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Ps 171 Peter G Van Alst

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 593 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2013

This is school has a amazing group of dedicates and save teachers. My son have really hard time to express himself in writing word, he was just in 4th gr., when I finally decided to transfer him. He has change for the better and even dough still work to be done for him completely overcome this difficulties, he has gain much need trust in himself and know he believe him can do it. The school just need to engage parents, is a very diversify community and other groups are not involved enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Sir. My children;s love this school my son his name Ahmed Umar he is 3rd grade student on weekend he says oh GOD i want to go to school and my children's they love this school and i love with my children's i pray for school GOD Blase our school and first our AMERICA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

Amazing staff in every classroom- Great principal and assistant principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

This school has a great staff, excellent AP's (Especially Mrs. Dileo), and most of all very happy children that are all very well attended to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Couldnt ask for a better trained and respectful staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

My grandchildren talk about how much fun they have there!


Posted May 11, 2010

I truly believe that everything we do at PS 171 is to benefit the children that we serve.


Posted May 11, 2010

Awesome school and staff- If anyone deserves to win it would be PS 171


Posted May 11, 2010

I love PS 171Q because some of the teachers are working really hard with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Wonderful and hard working staff that cares for the children!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 1, 2007

Teacher involvement is great,will let you know when your child is good and bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

I was actually a student at this school when I was a younger child. I went there from Pre-K through 4th grade. I must say it was a wonderful beginning for me in that the quality of the staff was absolutely wonderful. Each teacher was ecclectic and very interesting in their own unique ways. They all taught there classes from the heart making it a wonderful learning experience. They were all the most wonderful teachers ever. The school has a great media program, music program, good security, all though I did get into a few fights, the teachers were friendly and the Parent Staff as well. All in all the school is inviting, homey, and a wonderful place for children to learn.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
69%
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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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 1 52% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 24% 9%
Black 1 17% 19%
White 2 7% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 221%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 290%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%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 259 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
8.1
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?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22948%
Teachers3067%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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14-14 29th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11102
Phone: (718) 932-0909

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