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Ps 199 Jessie Isador Straus

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 792 students

 

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Posted November 20, 2013

Awesome school. I used to go there. The teachers are great. The teachers should use ratemyteacher.com.


Posted August 22, 2013

This can be a wonderful school for your child but it really depends on the teacher. My child is advanced in science and math and struggles with writing. There is little support to excel his skills and little to support his difficulties in writing. Unless your child is truly failing, nothing will happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

I am a former student who loved everything about the school. It was a loving and accepting community with a fun curriculum and an opportunity for elementary schoolers to find their interests. The class size was about 25, and most teachers were good. The principal was good at keeping discipline, and the curriculum was actually quite rigorous in the early years. The school, however, started to go downhill because of the overcrowding and the switch in principals. Since the class sizes were getting bigger each year, the curriculum was becoming more and more generalized to fit the average student, with no individual attention whatsoever. Also, the new principal was more lenient, therefore more kids were disruptive. Now that I have graduated and the school is at its maximum capacity I do not recommend it. Instead, try to enroll in P.S. 452 (if possible) because a great former teacher who was at 199 is now in charge of this school, and it is not overcrowding!


Posted August 28, 2011

I have an entering 3rd grader and an incoming kindergartener here. We came from a private school overseas so we were nervous about the transition. Let me say that for the child who is anything but exceptional (and I'm talking gifted, not merely very bright), this school deserves perfect marks. The principal, Katy, is fair and very involved in every aspect of the school. She is down to earth and knows every single child by name. The activities and special programs in the arts are unparalleled for a public school. The PTA is dedicated and hard working, ensuring the school is socially and financially supported by the parent body. Generally, the parents are highly educated and welcoming. The only reason it does not rate perfect is that if you do have that over the top intelligent child, you are completely at the mercy of your teacher as to whether they are kept interested. But even in a private or selective school, no education is 100% perfect for your individual child and as parents we have to be proactive in seeking other avenues of supporting their needs. Until NYC supports ALL public schools in providing gifted education, this is the BEST on offer in Manhattan - hands down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

We were very disappointed with the school and found that children who are advanced learners get no support, no enrichment and no opportunity to express or enhance their abilities. The school provides a 'bare bones' education and we are completely baffled by all of the positive hype. It is truly undeserved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

We came here from a private school because of a change in finances, so i entered ps 199 hesitant, wary and kicking and screaming my way in. It turns out, we couldn't have been happier. My daughters received individual attention despite the large class numbers and i felt that each child was very well known and attended to. The large class size allows cooperative work which on paper is not ideal but allows for wonderful training for the real world. My daughters were happy and very well educated-- they both are going to be going to very good middle schools as a result.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

This is a very average school. Some teachers are really good, some below average. Overcrowding has been a real issue, with more than 30 students, some really disruptive, in the class
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

My child attended K last year at PS 199 and I loved everything about the school. The teachers are strong, and I disagree with the prior comments about not correcting the children. This parent must be referring to 'inventive spelling' and the fact that the school allows the kindergarten children to spell phonetically when they first begin to write. It worked like a charm for my child, who was reluctant to write, but now feels so comfortable that she writes all the time. PS 199 is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I couldn't be more disappointed. My daughter attended K this year @ PS 199 after having gone to pre school in the area. She has regressed. It is pot luck on the teacher you get, the school is severely overcrowded and the fact that they don't want to correct the children for fear of squashing their enthusiasm as the Principal and teacher told me is a total cop out! The reputation was great, but that was a different Principal. I will be rethink where my child attends next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2008

My daughter attended this school last year and it was very dissapointing in every way. The school is overcrowded the education quite poor and the headmistress basically not visible. This review will probably never be seen and unfortunately most of the reviews available are old and much has changed at this school since then. PS 199 is living off an old reputation


Posted January 3, 2008

This school could be the best but it is crowded. The situation will only become worse as new development continues within the school zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

The best of the best. My child adores everyone and the education is the best in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

I was hesitant sending my daughter here for K, but now I am happy. She's with a lovely teacher, although some of the teachers are definitely better than others. facilities could use some improvement, but with the high parent involvement look for this school to challenge PS 6 as the jewel in the NYC public crown. note: principal is opposed to G&T education so if you are looking for enrichment you will have to go outside the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

A wonderful school. What a public school should be. Well-run with very talented teachers and a very involved parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

My daughter started K at PS 199 this and I could not be happier with the school. Her teacher is both creative and demanding. The class is just the right size at 22 students. There is also a student teacher in the class at all times and parent volunteers are frequently invited to assist in teaching certain lessons. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

Although it's motto is 'Work Hard, Be Nice' an important quality this school strives for is a sense of 'Community'. The Principle, Carol Stock, has been at the the school for a number of years and brings an extraordinary level of commitment and energy to her work. She's a very strong authority, but has a warm ease with the children. To the parents, who are VERY active in the school, she brings an open but no b-llsh-t attitude. You feel as a parent, that the administration and teachers work very well together, and that they are unified in their goals. The teachers seem to get the support they need. They also get that support from the PTA, which is TIRELESS. There are enough families with means, that the PTA raises of hundreds thousands of dollars a year for school support. We feel FORTUNATE to have our children in this school!
—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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
85%
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 Students66%
Female71%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities20%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant66%

Math

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities40%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant71%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities37%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Math

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities37%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Science

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities90%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities50%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Math

All Students82%
Female77%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 68% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 15% 9%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
Black 1 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

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

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents23237%
Teachers1734%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. KATY ROSEN

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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270 W 70th St
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 799-1033

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