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Ps 183 Robert L Stevenson

Public | K-5 | 610 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2011:
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Posted September 20, 2014

My child is finishing up at PS 183 this year. This school has exceeded our expectations in the curriculum, committed teachers and administration, and supportive parent community. Our child has thrived positively here and has prepared her well for when she starts middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2014

One of the best schools in Manhattan, PS 183 has been wonderful for our two children, each of whom have different needs and abilities. The teachers have varied slightly in quality from year to year, but overall they have been energetic, organized and willing to engage with parents. The teachers differentiate within classes, so some children will come back with more challenging homework. This is disconcerting to some, but in the end means that your child is working at a challenging level and remains engaged with the material. Emphasis is generally on broadening experience and knowledge instead of jumping ahead, which is important in learning the fundamentals of ELA, Math and Science for the early grades. Outside of the core curriculum, the arts are emphasized and well funded by both the school and the PTA. The art classes are excellent (my wife has been a volunteer and students' work has appeared at the Met's annual P.S. art exhibit), and music teaching includes a band (voluntary but most children are in it), and a chorus. The school has a small gym which is used for things like the annual school play as well as P.E. Track is offered on Monday mornings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2014

PS.183 was an okay school. The reason why I'm giving it four stars is,because of some of the teachers I had. Such as my fourth grade teacher who was awesome, one of my first grade teacher who vey kind and helped me in class, and my fifth grade math teacher who was just extremely kind and funny. The problem was that I didn't fell very challenged, the only teacher who challenged my class was my fourth and first grade teacher, mainly my fourth grade teacher. Also, sometimes I felt like some of the teachers had given up on some of the students that showed bad behavior.Although sometimes PS.183 could be extremely fun and they had a pretty good environment. And, a lot of the teachers overall were okay or pretty good (the ones that weren't listed above). Overall, PS.183 was okay in some aspects and pretty good in others


Posted September 23, 2013

I was a student at this school and now that I have graduated I gotta say i had an amazing experience there. I learned a lot and had a great time. The teachers are mostly all very nice and if they aren't then they're strict but they teach a lot. I'm gonna miss this school. They have great activities that you can look forward and the students there are all very nice and good kids. I really recommend this school to whoever is looking for a place to put there child in. You won't regret it.


Posted January 27, 2013

Very strong school. The school reflects its neighborhood with many children of doctors, nurses and scientists, as well as other professionals who live on the upper east side. The principal is particularly strong. She began a program to improve math skills three years ago and it is paying strong dividends. Last year's focus was on better behavior; also very successful. The current focus is on better incorporating technology. Teachers are equally strong, especially among specialists. Fifth grade now "travels" from homeroom to dedicated subject matter teachers. That works well and prepares kids for middle school. A truly strong public school; perhaps the best in NYC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

So many special things about PS 183, including extra instruction outside the homeroom class for K through 5 in art, music, computers, physical ed and science. The principal is a very forward thinking educator who regularly implements new teaching methods for her staff, provides regular professional development, and partners with high level math and literacy programs outside the school, to enhance the children's learning experience. We are very happy, and although the homework level has gotten challenging for our 3rd grader this year, it is certainly preparing him for the years to come. Lots of oversight and I find the teachers and principal very responsive to any questions we have. Very dedicated and involved PTA, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

My child is in 4th grade and having a difficult time. They barely gave out homework in 3rd grade and are now moving at warp speed in all subjects so it's hard for the students to catch up. The majority of students have tutors b/c of the Terk math method they teach, which is hard to comprehend. They do not enforce spelling in 1st and 2nd grade so that the kids can focus on creativity, but they will come out bad spellers. The school decreased 4th grade to 3 classes of 31 students, so they are overcrowded. The noise level and commotion in class makes it hard to study. The kids overall are rowdy....I volunteer there so that is how I know. I vote to bring back traditional math practice and maintain smaller class sizes but not busing kids in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

I loved this school was here k to 5? Nice teachers. Awesome gym. Best elementary school ever


Posted September 4, 2012

Excellent emphasis on the fundamentals. All of our teachers so far have provided differentiated education for our children. Art is excellent, Wan Ling is extremely good. Math is excellent, PS 183 has a specialized Math director for the school provides before-school additional opportunities for students with abilities/interest in Math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

We had to move and we miss our school daily. My daughter learned so much and was very happy at this amazing school. We are in a different state now and even with a newer school building, more space, and fewer children per class PS 183 is light years ahead of my daughter's current school in TX. She was at PS183 for first and kinder and in the last month her 2nd grade class has caught up to where my daughter was academically at the end of first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

I began Kindergarten at P.S. 183 back in 1973. At that time, the school went from K - 6th grade. To this day, I have very fond memories of my time there. Every teacher impacted me in a positive, healthy way. The memorable Library gave me the gift of reading...the yearly Dance Festivals, Music classes in the Auditorium and, of course, the education that I received provided me with a foundation for Life. Give your child the Gift of P.S. 183; you won't regret it.


Posted May 1, 2010

It is an extraordinary school, staff is highly qualified, programs are stunning! Diversity makes of PS183 its most!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It's very diverse, competitive, compassionate and happy with a highly educated and involved parent body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

My daughter graduated from here in 2005 and we always come back to visit. The music and art programs are great, and the after school programs have something for every child. Although you do have to pay for them, but worth every penny. The community is diverse and everyone is family. A great start for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

PS 183 is a wonderful school. My son has learned a lot. The environment is safe and the adminstration demonstrates the care and willingness towards our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I have a daughter at ps 183 and find it disappointing. The classroom is much about disciplining rather than teaching material.Curriculum is weak--Needs more teachers in the class to help out. I find it outrageous that there is no computer instruction-- or library . Nonetheless it was replaced with dance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This is a wonderful school. The teacher we had was so loving, great with the kids & with discipling the problem children in the classroom. We were at the school temporarily (as many students here are) and were accustomed to a private school environment. That said, I was very impressed with all this elementary school had to offer. We loved all the field trips to various museums and walks to the park. I was most impressed that the school takes advantage of all the city has to offer. The academics were challenging and varied and my child was able to pick up in her academically agressive private school with ease when we returned. I particularly liked the homework regimen and the reading logs. The only improvement I suggest is increasing campus security at the back gate entrance, especially at pick up. It was too easy for anyone to wander in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

We have 2 kids at PS 183 and have really been delighted with the quality of teaching, values of other kids and parents and extracurricular offerings. Math program is the one possible area for improvement as 183 is at the mercy of District 2's TERC math plan. That said, the teachers do the best they can to give kids good basic skills within the confines of the district 2 program and statewide standardized testing has improved the content of math teaching curriculum. The school is otherwise excellent in all respects. The parents and PTA are really active and generous and work hard to supplement limited public funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

This is a great school with a strong sense of community. We love having our child attend this school and hope to have the same experience in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2005

The academicsa are good at the lower lever but curriculum is not challenging enough for older kids. Teachers are great and caring and parent body active. Bathrooms are horrible and there is no gym. Lunchroom supervision not adequate.
—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.

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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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

87 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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%
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 2 63% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 19% 9%
Hispanic 1 12% 23%
Black 1 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 212%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 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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Based on 339 responses

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents30361%
Teachers3690%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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