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Ps 11 William T Harris

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 700 students

 

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Posted July 8, 2014

My daughter and I absolutely love this school! she transferred to this school in the 2nd grade from a private school (Guardian Angel; HORRIBLE). I was worried about switching school but from the moment she got there she loved it made friends easily, she was behind in reading because the private didn't focus on reading so when she got there she was at level "E" by January she was at a level "J" and by the end of the year she was at "N". After school here is great (Adi hip hop teacher is awesome) ALOT of parent involvement, no bullying I can go on and on about this school! Thank you Ms.Rhee and Mrs.Rosevear they are great teachers. We look forward to the next two yrs at Ps11
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I absolutely love the after school program my daughter a 2nd grader has learned amazing dances such as ballet and hip hop. the teachers are wonderful and truly worry about the child's academic developments. proud to have my daughter attending this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school! I came across it just by chance and had to go through great length to get my daughter into this zone - but the move was well worth it! The principal and his staff create such a warm and open atmosphere - acknowledging the strength not just of students but also of teachers and parents. Here are just a few of the many special opportunities: Kind & Gentle philosophy; 3rd graders get to write 5 minute plays which are performed by actors at a Broadway theater; 4th graders have a collaboration with Julliard - attending monthly concerts; the indoor swimming pool is part of phys ed; there are many workshops for children & their families focusing on poetry, math, architecture, and many other topics; the after school program offers a wide variety of programs, including hip-hop instructions that end in an incredible show; frequent workshops for parents to learn how to help children grow, ... and chickens in the school yard to learn about caring for animals and science. Of course nothing is ever perfect, but my daughter has been in a nightmarish school before coming to PS11 - the difference is like night and day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

I have a child in 2nd grade in the G&T program and a child in kindergarten in general ed. I couldn't be happier with this school. I feel both of my children are getting a well rounded education. The principal is a true leader who attracts outstanding teachers. I feel very lucky to have my children here. The only criticism is that the systems within the school office feel a bit antiquated and could use some upgrading to the digital age. They have made some strides this yr in this area but still have a ways to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

CONSTANT HITTING AND TORMENTING. WHERE'S THE SUPERVISION??? Kids are getting banged up with metal lunch pails launched at each other's heads. But, there is NEVER a problem says admin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I can't say enough great things about this school and it's staff. My son has been attending this school since Kindergarten. He is now in the 3rd Grade. His teachers have always been attentive, informative and extremely kind and patient. Mr. Bender is the best! I remember this school when I was a child (I never attended) and it wasn't the best learning environment. Mr. Bender changed all that dramatically! There are no lingering traces of what it used to be. This school has a pretty good emphasis on the creative arts, which I adore. Just yesterday my kids class were able to see plays they wrote re-enacted by actual actors in a theater on Broadway! My son and I are lucky to be a part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

P.S.11 William T. Harris is a vibrant, culturally enriched school. My daughter is attending kindergarten G&T and it's very challenging for her. Her teacher is concerned about her progress and responds quickly to our emails and any concerns we have. The arts there are incredible and really sophisticated. The parents are fabulous. The toughest part is the long school bus commute from the upper east side which really takes a toll on my daughter. She's often too tired to do her homework (of which there is too much). Fortunately her teacher is understanding and has helped us figure out ways to adapt. I'm also glad to see there are a lot of kids coming from our neighborhood to P.S. 11 so we have plenty of friends in the neighborhood. Her teachers are on top of my daughter's progress, but I still wish she received more attention. All the families in the class are so fabulous, bright, interesting, and unpretentious. I love the fact that there is space and light at the school, much more than the other G&T programs we considered (NEST, Anderson, Lower Lab). Just wish there was more science for kindergarteners and there's no foreign language program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

The school is great! Like anything in life it is what you make of it that counts. My daughter enjoys going to PS11. The teaching staff is good. They use Columbia University Teachers College methods in reading, in which my daughter has responded very well to. She is learning time management and is transitioning better to changes that occur during the day. My daughter is learning to be a good person here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

Spitting, teasing, pushing, acting out. That's what my kid learned in PS 11's kindergarten CTT class. More than one parent openly talks about "a wasted year" for their child. The teachers never gave feedback on homework and the parent-teacher conferences were perfunctory. My kid's lunch box got thrashed and dragged around one day at recess. When I asked the assistant teachers about it, the response was, "We don't know what happened. We were watching the kids." Really? On the surface, everything is wonderful at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

Our daughter is just about finished with her first year @ PS11. We could not be happier with her teachers, the principal, staff, and most importantly, how much our daughter loves the school. The parents tend to be active, involved, and cool. Our daughter really developed her reading skills this year beyond our wildest dreams. Seeing her beaming smile each day after school has been quite a trip for us. Our only gripe is how inflexible the bus system is for kids who are from out of the zone, and how long and inefficient some of the bus routes are -- but that is not the school's fault. Overall, this is truly an excellent school. We stressed out a bit, like most parents, before choosing a K class for our daughter, but we could not be happier with this choice in retrospect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

To the parent who stated that the curriculum is the same for Gen Ed and G&T. You are incorrect. My 2nd grader iin G&T s coming home with the exact same worksheets that my 3rd grader in Gen Ed has. In G&T they learn multiplication, division and fractions exactly one year earlier than those in Gen Ed. I find that the Gen Ed teachers to do not push the students to learn at a higher level if they are capable. Instead, they all learn at the same pace. In the first half of theyear my Gen Ed student came home with only 1 math sheet of homework a night, my G&T student came home with at least an hour of homework a night. No, they do not go deeper into a subject - that's what ty say they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I would like to respond to the poster below who was concerned about the difference between Gen Ed and G&T; AT PS 11, as in all G&T programs within Gen Ed schools across the city, the curriculum is exactly the same across each grade level. Teachers plan their units together--G&T does not plan separate units. The only difference is that G&T may go deeper into the material, according to the kids' ability. As a PS 11 parent, I have been delighted by the quality of the education the kids are getting, and absolutely wowed by the amount of enrichment the principal has incorporated in the program--in every type of classroom, and at every grade level. I couldn't ask for a better school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

We could not be happier with PS11. We moved into the neighborhood years ago, long before we had kids, and cannot believe how fortunate we are that this is our zoned school. Bob Bender is the most amazing principal - the best i have seen. His authentic enthusiasm and love for the students is infectious - the kids respect him deeply and adore him wholeheartedly. The teachers are great, and we have been close with each of our son's teachers. Communication is open, parents feel welcome and are very involved, kids are happy and challenged. Joy and rigor are in beautiful balance. The school is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

My children attend PS 11. I do love the school, however, there is a big divide between what the children in Gen Ed learn and those in G&T. I believe there is a wider gap in learning ability / speed in the Gen Ed classes than you have in G&T. Unfortunately, for those in Gen Ed who are brighter - but did not do as well on the G&T testing - they are languishing with a slower course of study. I would like the school to teach all children to the learning levels their ability allows. Also, a pet peeve - why don't children learn the Pledge of Allegiance or the Star Spangled Banner? The U.S. tax payer is funding these schools. I've had to teach my children at home - the fundamentals of being an American. Separation of church and state does not mean separation of state and state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

Extraordinary school with a devoted, caring and visionary principal. The diversity of the student body and their high level of performance speaks volumes of the school's ability to educate our children well regardless of their demographic profile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

We love PS 11! It's a warm community with a wonderfully enriched curriculum and a dedicated staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

P.S. 11 is a lively, comfortable school and truly representative of the population of New York City. The teachers are warm and enthusiastic.


Posted October 12, 2010

From DOE progress report, PS11 did better than 93% of public elementary school citywide. It has serious upward momentum, thanks to its dynamic principal, administrative staff and enthusiastic teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great principal, staff, and teachers! My daughter love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

They have a great music department.
—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.

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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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%
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 "A" 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 43% 48%
Hispanic 2 31% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 13% 9%
Black 2 12% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
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 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 138%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 27%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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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

 
8.8
 

City average

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

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents34055%
Teachers4789%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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320 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 929-1743

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