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Ps 6 Lillie D Blake

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 789 students

 
 

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Posted April 28, 2014

Great teachers, management, enrichment programs better than G&T schools, better facilities and resources, very clean and up-to-date very well maintained equipment, great kitchen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

PS 6 is an excellent elementary school. The teachers are among the best. The parents are involved. And the PTA is a powerhouse. Fund raising is strong here, but if it weren't the school wouldn't have the extensive resources it does. The only pressure I feel to give to the school comes from my own sense of obligation. My children are getting a great education, better than many private elementary schools. And that takes donations from the parent body. I get it. Test scores at the school dropped, as they did at most if not all other schools because the DOE changed the tests. So school test prep across the city was off. You'll see scores go up again next year as the schools and kids get more savvy about the new tests. This of course begs the testing accuracy question, but that's a conversation for a different time and place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

What happened to the test scores for this school? Went from 90+% to 70%?? Does anyone know what caused this? Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

Thanks for the frank and insightful comments. Very helpful. I'm a parent who is considering buying a property in this school zone but am a bit concern about the constant fundraising mentioned in lots of comments. Could someone please let me know how much the parents "donate" each week on average? Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

PS6 is a machine - Very bureaucratic. Hence it's lack of ability to stretch and add value as it struggles with DOE frameworks that can be counterproductive. A solid safe education yes - an excellent challenging education definitely not. You kind of get what you pay for (literally as majority of 4/5th grade are privately tutored so who gets credit) it is also a political player (staff and PTA alike) Have 3 kids there and asked for money almost weekly (very pushy and for large sums thousands plus). There are many assumptions made about status of those able to live in most expensive NYC real estate! We try and support but it does feel like they're wannabe private (staff and a lot of parents) even pressured requests for money for frontline teaching which we found wrong on principle. You won't be surprised pleasantly or other, get what says on tin, and if you use private tutors etc may just get into east side middle
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

PS 6 has truly lived up to its lofty reputation. It has the characteristics expected of a high-performing school: high standards for students, good communication with parents, positive attitudes from faculty, and a PTA that is a fundraising machine. Meetings with teacher/principal are both child-centered, data-driven and very productive. I'm not a PTA member or someone who is always at the school. I'm just baffled by some of the below criticisms. We pay a fortune to send our daughter to a private high school in the neighborhood, and PS 6 is just as impressive as that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

Excellent school with very good teachers, involved and active parent body and an administration that seems to care about doing things correctly. A few complaints: working within Board of Ed restrictions seems to lead to compromises in programming - wish the arts and music program were richer. Staff always seems a bit overwhelmed, and reaction seems to be to be strict with the children - maybe it is the number of students in the school. I wish the teachers used email - sending paper notes through student backpacks does not seem very efficient (not to mention not good for the environment or printer supplies). Overall though, the programming for core subjects is excellent, the facilities are high quality (gym, auditorium, library and large bright classrooms), and school has suprisingly good technology (smart boards, computers, etc.). All these elements are critical to the functioning and feel of the school. It is no wonder that people move into this school zone - sending your kids here is a no brainer - only wish it sent through high school and you did not have to deal with applying out for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

I don't know what you guys are talking about. I'm not a parent. I actually went to the school. There are not many bullying problems compared to other schools. There were no "popular cliques". My brother went to private school in the Bronx. In 2nd grade my mother moved him to P.S. 6. He barely knew how to read when he got there. Now he can read very well and has many kind and fun friends which he enjoys being around. I had more trouble with cliques at private school than I did at P.S. 6. GO HERE!!! It is a fantastic education.


Posted February 27, 2011

It seems as if the January 24th post has nothing to do with the school, but more about this individual's own issues with the area. If this person has issues with the school, do not allow your children to attend PS 6; just leave. The people who VOLUNTEER for the school are there for a reason, to help their children and the school. The school is not run like a casino, it is run like a great company full of knowledgeable individuals who take pride in the end result; the best education for their children. Parents are given choices IF they would like to donate to the school; with many opportunities to participate or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

PS 6 is OK for a NYC public school. It has resources because its run like a casino and parents are constantly asked for money. The previous comments about "loving" the school and "best teachers" is hyperbole. These parents love the lifestyle in this school zone and that they dont have to pay tuition. It has little to do with their children. If they acknowledged the school's shortcomings, they might feel pressure to make a life change and leave the uppereast side.


Posted October 10, 2010

I love that school. They have good teachers! I heard some parents complained about not really good teachers, but my son is so lucky to have always the best since 1st grade. He is 4th grade now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

I have two children at P.S. 6. One just finished 4th grade and one just finished 1st grade. The teachers are fantastic and the parents are very involved. The school offers so much that it is impossible to take advantage of everything. My kids have participated in chess, spanish, choir, ballroom dancing, track and many other activities. They also have a great afterschool program. I have watched them grow so much socially and academically and they are very happy at this school. I look forward to my third child starting at P.S. 6 soon.


Posted June 10, 2010

I could not agree more with the below response. There is nothing wrong with teaching love of country. All nations do it. If your child attends PS 6, he/she will learn the pledge done by early Dutch settlers, when NYC was called "New Amsterdam", but the school refuses to teach our kids the American pledge. Its a disgrace, and I am surpised more parents arent interested in this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

I hate to admit it, since I worked there. But these people have a point. The teaching profession in general and the NYC schools in particular are in the strangle hold of the teacher's unions and their political minions. All the debates in-house in the schools come down to teacher compensations, perks, and absolute resistance to meaninful change. Very little focus on children, unless they are used as pawns to ransom the city and taxpayers for more money. Its really sad.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 4, 2010

The teachers are knowledgeable and dedicated, The administration is top notch and the parent body has created and maintains a nurturing and supportive community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

Like any school, there are great teachers and poor teachers. My 2 children have had both. I believe the new principle, Ms. Fontana, has done a lot to improve the school. The previous principle hurt PS6, in many ways, and not just where the children are concerned. He destroyed the trust and respect amongst his own staff. He was not a good advocate for the children. Also, during his reign, it was a steady progression downhill especially for children who received services. Thanks to Ms. Fontana, this school is once again rising to the top. My children have been in the school for 7 years. I would not have reccommended this school 3 or 4 years ago. Today, I think it is one of the best nd a great palce for your children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

Some teachers are great, others are plainly not, lets be honest here! I know plenty of parents at PS6 who have been/are dissatisfied with the standard of teaching. Since 1st grade we have had 2 poor teachers and (this year) one great one. The PTA funds extras which perhaps 'masks' some of the teaching deficiencies. There is not a week that goes by when a 'request' for funding is not received in my child's folder. The After School program is great. It is affordable and flexible. The kids adore the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

PS 6 provides a stellar environment for children to learn. The teachers are very dedicated to their jobs, and go above and beyond what is required of them. The parents are supportive, and for me, it is a great place to work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

Great Teachers who really care about their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

The hardest working staff and parents in New York! Great collaboration. Wonderful kids!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
95%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
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

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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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
White 1 69% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 13% 9%
Hispanic 1 10% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 4% 1%
Black 1 3% 19%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 13%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 33%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%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 474 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents42965%
Teachers4588%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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45 E 81st St
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 737-9774

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