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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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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 17, 2014

So far we are quite happy with this school. My daughter has only been in the school for a year, so I don't have much to say yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We are very happy with P.S 166. The teachers and staff are wonderful and responsive and we have been really impressed with the curriculuum and standards. Any issues we have are dealt with in a responsive way and our son has thrived in his two years here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

We are extremely please with our daughter's teacher this year in the 4th grade G & T program. She works hard and is connected with the parents. However, the overall building morale seems to suffer- perhaps due to the stressors of the administration? None the less - Mrs "L" is great and challenges our daughter in a supportive and kind manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school USED to be agreat place and a wonderful environment, but in the past 2 years it has gone downhill. Low morale among staff, discipline problems have increased and the general atmosphere of the school has declined! Not a pleasant place!


Posted August 4, 2013

One's experience at P.S. 166 is largely dependent on the quality of the classroom teacher. There are many excellent and committed teachers at P.S. 166, but there are also ones who are terrible. Be very involved and watchful, and contact the parent coordinator and principal at the first sign of trouble. Overall, our experience has been very positive. Our children have been at PS 166 since 2009. Since then we're on our fourth principal, our second assistant principal, and the common core standards have everyone scrambling to catch up. The emphasis on the state tests is really marked, especially in the upper grades. They really drill the kids, and then once the tests are over, it's as if everyone is just running out the clock to the end of the year. I found this troubling. The parent coordinator is excellent and does a great job. Overall, we've been very happy with the school and I would recommend it. As a parent, you really need to be involved and watchful to ensure your child gets the best experience possible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2012

I wish it was K-1! I have 2 in G&T. We have had a home at PS166 for 6yrs. We came from a private school(Clarement) and many parents from that pre-school took advantage of the G&T program at PS 166 as well. My children were challenged in a nurturing environment. The highly involved faculty, PTA and other parent involvement was key. I have always felt welcomed in the classroom and would stop in often to drop off projects or participate in a class event (e.g., book publishing party or science fair). The hallways are silent during class time and the kids are relaxed and happy. All of the students were highly motivated and academically competative. The Chess Team is the #1 extracurricular activity regarding participation and competative performance but they also have a great theatre program as well as a track team. The afterschool enrichment is also great bargain with reasonable fees for classes such as Lego Robotics, Cooking, Private Piano lessons, Ping Pong, Math Games, etc.). They are also a "green" school. They have a new reading garden and discussions of a new playgound are happening now. An upgrade in the technology department would be nice. I highly recommend PS166.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

I am a P.S.166 Graduate. During my 6 years at this school, all of my teachers were wonderful! I feel that I learned a lot at 166. I love all that they had to offer. While I was there, they offered Music Class, Physical Education, Dance Class, Computer, and Art. I was also in Honors Chorus. I was very pleased with my education when I graduated. The teachers that I had were GREAT educators. In 3rd grade, I received a 4 in my NY State Math test, an average is a 3. I hope nothing in P.S.166 has changed!


Posted March 30, 2010

As a parent, I'm a bit shocked that Principal Hand and the teachers received only four stars. It's staggering how professional, kind, and excellent these two categories are.Without the Principal's leadership, the other four categories five stars wouldn't be here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Excellent school. I am a substitute teacher at the school and always feel welcome here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 23, 2009

The school principal, the teachers,the families are all very committed to making this school a great place!! Terrific g and t program, great chess program. Hands down one of the best schools in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

This is a great school. My son is in Kindergarten and he just loves the school and his teachers. It is amazing what he has learned in the past couple of months. He also is given the opportunity twice daily to do what he loves most and that is to draw. The school allows children free time to do what the children are passionate about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

parents teacher and kids, active, innovative, and hungry to learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

PS 166 is an incredible community of Administrators, Teachers, Children, Parents, and Caregivers. It is affiliated with programs in the Community that give the students access to many cultural and educational activities. Our Enrichment Program offers a number of excellent classes and overall the school is a wonderful environment for the children to grow in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

amazing after school programs, wonderful teacgers and steller principal makes PS 166 a public school we love!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

PS166 is a uniquely small and personal public school in a beautifully designed building. The faculty staff is dedicated to the kids and the high academical standards. The G&T program stands out thanks to the teachers and the contributions of the parents, and my 1st grader has exploded in knowledge and is excited about her home work and to go to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

PS 166 is an excellent school. I recommend this school to everyone. My husband attended when he was a child and now our son is a 5th grader. If i had to do it all over again i would definitely go back to PS 166. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

the diverse and vibrant student/parent body!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The principal and teachers at PS166 are committed to the students and care about their well being and sense of self!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Wonderful kids, parents and teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

It is a small school with a great community, beautiful landmarked building, fantastic selection of enrichment courses, and wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
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 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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

88 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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%
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 "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

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 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: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 234%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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Based on 414 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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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?

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
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
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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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?

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
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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Phone: (212) 678-2829

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