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Ps 70

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 1100 students

 

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Posted February 13, 2014

We took our children to school (PS 70)today for one and only one reason: to have them take the mid-term test. Instead, they spent the day playing in a school where the principal and many teachers did not show up and where the test was only assigned to what they call unfairly and redicously "top classes". My anger today is the result of accumulated frustration at this school's principal frequent malpractices. This page would not suffice to mention every instance of wrong doing going on in this school, but parents should come together and take serious actions against the carelessness and lack of professionalism of the said principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

Definitely I am not satisfied with the way students and parents are treated here. Being your kid a smart kid, or a struggling one, they are treated as natural liar or at best as raw material that need to be feed beyond age limits and without any respect for their personality. As a parent, you need to be a strong, courageous and smart fighter to confront school leadership (if it can be called so) with their shortcomings, lack of managerial skills, lack of trust in kids and their parents. This last one, I believe is contagious in that school. Although I sympathize with teachers and their hard work, I still believe that generally they do not respect children or even try to understand different personalities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

This school is unprepared to handle the influx of children from different backgrounds and languages, and overall they do a poor job. Some of the teachers try their best, but others are just not up for the job (Ms. Perozzi, for example, if she is still teaching) was a bad teacher. She found it easier to blame the students, but forgot that a bad teacher like her can t teach. The principal, of course, agreed with her staff and did nothing to improve the bad teaching methods of Ms. Perozzi. Some teachers because of their tenure do a mediocre job hurting these children. This school is in great need of a good leader, not someone with tenure but someone with the adequate experience.


Posted November 4, 2012

only saving grace are the teachers who still care about the children unlike the inept principle Her Royal Majesty Queen Geller, at one time she was probably a good teacher, but like most people placed in positions of authority it just went to her head. This school is so mismanaged and micromanaged its core duty to educate is lost and children suffer in the end. The school is all about rules, guidelines, and procedure. Parents are kept behind yellow lines and barricades herded in like cattle at dismissal violating fire department maximum occupancy codes and creating a dangerous condition for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

Had horrible experiences with this school. If you have a good child do not enroll them here. The principle doesnt handle any situation well. My child was bullied and got hurt on a frequent basis and she basically dismisses everything as if its not a big deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

My daughter attended PS 70 for Kindergarten and 1st Grade and I can tell you that the school is grossly overcrowded. The school aides cannot keep their eyes on all the children during reecess and as a result children are hurt - by accident or in fights - every single day. The principal appears to have an open door policy but simply does so to pacify a parent an often seems to have her own agenda. My major objection is that they mix non-english speaking students with english speaking students and expect the children to teach each other the language. As a result, my child was not learning to her potential. Myhusband and I both attended PS 70 as children and were thrilled to be able to have our daughter attend until we realized things certainly have changed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

I am now a 8th grader .When i was in this school it made me feel like home i loved it. The teachers work hard to teach the students, also the staff are great. It is a safe environment. I RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!!!! e


Posted October 12, 2010

I love PS 70 because the school staff and the community are 100% dedicated to the children!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 19, 2010

I have a child in Pre-K. I have been most impressed by the openness of the school's staff to help get new parents acclimated to the environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter went to PS 70 and had the best experience and the best teachers. A great school for our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

PS 70's dedicated staff does a great job of engaging and inspiring the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

good school & good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2008

This school gets an A+ from our family, My daughter is entering 4th grade and has been there since Kindergarden, before moving to the city my parents dreaded me enrolling my daughter into the'New Yorks City Public School system' We interveiwed dozens of expensive private schools. This school toped any of those schools. It has a happy medium of teachers that go the extra mile, an involved principle, and staff & medium # of students per class- about 18/22. Very family oriented, I cannot say enough about this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

PS 70 have wonderfull ESL especialy Mr Cutler. He help my son so much. Thank you so much Mr Cutler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

I like the school because I see my son progressing day after day, also I want to be thankfull to every one and specially Ms. Diannis my son's teacher K-201 because of her great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2003

Two of my son have gone to this school. Its a wonderful school. When you walk in, you can feel the warmth and family like environment. The Parent Association are wonderful, always doing fund raisers and programs for the kids
—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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
28%

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 "C" 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
Hispanic 1 42% 23%
White 2 36% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 20% 9%
Black 1 2% 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 225%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 181%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%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 491 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

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

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.9
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents46556%
Teachers2641%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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30-45 42nd St
Long Island City, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 728-4646

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