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Ps 59 Beekman Hill International

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 520 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2007

This school changes principals every couple of years. The children usually appear bored and unengaged. Some children are frequently very disruptive but nothing is done to remove them from class. Nothing extra for bright children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

The teachers are wonderful and definitely know about positive teaching techniques that make the child confident and comfortable in learning. They have music, art, and are currently working on other extracurricular activities for a small fee. The level of parent involvement is very impressive. Our last PTA meeting was Hugh. I love the school and the staff. I have never come across such wonderful teaching staff under one roof.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

I think ps59 is a great school because all the teachers are very nice and they have great test scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2005

Teachers in lower grades are excellent. Things become spottier above 2nd grade. Inconsistent, and a lot of turnover (which the school likes to downplay but we've been there 5 years so...).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

The KG experience was fantastic. But after 2001, the budget cutback in NYC schools has affected this school. The student teacher ratio is 22:1 and this is something not recommended at the 2nd grade. PTA is not strong to afford additional teachers in the classrooms
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

After all the media horror stories about the New York City public school system, I was understandably nervous about sending my daughter to one. However, my family's experiences at PS 59 have been wonderful. The school has an excellent teaching staff, a dedicated parent coordinator, and a principal and vice principal who are involved on all levels and are very approachable. The hallways and classrooms are brightly painted and cheerful. Bloomingdale's (the school's corporate sponsor) recently put in a new science lab. While there isn't a gym, there is a great rooftop playground. The school has excellent art and music programs, and numerous after-school activities (including a French classes taught by Berlitz instructors). However, the thing that makes the difference at PS 59 is the incredible level of parental involvement. PS 59 is truly what a neighborhood school should be like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I believe this small public school has high expectations of all their students. The teachers are dedicated to teaching the curriculum. The school has strong parent involvement. The art and music program are wonderful and enriching. Art is seen throughout the school and taught by two excellent art teachers in the art studio. Music is strong and taught in the music studio by a talented music teacher who is supported by an assistant musician. Older children have lots of opportunities to expand there musical interests through the music program. Kindergarten has a partnership with Turtle Bay Music School. There is lots of support for the school community in all areas for education and social services. The PTA is involved and active. The parent coordinator provides a wealth of information and coordinates a number of workshops. The school has a nurturing, welcoming family environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
89%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%
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

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
White 1 59% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 16% 9%
Hispanic 1 16% 23%
Black 2 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 1%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 29%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 216%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 26%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

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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needs to be verified by school leaders.
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 334 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents30263%
Teachers3276%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. ADELE SCHROETER

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Urdu

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Monitor the playground
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