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Ps 116 Mary Lindley Murray

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 789 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted June 26, 2014

The administration is cold, unreceptive and deceptive. I ABSOLUTELY AM DISGUSTED that I chose this school for my child. You can never reach the principle. I emailed her twice in February it is now June, she has never contacted me. I even reach out the to the administrative team and finally the assistant principle no one has yet to contact me. The teachers do not respond to your concerns sooner. This school only cares about money and test scores. They do not want to invest in good education for your child or the time to nurture and build positive relationships with your child to create a fun loving happy environment to thrive in. Signed I can't wait to find another school for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

Principal is completely off limits. My 6th grade child had a great time; not so with her younger sibling. The parent coordinator is REPREHENSIBLE. I stopped giving money and am instead paying for a tutor. God, if they could only get rid of the parent coordinator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

I am so happy to have finally had my children leave this school. And for the longest time, I couldn't put into words why I disliked this school so much. Sure, they are always asking for money, all schools must. Their after school programs can be pricey and are not very good, but they weren't awful and they were priced at a reasonable level. The teachers were wonderful (save for a few who seem to be just biding their time,which I can understand seeing their working environment). But mostly, there's NO HEART in this school. Morale is so low, it's actually depressing to be there. And this is a placed filled with children! It is all business at 116. The principal and asst. principal are both very cold. The parent coordinator is one of the most unhelpful (not to mention unfriendly) people I have ever encountered! And what's funny is, my kids now (still in nycboe) have MORE homework, but within months, they are so much happier and have experienced more as classmates and schoolmates together than they did the 4 years at 116. Involvement, participation, community, love of school all while working hard..thankfully, that is what they are learning now. I'm sorry I wasted all those years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

My daughter is in her second year at this school and she loves it. She has excel beautifully in her writing and reading. The teachers here are wonderful and nurturing. They have great computer, science, art, and music classes as well. I don't really understand why many of the recent reviews seem to criticize the administration so much. The principal is very down to earth and is very hands on. I can tell that the students' education and security (especially after the Sandy Hook tragedy) are the principal's top priorities. The school's overcrowding situation seems to be slowly alleviated by the opening of the new public school near by and the rezoning. There is a good after school program with lots of different classes to choose from including Spanish, Mandarin, writing, cooking, soccer and yoga. Like most after school programs in other public schools, it does cost money. As for social economic background, I have not seen any incidents that would suggest that this is an issue. I feel that people tend to be overly sensitive when it comes to things like this, and I disagree that this should be used to reflect negatively on the PTA or the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

As a parent of 2 children currently enrolled in PS116 I have to agree with the newest reviews. School adminitrastion is cold, disinterested and at times rude. Social economic standards plays are huge part in how your child and your family are perceived. It sometimes feels like fundraising is the priority for this school. Teacher turnover rate is incredibly high and the ones that are still around are either stuck in their ways or fingers crossed one of the "good ones". The highlight is extracurricular activities that will cost you a pretty penny and are mostly taught by school staff. My children barely have time to eat lunch and gym or dance is given only once a week. Sadly, with each year that passes I become more disheartened with PS116.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

The quality of the education seems to go down each year that my 2 children attended PS116. The administration is detached, cold and disinterested. I don't know who runs this school. It made middle school seem great. Look somewhere else if you have a choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

My daughter is completing her Kindergarten year at PS116 and we have been trilled with the school. As a former teacher, I really appreciate all the ways our family is included in the school. We are in her classroom for something at least once a month, we regularly receive email from the class parents list, and communication with the teacher is effortless, via email, notes, or just before/after school. The PTA is very strong and the after school classes are something I brag about on a regular basis. I just feel so lucky to have such a wonderful school in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

My daughter is almost finished with her time at 116. The teachers have been very strong. They are the heart and soul of the school. My daughter has enjoyed her friends, felt challenged and experienced some very good relationships across the faculty. The administration is terrible though. I dislike the principal and feel that she is completely removed from the parents, save a few big fund raisers. The cut backs obviously hurt and we all chip in a great deal to provide for all the children, as parents. I like the middle school adviser. The on-site after-school is terrible as well. The woman who runs it is only focused on her profits. Most of the teachers and programs are pretty below par. The kids aren't enriched and the supervision is also lacking and leads to a lot of issues that play out in school. My daughter is on the track team and has loved that experience. The study population is mixed and is trending to less diverse as the economy continues to falter among working families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

The administration is cold, unreceptive and deceptive. The principal is not nurturing and is focused only on test scores. The quality of the school has deteriorated from an A to a C since the previous principal left. This school is over crowded. There were 7 Kindergarten classes the year my child enrolled. Due to overcrowding children have little time for lunch and almost no Physical Ed. The administration has not figured out a way to demand more from the board of ed to ameliorate the situation as they are kow towing to the system - for example children barely have 15 minutes for lunch and are then herded out of the cafeteria. This school left my children nervous with low self esteem. They did not know the 50 states or presidents or geography by the time they left. If the subject cant be filled in a bubble on ELA or Math test it is not taught. Very Very high teacher turnover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

In this school your socio economic background has a great deal to do with your experience. From the initial process of registration I sensed and witness a strong energy of discontent towards the parents of a lower income and cultural background. The PTA is highly creative with fundraising events however some events are exclusive to parents of a certain economic class. In the event that you should raise concern in the day to day functions beware of the cold shoulders and tick for tack methods of the staff. Which also involve finding any and every error in you or your child and elaborating on it until it is an issue. Unfortunately I ve seen minority families enroll and withdraw their children from this school that expressed these same concerns but were unwilling or unable to express these feelings on a public forum such as GreatSchools. On a positive note the school has amazing resources and extracurricular activities for the children as well as an outstanding afterschool program. I hope this gives a bit of insight and helps another parent to decide if this school is a good socially balanced environment for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

I have been very happy with the school. Strong academics with emphasis on writing. Lots of support with related services excellent. Also great community and after school program. Ny chess kids based at school big plus. Classes reasonable size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

My kids attended this great school all the way till graduation, love, love, love it, best elementary school ever. If i had to choose a school all over again, this would be it, no regrets here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

Wonderful School, great teachers and very involved parents. My daughter loves the school and the specialty classes offered are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

True great school, staff and parents very active. Congratulation in having a wonderful neighborhood family oriented school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

My son just finished his 1st grade. When he enrolled into kinder, he was a student know nothing about alphabet and cannot write anything. This summer he is finishting his 1st grade with reading level of "N". Because I am forcusing ore on teaching foreign langauge at home ( First langauge for me and my son I think) I did not spend any time to teach English other than have him finish homeowork. So, I can say all his progress is purely teacher's effort for K and 1st grade. Thjanks so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2011

My son went to PS116 for K and First. We loved it!!! He is starting 5th in the Fall and we still miss PS116 it was a fantastic experience living in NYC. Their academic curriculum was diverse; chess, music and dance were specials that not all school offer. Their afterschool program (run by the PTA) was exceptional and affordable. Science, Chess and Tada were our favorites. I also liked that it's a 5 story building, children will get daily exercise as the science lab, dance studio and music room were on the fifth floor. An excellent city public school, far superior to some private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

I am a very old student of Ps116, though it has been 6 years I have left PS116, I still remember every time spent there. Enjoying with friends and the great education provided. My teachers were very delighted with my work and I found myself lucky to have them. I appreciate the fact that i was once part of Mary Lindley Murray School, and as a proud student, I would recommend this school to every parent, for its well known education.


Posted June 29, 2010

Positive: 1. All kids can have more fun classes after school; 2. All teachers are nice, never rude to students; 3. All teachers love children and treat them great; 4. All children have homework everyday; 5. Kids like to go to school everyday; 6. All teachers always encourage kids to learn more things, and praise kinds when they do good job. Negative: 1. The kids don't really like the lunch;


Posted April 27, 2010

Now that my daughter has been out of PS 116 for almost two years I look back on her time of learning there as a wonderful experience. Sometimes it takes that distance to really understand how well they prepared her for middle school.I believe she is excelling in science because of the spark they ignited at 116
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

I love this school. It has such a sense of community. My son goes off happy every day. He is learning so much. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The curriculum is challenging. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my child. PS 116 is the best!
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
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 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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
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 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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students58%
Female71%
Male47%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities29%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant58%

Math

All Students61%
Female70%
Male53%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities29%
General population65%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant61%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male54%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities7%
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%

Math

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities7%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities93%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 Students72%
Female76%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
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

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 45% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 23% 9%
Hispanic 2 20% 23%
Black 2 10% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 1%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 230%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 17%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 7%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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8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
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This school
8.4
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City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents33352%
Teachers4889%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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210 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 685-4366

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