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Ps 77 Lower Lab School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 351 students

 
 

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Posted September 23, 2013

If you can get in--great. Responsive principal, wonderful GC, kids who practically teach themselves, tough curriculum. They even manage to integrate the high-performing kids w IEPs and the program seems to work well. Only caveat is the parents who take the whole G & T label a bit too seriously. Where are all these "geniuses" now? Also, the teachers can be spotty, but it hardly matters with this demographic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

Our daughter's in the middle of second grade, and I can say that so far, our experience at Lab has been outstanding. Dedicated teachers, hands-on prinicpal (who's a bit stiff, but effective enough), active and involved families, PTA that raises enough money to have aides in each classroom (which is a big deal, honestly, and really helps). The curriculum is accelerated and engaging, but (at least so far) homework is not a big deal or overwhelming. The school's attentive to emotional needs, and has a strong peer mediation program that reinforces this. Overall, no reservations about recommending Lab to prospective parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

Undoubtedly this is a great school and the principal is quite good as well--especially compared to those of the other neighborhood schools. The teachers all seem fine as well. One negative to me is the parent body--there is major attitude here and everyone thinks his/her child is a genius. They may test well and get accepted here, but the middle school placement is nothing special. These parents also have a really negative touch-me-not attitude toward the kids in the special ed program, some of whom are really bright but have dyslexia or suffer from OT issues. They are treated by soem as lepers. Wake up, this is NYC people--and almost everyone has an IEP or "issues"!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

As a parent of a child currently enrolled at Lower lab I have been very pleased with the program so far and I know that it's the right school for my child. The program and teachers have exceeded my expectations and hopes. The school is nurturing while also challenging. The children are taught social responsibility and awareness. They have been exposed to so many cultural activities around the city. I can't help but feel that we are getting a unique and special experience overall as a family, and I know my child is getting a top-notch education. The principal and assistant principal are undoubtedly leading this school in a great direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

lab is a very social and close school with great acedemics and amazing teachers. with only two classes per grade you really get to know everyone and there is a very close community.


Posted June 29, 2009

The Lab is an exceptional school with lots of activities for the kids. With only 2 classes per grade the students really get to know each other and although it is among the best scoring schools in all of NYS, the environment is very warm and friendly. We couldn't be happier at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

P.S 77 is a warm, nurturing, academically strong school for your child.The teachers and the parents are the heart of the school. Together with the students it is a fabulous learning community. The students continue to score amongst the highest in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

P.S. 77 (Lower Lab School) has been a great influence in my life. It has helped me become more knowledgeable, both academically and socially. If it wasn't for the challenging academics, then I possibly wouldn't have made it into one of the best public middle schools in Manhattan. Now, in 7th grade, I am going to transfer to a private school, because of all the learning I have been taught.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2007

Our child has just completed Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier. She has really enjoyed it while learning a tremendous amount at the same time. We always knew the Lab was a top school but I just checked the 2007 NYS standardized test results and the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades all scored in the top 1% of the state for both english and math and usually scored in the top 0.1%! Our child also learns about science, art, Spanish and music and has many field trips all thanks to a very active PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2007

Lower Lab is probably the best public elementary school in the city. Literacy and math are very strong and Spanish, science and computer class are taught with a hands on lively approach. Last year the fourth graders made an impressive video reportage about their school, filming and interviewing teachers, staff and peers. Graduates are more than ready for Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Lower Lab is a fantastic place- academically rigorous yet nurturing and community minded. Our kids are well prepared for middle school and have consistently gone on to top-notch high schools (my older daughter is at Bronx Science.) We have wonderful music, art and computer programs. We have a terrific peer mediation program and a student council with the other school we share a building with. We have a huge variety of community building events- fun raisers. We have an extraordinary parent body that works tirelessly to raise funds and help in any way possible to make sure the school has the resources it needs that the DOE will not provide. Parental involvement, both volunteering time and money, is one of the main reasons for the success of this school but at the end of the day, it is the excellence of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2006

My son graduated from the Lab in 2002 and it was probably the best elementary school education he could have gotten anywhere in the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

although the class size is large, especially in lower grades, the teachers, and faculty are great as well as the parent body--the academics are good and the art and music programs are good as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2004

I am a proud and happy Lab parent. My son started there in Kindergarten and as my out-of-town family has said, Lab School is a public private school. I guess there's something to be said for that assessment. Unlike most public schools, they have math, science, Spanish, music and art in every grade. Chess is important too. The 4th Grade puts on an opera that they write and produce completely. The parents are incredibly involved. The school has been responsive to complaints and special questions about my child. It's a great school. The building's not the best, but the teachers and the kids are.
—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 31% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
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 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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
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 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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

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

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%
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 Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students88%
Female87%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Science

All Students97%
Female100%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 Students94%
Female100%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 69% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 19% 9%
Hispanic 2 8% 23%
Black 2 4% 19%
Two or more races 1 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 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.0
 
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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents25886%
Teachers1895%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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