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Public | PK-5 | 265 students

 

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Posted May 17, 2013

They lose their patience easily.It wasn't the principal's fault the children's fault or the presents ......Hopefully, the school got a new principal, can turn thing around.They did not treated every one same..........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

We feel so lucky to have such a great neighborhood school. There is no gym in the school but they use Gantry Plaza Park and new Sports field when weather permits. Also, the School Construction Authority is working to open the 1071 seat Middle/High school by September 2013, which will be a great addition to the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I have two children attending PS 78 Robert Wagner and I have been very pleased and impressed with the quality of education they have received. It is a small neighborhood school and definitely has a cozy, close-knit feeling to it. The principal knows all of the students and most of the parents, and he and the teachers are friendly and approachable. The physical space is small but on the newer side with plenty of computers/Smartboards in classrooms. If you are a parent thinking about sending your child here, I would not hesitate to recommend ps 78. They do a good job at welcoming parental involvement and strive to improve upon their successes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

We love PS 78! It is small, the teachers care, and the school really serves the community. They have fabulous after-school programs as well. The location is awesome and the kids are the best. (:
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

The school is really good. My child has improved tremendously since starting in 1st grade here. A great leaning environment with teachers, parents and staff that really care about the kids. Also the Virtual Y after-school program has been a God-send. The only two problems that I have are that parents are not encouraged (often not allowed) to come to classes and help out. This has sometimes led to communication issues. Also, the lack of recess can be difficult for young kids with a bunch of energy. That said, the addition of a fitness after school program has been a benefit. Overall, we like the school and will probably return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

What a great school! I would highly recommend this school to parents new to the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

The quality of education the children at PS 78 receive is excellent. The principal believes in educating the whold child and proves this with the curriculum and programs he provides before, during, and after school. My child can be enriched before school, participate in music, art, technology, physical education, receive top notch instruction in reading, writing, and math, have a teacher who works hands on with the children in science--all during the school day. He can also be part of the Renzulli Schoolwide Enrichment Model and computer component-- My child takes virtual tours around the world. After school, my child can cook, take photography, fitness/yoga, learn another language, and also get extra academic support if needed. I commend the principal, teaching staff, and parent community for providing our children with a nurturing and exciting place to learn. This school is a gift.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

PS78 was a great school. My daughter graduated from the school in 2006 and now is going to Townsend Harris. The principle was different then, but all in all it has remained the same. Ps.78 has a beautiful location and serves great to all those who live at the edge od queenes in LIC. 'I really loved the teachers and since it was a really small school most of th kids were like my best friends' my daughter says
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

My daughter has been at PS 78 since she was in the 2nd grade. She's now a 5th grader about to graduate and I'm so grateful that we got so lucky as to have such a terrific neighborhood school. The school has a wonderful atmosphere both physically and in terms of the warm and creative learning environment of the school. The school has strong leadership so teachers are free to do their jobs. Teachers at this school seem to really enjoy the students and there are lots of extras -- after school programs, field trips, in class projects, etc., especially considering this is such a small school. I would recommend PS 78 to any parent of a grade school age child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I have taught at many school throughout brooklyn and queens and this school far surpasses any other school that I have worked at. It is a model school that is located in the first 2 floors of a luxury high rise. The facilities are top notch and the staff and administration are unbelievable kind. If and when i have children i wouldn't think twice about sending my children to this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students63%
Female86%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant63%

Math

All Students68%
Female87%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant68%
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 Students34%
Female61%
Male5%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students60%
Female75%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students34%
Female40%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students43%
Female38%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
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
Hispanic 42% 23%
White 36% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 9%
Black 7% 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 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 142%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 40%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 5%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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9.0
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City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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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

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents11751%
Teachers1467%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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48-09 Center Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11109
Phone: (718) 392-5402

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