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Ps 166 The Richard Rogers School Of The Arts And S

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 607 students

 
 

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Posted October 1, 2009

Best community, teachers and principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Great teachers, great principal, great parent community. We all work hard to make the school the best it can be for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

It's the best school in Manhattan! Great principal, great teachers, great parent coordinator, great building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

We are new to PS166 this year (incoming Kindergarten family) and we have been nothing but pleased with the school, teachers, principal, staff, children and families. From the initial contact with the parent coordinator over the summer, to the PTA president and all staff in the building we have felt a warm welcome. This feeling of welcome creates a strong community feeling. In addition, the building is located on a beautiful block across from a lovely public garden. The school's exterior is gorgeous (a landmark building), with an outdoor reading garden and new Kindergarten playground. The children are lucky enough to experience a wide variety of 'extra' classes where they leave their regular classroom and travel in the building to weekly music class, science lab, dance and PE (also studio art in upper grades). We look forward to another 5 years at PS166!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

the arts education, the chess teams, the wonderful teachers and staff, the beautiful school building,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Principal Hand is a superb administrator, the teachers are dedicated, the kids love the school, and the parents spend a tremendous amount of time volunteering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

PS166 is a wonderful school. We now have a new pricinpal -Debbie Hand, who has proven to be an excellent leader. My son has been in both the general education and the Gifted and Talent classes. No matter what one might say the teachers are excellent on both sides of the fence in this school. There used to be more of a division between the 2 programs but lately it seems to have been corrected. We have a new science lab and the afterschool programs are great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I moved to the upper west side from Midtown 64th street, I remember enrolling my daughter found the school to be beautifully kept both inside and out. but did notice from the beginning that the school was serogated not to mention the principal at that time Mr. Ronga assumed that I was coming from 135th Street because of my nationality as if , Hispanic people are not allowed to be well off. Not to mention he never mentioned to me a Gifted and Talented Program, I came to find out about it this September which by the way is my Daughters last year before she moves on to Middle School. Finally the Board of Education is listening to the parents and replaced the Principal with Ms. Debbie Hand which I think will be a great asset to our community and it is a shame it took 3 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

PS 166 got a NEW principal this year (2008/9), Debbie Hand, and she has shown, from the onset of the school year, a strong hand in leadership and parent interaction. She is a polished professional who has garnered the parent body's confidence. The teachers and the program are great, and I'm sure will only grow in their excellency under her guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Academic programs are sound and follow DOD standards. Children get an excellent education. After school curriculum is well-rounded offering children variety. Music, art, gym during school day is touch-n-go. Parent involvement high & community is wonderful/pitches in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

The school's emphasis is both on scienece as well as arts. Dedicated, high quality teachers. Great experience for the firs five years of schooling for any kid. The classes are small. Parents are very much involved in all aspects of school. Great little community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2005

I was a former scholar at p.s. 166 .The school had a great parent enviroment.This is one of the most schools that care great teachers wonderful principle awsome afterschool acttivities,the school is in a wonderful peaceful enviroment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 5, 2005

My son loves the gifted and talented program at 166. Teachers are warm and of high quality. The building was renovated in recent years which makes the environment very friendly for students. Opposite the Claremont stables -- you see horses on the street on your way to school -- neat! Playyard was also renovated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

Beautiful school with wonderful extras: dance, music, gym, art and computer. Principal is new and not so dynamic but, overall, a great choice for a neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

I am a parent of a 3rd grader and a former student myself,my son also attended 1st-5th grade now in 7th grade, the school has gone through tremendous changes over the years for the better quality of education for the students. P.S.166 is like a family, its a second home away from home for my child, the teachers and school staff from the school secretary to the school aides,Know the kids by name, parent envolvment has increased over the years also and has helped raised money for the school. The school has a great afterschool program on site 'Enrichment Club' and a Chess club,the after school program offers many different classes from cooking-art/dance,sports etc. I love to attend the end of the school year dance festival that the entire school performs outside the renovated school yard, and all year round events that our students and parents/staff work hard on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2004

This school offers traditional curriculum such as math,science,english etc.. It also includes art, computer, gym and music. The teachers are dedicated to the students and really care for them. P.S.166 is diverse and the building is one of the best in condition. The principle is not so inviting and at times can be rude to parents. Some of the class rooms are unorganized but most have space. There are two playgrounds. One in the back for the smallers kids and the main one in the side front of the school for the bigger students. The playgrounds are well gaited and supervised. The children participate in activities that are shared with the community on holidays such as Halloween, where they have their famous haunted house and games. Across the street from the school is a horse stable, and you know you don't find much of those in New York City!
—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 31% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%
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 Students64%
Female68%
Male59%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities15%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant64%

Math

All Students69%
Female72%
Male66%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities23%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 Students61%
Female65%
Male56%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities33%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

Math

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities22%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%

Science

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities94%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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 Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities16%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Math

All Students59%
Female57%
Male61%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities23%
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
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 "D" 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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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 54% 48%
Hispanic 2 25% 23%
Black 1 12% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 8% 9%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 134%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 33%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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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

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
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents37874%
Teachers3690%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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132 W 89th St
New York, NY 10024
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