2007

178 is a terrific school. The academic rigor makes it one of the best schools in NYC. It houses an excellent art program and band. The teachers are great!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 26, 2007

This schools has a 'private school' environment. A very diverse group of kids. I love it. I have 3 children attending there right now. Mrs. Hobbs the Principal and Mr. Kolcek the Asst. Principal are very approachable and friendly. We love you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2007

I am very happy with most of the teaching staff. There are a few new techers who are new to the staff and unfortunately a high level of maturity and professionalism has not been demanded by the administration. The administration is not very helpful. Some parents feel that the administration priority is not the children, which it should be. The school had a very good special education department, which over the past two years, had been disappearing. The feeling when you walk into the school is not a happy family. It is very cold and unwelcoming. They are moving K-8 where they promise everything a middle school has but I have not seen this. It seems to be an extention of the elementary school, just with bigger children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2004

This school is what makes living in New York easy. Beautiful houses excellent school. This school is competitive, helpful to parents and very concerned about each kid. The principal knows all the students names! Unlike most most NY schools here the students excel way above par. This school has a very divers student population and a good mix of cultures. This school has an excellent special education program as well as a general education. My kids are excited to go to school. This school is what public schools should be.
—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 31% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
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. 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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
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. 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%
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. 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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%
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. 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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%
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. 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 34% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

47 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 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 56% 48%
Asian 18% 9%
Hispanic 17% 23%
Black 8% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 61%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

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
French
Italian
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
Portugese
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US Dept. of Education Blue Ribbon School (2008)
  • Golden Apple Award for Recycling (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portugese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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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

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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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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents17453%
Students181100%
Teachers2687%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. JENNIFER AMBERT
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portugese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • rugby, softball, badminton
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • rugby, badminton

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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