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P.S. 158 Baylard Taylor

Public | PK-5 | 760 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:
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Posted June 14, 2014

If you want a competitive environment that is as good as a Private school if not better, then PS 158 is your School. The Principal is great,however, she does not suffer fools, so don't expect hugs over nonsense, the staff is amazing but also will not coddle you.From the guard that greets you in the morning to the teachers, PS 158 is formidable.They are kind and attentive to each student, they mix discipline and love in a way that conveys more a vocation rather than a job in Education.If you are lucky enough to have your child attend the Pre-k there, they will be reading and writing by the time they graduate and go to Kindergarden.Very grateful to have such a wonderful school. The PA is fantastic as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

If you want your child to be bullied and made to feel insecure in a learning environment, then this is the place for you. The principal is a bully, the teachers are bullies and the children are too. Parents bully each other and even other children. It all starts from the top and trickles down. The principal only cares about state test scores. She doesn't care about children or creating a loving, nurturing, comfortable learning environment for them. The principal, teachers and office staff create a hostile and uncomfortable learning environment. I'm sure some of the teachers are very good but they can't perform to their full potential because they are bullied by the principal and feel threatened that if they don't follow her rules they will be fired. From day one of the academic year it has been nothing but TEST PREP. My child has learned nothing all year but 'how to take a state test'. The Parent Association is involved and they raise a lot of money for the school. There needs to be a complete re-haul of this school before any more tax-payer's money is wasted. I'm very disappointed in our experience at PS 158.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Pros: My Kindergartener's reading level has soared near second grade level. However even with a seemingly rigorous reading program 3rd grade 2013 ELA scores are not that high. Cons: Differentiated instruction for strugglers is good but weak for accelerated learners especially in math. We have repeatedly requested more challenging math instruction but response has been lackluster. It seems as though the school wide policy is that no one student should outshine another. Perhaps thats why there is not a G&T program in place although Upper East Side has the highest percentage of qualifiers. PS 158 is weak in arts, music, & PE as students receive it only 1x per week. Hardly enough time for anything meaningful. Recess is only 20 minutes long and during inclement weather children watch cartoons indoors! You would think such a highly regarded school would come up with something more enriching! The after school is overpriced for what it actually is. Also, PS158's morning drop-off policy is unfriendly to working parents. There is no supervised breakfast program. Not everyone has the resources for a nanny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Fantastic school. My child is very happy in PS158 and is thriving. I am impressed with the quality of education, and leadership. Anyone desiring more cultural experiences for their children and exercise should take them to the museums and parks after school, on weekends and holidays. That doesn't make or break the school. There are many extra curricular activities already offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Great school. Our daughter has been attending PS 158 for 2 years now and we could not be happier. The education is excellent, much better than some private schools when comparing skills of same-age children, the communication is very good and the PA very active. The school environment is very pleasant and the staff is very friendly when you are polite with them, which may not be the case of some parents. We feel the kids are safe and respected. And I agree with the previous review: it is the role of the parents to take their kids to the museums, parks and other cultural activities during the weekends and holidays. The school should not be blamed for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

Can a young boy or girl have a good education and a so-so 'childhood' experience? Are they mutually exclusive? That is the challenge at PS 158 and, if you are willing to risk your kid's experience as a child, then go right ahead to PS 158. Speak to the children and you will learn many of them could not tell you where the Met or the Guggenheim are located. Ask them if they can run in the play yard. Ask them how often they go on a 'class trip' 1/2 block away to John Jay park or to Central Park? Sadly, tragically, some of them do not even know these are choices and are important to experience. Parents, these things are important for kids to experience. And please stop being an apologist by stating that geez, there are 700 kids and grades are good so they must be doing a good job. It is a false choice. There are many shades of gray and a good, thoughtful leader (principal) always strives to maintain a balance between extremes. Is Zero tolerance sound in practice? Read, and you will learn it fails. Congratulations to the school for its good scores but, at what cost. Keep in mind, it is the UES with high parent involvement and low poverty so, keep the scores in context.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

This school is run very well. The no tolerance policy for bullying and bad behavior is enforced for the benefit of all. I find it comforting to know the staff is tough enough to address issues effectively and efficiently. The curriculum is strong and as good as the private school my child was in previously. The PA is very dedicated and does an amazing job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have 2 kids at this school and we love it! The principal is great with the curriculum and the kids, and perhaps the review below is for the wrong school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

The PA raises quite a lot of money for the school but they come across as very eager for money too! The principal is dismissive and unfriendly. Dropoff is not done in the safest way and you would never see the principal or the security guard at the gate when many parents have to drop their children off in the yard and run to work. There is more focus on the state tests and less on children's overall development. Your child will learn the basics but do not expect any enrichment. Arts, PE, music and science are very weak. Needless to say, we are no longer at PS158 and we are much happier now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

We have one child, a first grader, here at this school. The best thing about this school are the teachers--they are all top notch--In our opinion, this is very important. The teachers work really hard to not only teach what they have to but also to make school inviting and fun. Much of the money raised by the PA goes to keeping teachers up on their skills--also something we completely support. My child is so lucky to also have kids from all over the world attend school with him. International Night is outstanding--parents showcase countries they are from or are interested in--there are too many count! The after school program is also very good--my son has enjoyed classes such as baseball and multi-sports. There is something for everyone and its really reasonably priced. We are very happy at this school and every time we think about moving away from the city, we think twice because we want our younger child to be able to attend PS 158.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2012

I have two children at this school and we love it. The teachers are outstanding and the administration has a clear vision on goals and curriculum...and they are willing to make the tough decisions to remove ineffective staff (which of course creates controversy, but in my opinion keeps the teaching levels consistently high). The children are safe, happy, and we are very satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

this is a great school that gets a lot of flack because it is big and has an effective but demanding PTA . My granddaugher needed some special attention, got the whole schools attention and is now doing excellent . The extra reading and after school progams are great . The kids, teachers , parents and administration are all enthusiastic and it just spreads . They seem to strike a great balance between discipline , education and creatvity .


Posted September 7, 2011

We are so excited to send our little girl into the 1st grade at this school. Her K year was outstanding and her teacher was terrific. I find many of the support staff to be very helpful, though they are often quite busy. I think the principal runs a no-nonsense tight ship; however, she has been very helpful when I've needed to call upon her. My daughter LOVES school. Oh yeah, the PE teacher and after school program Tai Kwon Do teacher are both awesome, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

GREAT SCHOOL..TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE WITH TEST SCORES. UNFORTUNATELY, A GOOD EDUCATION IS ONLY DETERMINED BY TEST SCORES IN TODAYS WORLD. I HAVE ALSO WITNESSED PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD STAFF AND IF YOU ARE GETTING ATTITUDE FROM STAFF, YOU NEED TO SEE WHAT YOUR GIVING IN RETURN. MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE FOUND THEM NOTHING BUT CARING AND RESPONSIVE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

My children have been in the school from 1st grade to 4th grade now and graduating next year. I am very happy and I feel blessed to be able to send my kids to this wonderful school. They are getting a great elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

The teachers are great. The community of parents is wonderful. The principal is very bad. Although she seems to do a good job focusing on test scores, she is a terrible communicator with parents and has managed to alienate many of us with her often rude and offensive style. The school does not thrive because of her. It thrives despite her. If she could just get past her defensiveness or whatever it is that drives her inappropriate and counterproductive behavior, she would probably see that just a little effort to demonstrate respect for the concerns of parents would go a long way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

The best teachers in the country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

The teachers are wonderful and focused on the children's future. The children receive a complete education plus extras like art, music and after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

my daughter loves going to school everyday and learning, what could be better than that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

PS 158 is a nurturing, challenging, and stimulating environment to grow in both academically and personally!
—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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
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 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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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 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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
96%

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 Students60%
Female65%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities37%
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant60%

Math

All Students77%
Female78%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities32%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant77%
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 Students67%
Female68%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities17%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Math

All Students82%
Female78%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities52%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students74%
Female72%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities28%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%

Math

All Students73%
Female70%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities34%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
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 "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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 71% 48%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 10% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 217%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 20%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 39%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
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.6
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?

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This school
8.1
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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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents33854%
Teachers3771%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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1458 York Ave
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 744-6562

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