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Ps 184 Shuang Wen

Public | PK-8 | 690 students

 

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Posted November 5, 2009

My Child go there, she are very happy and like this school. she told me she like her classmates and teacher ms. william.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

It is a fantastic dual language school. All the staffs and teachers are kindly. Parents are nice, and she can learn both English and Chinese.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

My grandchildren attend Shuang Wen School. I have met their principal and their teachers. They care about each child's progress academically and personally. My grandchildren speak English and Chinese. They are very happy and like their school. They are receiving a well rounded education in a supportive and caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

PS 184 offers a bi-lingual education in Manadrin beginning at pre-K through 8th grade. I do not know of many other schools that offer such a curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

We have an excellent academic record and our test scores speak for themselves. Only one of a kind school in NY where children are immerse in the Manadrin five days a week from Pre K to 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

They are always happy to do funthings with the kids and they learn this in a playful way,the New Years show is the greatest show and the kids are the stars<with lots of help from their great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

This school is great and amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

This school offers up to 8 grade. I have two kids going there. There are a lot of merits. It's a nurturing school. I know my kids are safe there. The school is more than concerned than the parents on the kids' academic achievements. That's why they got 10 in testing rating. I can also see a little improvement in terms of their single-activity after school program. Besides learning Chinese from 3 to 5:30pm, some 2nd graders can learn to play keyboard for an hour or so on Fridays. They can also play an hour of tennis on Thursdays. The rest of the programs are drills and tests only. However, there are things that were really not presented nicely to the parents. Voluntary afterschool fees have changed to become mandatory. What happens if you don't pay, will you lose the seat in the school as well?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

The school is okay but it has some cons. The school hours are too long from 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. and there are no after school activities. And after school activities are important for all schools, because most high schools and colleges like athletes and if there is no sport activities it can effect the students because he/she may not get a scholarship. Also there are no clubs, instead there is mandarin classes, which is not really necessary. Clubs can help develop the student's growth and knowledge but learning a language is a waste of time because anyone can learn a language at another program. I'm not saying the school is bad because it's not. The discipline and test scores are good, but only if there were clubs and activities for all students, the school would have been better and more sucessful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

Shuand Wen is a very challenging school... The day is long and I would have to agree on the fact that they do stress the test scores a lot. I went to a school meeting and they mention it like it was a top priority, children do learn though and it's an investment you are giving your child, especially in this competitive world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

Our child is very happy and she is learning a great deal already. The school ask a lot but the kids will benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

My child attended ShuangWen for one year. We are very disappointed with the school. The teacher quality is poor. They have no patience for students. The school only cares about test scores, not students. We are glad we left the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I am the parent of a 6th grader at the Shuang Wen School. I have had my daughter in the school since kindergarten. I was happy about the school in the first few. However, I have seen a big change over the last 2 years. There is a lot of focus on the yearly test. There also has been a lack of parent participation. The school also has been displaying a lack of understanding for people of other cultures. I believe that these problems can be fixed as soon as they are acknowledged. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2007

Shuang Wen is a decent school. There is no doubt about it. This school has a great Mandarin program. However, the staffs in the office have really bad manners toward the Asian parents who have no status or don't speak English. I guess this kind of behavior is really common in Chinese culture (?) It is really disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

Shuang Wen is a very good school but even better if the fit is right for your child. Because the day is long in the learning of the requisite NYS curriculum plus the Mandarin language and culture, not all children can cope with this rigor. One key might be for parents to really examine what their child can handle and be realistic about their needs and abilities, not just because they would like for their child to learn the Mandarin language. It is not a program for everyone, especially if parents cannot do their share in helping the students focus and support them in getting the work done. As for the after-school which depends on grants, donations and contributions, parents are asked for voluntary contributions to help in support of the program. There is no required fee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Shuang Wen is a Top School, parents fight to get there children in and to stay. The Day is long 8:30am-5:30pm next September that's being extended to 8:am to 5:30 pm. Math and Science will be taught in altering english and mandarin,(one full day english- one full day mandarin). Most of the Chinese teachers speak no or very little english and there is a feeper child for the afterschool- to pay the chinese portion which is not run by the board of ed but by the Dept. of Health. Class sizes are large, the gym is the auditorium. Sports and extracurricular activities are squeezed in the available day. It's an intense day,week, year for any child going there. Most families commute and hour or more each way. Children are cared for and they do learn. You have to decide for yourself and family what you're willing to sacrafice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

My daughter has been in Shuang Wen since Kindergarten. She is presently in the third grade and this will be her last year. The chinese after school program is good but the teachers are pretty strict and the kids are tired by the time the afternoon rolls around. Overall I think the school needs to understand different cultures a little better. As far as my daughter is concerned she is doing well in English and Chinese but the long day is getting to her. I will be moving out of state at the end of this school year and I will continue her Mandarin education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

Solid math and reading program, taught more in the traditional way. Math is Everyday Math but supplemented as necessary. I feel the kids know facts and answers but aren't necessarily encouraged to think for themselves. I hear too much 'I don't know' when asked a question that asks for their opinion. Music and dance mostly evolves around Chinese culture. The dance program is beautifully done. I think the whole program is great for children who enjoy structure and direction, not necessarily good for ones who are fidgetty and require extra attention. There is a lot of repetition because that's what's needed to learn Chinese. Level of parent involvement is good but not up to par with Lab, 234 or NEST. Now that they have their own school gym will be offered more often. Overall, I would recommend, but only for the right child.
—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 32% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
96%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
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 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 29% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%
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 29% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
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 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 36% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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 "A" for the elementary and middle 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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 81% 9%
White 1 8% 48%
Hispanic 2 6% 23%
Black 2 4% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 271%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 50%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

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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 531 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

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

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.5
 

City average

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

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This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents32765%
Students178100%
Teachers2668%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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327 Cherry St
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