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Ps 20 Anna Silver

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 629 students

 

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Posted May 14, 2014

The school is Great . The staff are very dedicated to their students. Bullying! is a no no no,specially by Mr. Lee. The Principal is very involved with the students which make the kids feels very much welcomed to the school everyday. The mandarin program is great. and there is help for the kids both in the morning program and tutoring for students and parents. A lot of family activities. My son is very HAPPY and always looking forward to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This school truly represents the diversity of the Lower East Side and is a community gem. The Principal, James Lee, is a bright and talented leader bringing progressive education to all the children of the community which is a hallmark of a true progressive education. The educators here are very dedicated . There is no fundraising or gala's at this school, the focus is on building community and meeting the diverse educational needs of all the children. Our son is a part of the dual language program, an amazing opportunity and brilliant way to make ESL learners leaders and teachers in their academic community. This coupled with a passionate PTA that puts together great community events and projects make this school unique.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

This school is a good academic wise but the principal isnt. My son got bullied in Kindergarten and the principal didnt do anything about it. He told me kids will be kids. My son got injured by his teacher and he still did nothing. I wouldn't send any my friends kids there. Im sorry but this is a no good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2013

This is a great School. my son, learn so much. I highly recommend parents to send their kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

My son relocated to NY with his two young daughters and they enrolled in P.S. 20. I have been so pleased with how much better they are doing in school and that they actually LIKE going to school now. Their reading and writing have improved tremendously. They have really received the attention and instruction that they needed and which is so rare in so many schools.


Posted September 6, 2012

I am very happy with the school. The principal has been very attentive to our concerns and I appreciate that. He is very dedicated to the arts, and because of that the school has many partnerships with places that come and expose the kids to all kinds of activities that the city cut out long ago. My child is in the dual language program, and we are very happy with it. Where else will a child learn Mandarin for FREE? I don't know if they will be fluent, but what they learn at this age will stick with them, and I am pleased that they will not only learn in English. I think to the parents who are not pleased about the test scores, you need to remember that the test does not measure the whole child. There are school that teach so the kids will do well on "the test," but they will suffer in the other areas of development. I prefer my child be well rounded rather than think about the test for 4 years. There ARE schools that are all about testing, but that wasn't the right fit for us. I am so happy we found this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

I was very excited when I heard about the Dual Language Program opening up at the Anna Silver School. I immediately did everything I needed to do to make sure that my child was enrolled in this program. WHAT A BIG MISTAKE! No one speaks mandarin at this schools except for the one teacher. The Principal doesn't speak mandarin. It is only a showcase to draw in middle-class families. It did not live up to what I was told it would be. I don't believe this school prepared my child for the work ahead in First Grade. I am more than disappointed! I am changing schools for my child next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2011

I should have read the insideschools.org review ( DOWNSIDE: Test scores improving but still too low ) before enrolling my child at this school. I was pleased with the education my child was getting on the lower grades but once my child got into the third grade and took the NYS ELA and Math tests, my child failed. Now my child has to go to summer school and possibly get held over. I expressed my concerns to Mr. Lee earlier in the school year but they were never addressed. He brushed it off and assured me that my child was getting a quality education. I know better than to trust him on his word now. I will be transferring my child to another school next year, not only because of test scores but also because of the large class sizes and the bullying at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

The dual language immersion program is outstanding. Sing songs around the piano in Mandarin while warming up for the day's activities? Abosolutely. This is the place to be. The principal and teachers are both highly qualified and extremely professional. It is a caring school with a diverse mix of children. The best of New York.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

My child is in preK at PS 20 and we couldn't be happier with the school. The principle is articulate, caring and committed. He knows every child in the school and will talk to parents about any concerns. This attitude is school wide, including teachers, security, maintenance, and office staff. PreK has a great balance of play and a quite serious early literacy curriculum. My son's teacher is fabulous. She is keeps order while infusing the day with a sense of fun and a love for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

Salutations, My brother was admitted to this school back in 2008, he is now in the 2 grade. Since his arrival, he has made improvements in overall academics. Previously he was struggling with speech delay and had trouble focusing but this school responded quickly and assigned him to a speech therapist. Since then he has made strives in his speech. Now he is recieveing tutoring for his classes. The principal is very attentive to each child and focuses on their needs individually.The teachers really care about the kids and really want them to succeed. now I have high hopes for his future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

My son is in the third grade at P.S. 20, having entered in Pre-k. I am so lucky that I found this school. The teachers are wonderful, they keep me informed. They make sure that the students are challenged on their level and the extra classes, computer, science, cooking,art, dance and last year, chess, help give the kids a well rounded background. The parents are friendly, the staff is helpful and welcoming. Mr. Lee has proven himself to be a dedicated leader. P.S. 20 is a traditional school in the best sense of the word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT STRUCTURED SCHOOL! I LOVE THE PRINCIPAL, MR.LEE, HE SO INVOLVED IN THE CHILDREN'S EDCUATION. THE TEACHERS ARE GREAT AS WELL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

This is an excellent school! The staff at my daughter's school is so dedicated to the academic achievment and social enrichment of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

I love PS2 I am so glad that my daughter was excepted and will continue to go to that school next year. The teachers communicate with me very well. I love the fact that next year they are starting a mandarin dual language class and she was excepted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The school is caring and kind. It is neat and tidy, everyone treats you like family! Wonderfully diverse. Unlike other area schools it occupies the whole building instead of being a hodge-podge of several schools crammmed into one building. That gives it a more peaceful feeling, like learning is actually happening instead of crowding and hearding. Everyone always has time for you cares and concerns. The school communicates well and educates non stop. My kindergartener reads at a first grade level and recognizes academic achievement in himself and his peers as a coveted thing. He is proud of himself, his class and his school. He likes the gym, music and art offered there and constantly amazes me with what he has learned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I am a new parent at this school this year. My youngest daughter just entered kindergarten and came into the school as a very shy child, I have wittnessed my 5 year old become a whole other person and I thank the teachers and staff for that. Their patience with her is awesome, she has learned so much in just a short time. She is already reading and writing on her own and loves it. Ms. Weng is a wonderful teacher and my daughter really likes her and her new classmates. The SSA at PS 2o is also great she is at her post everyday and knows the children by first names, not just faces, and Mr. Lee is always available and in the hallways, Tracy the Parent Coord. has been a great help for this new mom I don't know how I would have made it with out her help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I love this school for my daughter. Is her first year and my daughter is very happy. She loves her teachers ms. Laurie and ms quiles. They surround the children with a positve environment. Evrey one is great and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I can not say enough great things about P.S 20! The building itself is lovely and it has a wonderful large play yard. The office staff is warm and helpful. The teachers are caring and dedicated. The PreK and K programs are excellent. My daughter is currently in kindergarten and I am continually amazed by how much she is learning. There is also great communication between the school staff and parents. I could go on and on. I look foward to my daughters following years at P.S 20.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

The school serves the downtown Manhattan diverse community. It is a school that excels. Our principal is very supportive to parents and the community.
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
47%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 2 58% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 29% 9%
Black 1 10% 19%
White 2 2% 48%
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 122%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 297%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 48%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

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

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents36371%
Teachers3779%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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166 Essex St
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