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Ps 36 Margaret Douglas

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 623 students

 

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Posted November 25, 2013

Very well stated. The same parents who do the most complaining refuse to read to their children or do math with them, in order to improve their literacy and mathematical skills. These are the ones who will loudly use profanity or disparaging comments to their own children in the school yard, as if that is acceptable. The negative poster didn't even know the difference between a principle- as in a set of beliefs, and a principal- the individual fighting to insure that the school's students are excelling in spite of the history of the school, where the ELA and Math exams are concerned. As a teacher at a charter school, and a parent of two children in this school, I would say that my LARGEST issue has been with other parents, and not with the staff. Parents need to do their jobs instead of waiting for the school to remedy what they did not create. There is but so much a teacher or school can do when parents have failed to do their job. I wish that there were individual staff members who would enforce a code of conduct for the parents who seem to think that their children's bad language and behavior were created in a vacuum. Anyway, the school needs improvements, but they're working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

Recently some misinformation about a teacher and principal at P.S. 36 was posted as fact. Those of us at P.S. 36 are thankful for how quickly such libelous posts are removed from the site. We have a plan for the improvement of the school that could be harmed by such deceptions and appreciate the support. Good work greatschools.org! Ms. Fine
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2012

Listen, this place is no longer what it used to be. The lunch room is a disaster, the lunchroom staff yell at the children, and there is a total lack of organization throughout the building. CHildren are often sitting on the floors waiting to be picked up by there teachers, and there is not enough room for all the children. The Assistant Principal is not very personable and appears to not know what she is doing. The sad thing is that this school could be one of the best, but because there is no PTA that is a problem. As a parent I want to hear what the teachers are thinking. This school will be yanked from these parents and administrators if they don't get it together here. I did not notice any classrooms with White boards and I heard other parents complaining that their children did not even have text books!! I will pull my children out as soon as they are taken off the wait list at another school I am waiting to hear from. I am convinced that these reviews are posted up by PA members and the rest were written after the parents were "buttered up" by PA members, because I have been to way better open houses for my children. If you want to educate your child, this is not the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2011

My twins were in Pre-K last year & the teachers were Phenomenal! Both Ms. Orosco & Ms. Nadal truly go above and beyond the expectations of a Pre-K teacher. They are focused on overall education & do an exceptional job!!! The parent participation was phenomenal in Ms. Orosco's class and the field trips were a breeze! I would recommend them in a heart-beat! *The administration is very united & everyone seems to work well together! I LOVE PS36 & My daughters (now 5) cant wait for school to start again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

My daughter went here for Pre-K & I couldn't wait for the end of the year to take her out. I agree with the aprent who said disorganized. The administration seemed to care less about many of my concerns. When I would ask the VP questions she would always pass the buck to the principle or a teacher. Flyers would be handed out a day too late so, I wasn't aware of mandated meetings or other happenings at the school. At the PTA meetings in the morning, there was always a small turn-out. Hopefully, more were in attendance in the evening. Pre-K was never addressed in hand-outs & I felt as if I was at 2 different schools. The teachers seem to be caring & nurturing, though throughout the year my daughter's teacher was by herself or had a revolving door of 5 assts. Once the children would get attached to one, the school transferred the asst. to another class or school. Therefore, my daughter began regressing towards the end of the year. She would tell me how the other children were mean to one another hitting, saying cruel things, etc. & that noone would do anything. A vast number of the parents in this school would curse at & in front of children, scream, & smoke in front of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

I agree with the other parent! This school should get nothing short of 5 stars! I went there when I was a little girl, as well as my daughter and my son. We all love the school! The principal is wonderful,and the teachers are beautiful inside and out. They have the best kindergarten teacher ever..Mrs.R.Harris! Everyone there truly cares about the children and their families and are completely involved. From the principal to the ladies in the office, From the teachers to the assistants, from security to the janitor...they are all wonderful caring people, and you can tell because the children love them so much. The only parents who would possibly give a bad review are the ones who don't care to be involved in their children and dont take the positive advice from the leaders at the shool. No one is saying your child is bad, just get involved with your child so they have a chance at a bright future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

My twin daughters have been attending PS 36 since it had a Pre-K 3 class, and they are in kindegarten now. I have been very pleased with the school overall, in particular the teachers they've had and the clear commitment of the principal and AP. Although the school can be disorganized at times, what's more important is that my girls have been getting a superb education and are reading and writing beautifully and they are passionate about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

disorganized i wouldnt recommend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

My younger son went to Ps. 36 and I could not be more pleased. My older son went to an elite preo school off CPW, and I think the quality of teacers are identical. My son is now ioff to another school because of the 2nd grade cut-off and he is well prepared and thriving because of the foundation provided at ps. 36.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2008

My two daughters went to this school last year and the teacher they had were phenomenal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

Out of all the elementary schools in district five this is by all means the best one. I just wish it went higher then the second grade. After your child leaves P.S.36 you feel lost. I have two children my youngest went here.I just wish my oldest had a chance to go here instead of horrible P.S. 154.This is a great school for any child for the age of four to seven.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

I myself attended P.S. 36 from 1986-1992. My parents and myself loved the school even then. My daughter loves school and enjoys her teacher very much. I feel the school is on point with our children's education and I know my other children will benefit from P.S.36 in the near future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

My daugher was in kindergarten when she went to this school. She learned alot but I think they need to bring their standards up a bit more. My daughter went on to catholic school for 1st grade the following year and she was a bit behind. I compared the kindergarten curriculum of this school to her current school and there is a big difference. They didn't concentrate too much on reading which was my biggest concern. I did like that they do have a couple parents/teachers meetings through out the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

My child graduated from PS 36 and I must say that this school was excellent! The principal and staff were extremely helpful and I found the teachers to be genuinely concerned with the progress of my child. My child now attends another school in the area and it has been a nightmare! What 36 had that others seem not to, is a balance between maintaining discipline while still being able to teach the children and help them to maintain their enthusiasm for learning. School is supposed to be a place of learning, not a boot camp! I sincerely wish that 36 taught upper grades or at least to the middle school level. We miss it terrbly. My child never fails to comment on how much he wishes he were still there every time we pass the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Feb. 2006. Absolutely, thoroughly pleased and impressed parent. I had posted previously about concerns heard through the neighborhood grapevine. Now, my daughter has attended for many months and I have first-hand experience with this school. I am happy to report my extreme pleasure with this school. All NYC schools deal with day-to-day problems, and this one is no different. I have the highest praise for the Principal, Ms. Mullins-Simmons. I have personally worked with her through some complicated problems, and she is a treasure. So is my daughter's homeroom teacher. I immediately noticed about the teacher that she trys to make order out of chaos wherever possible, and she does a great job at all levels. My daughter is learning very well, and the teacher demonstrates very good control of her class. Teacher knows very well how to use behavior-modification techniquest to achieve results. Very, very pleased parent. A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My child has been going to this school since kindergarten she learned to read in that class she has been in the tag class since first grade she is about to graduate in june 2005 and without the start she got from there I don't know if the schools in my area would have given her such a great start so I would reccomend anybody to send there children there. The diversity is also great she gets to interact with different ethnic groups of children that she may not have met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

I am the prospective parent who wondered about the alleged condition of teachers 'losing control of the classrooms' here. Since I posted my original query, I have spoken to the Principal about many things, including the former teacher's report. I am now inclined to say that all of my concerns have been discarded, and this seems to be an ideal school to send my child to. With my re-evaluation as of Jan 2005, I feel that this school is an A+ school that any parent should be pleased and proud to participate in. I consider my family lucky to be living in this school's catchment zone. Regards, A rigorously demanding parent, RHill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

I think the school needs to reevaluate itsself. There are some good teachers, but the principal and some of her staff need to be replaced. There also are great saftey issues in the school. I would not recommend this school to a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

I've been dealing with this school for quite a while. I have 2 kids that graduated from here: one is going to the 9th and the other to the 6th.Both got such an enriching start by attending Margaret Douglas.Not only are the teachers great, but the principal takes great pride making sure that the students are her first priority!!I also have a son there who will be starting 1st grade in Sept. The cirriculum is so wonderful, that my son was reading on his own before he left Kindergarten!!!. I give the Margaret Douglas School the Highest Praise!! I reccommend this school to any of the parents in the neighborhood.


Posted August 10, 2003

This school enhanced my nurturing and set a wonderful foundation for my three boys of which two were of special needs. The curriculum for the special education sector allowed two of them to become decertified from special educational services and join the general education population in which they all have excelled and move on to the intermediate level. I recommend this school highly to any parent whose main focal point is setting the foundation in their child's educational success as well as life's success.
—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.

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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students14%
Female12%
Male16%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities9%
General population15%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English14%
Non-migrant14%

Math

All Students9%
Female8%
Male11%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities9%
General population9%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English9%
Non-migrant9%
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 Students9%
Female9%
Male9%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population11%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English10%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%

Math

All Students29%
Female29%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities15%
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Science

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities80%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students3%
Female0%
Male5%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population4%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English3%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant3%

Math

All Students6%
Female6%
Male6%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities7%
General population6%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English7%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant6%
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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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
Black 2 53% 19%
Hispanic 1 45% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
White 1 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 213%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 277%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 49%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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8.1
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City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
8.4
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City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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Parents35779%
Teachers3678%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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